Australia opens World Cup season in style

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Photo – Guy Swarbrick

Madison gold to Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker, Madison bronze to Sam Welsford and Leigh Howard, and omnium bronze to Edmondson highlighted round two of the 2019-20 Tissot UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Edmondson and Baker dominated the 120-lap Madison from the outset, winning five of the first eight sprints held every ten laps, while figuring in two others, to set up a commanding lead.

Despite a crash by Baker inside the final 15 laps, the pair kept calm and rode away with the win on 40 points ahead of Great Britain (31pts) and the Netherlands (19pts).

“The Australian women’s endurance squad has been focusing on the Madison in particular over the last couple of months.

“So this result means a lot not just to us, but the entire squad back home who have been helping us prepare for this track season,” said Edmondson.

“Going into the race, we were focused on getting the little things right, wanted to make it simple, focus on the process and hope the result came.

“We are so happy to take the gold medal, and it shows all the hard work back home in Adelaide is working,” said Baker.

Edmondson celebrated twice on the podium at the World Cup after claiming bronze in the four-event Omnium final. The 2015 omnium world champion finished on 111 points, just ten behind dual reigning world champion Kirsten Wild (NED).

“Each race was close together, and it all came down to a hard points race and the final sprint to get ono the podium,” said Edmondson, who finished sixth, third and fourth in the scratch, tempo and elimination races before grabbing a medal with third in the points race.

“I’m satisfied with that performance, and we came here to try to be consistent with all the races and to make improvements on what we learned at Worlds.

There were movements made forward with that regard, but still plenty of room for more improvements.”

Guy Swarbrick

Reigning team pursuit world champion Sam Welsford and three-time Madison world champion Leigh Howard won bronze in the men’s Madison.

In a frantic race, the Australian duo were one of three teams with winners France and silver medalists Great Britain to take three laps in the 200-lap race. It was a gallant effort by the pair to find the podium after a crash by Howard with sixty laps to go, put pressure on the pairing as the race lifted in intensity over the final fifty laps.

“We went into the race with a reasonably tight plan, and we executed it very close to what we envisaged,” said Howard. “But the crash put us both under the pump, and in the end, the French pairing was too strong.

“We managed to hold third place, so not too shabby, but without the crash, I think we could have shaken things up a bit more in the last 50 laps, but that’s bike racing!”.

Australia’s focus now turns to the World Cup’s fourth round in New Zealand from December 6-8, followed by the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup on home soil at Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome from December 13-15.

“We head back home tomorrow, and then the New Zealand and Brisbane World Cups become our goals. There are not many more opportunities to race and practice, so to know what we are doing is working is great for the confidence,” added Edmondson.

About

Brisbane’s Anna Meares Velodrome will host the world’s best track cyclists for the 2019-2020 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup from 13-15 December.Riders will battle for gold in twelve events across three days, with valuable qualifying points on offer for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.The 2019-2020 UCI Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup was secured by the Queensland Government via Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Brisbane City Council via Brisbane Marketing and Cycling Australia.

Schedule

  • FRI 13 DEC: Team Pursuit and Team Sprint
  • SAT 14 DEC: Men’s Omnium, Women’s Madison, Men’s Keirin, Women’s Sprint
  • SUN 15 DEC: Women’s Omnium, Men’s Madison, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Sprint

Tickets

Ticket prices for the morning qualifying sessions start at $10, while evening sessions tickets which feature the gold medal finals begin at just $30. Family and Series passes are also available so you can catch the action with your friends. Buy tickets today!