Canadian women earned three medals on Sunday’s final day of competition at the second UCI track World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand, with Allison Beveridge winning gold and bronze to “run the metals” after taking a silver with the team pursuit squad on Saturday. After coming close several times, including fourth at last year’s world championships, Monique Sullivan won bronze in the keirin.
Beveridge stormed to victory in the omnium, the first Canadian gold in that event since Tara Whitten won in the Beijing World Cup in January 2011. Beveridge was fourth after the first day of competition, but went on a tear on the last day, coming 3rd in the time trial and winning the 200-metre flying lap to inch within two points of leader Annette Edmondson of Australia before the final event, the points race.
Edmondson won the first of 10 sprints, but Beveridge took four of the last nine to grab the victory. The Canadian now sits eight points back of a Spaniard in the World Cup bronze race with one event to come in Hong Kong in January.
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Beveridge hardly had time to absorb her triumph before she was called on the boards once more to contest the scratch race where she took the bronze.
Sullivan came second in the fourth heat of the keirin’s first round and then second again in Heat 2 of the second round. In the final Sullivan gained from Korean athlete Hyejin Lee’s disqualification to stand on the podium with winner Shuong Guo of China and Australian Anna Meares. She’s eighth in the World Cup standings.
The men didn’t fare as well. Neither Hugo Barrette nor Joseph Veloce was able to advance past the qualification round of the individual sprint, the 200-metre flying start. Remi Pelletier-Roy, 16th after the first day of the omnium, stayed in that position.
A gold, a silver and two bronzes makes Cambridge the best-ever UCI track World Cup event for Canadian women.