Fort William: Jared Graves takes 4X

Jana Horakova wins women's event

The Nissan UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Fort William kicked off Friday with a spectacular show of speed, strength and victory, as Lochaber witnessed an extraordinarily scorching day at the Nevis Range. Fighting for glory, as thousands of spectators and fellow riders watched on in excitement, an ecstatic Jared Graves (AUS) battled home to secure his World Cup Title in this evening’s 4X final.

Following the awards ceremony Jared said: “I haven’t won here for a couple of years. I love this course but it’s always hated me. With so many quick guys you never know what’s going to happen, so to get the win is just great.”

Hot on the heels of the winning rider, Joost Wichman (NED) and Dan Atherton (GBR) came in a close silver and bronze, as they conquered the twists and turns of the famous Nevis Range course.

Commenting on his bronze victory for the British team, Dan Atherton said: “I’m totally stoked with third position – all I wanted was to get to the final. It was a really tough final and I knew the other guys’ game was good, but the fans have done an amazing job and I’m really happy with third.”

4X MEN Results:

1. GRAVES Jared (AUS)

2.  WICHMAN Joost (NED)

3. ATHERTON Dan (GBR)

4. PROKOP Michal (CZE)

5. TSCHUGG Guido (GER)

6. ALVAREZ DE LARA LUCA Raphael (ESP)

7. FISCHBACH Johannes (GER)

8. GRACIA Cedric (FRA)

4X WOMEN

Celebrating her first victory, a delighted Jana Horakova (CZE) battled it out against the other close contenders to take first place in the women’s 4X final.

Following the awards ceremony Jana said: “This is my first victory and I’m absolutely delighted. It’s my fourth time at Fort William and the course here is perfect – the crowd has been amazing. I hoped to be on the podium and here I am!”

Coming in behind Jana, Rachel Seydoux (SUI) and Anneke Beerten (NED) came second and third, as they braved the berms and jumps at one world’s toughest courses.

4X WOMEN Results:

1. HORAKOVA Jana (CZE)

2. SEYDOUX Rachel (SUI)

3. BEERTEN Anneke (NED)

4. BUHL Melissa (USA)

5. LABOUNKOVA Romana (CZE)

6. SUEMASA Mio (JPN)

7. MOLCIK Anita (AUT)

8. HUNTINGTON Sarsha (AUS)

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