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Canada wins two more medals on New Zealand track World Cup’s final day

Beveridge and Genest make it four medals for Canadian women in Cambridge

Canadian women went on a tear this weekend in the fourth round of the UCI track cycling World Cup in Cambridge, New Zealand, with Lauriane Genest and Allison Beveridge winning two medals on Sunday’s final day of competition to take the tally to four. Genest earned her first World Cup medal by taking silver in the keirin while Beveridge, already having worn bronze earlier in the round with the women’s team pursuit squad, scooped another bronze in the omnium.

The day began with Hugo Barrette and Joel Archambault qualifying in the men’s sprint, Barrette carrying on with the 17th fastest time and Archambault advancing with the 20th. Archambault wouldn’t get farther than the 1/16 final, falling to Colombia’s Kevin Quintero, but Barrette advanced with a triumph over Czech Martin Cechman. However, Pole Mateusz Rudyk would prove too much for Barrette in the 1/8 final.

Both Genest and Saturday’s silver medalist Kelsey Mitchell needed to enter the keirin‘s first round repechage after placing fifth and sixth in their first round heats respectively. Genest and Mitchell were both the fastest in their repechage heats. In the second round Genest topped the second heat to go to the 1-6 final, while Mitchell earned a place in the 7-12 final. Their derny journey and their Cambridge experience ended with Genest second to gold medalist Hyejin Lee of South Korea, and Mitchell coming in 11th.

In the women’s omnium, Beveridge never came lower than eighth in the four events, getting off to a good start with fifth in the scratch race. But the foundation of her medal came with a win in the tempo race. In the final event, the points race, Beveridge overcame the bronze challenge of Portugal’s Maria Martins by coming eighth to Martins’ 19th. It was Beveridge’s fourth World Cup omnium medal in three seasons.

Overall, Cambridge’s four medals are Canadians’ best showing in a World Cup since the Milton round of the 2017-2018 season.

Round five of the 2019-2020 is next weekend in Brisbane, Australia.