2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

 

For the women on day 4 the sprint and scratch race titles were decided and the omnium commenced.

 

Women’s Sprint

 

In a stunning display of tactical riding, Germany’s Kristina Vogel retained the world sprint title, after fighting back from one match down in the semi-finals.  Despite having raced the extra match in the semi’s, she secured the gold-medal in straight rides against Dutch rider Elis Ligtlee, who had looked strong throughout the competition.

 

The bronze medal went to China’s Tianshi Zhong who beat Stephanie Morton from Australia.

 

 

Women's Scratch Race

 

Several riders who were also racing the omnium chose to take to the track to fight for the scratch race title and it was one of these, Dutch rider Kirsten Wild, who took the honours ahead of Amy Cure of Australia.  It was a cagey race with few attacks and nothing that looked like it would stick, so it was a bunch sprint that decided the title, with French rider Pascale Jeuland who had crossed the line in thrid place being relegated to last place for moving into another rider’s lane during the final sprint.  Canada’s Allison Beveridge benefitted from this decision and took the bronze medal despite having crashed in the early stages of the race.

 

Results:

Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)

Amy Cure (Australia)

Allison Beveridge (Canada)

 

 

Women’s Omnium

 

The women’s omnium started with the scratch race where four riders took a lap.  The winner Lithuania’s Ausrine Trebaite came from this group, with Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen, Ireland’s Caroline Ryan and Tatsiana Sharakova from Belarus taking the big points.  Annette Edmonson (Australia) was the best of the rest and the first of the favourites, with Kristen Wild (Netherlands) seventh, defending champion Sarah Hammer (USA) eighth and Great Britain’s Laura Trott down in 13th.

 

It was however all change after the pursuit, when the big names made their mark.  Laura Trott was first ahead of Annette Edmondson and Kirsten Wild and the early leaders slipped down the rankings.

 

The final race of the day was the elimination race, when again the favourites cemented their positions.  The surprise result was Sarah Hammer, who made an early exit and finished 10th.  Clearly furious she banged her fist on her bars and could only watch her rivals contest the finish.  Trott won the race from Wild, who goes into day two as the leader on 102 points, just four points clear of Annette Edmonson on 98 and Trott is third on 96.

 

The remaining races are the time trial and the flying lap, which will set us up for an undoubtedly close finish in the points race.

 

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