World Cup Track 2010/2011
Omnium - Spanish dominance
Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) pulled out the win of her career, taking gold in the Omnium. The Canadian world champion Whitten was second ahead of the young Polish rider Malgorzata Wojtyra.
The Omnium event included a qualification round plus the six competition events making it one of the most gruelling events of the event.
Going into the final 500m time trial, the gap between the two leads was only 2 points. Whitten had to beat Olaberria Dorronsoro by two places to move up to gold. They finished 6
Individual Pursuit- Tara Whitten (Canada) moved to within two points of the overall leader in the Omnium competition, Spanish rider Leire Olaberra Dorronsoro. The Ukrainian Lesya Kalitovska rode second fastest in the pursuit to move her into third overall.
Scratch - Malgorzata Wojtyra (POL) won the scratch race, but it was the race for the minor places that mattered. Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) and Tara Whitten (Canada) were in the chase group behind and finished third and fifth respectively. This meant the Spaniard had a four point lead going into the final event the 500 TT.
The pace was extremely high right from the start, the entire race averaged 45.949 km/hr for the 10km race. The most active riders in the attacks were, Marianne Vos (NED), Tatsiana Sharakova (BLR),
Time Trial - Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) secured her second victory, winnin the 500m TT in a time of 36.144. this victory moved her up to third overall. The overall Omnium victory however was determined by the performances of the two leaders Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) and Tara Whitten (Canada). They finished 6th and 7th respectively securing gold for the Spanish rider.
Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) was overjoyed to have won the gold medal, "I am so happy and very tired. It has been a really tough three days but I could not be happier," said Olaberria.
Tara Whitten (Canada) proudly wore her world champions jersey to start her campaign of defense, "I would have like to start with a gold but a silver is great. I am very tired. I has been a really tough three days," said Whitten.
Reflecting on where she needs to improve, Whitten added, "Obviously my time trial. I need to find a little extra speed,"
Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland) was very happy with her bronze medal, "I have been working on my time trial and went quicker than I had in the Europeans. That made the difference for me to be able to get a medal today," said Wojtyra
Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) could not be happier with her position at the top of the leader board after 4 events. "I think I could have gone a little faster in the pursuit, but I am please. The scratch race is going to be interesting. Tara [Whitten] is only 2 points behind me," said Olaberria. "This event has been good so far. I will miss Cali but plan to do Beijing and Manchester before Worlds," she added.
Gemma Dudley (NZL) was very happy with her individual pursuit, "I am still young and this is my first World Cup. I went six seconds faster than my ride in the Oceania championships, which is really good. I am loving this Omnuim event. It is hard but really great," said Dudley.
Overall Standings - Final
Day 1 - Omnium Day 1
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