Reigning Olympic champion Connor Fields finished off the season by winning Round 6 of the 2017 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup on Sunday in Santiago, Argentina.
Fields, who won gold at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, fought hard out of the gate in the final to get into the lead and fended off hard challenges throughout the lap to secure the win.
“It feels great,” said Fields, a Las Vegas resident who turned 25 on Sept. 14. “I’m tired, man. I gave it everything I had today. The Argentinian guys were riding so hard. Sylvain [Andre of France] was riding so good ... It took everything I had to get the win.”
Fields not only picked up the world cup victory, but he also finished second in the world cup standings to Andre by just 25 points. He finished fourth in Stage 5 on Saturday.
“I can just circle back to my day in Zolder, my second day, and that cost me,” said Fields, a two-time Olympian, who finished 27th at the Round 4 world cup stop in Belgium after winning Round 3 the day before.
He was third in the overall world cup standings heading into the final two stages of the world cup in Argentina.
During the final, Fields charged hard out of the gate from the No. 1 position and forged a slight lead over Colombia’s Carlos Alberto Ramirez Yepes, who put constant pressure on the American throughout the race, only to finish in second place.
Current world champion Corben Sharrah of Tucson, Arizona, was eliminated in the same semifinal heat that put Fields into the final. Danielle George, the only U.S. woman competing in Argentina, finished eighth.