Posted by Editoress on 10/20/18
Canada's Derek Gee had a strong start to the track season on Saturday, finishing eighth in the Omnium at the first round of the Track World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France.
Gee was eighth in the first event, the Scratch Race, 15th in the Tempo Race and 15th in the Elimination Race, putting him 13th overall going into the final Points Race. In that race, he was one of the strongest riders in the field, finishing fourth in the race and taking two laps on the field, to move up to eighth overall with 100 points. Albert Torres Barcelo of Spain won overall with 174 points.
"It was a really great experience at my first World Cup Omnium," said Gee. "I learned a lot of really valuable lessons for the future. I am ready to turn my attention towards the Team Pursuit for the upcoming home World Cup!"
Zach Bell was the team manager and coach for the project, and said, "It was a class field and Derek showed he more than has what it takes to be competitive in the most difficult moments. Small mistakes can be changed quickly. Derek has the engine, and even over the course of the day his racing instinct was improving. Cycling Canada is lucky to have someone with such a balanced skill set at such a young age, and he certainly announced himself as a real prospect in this event now and in the future in a way that can't be ignored."
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