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Aussie Gold & Silver in Junior Worlds

Press Release: Tasmanian Amy Cure has added another gold to Australia’s medal tally at the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Moscow but a crash for our men’s pursuit team left them in the silver medal position on the podium.

16 year old Cure, who collected a silver medal in the individual pursuit on Wednesday, added a gold medal to her collection with her victory in the scratch race.

"Going into the race I was pretty hungry for the win after my disappointment of missing a ride in the team pursuit," said Cure who was the reserve rider for the event won by her team mates the day before. " I just wanted to do the best I could in the scratch race and to win is really special and emotional.

"To be on the podium, to represent Australia, to be a World Champion is an experience I’ll never forget and I was so happy."

She rode a tactically perfect race to put herself in the right position for the final sprint which she won ahead of Czech cyclist Lucie Zaleska and Lithuanian Aleksandra Sosenko.

"With three laps to go I was feeling pretty confident and I felt pretty good," explained Cure. "I was sitting in third wheel on the bell lap and with about half a lap to go I started to come around them all to take the win."

In the team pursuit the quartet of individual pursuit World Champion and World Record holder, Michael Hepburn (QLD), road time trial champion Luke Durbridge (WA), Dale Parker (SA) and Peter Loft (TAS) broke the junior world record to qualify fastest for the a gold medal final.

The Australian time of 4min05.352sec pipped the record set earlier in the qualifying round by Russians Konstantin Kuperasov, Victor Manakov, Ivan Savitskiy and Matvey Zubov (4min05.931sec) who had slashed almost two seconds off the record of 4min07.715 set by their Russian predecessors in 2003.

In the final the Russians went out fast and at the halfway mark of the 4km race were almost two seconds up on the Australians. But the Aussies stuck to their race plan and began to peg back the lead. However in the final kilometre things went horribly wrong when a touch of wheels saw Loft hit the deck. Unfortunately he crashed just as Durbridge swung up to finish his turn on the front.

"Because the crowd was so loud I didn’t hear the call that we were down to three riders and I swung back down to take fourth wheel position," said Durbridge. "That left a big gap and from there – there was no way I was getting back on."

Their rivals rode on to reclaim the World Record for Russia with a final time of 4min04:646sec.

It was a big shock for the team that had gone into the final with great confidence.

"When we rode the qualifying it was perfect and we didn’t believe it was so fast," said Durbridge. "We went into the final mentally and physically ready and really confident but that’s cycling – ups and downs."

The teenagers were obviously disappointed but handled the loss well.

"Lots of kids would love the chance to get a silver medal at the World Championships and we all got on the podium and shook the Russians hands and were proud to get our medals," he explained. "Everyone on the team has been really supportive and we’re motivated to bounce back."

Durbridge will team with Alex Carver for tonight’s Madison while Hepburn still has the omnium event to contest.

In the women’s sprint competition South Australian Annette Edmondson will be racing for a medal but which colour will be decided tonight when she contests the semi-final round. Edmondson qualified sixth fastest in the sprint but raced well in the early rounds to go against her seeding and win her way through to a semi final berth against second seed Ekaterina Gnidenko (RUS).

South Australian James Glasspool clocked 1min05.028sec in the men’s kilometre time trial to finish in 11th place. The gold medal was won by Russia’s Nikolay Zhurkin in a time of 1min03.060sec.

The Australian team has now collected four gold and two silver medals on the track plus a gold medal on the road at these World Championships.

Source: Cycling Australia

Christopher Jones
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Christopher Jones is a recreational cyclist and runs a design agency, Signale. As the driving force behind Bicycles.net.au he has one of each 'types' of bicycles.
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