The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Chronicle
– What Happened? –
Rounds 3 and 4 of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup took place at the at the former F1-Circuit in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium, with a record participation nearing 200. Mariana Pajón (COL) and Laura Smulders (NED) claimed wins in the Women’s category while 2016 Olympic Champion Connor Fields (USA) and Twan van Gendt (NED) were victorious in the Men class.
At round 3 on Saturday Mariana Pajón (COL) was the fastest and moved closer to series leader Laura Smulders who finished only 6th on day one. Denmark's Simone Christensen and Stefany Hernandez (VEN) claimed the other two podium spots. Connor Fields claimed his first UCI World Cup win since 2013 in the first day’s Men’s competition.
Smulders had only a 20-point lead over Pajón going into Sunday’s round 4, but the Dutch rider took the win to extend her advantage. Christensen and Hernandez again took 2nd and 3rd while Pajón, blocked by a crash, had to settle for 7th. Twan Van Gendt claimed his second ever World Cup victory in Belgium while Sylvain André, (2nd) moved into first place in the overall standings. Romain Mahieu (FRA) took 3rd place in Sunday’s racing.
Results and standings
– What's next? –
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Rounds 5 & 6, Santiago del Estero (ARG) > 16 - 17 September
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– Focus on Simone Tetsche Christensen –
The Danish pro BMX racer is studying medicine at the University of Aarhus, Denmark, and can be seen with her text books in between training sessions. The Pure ambassador from Mammen appears capable of combining the two. On the racing side, she scored two podiums at the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Belgium, moving her into 2nd in the overall ranking with two more rounds coming up. Simone claimed the European Games title in Baku in 2015, won bronze at the 2015 UCI BMX World Championships and finished 3rd overall in the 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup.
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