Three weeks after winning gold at the Olympics, Bethany Shriever (GBR) continues her winning streak at the UCI BMX World Championships! This race was crazy!!
With Judy Baauw and Laura Smulders on the gate in the Elite Women’s final, the Dutch crowd had plenty to root for. Baauw enjoyed a good start on the inside but it was Bethany Shriever, the newly-crowned Olympic Champion, who came out swinging from lane eight, cutting into the first turn from the outside as sharp as a knife. Felicia Stancil and defending UCI World Champion Alise Willoughby (both USA) had UCI World Cycling Centre trainee Zoe Claessens (SUI) sandwiched and the three of them crashed out. This left Baauw, Smulders and Mariana Pajón (COL) to fight for the remaining podium spots as Shriever’s lead was unassailable, ensuring the rainbow jersey for Great Britain. Baauw edged out Smulders at the finish line for second, but the hugs shared afterwards demonstrated the sportsmanship among the fastest women in BMX.~UCI.org