One year ago, Canadian Aiden Caves was the sole Canadian in action on the final day of the Apeldoorn track cycling World Cup, placing fourth in the tempo race to take 11th overall. On Saturday, Caves was the lone Canadian in the entire second round of the 2016-2017 World Cup in Manchester, England. Once more he contested the omnium.
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The Canadian track cycling team faced the first World Cup last week in Poland with five women who won silver and take three other top-10’s, and no men. Last season Caves was part of an all-male contingent in the first two rounds, his team pursuit squad winning bronze in Glasgow and gold in Apeldoorn. Women joined in for the last two rounds in Cali, Colombia, and Los Angeles here they earned four medals. Cycling Canada might be doubling down on the Milton, Ontario round December 1 to 3. There are two more World Cup events following Milton.
On Saturday Caves was 20th in the first race, the scratch, before taking 15th in the tempo. Twentieth again in the elimination after lining up at the blue line, Caves finished his omnium with his best result, 14th in the points competition. He placed 19th overall.
World champion Benjamin Thomas of France took the omnium gold, but was pushed hard by Dane Niklas Larsen.
A fine Omnium win for the rainbow stripes of Frenchman, Ben Thomas. 🌈🇫🇷
— UCI Track Cycling (@UCI_Track) November 11, 2017