Published: 16 June 2013
Report: Scott Hobro
Images: Spencer Moret
Great Britain’s Liam Phillips, Kyle Evans and Charlotte Green all exited at the semi final stage at the Papendal UCI BMX Supercross.
Phillips and Evans were both drawn in the same heat at the Olympic Training Centre finishing sixth and seventh respectively whilst Green took seventh in the elite women’s contest, with only the top four progressing to the finals.
Colombian Olympic champion Mariana Pajon won the elite women’s event with Dutch rider Jelle van Gorkom the victor in the elite men’s discipline.
The result leaves Phillips third overall in the series standings with only one round remaining in Chula Vista. Shanaze Reade, despite her absence with a knee injury, keeps her lead in the elite women’s rankings.
British Cycling Academy Programme riders Curtis Manaton, Grant Hill and Dan McBride were knocked out at the moto stage as they continue to gain experience on the world cup circuit.
“I think Kyle Evans rode fantastically, really strong from the first moto and to make the semi finals was a great achievement on a track like this,” Olympic BMX coach Grant White said.
“That’s his first ever semi final in a world cup, he’s going from strength to strength.
“Charlotte Green, to make a semi final, she was up to the standard and backed herself as far as her lane selection for the semi but went too late and got cut off.
“Liam handled a big track like this and was up front for his heats and quarter final, he rode pretty strongly. Obviously he would have liked to have done better but there were positives with how he performed.
"The biggest positive is that he’s come away from this healthy, we can get home and get into training for the worlds.”
Phillips, 24, had won all three heats in his moto stage and his quarter final on the back of fourth place in Saturday’s time trial Superfinal.
But a slight collision with Colombian Carlos Mario Oquendo Zabala on the last corner forced the Briton, who was visibly confounded at the finish, back and out of the competition.
“He didn’t have a good start in his quarter final, the lap was OK but he had to take a bit of a defensive line early in the lap which cost him some speed. He allowed a rider to get on the inside of him for the second last straight, the guy drifted up high and allowed the guy behind him to come through."
British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme rider Evans, who had rode exceptionally to a career best result on the UCI BMX Supercross stage, was unable to challenge in the semi final.
The 19-year-old had demonstrated his future credentials with two second place finishes in the three moto heats.
Nineteen-year-old Olympic Development Programme rider Green also showed promise, steadily improving through the motos with a fifth, fourth and then third place to move into the semi finals but there fell back through the field.