UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara

Men’s omnium – McManus on consistency

 Australia’s Tirian McManus had to wait for the very last event to be crowned on the men’s omnium as three riders held the same total of 23 points before the final kilometre. Consistency finally paid off for the Sydney rider, who finished third in this ultimate race. Seventh in the flying lap, winner of the points race, fifth in the elimination race, second in the pursuit and 8th in the scratch race, the 19-year-old all-rounder said: “This after gold in the team’s pursuit, I don’t know what to say. It’s certainly the greatest win in my career.” Belgium’s Jasper de Buyst was second (27 points) while France’s Thomas Boudat was third on 30 points.

 Final standings – De Buyst triumphs

 Winner of the Manchester opener, Jasper De Buyst stayed on the podium by finishing second in Aguascalientes and Guadalajara. He took the overall title on 420 points, becoming the fourth man to win the specialty’s World Cup after Canada’s Zachary Bell, France’s Bryan Coquard and Swiss Loic Perizzolo. Dutchman Tim Veldt was second on 314 points and France’s Thomas Boudat third on 300 points.

 Women’s omnium  – Pawlowska by one point

 After an unimpressive start on the flying lap (7th), Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska collected three wins on the points race, the elimination race and the individual pursuit. But the 500 metres nearly cost her victory. Only 7th while Australia’s Isabella King finished fourth, she was finally crowned by the slimmest margin. King finished on 21 points while France’s Laurie Berthon completed the podium on 25 points.

 Final standings

 Third in Manchester, France’s Laurie Berthon had to be content with 7th in Aguascalientes. This new podium in Mexico handed her the discipline’s World Cup. “I really want to thank the whole of the French team who worked really well. Now for a little bit of rest before the worlds in March,” she said. The 22-year-old Frenchwoman totalled 330 points ahead of Spain’s Leire Olaberria on 309 points. Britain’s Laura Trott was third on 285 points.

 Madison – Victory for New-Zealanders Bevin and Scully

 Winners of the first, third and 8th sprints, New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully won the Madison ahead of Belgians Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. Third place went to Switzerland’s Stefen Kueng and Thery Schir.

 Final standings – Belgium crowned

 The Belgians, who managed their season well by twice finishing second, took their first World Cup crown on 270 points. Spain on 232 points and New-Zealand on 199 points took the other podium spots.

 Men’s sprint – Flying Dutchman Haak

 The lessons of the team sprint applied to the individual event. Crowned alongside Matthijs Buchli and Nils Van’t Hoenderdaal, Hugo Haak also took the individual honours. The solid Dutchman won in two legs ahead of Germany’s Max Niederlag. New Zealand’s Sam Webster won the third place final.

Final standings – The title for Dawkins

In the absence of some of the stars of world sprint, New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins stole the limelight, the first rider from his country to win the sprint World Cup. He finished on 292 points ahead of Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer on 255. Trinidad’s Nisjane Nicholas Philip clinched a medal spot on 217 points.

 Women’s keirin – Sze takes all

 Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze spent a great weekend in Guadalajara. Third in the 500 metres and in the sprint, she topped her overall performance with victory in the keirin. In Guadalajara, she upstaged Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa (YSD Track Team) and France’s Sandie Clair.

 Final standings – Sze again

 Fourth in Manchester and second in Aguascalientes, Lee Wai Sze progressed steadily to snatch the keirin World Cup for the second year in succession ahead of Fatehah Mustapa and Germany’s Kristina Vogel.

 The UCI Track World championships take place in Cali, Colombia, between February 26 and March 2.

Photo: Victory for New Zealanders Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully in the Madison

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