Graves backs up for second World Cup win
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 4 May 2009
Press Release: Jared Graves has continued his run of success with his second straight World Cup 4X (four-cross) victory.
Graves (Yeti Fox Shox), who won the first of the eight round series in South Africa last month, claimed victory on the weekend in Houffalize, Belgium ahead of Dan Atherton (GBR) with Roger Rinderknecht (SUI) third across the line.
The Toowoomba rider, who was 6th in the BMX at the Olympic Games in Beijing, had an unbeaten run into the final which was not the case for many others. The course gave riders the chance to pass but with the tight corners it was a risky proposition that saw several crash out of contention.
“I couldn’t protect my lead in the corners at all, so it was just hang on and cross my fingers," said Graves who in every round had come out of the gate leading. "You could see by the number of crashes that guys were taking chances."
Graves now sits on top of the UCI BMX 4X rankings with 250 points well clear of Rindernecht on 135 with Atherton ranked third on 120 points.
The third round will be raced on 16-17 May in Vallnord, Andorra.