2016 UCI track cycling world championships conclude in London

Canada was shut out of medals on Sunday's final day of London 2016, but the team ended the event with two bronze and two silver, one of its most impressive world championships ever.

March 6th, 2016 by | Posted in News | Tags: , , , , , ,

Photo credit: Kevin Mackinnon
Photo credit: Kevin Mackinnon

Canada was shut out of medals on Sunday’s final day of London 2016, but the team ended the event with two bronze and two silver, one of its most impressive world championships ever. Canada finished London 2016 tied with the Netherlands for the fourth most medals. The Canadian highlight of the final day was Allison Beveridge mounting a late surge to try to medal in the omnium, placing fourth.

Beveridge faced the second half of the women’s omnium in 10th place overnight. When she won the Hong Kong World Cup omnium this year, it was a day two surge that saw her win. Beveridge started Sunday with 5th in the time trial and then won the flying lap, which put her in sixth place overall with only the points race to go. Alas, Beveridge was shut out of the first six sprints.

The Canadian made a points breakthrough on sprint seven and then followed Kirstin Wild on the attack on sprint nine to take full points. Now in fourth, bronze was a long way away, with France’s Laurie Berthon 21-points ahead. Berthon won the final sprint, Beveridge taking third, which vaulted the French woman into silver behind incredibly consistent Brit Laura Trott.

Hugo Barrette followed the derney around the boards in the men’s keirin qualifying. He came third in Heat 2, which meant that he could still qualify through the repechage. But last place in Heat 2 of the repechage ended Barrette’s endeavours.

The last event of London 2016 was the Madison, which Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins won, giving Great Britain the outright win in medal total with 9, one more than Germany. German Joachim Eilers, Russian Anastasia Voynova and Trott all won two gold medals.

Team Canada will soon find out how many spots it has earned in Rio. The women’s team pursuit team is a cinch, and Beveridge should make the cut for the omnium. There are only five events in Rio: team pursuit, team sprint, individual sprint, ommium and keirin.