The Dutch rider Anneke Beerten fought back tears of joy after winning her first World Champion title, one that had eluded her until now. But this evening she dominated allshow more the qualifying rounds, and continued her winning streak to take a comfortable victory in front of Fionn Griffiths (GBR) and Céline Gros (FRA). It was the perfect finishing touch to an impressive season for Beerten, who had already won the 2011 UCI World Cup.
A collective fall in the final of the men’s four-cross competition saw all four finalists hit the dirt. Bronze medalist in Mont Sainte-Anne last year, Michal Prokop (CZE) was the first back on his bike and he led to the finish to take his third world title after Lugano in 2003 and Rotorua in 2006. Switzerland’s Roger Rinderknecht quickly made up ground and finished close behind to take silver, thus reproducing the same 1-2 finish as in 2006. Joost Wichman (NED) took the bronze medal.show less