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– What happened? –
After a two-month hiatus, the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumed in Cali, Colombia, on February 17-19 with the third of four rounds.
Nine nations won gold medals at the weekend, with Germany leading the medals table (four gold and six in total). Australia (three gold) and Denmark (two gold) were the only other nations to win multiple events.
Kristina Vogel of Germany was the most dominant rider, winning gold in the individual sprint, Keirin and team sprint (with Miriam Welte). Three other riders won two gold medals – Amy Cure of Australia, and Danish rider Niklas Larsen and Casper von Folsach.
In the overall World Cup standings for men, Kamil Kuczynski (Poland) continues to lead the sprint. The team sprint is led by Germany, tied with France on points, while Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) continues to lead the Keirin. France is the new leader of the team pursuit, while Mark Downey of Ireland moves into the lead of the points race standings and Szymon Sajnok of Poland becomes the Omnium leader. Belgium continues to lead the Madison standings.
In the women’s events, Spain continues to lead the team sprint, as does Spanish rider Tania Calvo Barbero in the individual sprint. Nicky Degrendele of Belgium takes the lead in the Keirin, and her countrywoman Lotte Kopecky moves into the lead of the Omnium. Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) takes the points race lead, with Italy the team pursuit leader and Evgeniya Romanyuta of Russia the Scratch race leader.
– What’s next? –
Los Angeles, USA, World Cup #4 > February 25-26, 2017
– What you should know about… the World Cup round in Los Angeles –
The 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track World Cup concludes with Round 4 in Los Angeles, California, on February 25-26, at the StubHub Velo Sports Center. This will be the first time the World Cup has returned to Los Angeles since 2008. The venue was also the site of the 2005 UCI World Championships, and will hold the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships one week later. This World Cup round will be the final Elite competition before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, in Hong Kong, in April.
For the men, Los Angeles will offer the sprint, team sprint, Keirin, Omnium, Scratch Race and Madison. For the women, events include the sprint, team sprint, individual pursuit, team pursuit, Keirin, Scratch Race and Madison.
– Focus on Sarah Hammer –
American rider Sarah Hammer is one of the most accomplished women in track cycling. She has won eight UCI World Championship gold medals, four Olympic silver medals and, most recently, won two medals at the Cali round of the World Cup (1 gold, 1 silver). Hammer is also the current world record holder in the individual pursuit.
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