UCI Trials World Cup: overall winners decided on Belgian soil
The last final of the day lived up to all expectations. Before Antwerp, the UCI Trials World Cup leader’s jersey in the Men’s 20” category was the property of Abel Mustieles, with his fellow Spanish athlete Benito Ros in second place. The tables were turned in Belgium. Accumulating errors from the first section, Mustieles could do nothing against Benito Ros, in great shape in Flanders. Ros won with six points, Mustieles finished with eight points and Switzerland’s Lucien Leiser took the third spot on the podium with 16 points.
Men 20” overall
With 80 points more than his rival (he was 65 points behind before Antwerp), Benito Ros succeeded in overtaking Mustieles to win his sixth UCI Trials World Cup title. He finished the season with 779 points and interrupts three years of victory for Mustieles, who finishes second this year on 764 points. Leiser is third overall with 569 points.
Women: Jungfels is the boss
It was a fantastic end to the season for Janine Jungfels. The first Australian to win the UCI Trials World Championships, Jungfels had a perfect weekend in Antwerp. Beaten in the semi-finals, Jungfels went on to take the win in Belgium with seven points and a perfect last section. The 26-year-old proves that she has what it takes to dominate the world Trials scene. Germany’s Nina Reichenbach finished second with nine points, followed by Tatiana Janickova (13 points).
Winner in Vöcklabruck and Albertville, Tatiana Janickova wins the UCI Trials World Cup despite her third place in Antwerp. The Slovak finishes with 773 points to Jungfels’ 720 points and Nina Reichenbach’s 663 points. With her fourth consecutive title, Janickova equals Karin Moor, winner from 2006 to 2009. Another Slovak, Kristina Sykorova, finishes in fourth place (593 points) just in front of French athlete Manon Basseville (503 points).
Men 26”: Carthy is the master
Beaten in the UCI World Championships after dominating the first part of the season, Jack Carthy got his revenge on Belgian soil. The final was a French-English battle, interrupted only by Germany’s Hermann Hannes (6th with 17 points). Great Britain's Carthy found himself up against four French athletes. With 10 points, Vincent Hermance quickly had to accept that he would not be celebrating his first World Cup win while wearing the rainbow jersey. He did however, take second place. The local athlete Kenny Beleay started perfectly but lost his footing in the second. The Belgian, who we recently saw riding a slackline at high altitude (the video was watched by several million viewers) made another error in the third section and was forced to make do with third place (11 points). Carthy appeared to be on another planet and flew through the sections, finishing his final with just two points. Fourth and fifth places went to Aurélien Fontenoy (14 points) and Nicolas Vallée (15 points).
Men 26” overall
Carthy wins the UCI Trials World Cup for the second consecutive year. He finishes the season with 960 points in front of the French quartet led by the UCI World Champion Vincent Hermance (760 points), Giacomo Coustellier (463 points) and Nicolas Vallée (445 points).