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Published: 17 December 2013
Great Britain’s Kyle Evans and Tre Whyte impressed in the Indoor St Etienne BMX competition on Saturday and Sunday.
Twenty-year-old Evans reached the finals on both days in central France but was forced to settle for eighth place in each race as incidents cost the improving British Cycling Olympic BMX Academy Programme rider.
Whyte exited in the 1/8 final on Saturday following a crash but bounced back to take sixth in Sunday’s final to complete a solid weekend of work for the duo.
Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic BMX coach Grant White said: “Kyle’s performance during the full night of racing was outstanding and Tre Whyte rode strongly all weekend, winning laps consistently.
“The guys will continue to work hard in Manchester.”
Evans, 20, had continued the form which earned him selection in Great Britain’s squad for the UCI BMX World Championships in July.
Two wins from his three motos were then followed by victories in the 1/16, 1/8 and semi-finals in a field which included time-trial world champion Connor Fields and France’s 2011 world champion Joris Daudet.
But an unfortunate bump with Sylvan Andre at the start of the final forced Evans to unclip and ended his chances of victory.
Sunday saw Evans once again reach the final and start strongly leading into turns one and two. A misjudged second corner allowed Joris Daudet the inside line and to bump Evans, who eventually ended eighth.
Whyte was able to put Saturday’s 1/8 final disappointment behind him and powered through to Sunday’s final where another strong effort was rewarded with sixth place.
Both athletes are building towards next April’s UCI BMX Supercross in Manchester, where they will hope to be selected in the Great Britain squad.
1. Joris Daudet (FRA)
2. Vincent Pelluard (FRA)
3. Simon Duchene (FRA)
4. Romain Riccardi (ITA)
5. Sylvain Andre (FRA)
6. Tre Whyte (GB)
7. Quentin Caleyron (FRA)
8. Kyle Evans (GB)