Emerging star Jorg Verhoeven of the Netherlands won his first World Cup in Valence, France, on Saturday, while defending champ Angela Eiter of Austria resumed her usual place atop the podium. Verhoeven, 20, is ranked fourth in the World Cup standings but had yet to win a stage; he finished second just one week earlier in China. With one comp left, he has a shot at a top three finish in his first season of World Cup competition. Men’s overall leader Flavio Crespi of Italy finished fifth in Valence. To win the season title, Crespi must finish eighth or higher at the final competition in three weeks if Spain’s Ramón Julián Puigblanque, currently second, pulls out a win, according to www.8a.nu.
On the women’s side, Angela Eiter returned to domination after a rare slip to second step on the podium in China last week. Eiter has won seven of the eight World Cup comps this year.
American Vadim Vinokur returned to Europe to compete in Valence but did not have a good day, finishing a disappointing 27th. He is ranked 20th on the World Cup circuit after Valence. The final stop on the tour is November 19-20 in Slovenia.
Men1. Jorg Verhoeven (NED) 2. Mickaël Fuselier (FRA) 3. Cédric Lachat (SWI) 4. Ramón Julián Puigblanque (SPA) 5. Flavio Crespi (ITA) 27. Vadim Vinokur (USA)
Women 1. Angela Eiter (AUT) 2. Caroline Ciavaldini (FRA) 3. Sandrine Levet (FRA) 4. Maja Vidmar (SLO) 5. Caroline Januel (FRA)Comment on this story