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Joseph and Benko out of La Bresse World Cup due to injury

By:
Rob Jones
Published:
May 18, 2012, 17:40 BST,
Updated:
May 18, 2012, 18:38 BST
Edition:
MTB News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Race:
2012 Olympic Games, BMX Day Three
Barbara Benko wins the women's race

Barbara Benko wins the women's race

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Olympic hopes dashed for both riders

New Zealand's Rosara Joseph (Rabobank Giant) and Hungary's Barbara Benko (Focus-MIG) are both out of this weekend's World Cup in La Bresse, France, after crashing and injuring themselves in separate incidents. For both, it is a blow to their Olympic aspirations.

Joseph, who broke her arm, was in a heated battle with fellow New Zealand rider Karen Hanlen for the single spot New Zealand is qualifying, while Hungary had an outside chance of catching Denmark for the final women's spot. Benko injured her ankle and while it is probably not broken, she will not be able to race this weekend.

Heavy clouds are now moving in after sunny weather earlier in the week, which follows closely the predictions for rain this weekend. If it does rain, the course will become muddy and slippery quickly - particularly the downhill. Riders have being saying that it is still ride-able when wet, but that doesn't take into account the damage that will be done by some 400 under 23 and junior riders on Saturday prior to the elite races on Sunday.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for full coverage of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in La Bresse France.

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