Frenchman Joris Daudet and Colombian rider Mariana Pajon are the new UCI World Champions of BMX Racing having come out on top at the finals in Medellin, Colombia at the weekend.
The race was the last before the riders face off in the Olympics BMX racing showdown in Rio de Janeiro in August, and will have London 2012 winner Pajon confident of defending her crown on the Olympic BMX track Brazil.
Pajon was ahead right out of the start gate in front of the home crowd, fending off Alise Post of the USA and Australian superstar Caroline Buchanan en route to her victory.
Joris Daudet had the inside line advantage on 2015 World Champion Niek Kimmann leaving the start gate, and managed to just about hold it to take the win, despite a tense final few moments where it looked like the Dutch Kimmann might just nick the win.
The French rider will be hoping he can see his current form through to Rio, where he’ll be looking to strip two-time Latvian gold medallist Maris Strombergs of his title as Olympic champion.
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