Five things to know from what happened in the world of sport. January 26-February 2 2021.
- Endurance tests defined in the last hour. The Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona were won by Wayne Taylor Racing for the third time in a row, this time with Filipe Albuquerque (POR), Ricky Taylor (USA), Alexander Rossi (USA) and Hélio Castro-Neves (BRA). It was a great race that was defined just in the last lap with five cars on the lead lap. Corvette won the GTLM again, with Jordan Taylor (USA), Nicky Catsburg (NED) and Antonio García (ESP), who had to miss the celebrations due to a positive covid test. Another test of endurance that was defined until the very last day was the 40-day Vendée Globe Race, which was won by Yannick Bestaven (FRA) in his Maître Coq IV. He was the third to reach the French coast but thanks to a bonus given for assisting Kevin Escoffier (FRA), he became the winner of this test, in front of Dalin and Burton. (Watch their arrival)
- The old and the new at X-Games. Jamie Anderson (USA) won her 18th X-Games medal and her 8th gold in the Snowboard slopestyle, at the X-Games Aspen. No other woman has won more X-Games medals, while Henrik Harlaut (SWE) won his 8th X-Gams gold in Freestye Skiing the most in the sport. Dusty Hendricksen (USA, Snowboard) and Eileen Gu (CHN, Freestyle Skiing) won two gold medals…On their debuts, aged 17. (Watch a highlight reel – X-Games)
- German sliders again. Germany won four gold medals at the Luge World Championship. Julia Taubitz (DEU) won the Women’s Sprint and Classic race gold medals, as well as thte Team relay silver, teaming up with Doubles World Champions Toni Eggert / Sascha Benecken and with Felix Loch, who was upset again my Roman Repilov (RUS), who also own gold in the Men’s Classic race last year. Nico Gleirscher (AUT) won the Men’s Sprint and Austria also won the Relay gold. In bobsleigh, Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schüller were impressive again, as they won the 2-Man and 4-Man World Cups by taking the last races at Innsbruck. Friedrich won all but one race in the season. (Watch the highlights from Innsbruck)
- Cyclo-cross Dutch domination. Mathieu van der Poel (NED) beat Wout van Aert (BEL) to take his fourth Cylo-Cross World Championship in a great track at Ostende, Belgium. Wout had a flat tyre but van der Poel was faster anyway. Lucinda Brand (NED) finished her great season by winning the Women’s race, in a Dutch 1-2-3. (Watch the Men’s Elite highlights – UCI)
- Burov flies again. Maxim Burov won his sixth straight World Cup Gold in Aerials, fifth individual, y winning the World Cup event in Belarus. (Watch Burov’s gold jump – FIS)