Posted by Editoress on 10/28/18
Team Canada won two medals on Day 3 of the UCI Track World Cup at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton. Hugo Barrette won a silver medal in the men's Keirin, and the team of Allison Beveridge and Stephanie Roorda won a bronze medal in the women's Madison.
Barrette won the second World Cup silver medal of his career, against a world-class field. After winning his first round heat and finishing third in the second round to make the medal final, Barrette attacked with just over a lap and a half to go, jumping into a significant lead. He managed to stay in front until the final 50 metres, when six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny of Great Britain pulled up beside him and caught him at the line.
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"I was really aggressive," agreed Barrette, "I wanted to win. After the first round, I knew I could win, so I went with a big move from far away. In the race it was a good decision, and for a second I thought that I did such a good jump that no one could catch me, but the six time Olympic champion caught me ... what a feeling, though; second place when all the best riders in the world were there."
In the women's Madison, Beveridge and Roorda consistently scored points in all but two sprints, despite struggling for a portion of the race that saw them drop back from the lead group. Great Britain won with 36 points, followed by Denmark with 19 and Canada at 13 points.
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"We are so happy," said Roorda. "We come to these races hunting for medals, and to walk away with one in the Madison - our first medal in this event - we are so happy. The plan was to maintain a top-4 position in the first part of the race; not over-extend ourselves and just pick up points here and there. We had some dark moments midway through the race, but we didn't give up and stayed calm and pushed through to the finish. That's how we ended up with a medal."
In other Canadian results, Michael Foley finished tenth overall, despite two crashes in the Elimination Race, the third of four events. Lauriane Genest qualified ninth and finished 17th overall in the women's Sprint.
"The goal coming in was top-10," said Foley, "this might be my only World Cup Omnium this season, so I'm happy with it. The Elimination was pretty tough; I unclipped at one point but managed to clip back in, only to come down in the crash two laps later. The adrenalin kept me going, but I really paid for it in the [final] Points Race."
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