Another stunningly consistent weekend by Fionn Griffiths (Ancilotti Zeal) has pushed her way ahead of “established names” in the UCI overall rankings.
After fourth place in this weekend’s Mt Arai World Cup, only Chausson (Volvo Cannondale) – who still has a perfect score – and Giove (Global Racing) are ahead of her in the overall standings, while fellow British lass Tracy Moseley (Kona Ford Focus) is now 6th overall after placing 12th on the super fast but long course.
In the mens event Nico Vouilloz (Vouilloz Racing) stormed back to his previous untouchable form, finishing a clear 6 seconds ahead. A late charge for the overall top spot now looks achieveable with Steve Peat still sidelined by his shoulder injury and current number one Fabien Barrel crashing out in Japan to finish 11th. Australians Sean Mcarroll and Michael Ronning (Intense) both recorded personal best finishes in second and third respectively. Neil Donoghue finished in 23rd to take the ‘fastest brit bloke’ title with Scott Beaumont in 28th and Rob Jarman in 30th.
In the floodlit Dual competition Australian Wade Bootes (Trek Volkswagen) showed the class that made him World Champion, beating first Cedric Gracia (Volvo Cannondale) and then Mickael Deldycke (Schwinn). Brian Lopes (Fox / GT) placed third but still keeps his overall lead. Scott Beaumont (Kona Ford Focus) was highest placed Brit bloke in 19th.
With Chausson pulling out after qualifying with worries about her injured knee, Leigh Donovan (Schwinn) defended her series leaders jersey against Katrina Miller (Jamis) taking a clean holeshot all the way to the finish line.
for full results, times and race reports check out the UCI website.