2013 UCI Track World Championships
Minsk Arena, Belarus
Omnium- Time Trial and final placing.
Sarah Hammer (USA) rode a solid Time Trial to secure her second World title of the championships. Laura Trott (GBR) managed to hold on for second overall ahead of Australian Annette Edmondson.
In the final Time Trial, Gilliam Carleton (CAN) won the event ahead of Edmondson and Russian Tamara Balabolina.
Rebecca James (GBR) became Keirin World Champion. In the battle for silver Jinjie Gong (CHN) won ahead of Lisandra Guerra Rodriquez.
James had the wheel of the derny. As soon as it had pulled away, the Cuban tried to get the jump on the bunch. James was too strong and held the inside line. German Kristina Vogel got squeezed down onto the blue line and crashed with one to go.
In the first race, Cuban, Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez was fastest in the final lap ahead of Rebecca James (GBR) and Columbian Juliana Gaviria. The remaining riders will race for 7-12 place.
In the second race, Kristina Vogel (GER) attacked early and held on to win. Wai Sze Lee (HKG) was second ahead of jingie Wong (CHN).
Sandie Clair (FRA) won the race for 7-12 place.
(USA) secured her second World Omnium title, “It is always my
goal to try to win gold. To be honest, that final 500m Time Trial in the
Omnium has always got me. As much as I train for it, every single day, when
the pressure is on, going for gold, it is always tough. You dream in your
heart but you never know what will happen. I knew looking at the times I
needed to do a personal best. My palms were sweaty at the start just
thinking about it,” said Hammer.
Trott (GBR) was happy with her gold and silver from the
championships, “I am slightly disappointed. I wanted to win them
both again [Team Pursuit and Omnium]. At the end of the say I tried my best.
A better rider beat me on the day,” said Trott.
the areas she needs to develop, Trott added, “The Points race let me
down again. She [Sarah Hammer] beat me by seven places and beat me overall
by 4 points. It is that that is letting me down. I have not really sat down
to figure out how to ride it. My main focus has been on getting the Team
Pursuit right. I am definitely going to focus on it now. Chris Newton is
going to help me. Learn how to ride. I can only try.”
problem is that I just don’t know how to ride it. I try so hard but I get
one or two points. It just isn’t good enough. I just need to ride them
more. There is a Points race at the Commonwealth Games next year, so I want
to learn before then. Maybe I can have a crack at a medal there,”
There is huge
expectation on Trott. She is still only 20, “I know I am still
young. I will take a break now and join my new team Wiggle Honda for my
first race on the road for a while at Dottingnes in March. i will probably
go to do the u23 Europeans in July but it depends on my team commitments,”
Edmondson (AUS) won bronze in the Omnium, “I was second
last year and I was hoping to go one better. I am happy to be on the podium.
I had a bad run in the Elimination and the Points race. I had to pick myself
up today and try to get on the podium. I did so I am happy with that. I have
to wait another year to have a go for those stripes,” said
had a full championships, having ridden the Pursuit, Team Pursuit and the
Omnium events, “I am getting practice with the Omnium and making
sure I refocus for each event. I did my first Individual Pursuit and managed
to medal so I am happy with that. We were disappointed with the Team
Pursuit. We know we have some work to do in that area and with the Omnium
which is ok,” added Edmondson.
now start her first senior professional road career with Orica-AIS, “My
first race will be Padova in March so it should be interesting,” reflected
Carleton (CAN) won the final 500m Time Trial to move her up to 8th
overall in her first championship Omnium event. “I am pleased with
parts of the Omnium. I am really happy with the timed events. I did not
really think I would be first in the 500m for sure. My final lap in the
Pursuit surprised me too. I was not super happy with the bunch races. While
the scratch was ok, I was absolute garbage in the others,” said
for Carleton are, “I keep trying to remind myself that I not really
done any big international bunch racing yet. I think it is important not to
get down on myself about the bunch races. I know they are not my strength,
at the same time I know what I need to practice,” added Carleton.
Rebecca James (GBR) was still in shock after the podium ceremony, "I can't believe this. I never imagined I would leave Minsk with two World Championship jerseys. It is overwhelming, " said James.
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