UCI Trials World Cup: thrilling first day
Beaten at the UCI Trials World Championships in Vallnord, Tatiana Janickova won the semi-final in Antwerp with six points. The Slovak completed a perfect second round in Belgium against Australia’s Janine Jungfels, who was competing in her rainbow jersey for the first time. The two women finished with the same number of points had to be separated according to their times. It therefore promises to be a nail-biting final on Sunday when Janickova will aim to win a second consecutive UCI Trials World Cup title. With a 150-point lead over Germany’s Nina Reichenbach, she should be able to approach the final with confidence. As well as Jungfels, Janickova will be up against Reichenbach, Kristina Sykorova (Slovakia), Manon Basseville (France) and Marie Krivova (Czech Republic).
Men 26”: Close call for Belaey
Kenny Belaey created a scare in front of his home crowd with a major mistake, but the multiple World Champion will nevertheless be at the start of the competition Sunday. French athletes Guillaume Dunand, Morgan Vasor, Adrien Pontier and Nicolas Vuillermot, the Canadian Jeffrey Anderson, Germans Rico Baak, Mario Weidler and Hannes Herrmann, Switzerland’s Loris Braun and the Belgians Pierre-Charles Thomas and Iciar Van Den Bergh all won the right to continue the competition, as did England’s Andrei Burton. The four athletes obtaining last-chance qualification were the French Aurélien Fontenoy and Clément Meot, Belgium’s Kenny Belaey and German Moritz Mettenheimer.
The final will see Great Britain’s Jack Carthy, reigning World Cup champion and close to a second victory, up against French athlete Vincent Hermance, recently crowned UCI Trials World Champion in Vallnord. It promises to be an intense battle between the two.
Men 20”: before the final battle
While the overall ranking should be down to a battle between the leader Abel Mustieles and fellow Spanish athlete Benito Ros, the qualifications saw Karol Serwin (Poland), Theau Courtes, Guillaume Jura and Morgann Perez (France), Ion Arreitio, Sébastian Ruiz and Oriol Roca (Spain), Sam Oliver (Great Britain), Vaclav Kolar (Czech Republic), Jérôme Chapuis and Johan Buchwalder (Switzerland) and Matthias Mrohs (Germany) earn the right to measure up against the best in the world on Sunday. It is worth noting that Slovakia’s Samuel Hlavaty, Denmark’s Jonas Kristiansen and Sweden’s Joacim Nymann were also granted last-chance qualification.