The UCI 2014 Trials World Cup kicks off in Krakow

Posted: May 30, 2014 by kirisyko in Bike, Trials
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As is the case every year, which riders will have come out of the winter with good form is a great unknown. Although UCI C1 events have started in Belgium and France, it is not clear who will be the trailblazers in Poland.

So there is everything to play for in the Women Elite, Men Elite 20 and Men Elite 26 competitions of the opening round of the World Cup in Krakow. The only thing certain for the men’s events is that, in line with the regulations, the top 10 riders of the UCI ranking in the 20 and 26 inch categories will start their campaigns in the semi-finals on Saturday May 31.

Tatiania Janickova, the great favourite who won prolifically last year, will wear her rainbow jersey at the start of the women’s event on Saturday May 31. Her compatriot Christina Sykorova and Spanish rider Lua Vizcaino, who flanked her on the 2013 World Cup podium, are set to be her main rivals again this year. Multiple World Champion Gemma Abant from Spain will also compete and is keen to return to winning ways.

In the Men Elite 20 competition, World Champion Abel Mustieles [photo] is the clear favourite to retain his title. But keep an eye on his compatriot Benito Ros, who has a winter of solid training behind him after injury. In the wake of these two Spanish riders, the battle will rage between another Spaniard Ion Areitio and Rick Koekoek from the Netherlands who took third step on the World Cup podium in Antwerp alongside Mustieles. Other serious contenders include the young Germans Pils, Krell and Oswald, Frenchmen Courtes and Muffat and Poland’s Karol Serwin, competing in front of his home crowd.

The stage is also set for a fierce battle in the Men Elite 26 inch category. World Champion Vincent Hermance will battle it out with his French compatriot Gilles Coustellier, last year’s World Cup winner. Also very much in the running will be the British rider Jack Carthy, current Junior World Champion, who stormed to victory in the final round of the 2013 World Cup in Antwerp. Close behind these three main contenders is a French army including Giacomo Coustellier, Aurélien Fontenoy, Kevin Aglaé, Nicolas Vuillermot and Guillaume Dunand, all of whom are ready to pounce to upset the 2013 hierarchy. Belgium’s Kenny Belaey will unfortunately not compete even though he secured a podium placing in the last round of the 2013 World Cup. Lazlo Hegedus (Hungary), Hannes Herrmann (Germany), Iciar van den Bergh (Belgium), Andrei Burton (Great Britain) and Rafa Tibau (Spain) will also be in contention, with hopes that they can reach the Final or even the Super Final.

Don’t miss the action from Krakow – catch the live streaming of the event on the UCI website! This innovative coverage will further promote Trials, to the delight of all fans of the discipline. Last year only the Méribel round of the World Cup was broadcast via streaming – a move widely welcomed by the general public and those committed to the discipline.

Friday 30 May: Men Elite 20″ and 26″ Quarter-Finals
Saturday 31 May: Women Elite Final – Men Elite 20″ and 26″ Semi-Finals
Sunday 1 June: Men Elite 20″ and 26″ Final and Super Final

Photo: Abel Mustieles from Spain in action at Meribel, France, in 2013

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