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Simon Gegenheimer is mountain bike vice world champion

Simon Gegenheimer wins at the Mountain Bike World Championship in Belgium the sprint silver medal. The new and old world champion is the Frenchman Titouan Perrin-Ganier, bronze goes to Anton Olstam from Sweden.

Simon Gegenheimer (GER / 31) again achieved to show his skills at exactly the right moment and wins his fourth world championship medal at the mountain bike world championships in Leuven. The rider from the mountain bike racing team was as close as never before on the title. Gegenheimer led more than half of the race and presented himself from the start very confident in the jersey of the German national team. “In the first moment I was, of course, with mixed feelings. You train for the big dream of becoming world champion one day, however a silver medal is very valuable to me, my team and my partners, especially in this difficult year, ”said the 31-year-old. It wasn't a riding mistake or a technical defect, but simply a great and clever overtaking maneuver with which the Frenchman Perrin-Ganier passed Gegenheimer almost 200 meters from the finish. After that the street circuit was very tight and did not allow any counterattack. But there was no risk from behind either to the German. The Swede and later bronze medalist Anton Olstam had his hands full fighting against another Frenchman for a medal enforce. Ultimately, this showed that the men were familiar and experienced World Cup riders also at the World Championships. However, these were due to the Covid Protective measures carried out completely without viewers and only via streaming and TV transmissions broadcast. But even without any spectators, Simon Gegenheimer was very happy about a vice world champion title: “I've been in the World Cup for ten years and successful at world championships and fighting for medals and titles. I'm still hungry for success and at the same time very grateful to be able to celebrate great successes so often. Hard training but also a great team behind me make this possible year after year."

His teammate Marion Fromberger (GER / 20) could one week after her third place at the European Championships not win another medal. Fromberger belongs with place six to the best again and was able to demonstrate her strength, especially at the start, but she had a little lack of overview for another podium. “I left the inside line for a moment open and then a Dutch woman drove straight into it. Then you lose your position in no time and you are no longer optimally focused for the final. Until I'm as clarified as Simon is I need some more time. But I don't want to complain in a season where I won bronze at the European Championships and my team-mate becomes runner- up worldcampion, ” said Marion Fromberger who at the age of only 20, now can see herself as an integral part of the professional team.

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