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Los Angeles UCI World Cup
Results - Day 3
Sarah Hammer and Becky Quinn joined forces to put forth a solid team effort to close out the L.A. World Cup with a 1-2 finish in the women's scratch race Sunday. hammer earned her second gold medal of the weekend after leading out a field of 19 riders for the final ten laps of the 10km race.
"I got on the gas with about eight laps to go - that's perfect for me," explained Saturday's individual pursuit champion. "The plan was for me to lead, but if an appropriate place came up, Becky was going to yell. It just happened that I hung in there for the win. She helped me out in the points race in Manchester and we decided to help whoever was in a situation for the win. It turns out that we got me in front and she was just going to sweep and yell if someone was coming. Going into turn three on the final lap, I didn't see anyone, so I just went."
After setting a track record in the individual pursuit on Saturday, Hammer relied on her strength in that event to carry her through to a win on Sunday. "I only train for the pursuit. The points race and scratch race are just a bonus. I'm not a fan of the pack. Really, my only goal today was not to crash."
Quinn's silver medal effort was her second of the weekend after finishing second in Friday's 20km points race.
A five-medal performance for the American contingent this weekend largely puts to rests bad memories of a poor showing at the 2005 World Championships held here in March.
"We had solid performances all around," claimed USA Cycling director of track programs Pat McDonough. "We had personal bests by nearly all the riders, five medals and seven top-four performances. We were certainly in the hunt more than we have been in the recent past. The best thing here has been the attitude. That's where it all begins."
Americans were also in the medal hunt on Sunday in the women's keirin.
After winning her first round heat and placing third in the second round, Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) breezed into the final of the women's keirin. But once there, Reed narrowly missed out on a medal in a photo finish among a solid field of six riders.Reigning world champion Clara Sanchez (FRA) took the win ahead of Shuang Guo (CHN) and Elisa Frisoni (ITA).
Women's Scratch Race
1. HAMMER Sarah USA
2. QUINN Becky USA
3. ARUSTAMOVA Yulia RUS.
1. SANCHEZ Clara FRA
2. GUO Shuang CHN
3. FRISONI Elisa ITA
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