CANADA WINS THREE MEDALS ON DAY ONE OF MILTON WORLD CUP
Milton, ON (January 25, 2020) - Canada started off the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Milton with a bang, winning medals in all three events it entered, including a gold medal in the women's Team Sprint. Canadian riders also won bronze medals in both the women's and men's Team Pursuits, making this one of their most successful world cups of the season.
Riding in the Team Sprint for the first time at the world cup level, Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell improved dramatically in each of their three rides. After qualifying fourth with a time of 33.947 seconds, the duo won their first round heat and set the fastest time, at 33.317 seconds. In the gold medal final against Poland, the pair was even faster, at 33.012 seconds, to take their first ever world cup win as a duo.
"It's incredible to win here at home," said Genest. "After this morning's ride we were hoping for a podium, but not expecting a gold medal. We just kept improving every ride, and did our best ride in the final where it counted the most. It's incredible that we were able to get on the highest step today. I'm extremely proud with what we've been doing with the female sprint program."
Both the Team Pursuit squads included NextGen riders matched with more experienced riders. The women's squad of Devaney Collier, Erin Attwell, Miriam Brouwer and Kinley Gibson set the fourth fastest time in the morning session to qualify for the bronze medal race against Belgium. In that race, the Canadians took charge in the second kilometre, steadily expanding their lead to finish more than 1.4 seconds ahead of Belgium.
In the men's competition, the Canadian team of Evan Burtnik, Chris Ernst, Amiel Flett-Brown and Sean Richardson bounced back from a disappointing qualifying race on Thursday to set the third fastest time and go up against Belarus for the bronze medal. Jackson Kinniburgh replaced Richardson for the medal ride, which proved to be a seesaw battle. The two squads swapped the lead three times, before Canada finally moved into the lead with only two laps to go, setting a time of 4:00.945, over six-tenths of a second ahead of their rivals.
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