South Australia’s Rio Olympian Anthony Dean has finished eighth in round five of the 2019 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup at the St-Quentin-En-Yvelines track in France.
This result has kickstarted the 28-year old’s 2019 world cup campaign with the Tokyo Olympic contender having previously not made it to a final this year.
The all-star field lining up on the gate alongside Dean in the final included the Netherlands’ defending world cup champion Niek Kimmann and French superstar Joris Daudet. An exciting finish had Kimmann take the top spot on the podium with Ecuador’s Alfredo Campo in second and Daudet in third.
A sublime start had the Australian in pole position, but he began to lose position as the race went on. Trying to fight back into the middle of the pack, Dean found himself being pushed off the track and thus ending his chances of a podium.
“Started off a good day progressing through the rounds making it to the finals which I was happy about,” Dean said.
“Had a good position in the final and was running third into the first turn, but before I knew it I was fighting for fifth, and then in the second turn I got pushed off the track and ended the day in eighth.
“A bit of a disappointing end to the day but overall happy with the progress especially with the fastest hill time of the day.”
On the women’s ledger, Dutch world champion Laura Smulders and USA’s no.1 Alise Willoughby have added another chapter to their longstanding rivalry with a photo finish in the final, won by Smulders by only .014 seconds.
Dual Olympian Lauren Reynolds and last year’s world cup runner-up Saya Sakakibara were Australia’s best but neither was able to progress from their semi-finals.
All eyes now look to round sixth of the world cup, which commences at 10:15pm AEST tonight.
Full Australian Results from St-Quentin Rd5: (Including Overall Place)