The first UCI Track Cycling World Cup Champions of the season were crowned last night on the opening evening of competition in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
The final of three rounds of the 2012-2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung got under way on Thursday in the cityâ€™s newly-constructed velodrome.
The first final of the evening was the womenâ€™s team pursuit, in which Olympic bronze medallists, Canada, took honours in front of the Ukraine. Absent from the first two rounds in Cali (COL) and Glasgow (GBR), Canada, with just one change within its team since the Olympics, finishes fourth in the overall World Cup standings. Fourth in Aguascalientes, Italy takes overall World Cup honours.
In the menâ€™s team pursuit, Russia gave a convincing demonstration to beat Switzerland in the final, but finishes second behind the Swiss in the overall standings.
Oceania dominated the team sprint events in Aguascalientes, with Australia taking gold in the womenâ€™s event and New Zealand victorious in the menâ€™s team sprint. The British womenâ€™s sprint team was absent in Mexico but nevertheless takes World Cup honours after its victories in Cali and Glasgow. Also victorious in the first two rounds, the reigning World Cup winners in the menâ€™s team sprint, Germany, again take overall honours despite a distant 5th place in Aguascalientes.
The eveningâ€™s competition closed with the womenâ€™s points race, which saw Polandâ€™s Katarzyna Pawlowska take honours in front of the Czech Republicâ€™s Jamila Machacova and the Cuban Massague Dominguez.
Racing continues on Friday with the finals of the womenâ€™s individual pursuit and individual sprint, and the menâ€™s omnium and keirin.
Photo: Australia won the women's team sprint in front of China and Russia
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