July 05 2021
Jordan Williams scored his first ever world cup podium in Les Gets, finishing second at round two of the 2021 series.
Williams – in his first year of junior competition – delivered the result on a track hailed by riders and critics as one of the greatest and most challenging of recent years.
Finishing fourth in a crash-marred opening round, Williams arrived in France ready to race and with the chance to improve further.
First place in qualification by 1.5-seconds showed that Williams had the pace on track – a pace that would have been good enough for a top-20 place in the elite men’s qualification.
Come finals, Williams would produce another superb ride, going fastest in the first two splits on track and getting a taste of the hot seat.
His time would hold up as good enough for second place, 1.6-seconds down on winner Jackson Goldstone.
After two rounds of the six-race series, Williams sits third in the overall standings.
In the elite men’s race, Matt Walker recovered from a crash in qualifying to finish 13th, on a day that heavy rains washed away the course and took out many of the fastest riders on track.
Matt’s run came as the track was still ridable and at the penultimate split his time was good enough to threaten the podium. However, on the final sector across the wet grass Matt lost a little time and finished 5-seconds from the win.
Veronika Widmann missed out on the main race, failing to qualify by less than a second.
Racing resumes with round three of the 2021 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia on August 14-15.