Bad weather at the WC in PILA, but nobody stops Prokop

Aug 20, 2005
by Tyler Maine  
The Czech biker wins all the heats and the finals.
A great race of the American Jill Kintner.

The weather was awful tonight at Pila (Italy), for the 4Cross World Cup race, that took place in violent rainfalls, cold temperature and even the fog. In spite of the weather, many people were there to watch an amazing show.The absolute protagonist was Czech Michal Prokop, who dominated all the heats, semi-final and the final. Last year's World Cup winner was so excited he even left behind American Brian Lopes, the World Cup leader. The Czech started very fast and never left the lead. Lopes tried until the very end to get his bike ahead, but the rhythm was very fast and the risk of falling because of the mud was too high. Obviously, Lopes looked ahead to the World Cup that still belongs to him. The winning trio was completed by Cedric Garcia.

The World Cup situation is still unchanged and reflected in Pila's results, although the first two are inverted: Lopes still holds the lead (211 p), followed by Prokop (187) and Gracia (151).

The women's race was won by Jill Kintner, who won the semi-finals and the final. This means for the American, who dominated the Cup's last races, that she could actually get on the highest step at the end of the season. The 2nd place went to Czech Jana Horakova, thus taking precious points away from the Cup leader, Dutchwoman Anneke Beerten, who got the third place.

Tomorrow, hopefully under a better sky, the Downhill World Cup will be taking place.

4X - Final Results


Men

1) Prokop Michal (CZE) 50;
2) Lopes Brian (USA) 40;
3) Gracia Cédric (FRA) 30;
4) Powell Chris (USA) 25;
5) Tamme Lukas (CZE) 21;
6) Deldycke Mickael (FRA) 18;
7) Godet Damien (FRA) 15;
Cool Polc Filip (SVK) 13.

Women

1) Kintner Jill (USA) 50;
2) Horakova Jana (CZE) 40;
3) Beerten Anneke (NED) 30;
4) Gough Joey (GBR) 20;
5) Griffiths Fionn (GBR) 15;
6) Molcik Anita (AUT) 10;
7) Oetjen Lucia (SUI) 7;
Cool Koczka Zsofia (HUN) 5.

4X – World Cup after Pila (7#)
Men

1) Lopes Brian (USA) 211;
2) Prokop Michal (CZE) 187;
3) Gracia Cédric (FRA) 151.

Women

1) Beerten Anneke (NED) 280;
2) Kintner Jill (USA) 270;
3) Molcik Anita (AUT) 98.

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