Simon Gegenheimer (GER / 32) is also defending his leadership jersey for the Mountain Bike Eliminator World Cup in the Netherlands. Third place was enough for the German in Valkenswaard. His team colleague Marion Fromberger (GER / 20) finished second and also took second place in the overall women's world cup.
Three weeks, three World Cups, three podiums, that's Simon Gegenheimer's balance sheet, which ultimately brought him to the top of the World Cup. The German had this goal at the start of the season and worked purposefully and strategically with his form structure. That everything works so optimally in the end is not a matter of course and maybe a mix of talent, experience and the right environment. “My training structure worked out very well in 2021, but the decisive factor is that you can also implement this form. This is where our strength lies in the Mountainbike Racingteam. I listen very closely to my body feeling during training, but that is only possible if you get absolute support and loyalty from your team and the sponsors behind them", said Simon Gegenheimer at the press conference in Valkenswaard / NED. The German rode safely over the cobblestones again on a street circuit similar to the previous week. Even the onset of rain could not bring him off track. The home win of the Dutchman Jeroen Van Eck (NED / 28) makes things very close in the overall World Cup, but Gegenheimer continues to wear the UCI World Cup leader jersey with a 9 point lead.
The women's sprint World Cup is all about the new generation of cycling. Marion Fromberger is 20 years old and crossed the finish line of the World Cup in Valkenswaard in second place. In addition, the Bavarian is also in second place in the overall World Cup behind the young series winner Gaia Tormena (ITA / 19). Third place went to Ella Holmegard (SWE / 20) from Sweden, who is also only 20 years old. Fromberger was again able to stay on the Italian's rear wheel for a long time, but on the home straight the punch of World Cup leader Gaia Tormena was too strong for the German. At the finish she was very happy with her race, the new World Cup podium and her recovery. “I am very happy with my race and my condition. I felt strong today, my ribs held out and I was at the World Cup award ceremony. Gaia is currently just a bit faster out of corners, but second place in the world rankings is a great starting position to travel to the world championship at the beginning of September", said Fromberger.
The entire Mountainbike Racingteam will not compete in races next week, but will train. The cross- country riders around Rob vanden Haesevelde are already at the height of Livigno, Gegenheimer and Fromberger will first spend a few regenerative days at home and then complete the last training units before the World Championships in Kitzbühel. The Sprint World Championship race will take place on September 5th in Graz, Austria, and the two Germans are both among the medal favorites.