The BMX SuperCross World Cup in Papendal (NED) figured to be friendly to the homestanding Dutch riders, but world champs Niek Kimmann and Laura Smulders dominated the two days, winning four medals between them, including three golds.
Kiemmann won cleanly on both days, finishing 0.446 ahead of Alfredo Campo (ECU) in Saturday’s race and 0.252 up on France’s Joris Daudet on Sunday. Kiemann, the reigning World Cup champ, now has four wins at Papendal in his career, more than anyone else.
Smulders, the three-time defending World Cup winner, won for the sixth time at Papendal in the 12 races held there. She won on Sunday after finishing third to teammate Judy Baauw and American Alise Willoughby on Saturday. Willoughby was again second on Sunday, her third top-four finish in four races this season. Summaries:
UCI BMX World Cup
Papendal (NED) ~ 10-12 May 2019
(Full results here)
Men I: 1. Niek Kimmann (NED), 35.306; 2. Alfredo Campo (ECU), 35.772; 3. Jeremy Rencurel (FRA), 36.369; 4. Kai Sakakibara (AUS), 36.594; 5. David Graf (SUI), 37.057.
Men II: Kimmann (NED), 34.951; 2. Joris Daudet (FRA), 35.203; 3. Sylvaina Andre (FRA), 35.365; 4. David Graf (SUI), 35.543; 5. Jared Garcia (USA), 36.265. Also: 7. Corben Sharrah (USA), 36.594.
Women I: Judy Baauw (NED), 37.516; 2. Alise Willoughby (USA), 37.660; 3. Laura Smulders (NED), 37.956; 4. Simone Christensen (DEN), 37.988; 5. Ruby Huisman (NED), 38.283. Also: 6. Felicia Stancil (USA), 39.769.
Women II: 1. Smulders (NED), 36.556; 2. Willoughby (USA), 37.159; 3. Stancil (USA), 37.769; 4. Lauren Reynolds (AUS), 37.840; 5. Baauw (NED), 38.214.