In spite of Fabian Puertaâ€™s defeat in the final of the individual sprint, against the German rider Philipp Thiele â€“ which could deprive the Colombian sprinter, after a very tight struggle, of a prestigious triple-win in this first round of the UCI World Cup presented by Samsung â€“ the eight thousand spectators who filled all the stands of the Cali velodrome nevertheless enjoyed an exceptional evening, thanks to the triumph of Juliana Gaviria in the Keirin.
A truly extraordinary last lap enabled this 21-year-old who won his first victory at this level, to edge in front of his opponents, delighting the enthusiastic local supporters, who are obviously increasingly impressed by the performances of the south-american team.
The Mexican rider Luz Daniela Gaxiola and the French rider Virginie Cueff were up there with Gaviria on the podium, while in the menâ€™s speed trial the Silver medal went to another German, Eric Engler, who was also experiencing the World Cup for the first time.
Although the other competitions of the evening were dominated by the Australian rider Isabella King in the Omnium (with four wins over the six specialties) and the victory of the Austrian Andreas Graf in the menâ€™s points race , it was the spectacular performance of the sprinters that once again aroused the most interest and enthusiasm from the passionate crowd and with the national media.
Itâ€™s clear that track cycling remains very popular in Colombia, and the success of this inaugural round of the UCI World Cup 2012-2013 presented by Samsung â€“ won by Colombia in front of Great Britain and Italy, one of the big surprises of the weekend â€“ confirmed this impression. With the perspective of the UCI World Championships that will be hosted by the town in February 2014, seventeen years after that of BogotÃ , all the conditions seem to be met to guarantee that we will be able to enjoy a really exceptional track cycling event.
The second round of the UCI Track cyclingÂ World Cup presented by Samsung will take place from the 16th to the 18th November in Glasgow, Great Britain.