UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Action returns to Cali
In the last few days, François Pervis has made it clear on social media that he is happy to be in Cali. It was at the Colombian velodrome nearly a year ago that the French athlete went down in history as the first track cyclist to win the kilometre, individual sprint and keirin world titles. In Cali once again, he will have one goal: prepare to defend his crowns next month in front of his home crowd in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
Absent from the first round in Guadalajara, Pervis is not in the running for the overall ranking. The other star of the last World Championships, Kristina Vogel, will not compete in Colombia. The German athlete is currently training in South Africa with a view to being in her best shape at Saint-Quentin.
Great Britain’s senior endurance teams that competed in the Guadalajara and London World Cup rounds will make way for academy talent in Colombia. Five young athletes aged 18 and 19 will represent British Cycling in the men’s endurance events. Meanwhile the world-beating women’s endurance squad will miss the Cali round after performing impressively in Mexico and London. In their place, British interests will be served by the Team USN trade squad.
The Australians, who arrived in Colombia without luggage or bikes after a rather unpredictable trip, will make the most of the Cali stopover to try out some of their young athletes. Among them is Macey Stewart, Juniors World Champion in the Omnium and in the road time trial at Ponferrada last September.
“The Cali World Cup is an important opportunity for our developing athletes to gain crucial big event exposure and to experience and manage the travel required of elite track athletes at the international level,” said Kevin Tabotta, National Performance Director, Cycling Australia.
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