Coquitlam BMX racer Tory Nyhaug is building on the success he achieved at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro where his fifth-place finish was Canada’s best-ever performance in the event.
Sunday he stepped up to the silver-medal position of the podium at the first UCI BMX Supercross World Cup stop of the season, at Papendal, Netherlands. He finished sixth in Saturday’s first stage, and the combined results put him in third in the overall World Cup standings.
Starting from the outside position, Nyhaug tucked underneath Niek Kimmann, of the Netherlands, in the first turn to slot behind 2016 UCI BMX World Champion Joris Daudet. Each held their position to the finish line, while Olympic champion Connor Fields of the United States edged Kimmann for the bronze medal.
“I kept things simple and I didn’t just get on the podium, but was able to battle at the front,” said Nyhaug. “That’s what I’m most proud of.”
The next round of the Supercross World Cup will be in Heusden-Zolder Belgium this weekend. This year’s BMX World Championships will be held Rock-Hill, Kansas, July 25-29.