Two From Two for Willoughby World Champs
ESP’s Sam Willoughby was crowned double world champion after winning the supercross finale at the UCI BMX World Championships in Rotterdam.Willoughby won a crash-marred final to collect a second rainbow jersey after winning the time trial on Saturday. Connor Fields (USA) took the early lead in the men’s final with Willoughby in second and Australian powerhouse Anthony
Dean in third. Willoughby closed the gap on Fields down the second straight and as the pair entered the second turn Fields crashed, taking Dean and most of the pack with him.
Willoughby stayed upright and easily went onto win his third elite world title. Tory Nyhaug (Canada) dodged the wreckage to finish second with Tre Whyte (Great Britain) in third.
An ecstatic Willoughby was visibly emotional following his win, dedicating it to the late mother of American girlfriend Alise Post, who finished second in the elite woman the race before.“It’s pretty special for me to win this,” he said. “It’s incredible, you train hard and set your goals, it’s all realistic on paper but doing it is a whole different story.”
In what was a case of history repeating, ten years ago to the dayWarwick Stevenson became the first Australian to be crowned elite World Champion in the Netherlands, a statistic Willoughby mentioned with pride before thanking the crowd. “To come back ten years later and do it in the same country is pretty cool, so I’m stoked,” he said.