The World Cup #3
Tuesday 7 July 2009
by Ben Swales
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The French town of Saint François Longchamp welcomed this weekend the third round of the MTB and Biketrials World Cup. This is the circuit’s first appearance in France since Buthiers in 2006 and Praloup in 2003. Some 200 competitors will gather on the Saint-François Longchamp site, situated in Maurienne (Savoie), 1650m above sea level. Organisation is being taken care of by Jean Falmbard and the Event-Performance team, who are sport events specialists and have organised national and international trials events as well as other extreme sports events of all kinds. The sections will mostly be composed of imported rocks (nearly 100 tonnes!) and will be particularly technical and difficult, seemingly of a level higher than the two previous Cup rounds.

PNG - 326.8 kb This third round promises to be eventful in both the 26" and 20" competitions. 26" World Champion Gilles Coustellier will be doing everything in his power to retake the lead in the series, which he currently shares with Kenny Belaey following the Belgian’s victory in Heubach. He will also have to contend with Vincent Hermance, motivated by his new coach and who is preparing himself well for this competition. In 20" we can expect a merciless duel between the two Spaniards Benito Ros and Dani Comas, who are just five points apart in the series. Benito retook the lead after the second round but Dani is determined to take it from him, spurred on by his recent title of Spanisg Champion. Tribal Zine will be bringing you the results and images of this third round as and when they become available!

The official poster:

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The programme :

Here is the programme for the Trials World Cup and the numerous displays and activities that will take place over the weekend.

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Useful information:

Click on the pivture below to visit the official site of organisers Event-Performance and find out more about the weekend’s events.

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Cup standings:

The top ten riders in the 2009 World Cup following the second round in Heubach:

26":

1 BELAEY Kenny BEL 235
2 COUSTELLIER Gilles FRA 235
3 HERMANCE Vincent FRA 210
4 FONTENOY Aurélien FRA 195
5 CAISSO Marc FRA 190
6 COUSTELLIER Giacomo FRA 185
7 SLINGER Ben GBR 165
8 DUNAND Guillaume FRA 148
9 VUILLERMOT Nicolas FRA 141

20":

1 ROS CHARAL Benito ESP 235
2 COMAS RIERA Dani ESP 230
3 KUMOROWSKI Rafal POL 215
4 DIAZ CODINA Carles ESP 200
5 KOEKOEK Rick NED 180
6 HOFFMANN Sebastian GER 170
7 MUSTIELES G. Abel ESP 160
8 PLANAS NUÑEZ Eduard ESP 160
9 KELLER Roger SUI 151
9 MROHS Matthias GER 149

The contenders bySergio:

Our partner Photobysergio, masters of trials photography, will be on hand to capture the whole event on camera and will share with us all of the best moments of the weekend! Here is a reminder of what we are in for, with afew photos of the leaders inHeubach. Click on a photo to see more!

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