Track World Cup Classics 2009-2010
Scratch - Russian Evgeniya Romanyuta wins in Melbourne
Romanyuta (RUS) managed to keep herself in a strong position in
the last dash to the line to win the Melbourne Scratch race.
Giorgia Bronzini (ITA), moved to the front with two laps to go and had to
fight all the way to the line to get third on the line, however after the
relegation of Eunmi Park (KOR) for not riding on the blue band in the
sprint, Bronzini was moved to second. A very pleased American, Theresa
Cliff-Ryan (VBR) was moved into the Bronze medal position.
Giorgia Bronzini (ITA), moved to the front with two laps to go and had to fight all the way to the line to get third on the line, however after the relegation of Eunmi Park (KOR) for not riding on the blue band in the sprint, Bronzini was moved to second. A very pleased American, Theresa Cliff-Ryan (VBR) was moved into the Bronze medal position.
A crash, after 10 laps involving the Korean, Eunmi Park and Xiao Juan Diao (HKG) forced the officials neutralise the race while the emergency services team tended to Diao. Eventually, the race was eventually restarted.
Immediately the attacks started. Lauren Ellis (NZL) attempted to get clear. she was joined quickly by Andrea Wolfer (GER). The Australian duo of Ashlee Ankudinoff and Belinda Goss closed the gap.
With six laps to go, Iryna Shplova (UKR) attacked. This time, it was the Belgian, Jessie Daams who closed the gap. In the bunch sprint everyone was jocking for position and resulted in a couple of relegations.
Evgeniya Romanyuta (RUS) was very pleased to have won the scratch race, "That was very hard. I am so happy I won," said Romanyuta. "It was made so hard by the very strong Australian girls," she added.
Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) tried hard to win the scratch race but had to settle for Silver. "It was a hard race and the crash made it difficult. I feel sorry for her. Having the race neutralised was disappointing. I think the race would have been much harder," said Bronzini.
Bronzini was awarded silver after a relegation, "I was boxed in, normally I like to go from the front before two laps to go to get the best wheel for the sprint. I went and the Russian was the only one to come past me. Then I had no where to go. This was a big race and I am very happy to have a medal," added Bronzini.
Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA/VBR) was happy with the bronze medal, although disappointed it came via a disqualification, "I am pretty happy. I had a tough year last year and it is good to come to my first world cup this year and have a good performance," said Cliff-Ryan. "In the sprint, I got boxed. I knew everyone was going to swing wide on the back straight, I shot underneath when the lane opened up. Then when we got to the corner, another opening appeared so I could jump to the outside. I was fourth at the line, but the Korean got disqualified to give me third. I am happy I got the bronze but I finished fourth over the finish line, that was a shame," added Cliff-Ryan.
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