Posted by Editoress on 12/5/14
The Canadian Women Team Pursuit squad posted the third fastest time of the qualifiers on Friday at the second edition of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London, despite finishing the race minus one rider as Kristy Lay crashed at the 3000 metre mark into the 4000 metre race. They then qualified third in the next round and will race for bronze against China
Represented by Jasmin Glaesser, Stephanie Roorda, Allison Beveridge and Kristy Lay, Canada posted a time of 4:28.208. Lay was shaken during the high-speed crash, but was still be able to compete in the semi-finals.
The local riders from Great Britain came from behind in the last few laps to post the fastest time, 4:23.406, less than one-tenth of a second faster than Australia's time of 4:23.498.
Canada faced Australia in the semi-finals, finishing with a time of 4:26.590 to Australia's 4:24.504, the fastest time of the round. Australia will meet Great Britain for the gold medal final. The semi-finals will take place tonight evening session, starting at 7pm local time.
In the men's Team Pursuit, Canada finished 13th in qualifying, with its squad represented by Remi Pelletier-Roy, Ed Veal, Sean McKinnon and Aidan Caves posting a time of 4:09.054. The four-man team improved their final result by three positions from the first World Cup in Guadalajara, where they finished 16th. Only the top-8 teams moved on to the next round.
The men's Team Sprint squad of Hugo Barrette, Joe Veloce and Evan Carey finished 14th in qualifying and did not advance. Joel Archambault crashed in training on Thursday and did not participate.
In their second World Cup race as a team, Monique Sullivan and rookie Kate O'Brien continued their progression in the women's Team Sprint, finishing in 13th place in the qualifying round. They did not advance to the next round.
Competing in a C1-class women's Scratch race, Annie Foreman-Mackay finished in 21st place.
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