2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Pedersen is a revelation
Omnium: Beyer wins for Germany
Winner of the scratch and elimination races, third in the individual pursuit and ninth in the kilometre and flying lap, Maximilian Beyer won the final round of the season’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup in the Omnium. The German finished the event in Colombia with 220 points, followed by Belgium’s Jasper De Buyst (206) and Switzerland’s Gaël Suter (178).
In just his first season as an Elite rider, the reigning Junior World Champion Casper Phillip Pedersen (Denmark) won the overall 2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup title in the Omnium. This talented young athlete finished the World Cup season with 269 points, followed by 241 for De Buyst and 240 for American Bobby Lea.
Men’s sprint: Dmitriev back on top
Russian sprinter Denis Dmitriev produced a perfect end to his World Cup season with victories in all three rounds (the last in 10’”369) against the Netherlands’ Jeffrey Hoogland, winner in London last December. Colombia’s Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata delighted the home crowd by claiming third place in Cali.
The Cali competition is renowned for the public’s enthusiasm. And the crowd was particularly vocal when Colombia’s own Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata climbed onto the podium to receive his UCI Track Cycling World Cup winner’s jersey. He finished the season with 375 points, followed by the Netherlands’ Jeffrey Hoogland (285 points) and Venezuela’s Hersony Canelon (260 points).
Women’s keirin: Guo Shuang misses out on third victory
Victorious in Guadalajara and London, Guo Shuang (Max Success Pro Cycling Team) was relegated in the final in Cali, leaving fellow Chinese rider Lin Junhong to claim victory in front of the Netherlands’ Shanne Braspennincx and the American Melissa Erickson. However Guo Shuang has demonstrated solid form throughout the series and will be looking for the world title at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (France) next month.
With two victories in the series, Guo Shuang still retained the leader's jersey and is World Cup Champion in the keirin for 2014-2015 in front of Hong Kong's Wai Sze Lee and China’s Tianshi Zhong (China 361° Cycling Team), who did not compete in Cali.
Women’s Omnium: Wild a cut above the rest
With victories in the scratch and the individual pursuit, second place in the elimination and flying lap and ninth in the 500 metres, Belgium’s Kirsten Wild was the logical winner of the Omnium with 190 points. Spain’s Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro finished second with 169 points, just in front of Germany’s Anne Knauer (166 points).
Kirsten Wild also took the overall 2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup title in the Omnium. The all-round athlete who is also an excellent road cyclist, finished the series with 375 points in front of Cuba’s Marlies Mejias Garcia (353) and Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore (285 points).