Aguascalientes UCI Track Cycling World Cup
Location: Velodromo Bicentenario
Event: 17-19 January 2013
The last day of action of the Mexico Track World Cup saw the Welsh USN pairing of George Atkins and Jon Mould finding the going hard in the Madison. They began well, picking up a point in the second sprint, but missed the main moves to finish five laps down in 13th.
Meanwhile, Elinor Barker completed a busy World Cup by finishing 14th in the Omnium. Her best result came in the first race of the second day, the Individual Pursuit, where she recorded a highly respectable 3:39.018 to claim ninth place. With back-to-back World Cups here and in Glasgow behind her, Barker has had a thorough introduction to the challenges of top level track racing and should benefit in future seasons as she looks to build on her highly successful Junior career.
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Team USN’s Elinor Barker faced tough competition in the opening day's action in the Women’s Omnium.
Elinor Barker recorded a time of 14.560s in the opening Flying Lap, a p.b. and good enough for 12th. In the Points Race, Barker finished 15th. In the third event, the Elimination, Barker was the fifth rider to be eliminated, which meant that she ended that first day in 17th. Sarah Hammer of the USA leads.
Jon Mould was also in action on the second day of the Men’s Omnium, but was fored to withdraw due to illness after the Pursuit,
Earlier in the day, Ciara Horne competed in the Women’s Individual Pursuit, finishing 11th.
Great Britain’s Elinor Barker and Amy Roberts (pictured below) collected team pursuit bronze with Team USN on the opening day of the Mexico UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
The British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme riders – along with Ciara Horne – qualified in third with a personal best of 3:24.683 before bettering the effort in the bronze medal final against Italy with a time of 3:24.419.
Roberts then competed in the women’s points race at the Velodromo Bicentenario in Aguascalientes, gaining a lap early on and eventually ending in sixth place to complete the 18-year-old’s track world cup campaign.
Welsh Cycling head coach Darren Tudor, who leads the trade team which has been set up to develop Welsh riders ahead of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, credited the team pursuit trio’s progress.
"The girls rode a lot better in the final, improving technically. We learnt a lot from the first ride and slightly changed our tactics."
Welsh Cycling head coach Darren Tudor
“The girls rode a lot better in the final, improving technically,” Tudor said. “We learnt a lot from the first ride and slightly changed our tactics.
“This worked for the girls and they secured a comfortable win over the Italians. Their two kilometre splits, in comparison with gold and silver ride off, are very promising. I’m pleased with their result.”
The first session of the event saw the women’s team pursuit qualifiers with the Team USN entry making its second track world cup appearance, having debuted in Cali, Columbia last year before withdrawing from the Glasgow round due to rider illness.
A ride over a second quicker than Italy was enough for third but fell short of the gold medal contest as Canada and Ukraine proved too strong. In the evening’s final Team USN led from the start and would win by eight clear seconds ahead of their Italian competitors, setting a personal best in the process.
The competition, the third and final round of the 2012-13 UCI Track Cycling Track Cup, continues on Friday when junior world time-trial champion Elinor Barker is set to start in the women’s omnium.