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Posted by Editoress on 08/27/17
Canada finished the Junior Track Cycling World Championships on Sunday after five days of racing in Montichiari, Italy, with a gold medal and a silver medal, plus multiple new Canadian records.
On the final day, Canadians competed in the women's and men's Madison races. The women's team of Maggie Coles-Lyster and Laurie Jussaume finished seventh, while the men's team of Chris Ernst and Michael Foley finished tenth.
Craig Griffin, Track Endurance Coach at Cycling Canada, said at the conclusion of the Championships, "The 2017 Junior Track Worlds was a success for all our athletes that competed, in that they all came away with personal bests in their respective timed events, and national records in the men and women's team pursuit and women's individual pursuit."
"While the women's team pursuit squad fell short of their top-4 goal, placing fifth, and the team pursuit men missed their top-8 goal by placing ninth, we're really excited about the talent assembled and the future of these athletes moving forward into the senior ranks."
"Obviously, the highlight of the trip was Maggie's gutsy ride in the Points Race for the gold medal. Her skill and determination prevailed against a field that was marking her the entire race and this result definitely made up for her disappointment of winning silver in the Omnium."
"The number of world records that were broken is proof of the ever increasing level of competition at the Junior level. We have work to do, but the fine efforts of the athletes' personal coaches to get them to the level they are at can't go unmentioned."
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