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Whyte finishes eighth in final round of UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

Whyte finishes eighth in final round of UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Tre Whyte finished eighth in round six of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup in Santiago del Estero.

It’s the British rider’s best result of the season on the world stage.

He beat his teammate Kyle Evans to a place in the final in a thrilling semi-final.

Both British riders overcame challenges in the opening round - Evans unclipped during the start while Whyte nearly over jumped on the back straight as the wind picked up in Argentina.

But they showed their strength to finish third in each of their heats to reach the 1/8 finals.

From there, both had terrific rides to book a place in the quarter-finals - finishing second to reach the last 32.

Whyte rode in the first quarter-final and looked set for an easy qualification before unclipping - the British rider recovering well to take fourth place on the line to book a spot in the semi-finals.

Evans had an incredibly quick start in his quarter-final and produced one of the rides of the weekend to qualify for the semi-finals - leading from start to finish to get into the last 16 for the second day in a row.

In the semi-final, both British riders got great starts yet again - with Evans and Whyte both in qualifying spots at the halfway mark.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Tre Whyte finishes eighth in the final round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup while teammate Kyle Evans exits in the semi-finals

With riders chasing hard, the British duo slipped down a couple of places and battled it out for fourth, with Evans losing time after being forced wide at the final turn.

Whyte crossed the line in fourth to reach his first final of the season, with Evans two places in sixth.

In the final, Whyte’s impressive starting skills were on display again - but with other riders contending for the overall world cup title, he found himself crossing the line in eighth place in his first final of the season.

America’s Connor Fields took the win, with Colombia’s Carlos Alberto Ramirez second and France’s Sylvain Andre third - a result good enough to secure the world cup title for the Frenchman.

The women’s title went to Laura Smulders of the Netherlands, despite Mariana Pajon winning her second world cup round in as many days - the Colombian settling for second overall.