Allison Beveridge, already having garnered bronze in Thursday’s women team pursuit at the UCI track cycling world championship in Paris, won bronze in the scratch race Saturday, making a fine comeback after an early crash.
The scratch race is a 40-lap, 10-km event. Canadian omnium champion Beveridge was caught up in a wreck but motored her way back into the bunch sprint where she finished behind new world champion Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands, silver-medalist Australian Amy Cure and France’s Pascale Jeuland. But Jeuland was relegated for entering the sprinter’s lane while another rider was already there.
Beveridge told Cycling Canada, “It was definitely up and down. I felt a bit frustrated after my crash, and then to come fourth was really frustrating. So to end up with the bronze was really exciting and a good way to end off the world championships. I first heard that I had won the bronze medal from the announcer and the crowd booing when the French girl was relegated, but when they came over to get me for the podium I knew for sure.”
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Earlier in the day Joseph Veloce was 24th in the 200-metre flying start qualifier of the men’s sprint, the final spot to continue. Canadian champion Hugo Barrette was 26th. Veloce went head to head with top qualifier Stefan Boetticher of Germany in the 1/16 finals, with Boetticher prevailing.
Monique Sullivan is the final Canadian in competition on Sunday in Vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines as she tackles the keirin after contesting the team sprint on Wednesday and sprint on Friday.