Phillips completes memorable double at UCI BMX Supercross in Manchester

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Great Britain’s Liam Phillips completed a memorable double with victory in the elite men’s race at the UCI BMX Supercross in Manchester.

World champion Phillips added to his win in Friday’s time-trial with a convincing display in the supercross racing at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

The 25-year-old went undefeated for the entire evening on his way to the title, Australia’s Anthony Dean and Canada’s Tory Nyhaug completing the podium.

It is the second consecutive year that Phillips has won both the time-trial and supercross in Manchester, having achieved the same in 2013.

"I won the world championships in New Zealand but it feels more special to win in front of the guys that support me," Phillips said.

“I just wanted to enjoy it. I wanted to come here and I really wanted to enjoy racing in front of a sell-out crowd wearing the rainbow jersey.

"It’s something that I adore - I love wearing this jersey every day. To be able to do it in front of a group of people - fans and everybody that has come here to watch - makes it even more special.

"I’m really, really happy to be able to deliver and perform how I did today.”

Great Britain Olympic Academy Programme athlete Kyle Evans reached his first world cup final, finishing fifth.

In the elite women’s competition, 19-year-old Charlotte Green came fourth in the final with a promising performance.


Australian world champion Caroline Buchanan won on her return to the world cup with Brooke Crain (USA) second and Stefany Hernandez (Venezuela) third.

“To go out in the final and be alongside Liam down the first straight and being in the one-two positions jumping into the first turn was a great feeling," Evans said.

"It’s just a great experience and I’ll look forward to the next world cups and the next couple of seasons to come.”

Green, who had targeted a place in the final before the event, said: “I’m so happy. I’m just glad that I believed in myself and pushed through all the races, and it shows - I got a good result and I’m really pleased.”

Earlier, Tre Whyte had exited at the quarter-final stage, edged out to fifth by American Jared Garcia with only four progressing.

Abbie Taylor was eliminated in the 1/8 finals. Racing over three heats with riders aggregate scores counting, Taylor finished sixth, seventh and sixth to place seventh in her moto.

The next round of the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup takes place in Papendal, Netherlands on 10-11 May.


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