Here’s what else happened at last weekend’s opening two rounds of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in France!
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Last weekend the 2018 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup got underway in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France and for Aussie fans there was plenty to cheer about with Saya Sakakibara claiming a bronze in round one, and silver in round two.
While we’re taking a look back at last week’s BMX racing event in this article, make sure you keep updated with the UCI BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup too. That event is taking place this weekend in Hiroshima, Japan!
To read about the rise of Freestyle, CLICK HERE. Among the Aussie contingent competing in Japan this weekend is Brandon Loupos, Tristan Aarts and Jake Wallwork. One name missing from that list is Logan Martin, the 2017 UCI World Champion, who is still recovering from a broken collarbone.
Back on the racing side of things, the men and women’s first round produced a few interesting talking points. In the women’s events, Dutch rider Laura Smulders was unstoppable, winning rounds one and two. Sakakibara shadowing her in both main events.
While the Aussie men pushed hard, the main events were beyond their grasp. In round one Niek Kimmann made it a double Dutch delight, as he joined compatriot Smulders on the top step of the podium. It was a case of close, but not close enough for French athletes Romain Mahieu and Joris Daudet on home soil, as they rounded out the men’s podium for round one.
WATCH THE FINALS FOR ROUND ONE BELOW
Round two for the men served up exactly what the fans wanted – French victory. Daudet got the job done, Mahieu followed him in for second, while Kimmann was third.
WATCH THE FINALS FOR ROUND TWO BELOW
Here’s a few other grabs from the opening round that are worth a look too.
IMAGES! UCI BMX Supercross posted a gallery on their Facebook page. Check it out to find an image of your favourite rider.
Go on-board with Kimmann. Life in the fast lane with an elite male rider is, well, fast. Go for a hot lap of the track in France below.
The talking point – Il fait froid! It was cold in France, check out how our warm-weather-loving Aussies thought of the conditions.