Team Canada and staff at Junior Track Worlds © Michel Guillemette
July 21, 2016 (Aigle, Switzerland) – Team Canada has delivered solid results following the first two days at the 2016 UCI Junior Track World Championshipsust in Aigle, Switzerland finishing just off the podium in two events.
Junior Women's Team Pursuit © Guy Swarbrick
The Canadian Junior Women’s Team Pursuit squad including Devanney Collier, Maggie Coles-Lyster, Erin J. Attwell Attwell and Laurie Jussaume qualified fourth setting a new Canadian record as they advanced to the First Round where they set a Canadian record again on their way to the bronze medal final against France. Unfortunately the team was caught ending up a stellar fourth.
Junior Women's squad (l-r) Maggie Coles-Lyster, Ali Van Yzendoorn, Erin J. Attwell, Laurie Jussaume, Devanney Collier © Michel Guillemette
Meanwhile Stefan Ritter from Alberta lit up the Men’s Keirin competition winning his heat to advance to the 1/4 finals while Nick Wammes, who was 5th in his heat, raced in the First Round Repechages where his day ended. Ritter advanced to the semis where he clinched his heat to make the final for the medals where he finished 4th for another solid day on the track for Team Canada.
Stefan Ritter © Guy Swarbrick
“Today demonstrated the hard work and commitment that has been put into the Junior Worlds program over the past few years,” said team leader and Men’s Track Endurance Ian Melvin.
Junior Men's squad (l-r) Félix Pelletier, Stefan Ritter, Cameron Fitzmaurice, Nick Wammes, John Willcox, Jordann Jones, Tristan Guillemette © Michel Guillemette
“Both the Women’s Team Pursuit and Stefan Ritter showed that they can compete with the best Juniors in the world. They’ll take a lot of confidence from this as we go into the final 3 days of competition. Before we started, if somebody offered us the two 4th places, we would of taken it. The whole team is incredibly proud; we’re all here supporting each other,” he added.
Day 1 results here
Day 2 results here.
Team Canada Crew (l-r) Linda Berger (chaperone), Pascal Choquette (Coach), Ian Melvin (Head Coach), Chris Ellins (Mechanic), Alex Ongaro (Coach) © Michel Guillemette