Round 3 of the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup took place in Waregem, Belgium. The format that sees four riders competing elbow-to-elbow around a point-to-point circuit went back to Waregem as its first ever-hosting city of an urban XCE race.
There was a special atmosphere in Waregem ahead of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup as the crowds were extremely excited to see last year’s winner, Jeroen van Eck’s attempt to win another City Mountainbike race. Round 3 also welcomed a strong international field, representing 10 nations. Current leader of the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup, Lorenzo Serres, and runner-up, Alberto Mingorance, followed by 5 points were both present in Waregem.
The Belgians were unable to celebrate a podium spot for Belgium due to an international strong field. French Champion Titouan Perrin-Ganier battled for the top spot, with Simon Gegenheimer passing Alberto Mingorance in the sand pit to take his first World Cup win of 2017. The two continued to battle on changing positions throughout the race. Dominic Prukek (CZE) continued making progress and had passed Mingorance to take third.
Jeroen van Eck was fifth after he won the small finals ahead of fellow Dutchman Daniel Prijkel, who finished sixth. Lorenzo Serres recovered from a tough weekend to finish seventh. Czech rider Jakub Kavalir came in eight place.
Gegenheimer now moves up to third in the overall standings behind round 1 winner, Serres and Mingorance. Spain’s Mingorance leads the UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup with 105 points, followed by Serres at 101 and Gegenheimer at 100 points.
The journey continues in Winterberg, Germany, on August 26 and 27.
2017 UCI MTB Eliminator World Cup calendar
May 5-6: Volterra, Italy
June 3-4: Columbus, USA
June 24-25: Waregem, Belgium
August 26-27: Winterberg, Germany
September 3: Apeldoorn, The Netherlands
September 23-24: Antwerp, Belgium
October 13-14: Beirut, Lebanon
Photos by @joycejason