01.25.10 - Canadians Win
4th Medal at Beijing World Cup
January 24, 2010 – The Canadian team competing
at the fourth and final World Cup in Beijing, China
finished on the podium in their final event of the competition,
but it was the sprinters who got things started.
Joseph Veloce (ON) and Stephane Cossette (QUE) began
the day with the flying 200 meter race in a bid to qualify
for the sprint competition. Both riders are new to the
World Cup scene and were excited to be racing on the
smooth Olympic track; however, they felt they could
have ridden better, improved their approach, and gone
faster. They finished in 24th and 27th position with
times of 10.674 and 10.698 respectively. The fastest
time posted was a 10.183. Both riders will be returning
to Los Angeles in February to prepare for Worlds with
teammate Travis Smith for the Team Sprint.
Monique Sullivan (AB) started strong in the first round
of the Kierin, sitting in third place behind the bike.
She was aggressive and moved to the front with two laps
to go with a strong acceleration and held on until 1/2
a lap to go when the group came around and she finished
6th in the heat moving on to the repechage. She made
winning the repechage look easy and moved on to the
semifinal where she was overpowered and finished 10th.
“I didnt always have the legs to pull off my moves,
I was racing smart and always putting myself in a good
position. There was a strong field at this World Cup
and it was great practice for the World Championships.”
The final event for the Canadians was the women’s
team pursuit, the same team who won gold at the last
World Cup. Tara Whitten, Laura Brown, and Steph Roorda,
all from Alberta, had high expectations and felt strong
and ready going in to the qualifier. They posted the
third fastest time with some mistakes along the way,
and then in the bronze medal final they rode like a
smooth unit to take off more than 3 seconds from their
first ride and won the bronze medal while setting a
new Canadian Record of 3:26.723.
The Canadian team finished the fourth World Cup with
2 gold medals and 2 bronze medals and ranked 7th at
this competition. The team focus will now be on preparing
for the World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark from
March 24-28. Videos of all the medal winning races,
with commentary, can be watched at www.youtube.com/canadiantrackcycling.
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