Teenager grabs Trials crown

2013-08-31 00:00

SLOVAKIAN teenager Tatiana Janickova won the Elite Women’s Trials world title at the UCI MTB and Trials World Championships yesterday. In a daring gamble in the closing minutes of the nine-rider final she ousted Spanish ace Gemma Abant.

The pair were locked together throughout the three laps of the six-section course. The Spaniard managed to hang onto a slim one point throughout, going into the final minutes of the final.

With Abant apparently holding all the cards, Janickova realised that she had to gamble big on the tricky final jump at the end of section two, the Rocks and Logs sector. Every single rider in the final had been happy to concede one point for a “dab” foot-down penalty to make the final jump.

“It was a necessary gamble,” said Janickova afterwards. “It was right at the end of the final and I had to save that one point … I had to take the chance, and it worked.”

With Janickova landing the difficult jump perfectly and recording the first clear on that sector, the pressure was suddenly on Abant as she had to negotiate her final sector, the Zebra obstacle sector, to stay in contention.

The slight Spaniard had played cat-and-mouse with Janickova in the closing stages of the final, and under time pressure she hurried through her final sector, and made a mistake at the tricky log spur at the top of the sector.

Abant thus incurred a critical point for a foot-down, effectively levelling the penalties at eight points apiece.

The commissaries applied the UCI rules, and awarded the world championship to the Slovakian in the basis of her superior number of clear sectors.

Coached and managed by her moto-cross riding father, the young Slovakian student comes from the small town of Puchov. She got into trials at the age of 10, and has blossomed into a world beater.

Australian Janine Jungfels secured the last spot on the podium with a consistently steady and strong performance, incurring just 17 points in the 18 sectors.

German rider Romina Fix was looking steady until she fell awkwardly, aggravating an ankle injury. This then forced her to withdraw from the final.


ELITE WOMEN TRIALS: 1 Tatiana Janickova SVK 8. 2 Gemma Abant ESP 8. 3 Janine Jungfels AUS 17. 4 Kristina Sykorova SVK 31. 5 Perrine Devahive BEL 50. 6 Debi Studer SUI 56. 7 Andrea Wesp GER 59. 8 Marion Porcher FRA 74. 9 Manami Mizuno JPN 90.

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