Amy Cure Takes Points Race Gold In London

Reigning points race world champion Amy Cure (TAS) claimed the first gold of the London World Cup for Australia in the Class 1 UCI points race on Saturday. Alexander Edmondson (SA) and Callum Scotson (SA) narrowly missed a medal in the Madison finishing fourth, while Anna Meares (SA) finished sixth in the sprint. In the omnium, Isabella King (WA) is sitting third after three events in the women’s event, while Scott Law (NSW) is seventh in the men’s standings also after three events. The 2014/15 UCI Track World Cup series features over 200 of world’s best track cyclists competing across three rounds for points towards World Championships and Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification. London is hosting the second round of the UCI Track World Cup Series from December 5-7 at the Lee Valley VeloPark – the venue for 2012 Olympic Games. Event Recaps Women?s Points Race Reigning world champion Amy Cure showed off her rainbow jersey in style claiming gold in the points race in consistent style, picking up points in six of the eight sprints. “It was a really tough race out there and I think I was a bit marked having the world champions jersey,” said Cure. “I tried to play that in my favour and I was really happy to come home with the gold.” At the midway point of the race, Cure was one of seven riders to take a lap, moving her into the lead. Heading towards the final sprint Cure had a three point advantage over Jasmin Glaesser (CAN).? And despite Glaesser winning the final sprint and five points, Cure took second to secure victory. Elinor Barker (GBR) collected bronze. “It definitely has been a successful world cup for me, the girls did an awesome job in the team pursuit yesterday for silver.”” said Cure of her silver on Friday with Melissa Hoskins (WA), Ashlee Ankudinoff (NSW) Isabella King (WA) and Rebecca Wiasak (ACT). >>> LISTEN TO Amy Cure interview. Women?s Sprint Olympic sprint champion Anna Meares returned to the track where she won her Olympic sprint gold in 2012 to post the fourth fastest ‘Flying 200m’ qualifying time of 11.021secs. Stephanie Morton was marginally slower in seventh with 11.086secs. “I’m very happy with my sprinting, fourth qualifier sees me consistent with performance in Mexico,” said Meares, referencing the previous World Cup where posted the second fastest Flying 200m time of her career. In the 1/16 final Meares advanced over Monique Sullivan (CAN). Morton crossed the line second to Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (CUB) but proceeded to the next round when Guerra Rodriguez was relegated for not holding her line. Meares advanced over Miriam Welte (GER) in the 1/8 final while Morton was beaten by Guadalajara sprint winner Anastasiia Voinova (RUS). Welte was then too strong for Morton in the 1/8 repechage. A superb quarterfinal match up saw reigning Olympic champion Meares pitted against reigning world champion Kristina Vogel (GER), with the German taking the first race.? A photo finish was required to separate the two greats with Vogel just edging Meares to move through. “I thought they were great hard, fast and exciting races as would be expected when the world champ meets the Olympic champ,” said Meares. “I felt tactically strong and lost by minimal margins both times. “Second in the 5-8 places for sixth overall and most important of thing that happened tonight sees me leave London with all important Rio points. “What can I take away? Confidence. I was better here then I was in Mexico and so we are right on plan.” Men?s Madison The young pairing of South Australians Alex Edmondson and Callum Scotson were active throughout claiming points in the first three sprints. A daring move by the pair with the team from New Zealand in the closing stages to take a lap nearly paid off. The two teams were within 20-30m of catching the bunch and taking back a lap lost. After claiming three points in the final sprint Edmondson and Scotson finished in fourth, just one point off a medal. Women?s Omnium Western Australia’s Isabella King got off to a strong start finishing fifth in the opening scratch race. King followed up with another fifth place finish in a time of 3mins 38.718secs. Another strong showing by King saw her the fourth last rider to be eliminated moving her in to third at the conclusion of day one on 98 points. Men?s Omnium Scott Law (NSW) finished ninth in the scratch race. A time of 4mins 30.825secs in the individual pursuit saw Law finish seventh. Several crashes caused havoc in the elimination race, with Law riding a very tactical race. Law?s sixth place finish in the elimination sees him end day one in seventh on 82 points. Men?s Keirin Reigning Oceania champion Jacob Schmid (VIC) finished third in his first round heat. In the repechage, Schmid finished second to Dawkins (NZL) to miss out on advancing to the final. Text via Cycling Australia Media Release

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