World Track Championships 2010
Scratch - Pascale Jeuland wins Gold
Pascale Jeuland (FRA) won the 10km Scratch race in a hectic sprint to the line, ahead of Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso(CUB) and Belinda Goss (AUS).
In a race marred by two crashes, the Scratch race was excitement from 31 laps to go. The first to attack, was Iryna Shpylyova (UKR) and it took 5 laps and a number of riders chasing to bring the bunch back together. Immediately Vera Koedooder (NED) attacked and Elke Gebhardt (GER) went with her. The pair gained 50m on the chasing bunch led by Belinda Goss (AUS). Together again, it was Jarmila Machacova (CZE) who attacked and this time Pascale Jeuland and Goss chased again. A crash involving the Hong Kong and Chinese riders distrupted the race briefly. With 10 laps to go, Koedooder attacked again. Machacova went with her.
Denmark's Julie Leth touched wheel and came down, taking with her half of the bunch. Goss, Shelly Evans (USA), Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) Andrea Wolfer (SUI) all went down. Evans was the most seriously hurt, she landed on her face and lost two front teeth an got a smack to the head on landing. Incredibly Goss managed to get to get back on her bike with 4 laps to go. At the bell Jeuland was on the front and with Gonzalez on her wheel. In the battle for Bronze, Goss and Kelly Druyts (BEL) has to wait for the judges to make the decision. Eventually it went to Goss.
Pascale Jeuland (FRA) was in tears as the realisation was sinking in that she was World Champion, "I never expected to win. I heard the crash behind me and I just kept going. I knew I could win at the bell. I was strong and feeling good, " reflected Jeuland.
Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (CUB) was the winner in 2009 and had to settle for Silver in 2010. "I am happy with silver. It was a difficult race. I heard the crash but I just kept my focus to the finish," she said.
Belinda Goss (AUS) was still bitterly disappointed with her Bronze medal. Having recovered from the crash, Goss managed to battle back into medal contention. "I got Bronze last year and I really felt good this year. When I crashed I knew I had to get back on my bike if I was to stand a chance for a medal. I jumped back on my bike and chased as hard as I could. It's a Bronze and I should be happy but I thought I could win today, that's bike racing i suppose," said an emotional Goss.
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Sorry, we didn't have a photographer there, we were in Italy at Trofeo Binda - road World Cup, round 1
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