Friday, 27 May 2011 20:26
Dutch BMX men dominate time trials at home track
UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series 2011
Romana Labounkova (CZE) surprise winner of women time trials
Papendal The Netherlands 27 May 2011 - Dutch BMX riders Jelle van Gorkom (picture) and Raymon van der Biezen were first and second at today’s time Superfinal time trial. The fastest 64 riders qualified out of 134 Elite men for the finals on Saturday, 32 Elite women riders progress into the finals out of 42 women.
Today’s time trials are part of the first official UCI BMX Supercross World Cup Series sponsored by Swatch on the brand new Supercross track at Papendal. The track is a near replica of the Olympic track in London.
European Champion Van der Biezen was excited about his second place finish on home turf. Insiders say that this new Supercross track is the most challenging and technical track worldwide.
Van der Biezen said: “We have been training at Papendal for a month now, so we do have an advantage over other riders”, says the full time BMX-pro. “It is a privilege for us Dutch riders to be able to train on this track. It is very demanding.”
Van der Biezen believes he can even do better. “The wind was of great influence today. In BMX time differences are extremely small. Because of sudden wind, it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect line during a jump. I know I can go faster!”.
Corben Sharrah (USA), fifth in the time trials and winner of the first stop of the 2011 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series in Pietermaritzburg was enthusiastic:
"It's big and it's good. It's the kind of technical track that I like. For the progression of the sport this track is really good, because it's so difficult. It must be really nice for the audience to watch us on this track."
"I feel really good and comfortable about the track. It suits my style, which is calm and effortless. The track will probably have some casualties though as you can see today."
The 64 best BMX elite men and 32 BMX elite women start the finals in Saturday 28 May at 2 pm CEST / 12 GMT.
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Results time trial elite men BMX Supercross WC Papendal
1. Jelle van Gorkom (NED) 39,83
2. Raymon van der Biezen (NED) 39,98
3. Joris Daudet (FRA) 40,47
Results time trial elite women BMX Supercross WC Papendal (picture podium left Romana Labounkova right Magalie Pottier (Walker missing)
1. Romana Labounkova (CZE) 36,89
2. Sarah Walker (NZL) 37,09
3. Magalie Pottier (FRA) 37,51