Double Dutch delight at Abbotsford

Laura Smulders and Twan van Gendt win in Abbotsford as the BMX SX season comes to a close
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Dutch riders Twan van Gendt and Laura Smulders took the winning honours at the final UCI Supercross World Cup event after an incident packed meeting on Saturday.

Both the women's and men's finals were marred by crashes with four going down in the women’s final and five in the men’s final.

The men’s final saw a big crash on the first jump which knocked out four of the riders from contention. The rest of the race saw van Gendt battling it out with Australia’s Sam Willougby for the win with the Dutch rider taking the win.

Willoughby's fellow countryman Brian Kirkham came in third. Red Bull athletes Mike Day and Luke Madill were knocked out of the running in the quarter-finals, while Corben Sharrah made the semis but went over his handlebars and hit the dirt early in the round.

By finishing second, Willoughby won the men's overall World Cup standings for this year. He needed to finish ahead of American Connor Fields in the race to take the title and was fortunate that Fields was one of the riders that got caught up in the crash on the first jump.

The women’s race also suffered from crashes involving riders though Smulders managed to keep upright to take the win from Kirsten Dellar of Australia. Britain's Abbie Taylor was third.

Despite crashing in the final, Caroline Buchanan was able to secure the overall World Cup honours in the women’s category by rolling in with a fifth place finish.

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