Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

April 15, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.

UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance

by CyclingTips

Australia took top honours on Friday at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong, with two gold medals, one silver and two bronze. Germany and Great Britain also won titles on the third day of competition.

Cameron Meyer took the first Australian title of the night in the Men’s points race, completely dominating the event. After lapping the field with a small group, Meyer then lapped the field again on his own to put his stamp on the race. This is Meyer’s fourth world title in the points race, having previously won in 2009, 2010 and 2012. Kenny de Ketele of Belgium won the silver and Wojciech Pszczolarski of Poland took the bronze medal.

Australia followed up their first win of the night with a second title in the Men’s individual pursuit by Jordan Kerby. After setting a time of 4:12.172 in qualifying — the third fastest time in history — Kerby won the gold medal race against Filippo Gana of Italy. Kerby’s Australian team mate, Kelland O’Brien, took the bronze medal.

In the women’s Sprint, it was Olympic champion Kristina Vogel of Germany who dominated the event, winning every heat on her way to the title. In the final, Vogel went up against Stephanie Morton of Australia, winning in two straight. Host nation Hong Kong took their first medal of the championships with local star Lee Wai Sze winning the bronze medal.

Kate Archibald took home the Women’s omnium for Great Britain, winning the first two events, the scratch and tempo races. After a fifth place in the elimination she and Amy Cure of Australia were tied heading into the final event, the points race, with Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) a close third at 106 points. Archibald scored points in four of the intermediate sprints, including the final one, to ensure her victory with 123 points. Wild and Cure finished tied at 115 points, with Wild taking the silver medal by virtue of finishing ahead of Cure in the final sprint.