We take a look into last weekend’s European BMX Championships held in Bordeaux. Sizing up the competition and seeing who looks to be a serious competitor against our Aussies at this year’s world championships.
Junior Women’s Elite
The European BMX Championships saw 18-year-old Blaine Ridge-Davis become the first Brit in over ten years to be crowned European junior women’s champion. Fellow Brit, Bethany Shriever, finished sixth but is no stranger to success, last year finishing eighth at the world championships.
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Team Latvia also finished strongly with riders, Vineta Petersone and Vanesa Buldinska closing out the top three.
Junior Men’s Elite
Claiming the junior men’s title was Swiss rider Cedric Butti. The 18-year-old looks to be peaking at just the right time of the year as he prepares for another world championships.
Last year saw Butti finishing in third place in Columbia, ahead of Australian’s Matt Krasevskis and Josh Boyton, who will look to seek revenge this year as they again line up in the junior men’s elite class.
Just losing out to his countryman, Gil Brunner, followed in second place and Frenchman Titouan Blanchod was third.
Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medallist, Laura Smulders, won gold in the women’s elite. After a disappointing 25th finish at last year’s world championships, Smulders will hope to take momentum from this win with her as she travels to Rock Hill.
Belgium’s Elke Vanhoof and Simone Tetsche Christensen of Denmark completed the podium. French-woman Manon Valentino, a strong contender for this year’s world championships came home in sixth.
Reigning world champion Joris Daudet claimed an impressive victory in front of his home crowd in Bordeaux. The 26-year-old is a consistent winner against the rest of the European men’s elite field, also coming up with the gold medal in Baku, 2015.
Daudet will be once again taking on a strong group of Team Australia riders in Rock Hill next week, led by Olympians Anthony Dean and Bodi Turner, along with national champion Kai Sakakibara.
Twan Gendt Van from the Netherlands secured second, whilst another Frenchman, Sylvain Andre, managed to round out the podium in third. Strong finishes also worth noting came from 2016 world championships finalists, Edzus Treimanis in fifth and Jeremy Rencurel in seventh.