Italiani siete fantastici - Milan leaves us wanting more.
The Red Bull Pump Track World Championship moves to Italy amidst falls, close calls, cheering crowds, pouring rain and a fast day of pump track racing
It was a rainy day in northern Italy - yet there was no chance of that stopping the crowd or the riders from having the time of their lives as the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship moves into Europe for this the 5th Qualifier of the 2019 series.
The 350m long Veloslutions Pump Track in Lainate, a commune northwest of the global urban hub that is magnificent Milan, hosted yet another fantastic event. With riders travelling from all across Europe - including Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, France and Spain - the competition was nail-biting.
The enthusiastic crowd stuck it out to the end as the competitors battled it out in challenging conditions. The weather certainly did not dampen anyone's spirit, leaving everyone drenched but happy, proving the true spirit of pump track racing yet again.
Today we witnessed the fastest riders in the series to date lining up to secure their place in the World Final - and it was close!
Giancomo Fantoni takes the win again for Italy
Giancomo Fantoni, the BMX rider hailing from Verona pushed through with true grit and determination to snatch first place with a time of 29.121. In a close second, Lukás Mentlik from the Czech Republic crossed the finish line just behind him with a time of 29.444 - keeping up the pressure right until the end.
Vanessa Kager does it again for Austria
Showing true mettle in the female competition was Ausrian BMX rider, Vanessa Kager, who flew across the finish line with an impressive time of 31.704. She took the lead over Michaela Hájková who stepped to take second place with a time of 48.480 sec after a small crash in the final run.
Giancomo and Vanessa respectively represented Italy and Austria at the World Final in 2018 and look forward to improving their final standing this year, both felt that there was already a big step up in the level of competition and the World Final for 2019 is set to be next level.
Italy, you definitely did not disappoint - and we’ll be back! Ci vediamo dopo.
1. Giacomo Fantoni - Italy - 29.121 sec
2. Lukás Mentlik - Czech Republic 29.444 sec
3. Riccardo Giuliani - Italy - 30.275 sec
4. Matteo Grazian - Italy - 39.130 sec (crashed in the small final)
1. Vanessa Kager - Austria - 31.704 sec
2. Michaela Hájková - Czech Repulic - 48.480 sec (crashed in the small final)
3. Camilla Zampese - Italy - 36.356 sec
4. Camilla Tagliapietra - Italy - 36.733 sec
For some more of the race day action head over to gallery!