World champion Tomas Slavik (RSP 4 Cross) beat World Cup champion Jared Graves (Yeti Fox Shox) in the final round of the men's 4-Cross World Cup in Val di Sole, Italy, setting the stage for some intense competition at the world championships in two weeks.
The men's competition saw a number of crashes on the way to selecting the final four riders. Joining Slavik and Graves in the fnal were Czech rider Kamil Tatarkovic and Johannes Fischbach (Ghost Factory).
Graves got off to his usual fast start, with Slavik trailing well back in fourth. At the bottom of the course Slavik made the move of the day, cutting inside a corner to jump into the lead and win. Fischbach took second after Graves tangled with Tatarkovic and finished fourth.
Graves finished with 485 points to win his third title, followed by Swiss rider Roger Rinderknecht at 300, Slavik at 283, Switzerland's David Graf at 250 and Michal Prokop of the Czech Republic also at 250 points. Rinderknecht, Graf and Prokop all missed the final to compete at the Olympic BMX test event in London.
This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com