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01.17.14
WOMEN’S TEAM PURSUIT TAKES GOLD AT UCI TRACK WORLD CUP
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The Canadian women’s Team Pursuit squad went to Guadalajara, Mexico, for the third and final stop on the UCI Track Cycling World Cup circuit in search of a Top 2 placing.  They dug deep and mined some gold.

The team comprised of Laura Brown (Vancouver, BC), Allison Beveridge (Calgary, AB), Stephanie Roorda (Vancouver, BC) and Jasmin Glaesser (Coquitlam, BC) set the pace earlier today in the qualifying round with a time of 4:23.828 to set up the gold medal race with Team USA who qualified over 7 seconds back in second place.

Craig Griffin, Cycling Canada’s Track Endurance Coach, summed up the gold medal race best, “We had a plan, we figured out how we would utilize everyone’s strengths and they executed to perfection”.  The Canadians overtook the Americans with less than 400m to go in the 4000m race to lock up the gold medal.

With this win, Canada finishes the World Cup season in first place in the women’s Team Pursuit standings with 840 points, 120 points ahead of second place Australia.

Competition continues Saturday and Sunday for the Canadian team with the Men’s Sprint (Hugo Barrette and Joseph Veloce), Men’s Keirin (Hugo Barrette) and women’s Omnium (Allison Beveridge).

Photo Credit: Canadian Cyclist