Patrick Lange and Anne Haug both credit $30,000 to their bank accounts. The victory in the Challenge Family World Bonus actually couldn’t slip out of their hands anymore, but after Clash Daytona their victory is actually official.
However, further down the rankings, the Daytona men’s race really shook things up. Patrick Lange’s lead was never under threat but Magnus Ditlev’s outstanding performance at Daytona saw him leap from eighth to second in the World Bonus rankings. Ditlev showed his dominance on the bike and held off a seemingly unstoppable Kristian Blummenfelt for the first two laps of the run. However, Olympic gold won out with Blummenfelt taking the Daytona win and Ditlev taking second, still earning him enough points to propel him into second behind Lange and an extra US$20k in his pocket. Final men’s World Bonus standings and corresponding points are:
1. Patrick Lange (DEU) – 1,325 ($30k)
2. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) – 1,080 ($20k)
3. Frederic Funk (DEU) – 1,050 ($14k)
4. Pablo Dapena (ESP) – 1,000 ($8k)
5. Thomas Steger (AUT) / Braden Currie (NZL) – 950 ($3k)
In the women’s standings, while Anne Haug’s dominance at the top of the World Bonus table was never in question, there was a chance Laura Siddall could knock Nicola Spirig down to fifth with points from Daytona but her fifth place finish ensured Spirig stayed safe. Lucy Hall once again showed her class, leading Daytona until the final 2km when she was knocked off the top spot by Jackie Hering. However, she more than earned her third place in the World Bonus. Final women’s standings and corresponding points are:
1. Anne Haug (DEU) – 1,925 ($30k)
2. Sarissa de Vries (NED) – 1,530 ($20k)
3. Lucy Hall (GBR) – 1,450 ($14k)
4. Nicola Spirig (SUI) – 1,020 ($8k)
5. Laura Siddall (GBR) – 950 ($3k)
The total amount of the Challenge Family World Bonus, divided over this eleven athletes, is $150.