Promising start for Team USN Elinor Barker in the Omnium

Promising start for Team USN Elinor Barker in the Omnium

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Report: Rebecca Ransom

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Team USN’s Elinor Barker faced tough competition in the Women’s Omnium at the UCI Track World Cup on day two of the event.

The Women’s Omnium began with the Flying Lap, and saw some of the world’s most successful and established female cyclists take to the boards. The USA’s Sarah Hammer, Olympic Omnium medallist and Gillian Carleton, Canadian Olympic medallist were both in action in the Mexican velodrome.

Elinor Barker posted a time of 14.560 in the Flying Lap, a personal best for the young Welsh cyclist, and placed her 12th after the first round. In the Points race that followed, Barker finished 15th, collecting 3 sprint points. The race was dominated by Hammer, who finished on 48 points and was able to demonstrate her talent gaining two laps.

In the third Omnium event of the day, the Elimination, Barker was the fifth rider to be eliminated putting her 17th at the end of day one. Hammer leads the Omnium going into the final day of competition.

Newport’s Jon Mould was also in action in the second day of the Men’s Omnium. He competed in the Individual Pursuit, but due to illness was forced to cut short his Omnium campaign. Russia’s Artur Ershov claimed victory in the Men’s Omnium.

Earlier in the day, Ciara Horne competed in the Women’s Individual Pursuit. Horne didn’t manage to qualify for a medal ride off, finishing 11th in the final rankings.

Competition continues on Saturdy for Team USN in the Women’s Omnium and Men’s Madison. 

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