Posted by Editoress on 10/28/18
Round 2 of the Tissot UCI Track World Cup concluded on Sunday at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton with four medals awarded. Canada's top result was Lauriane Genest, sixth in the women's Keirin. Canada won a silver and a bronze medal in four days of competition, to finish 11th out of 40 in the nation rankings.
Genest, who is racing in her first World Cup, won her first round race and finished second in the second round to make it to the medal round. In the Final, Genest started strong, however, she faded in the final half lap to finish sixth.
"This was my first ever World Cup," said Genest, "and to compete here on my home track, where I train every day, and to see the stands full; it was an amazing feeling. I gave everything I had, but did a tactical mistake when I followed Stephanie Morton [Australia], rather than going ahead of her. So went the girls decided to go I was already tired. I'm happy to say that at my first World Cup, I made the big final in the Keirin."
In other competition, Allison Beveridge finished 11th in the four event women's Omnium, and Hugo Barrette was 16th in the men's Sprint, after winning the silver medal in the men's Keirin on Saturday.
"It was tough," admitted Barrette. "We were out of the velodrome at 11 last night [after the Keirin], and I started back here at 8 in the morning. I was feeling surprisingly good for the [qualifying] time trial, but one moment of [inattention] and I almost crashed, but still qualified by a miracle. In the first round, I beat the fifth fastest rider, but that was it ... the adrenalin was finished and after that I had no more legs."
Canadian Team Manager Jessika Grand Bois said, "The level of racing in Milton this year was exceptional, and it was certainly a good test for our athletes as we embark on the qualification process for the Olympics. We had some great performances, took notes on what our team need to work on and are excited for the next races."
Men Sprint 1st (Qualifying, 1/16, 1/8)
Men Sprint Final (Semi and Final)
Women Keirin 1st Round
Women Keirin 2nd Round and Final
Women Omnium - Scratch and Tempo
Women Omnium - Elimination and Points
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