The UCI Cycle-ball World Cup Chronicle
– What happened ? –
RV Stahlross-Obernfeld are the first leaders of the 2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup after the Kopp cousins, André and Manuel, won the first of six qualifying tournaments. In Beringen, Belgium, the runners-up in the German Championships beat Austrian side Höchst II (Simon König/Florian Fischer) 3-2 in the final. It was the Kopps' first tournament success since 2009.
RMC Stein - with cousins Bernd and Gerhard Mlady - finished in third place. The reigning German Champions and 2016 UCI World Championships bronze medallists were unbeaten in the qualifications but lost 5-4 to Höchst II in the semi-final. Meanwhile Stahlross-Obernfeld knocked out Swiss team RMV Pfungen (Severin Waibel/Benjamin Waibel) with a 2-1 victory to reach the final.
Brecht Damen and Niels Dirikx (HZG Beringen) can be satisfied with their home debut. The Belgians ended up in sixth in the season opener after losing the play-off for fifth place 5-3 to French outfit Dorlisheim (Quentin Seyfried / Benjamin Meyer), who finished third in the 2015 UCI World Championships.
– What's next? –
2017 UCI Cycle-ball World Cup #2: Altdorf (Switzerland), 26 August
– Focus on Altdorf –
Hosts of the next round of the UCI Cycle-ball World Cup, Swiss club Radsport Altdorf, hope to welcome the participating teams to their new sports hall. Construction work has been underway since June 2016 and should be completed in time for the August competition, where the local hopes lie with Roman Schneider and Dominik Planzer. However, UCI World Champions Höchst I (Austria) will arrive as favourites. The teams set to participate in Altdorf are: Altdorf I + II (SUI), Höchst I + II (AUT), Pfungen (SUI), Plzen (CZE), Dorlisheim II (FRA), Stein (GER), Iserlohn (GER) and Beringen (BEL).