France defends national team trials world title
The 2016 UCI Trials World Championships opened on Tuesday with the national team competition. The Championships are being held in Vermiglio, located in Trentino, in the northeastern region of Italy. France was successful in defending their title, holding off a strong challenge from Spain, with Germany taking bronze.
In the team event, five riders from each country participate; one from each category: Junior Men 20" and 26", Elite Men 20" and 26", and Elite Women. The points from each rider contribute to the overall nation score, with the highest combined score winning the world title.
The title was decided in the final round, when defending Elite 20" UCI World Champion Abel Mustieles made a mistake and French rival Nicolas Vallée, the 2015 Junior UCI World Champion (26"), did not. France ended the competition with a total of 660 points to Spain's 630. Germany, the 2014 World Champions finished with 570 points.
The individual competitions begin on Wednesday with the semi-final rounds for Junior Men 20", Elite Men 20" and Elite Women. A day later, semi-final action continues with the Junior Men 26" and Elite Men 26". Riders have to complete five sections, hoping to 'clean' each section for the lowest possible score. The top six riders in each category move on to the medal rounds, which will take place on Friday and Saturday.