Marion Fromberger (GER / 20) and Simon Gegenheimer (GER / 31) both finished, second and third, at the Mountain Bike World Cup in Barcelona on the podium.
Barcelona seems to be a good place for the young Bavarian of the Mountainbike Racingteam, because in 2019 the then 19-year-old Marion Fromberger won her first World Cup on this course and in 2020 she presented herself with the second place in top shape. Fromberger impressed again with her strong start and positioned herself among the fastest from the start. In the end only one was faster, the overall World Cup winner from Italy, Gaia Tormena. “Gaia rode impressively strong over the obstacles. Maybe I rode a little too safe and had a distance of one or two meters after the obstacles. But on the whole I am absolutely satisfied and happy to be able to finish the season with a World Cup podium again", says Fromberger in an interview after the race.
Her team-mate Simon Gegenheimer was also very satisfied with his last World Cup in 2020. Third place was available for him and he commented on his race with the words: “We did it, the World Cup 2020 but also a year with many unpredictable obstacles. I am very happy that I got the World Championship medal and two places on the World Cup podium this year. The pressure was immense, especially since Steffen and Rémi were unable to show their performance due to the elimination of some stage races such as the Cape Epic or the TransAlp. There were years when both of them supported me and I'm happy to be able to give something back here. We are a team, stick together, no matter what the challenge is", says Simon Gegenheimer with a view to his World Cup start in Barcelona but also to the entire 2020 season.
In the race itself Gegenheimer also had to fight against athletes from other cycling disciplines this time. The multiple downhill world champion Loïc Bruni (FRA / 26) was at the start in Barcelona. The Frenchman did very well with fourth place, but the technical course in Spain also suited him. There were no long pedal passages and, besides the usual obstacles, jumps over stairs were also part of the race track. Here the downhill champion from France was able to close small gaps again and again, which he had inevitably noticed when competing with the endurance athletes. The men's winner was Jeroen van Eck (NED / 27) from the Netherlands, who achieved his fifth World Cup victory and is close to the six-time winner, Gegenheimer, who has so far been the only one.
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