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SILVER and BRONZE for Canada on Day 2 at Round 5 of the UCI Track World Cup in Minsk + PHOTOS

by pedalmag.com

January 20, 2018 (Minsk, Belarus) – Team Canada landed on the podium twice on Day 2 in Minsk as Edmonton’s Stefan Ritter took home a silver medal in the Men’s Keirin and the Women’s Team Pursuit , powered by NextGen riders Erin Attwell, Maggie Coles-Lyster, Devaney Collier and Laurie, won bronze.

Stefan Ritter  ©  Guy Swarbrick

Ritter made headlines in 2016 winning the Kilo at the Junior Worlds for his first rainbow jersey and Canada’s first junior track title. Soon after he set a second Junior world record in the Men’s Sprint qualifications at the Pan Am Track Championships, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Stefan Ritter in Men’s Keirin P] Guy Swarbrick

Sidelined by an injury last year that derailed the early part of his season, Ritter showed he was back on form with two second-place podium finishes in the Sprint and the Kilo at the Troféu Internacional de Anadia track competition in Portugal in mid-Dec.

The talented Alberta rider won the Repechage and then took his semi final heat to make the Keirin final in Minsk, where he finished second behind winner Matthijs Buchli (Ned).

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All smiles – Canadian Women’s Team Pursuit squad  ©  Guy Swarbrick
The NextGen Women’s Team Pursuit qualified 3rd and posted the third fastest time in the First Round to face off against France in the bronze medal final. The French squad crashed around the halfway mark as Canada claimed the bronze while the USA won the gold over Italy.

Devaney Collier  ©  Guy Swarbrick
In the women’s 4-event Omnium, Devaney Collier also from Edmonton, finished 14th overall as Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) took the win on the second day of competition at Round 5 of the UCI Track World Cup.

Results here.

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