Reynolds Fourth in World Cup Three in Belgium
BMX | Published:
Tue 16 May 2017
Lauren Reynolds has taken a fourth place finish in the third round of the 2017 UCI BMX World Cup series in Belgium.
A week after snaring bronze in the Dutch leg of the World Cup circuit, the West Australian was again in the thick of the action, competing against a world class field that included reigning Olympic and World Champion Mariana Pajon, world cup leader Laura Smulders and Rio bronze medallist Stefany Hernandez.
Reynolds faced a battle just to make the final startline after drawing a loaded semi-final that included each of the aforementioned stars. She held her nerve and discipline to finish fourth in her semi, a result she then reprised in the final.
Pajon (COL) underlined her class in the final, to win convincingly over Dane, Simone Tetsche Christensen with Venezuela’s Hernandez rounding out the podium in third.
Heusden-Zolder in Belgium hosted both the third and fourth round events of the World Cup series, with the weekend providing a Saturday, Sunday double-header.
Round four of the BMX World Cup series wasn’t as kind to Reynolds however. An early crash in the heats saw the dual Olympian miss out of progressing through for another tilt at ranking points, as Smulders exacted some revenge for her sixth place finish in round three, by winning the final ahead of Tetsche Christensen and Hernandez. Pajon was seventh.
Smulders has now won three of the four world cup rounds and holds a strong lead in the series standings.