UCI Mountain Bike World Championships: Buchanan and Ergaver win Four-cross titles in Val di Sole
The first world titles of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships for Four-cross and Downhill were awarded on Friday night in Val di Sole, Italy. Caroline Buchanan of Australia took the women's title and Mitja Ergaver of Slovenia the men's.
Buchanan, the 2009 and 2010 UCI World Champion, qualified third, behind defending champion Anneke Beerten of the Netherlands and Romana Labounkova of the Czech Republic. In the final, the Australian beat Germany's Franziska Meyer, who took silver, with Beerten having to settle for bronze.
In the men's competition, former UCI World Champion Tomas Slavik of the Czech Republic qualified first, with Ergaver only managing 21st. However, the Slovenian steadily made his way through the heats to the medal final, going up against Hannes Slavik (Austria), Luke Cryer (Great Britain) and Buchanan’s soon-to-be husband Barry Nobles (USA). In the final, Ergaver was the only rider to avoid a spectacular crash, and was able to cruise to the line for the rainbow jersey. Slavik was the first to remount his bike and took silver, for the second consecutive year, with Cryer taking bronze.