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Canadian Women’s Team Pursuit Win GOLD and Barrette Takes SILVER on Day 2 @UCI Track WCup #3 in Hong Kong + PHOTOS

by pedalmag.com
Canadian WTP (l-r) Annie Foreman-Mackey, Laura Brown, Stephanie Roorda, Georgia Simmerling  ©  Guy Swarbrick
January 16, 2016 (Hong Kong) – Team Canada is on fire winning gold and silver on Day 2 at the final round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Hong Kong. The Canadian Women’s Team Pursuit squad defeated Great Britain in the gold medal match securing the women’s World Cup overall title as well with their victory. Canada also won the World Cup title in 2014.

Glaesser leads Canada's Women's Team Pursuit squad in the final  ©  Guy Swarbrick

Canada’s Team Pursuit squad in Hong Kong included Jasmine Glaesser, Laura Brown, Stephanie Roorda, Georgia Simmerling, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Allison Beveridge who qualified third and went on to best the USA to advance to the final against GBR. All six athletes had the chance to compete throughout the three rounds of racing with Glaesser, Roorda, Brown and Simmerling in the gold medal race. – on Day 1 Glaesser also won silver in the Women’s Points race here.

“We accomplished what we came here for, which was to get on the podium and try our riders in different positions in the lineup to develop them for different roles in the future. To get the win and the World Cup overall was a bonus. It was a great collective effort from the riders and bodes very well for the future,” said Craig Griffin, Canada’s women endurance coach.

Canada's Hugo Barrette wins Keirin silver (l-r) Barrette, Buchli, Im  ©  Guy Swarbrick
Hugo Barrette was all smiles as he powered his way to silver on the final podium in the Men’s Keirin, a career-first WCup medal, signaling his full recovery from his horrific crash in Oct. while training before the start of the first round of the track WCup in Cali, Colombia. In today’s competition Barrette won his first and second round heats and faced off in the final against Matthijs Buchli (Ned) who won the gold in a very close match against the Canadian. Chaebin Im (Kor) won the bronze.

Barrette in the M Keirin  ©  Guy Swarbrick
Barrette  ©  Guy Swarbrick

“I wanted to make a comeback for the World Championships. Erin designed a plan to get me back on the track and meet that goal. I expected to be in this kind of shape in time for the Worlds, but it happened sooner. This is a good outlook for the future,” said Barrette, moments after his silver medal performance. “A big thank you to Erin [Hartwell] – he planned everything to bring me back at full strength. I believed in myself but most importantly, he believed in me, and this is a testament of how good he is as a coach. Big thanks to Cycling Canada and the FQSC too and the support everyone, it helped me so much!”

Obrien vs Sullivan  ©  Guy Swarbrick
Obrien vs Sullivan  ©  Guy Swarbrick

Monique Sullivan and Kate O’Brien lined against Spain in the Women’s Team Sprint bronze medal ride but finished in fourth place. The duo also raced in the individual sprint and qualified to the second round but unfortunately, the two faced each other with O’Brien taking the all-Canadian duel to advance to the second round. She lost her race and moved to the repechage where she was ultimately eliminated finishing 10th in the standings – her career best result in the individual event.

O'Brien in her Sprint Repechage  ©  Guy Swarbrick
The WCup wraps up on Sunday with the completion of the Omnium as well as the women’s Keirin and the men’s Sprint.

With files from Cycling Canada
More results to follow.

Results (brief)

Can GOLD WTP 2016-01-16 at 10.28.49 AM
Barrette Silver 2016-01-16 at 10.28.59 AM

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