CHI Geneva

The flying Dutch

The first main competition of these four days of competition, the "Credit Suisse Geneva Classic", kept what it promised.

 

After only ten competitors it already seemed to be clear who would take the victory! In fact, the Egyptian Abdel Saïd, at the start with number 9, set the level so high that any following rider who tried to knock him out of his intermediate leader position either failed to beat the time - how did he manage to be so fast? - or struggled with the challenges that the course designers Gérard Lachat and Louis Konickx came up with.

 

But then came Harrie Smolders in the saddle of Zinius. The silver medalist of the last European Championships managed to outdistance the Egyptian by only seven hundredths from his provisional first place. Even following big favorites could not beat him, for example the world's number one, Kent Farrington, despite recording the fastest time, the pole fell at the last obstacle. And also French Olympic champions Kevin Staut and Roger-Yves Bost, who were also faster, had to accept one pole down each.

Harrie Smolders & Zinius Harrie Smolders & Zinius

Harrie Smolders (NED), winner of the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic with Zinius

« I had the best feeling with Zinius today. He is very competitive. It was a challenge for him. He did everything I asked him for and he is naturally very fast but I wasn’t sure that we were fast enough but just enough to win! I am very proud of Zinius

With the result of the "Credit Suisse Geneva Classic" the first qualifiers for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday are now known: Abdel Said, Laura Kraut, Gregory Wathelet and his compatriot Jérôme Guery can breathe deeply: They will be at the start on Sunday! (Note: Harrie Smolders was already prequalified thanks to his individual medal at the European Championships in Gothenburg)

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