Stellenbosch MTB World Cup belongs to Sam Gaze!

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Stellenbosch MTB World Cup belongs to Sam Gaze!

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The rock-star that is Sam Gaze, edged forward to victory on the 10 of March 2018, at the first round of the UCI World Cup in Stellenbosch!

Despite the overcast weather, dusty conditions awaited the riders from all-four categories. The technical course itself seemed to take its toll and punish some of the riders after the first 3 laps. Where fatigue would certainly kick in. Even though only consisting of 180-meters of climbing and 4.4-km per lap, sections such as Varsity Dropout and the ABSA Rock Garden, were considered  enough to shatter nerves.

Spectators flocked to the race scene and took a liking to track sections, involving  Khoi Spirit, Pickup Sticks, and the infamous Wine Barrel! Cheers resounded, and the clanging of bells could be heard for miles; all adding to the amazing atmosphere in the Stellenbosch region.

The race provided highs throughout the day, but the climax for all the excitement came about on the final lap of the Men’s Elite Race. Where Nino Schurter and Sam Gaze led the field into the rich forest area of the course. Gaze enduring, and staying glued to the back wheel of Nino’s Scott Spark. Gaze then decided it was his time, and made the decisive move to overtake Schurter. Nino, who obviously anticipated this, shifted his focus to making a break on the sprint to the finish.

The hype of the sprint was near, the crowd moving closer to the edge of their seats. It was show time; Nino upped the pace, Sam upped the pace, and before they knew it, they were engaged in a gun fight, with each of their sights set on the finish line. The drama was not over, however. With meters before the line, Nino’s left foot seemed to have detached from his pedal, cuasing him to lose momentum. Gaze taking full advantage edged forward over the line, in front of Nino.

After going over the video footage, it looked as though Schurter had enough pace to overtake Gaze and take the win. However, due to the unfortunate event of losing that pace, it was Sam Gaze who prevailed.

Results:

Men’s Elite

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Gender Age Phase Heat Result IRM
1 30 GAZE Samuel NZL M 23 1:30:14
2 1 SCHURTER Nino SUI M 32 1:30:15
3 2 MAROTTE Maxime FRA M 32 1:30:16
4 47 VAN DER POEL Mathieu NED M 23 1:31:24
5 14 CAROD Titouan FRA M 24 1:31:41
6 5 COOPER Anton NZL M 24 1:32:16
7 9 VOGEL Florian SUI M 36 1:32:28
8 8 AVANCINI Henrique BRA M 29 1:32:36
9 11 FLUECKIGER Mathias SUI M 30 1:32:37
10 39 FRISCHKNECHT Andri SUI M 24 1:32:46

Women’s Elite:

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Gender Age Phase Heat Result IRM
1 8 LANGVAD Annika DEN W 34 1:33:14
2 11 FERRAND PREVOT Pauline FRA W 26 1:33:27
3 12 TAUBER Anne NED W 23 1:33:48
4 19 GROBERT Helen GER W 26 1:34:29
5 4 WLOSZCZOWSKA Maja POL W 35 1:34:30
6 2 NEFF Jolanda SUI W 25 1:34:30
7 18 PENDREL Catharine CAN W 38 1:35:09
8 7 SPITZ Sabine GER W 47 1:35:57
9 3 INDERGAND Linda SUI W 25 1:35:57
10 13 KELLER Alessandra SUI W 22 1:36:01

Men’s U23

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Gender Age Phase Heat Result IRM
1 2 FAGERHAUG Petter NOR M 21 1:18:23
2 5 OLIVER Ben NZL M 22 1:19:29
3 9 PERRIN GANIER Neïlo FRA M 22 1:20:17
4 6 ANDREASSEN Simon DEN M 21 1:20:53
5 38 DE FROIDMONT Pierre BEL M 21 1:21:01
6 3 BRANDL Maximilian GER M 21 1:21:21
7 13 SIGGERUD Martin Emil NOR M 20 1:21:41
8 8 COLOMBO Filippo SUI M 21 1:21:51
9 14 LINDBERG Jonas DEN M 21 1:21:54
10 27 ZINGLE Axel FRA M 20 1:22:07

Women’s U23 

Rank BIB Last Name First Name Country Team Gender Age Phase Heat Result IRM
1 7 DEGN Malene DEN W 22 1:18:52
2 1 FREI Sina SUI W 21 1:19:19
3 2 RICHARDS Evie GBR W 21 1:19:40
4 8 CLAUZEL Hélène FRA W 20 1:20:11
5 17 LECOMTE Loana FRA W 19 1:21:04
6 18 BOHÉ Caroline DEN W 19 1:21:30
7 11 TEOCCHI Chiara ITA W 22 1:22:08
8 22 PASTEINER Lisa AUT W 19 1:22:20
9 5 SHORT Isla GBR W 22 1:22:24
10 19 DAUBERMANN Antonia GER W 21 1:22:26

Photos: Joel Meintjes



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