2014 , by Cycling Australia
Tasmania’s Amy Cure has won her maiden world title after claiming the women’s 25km points race at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Columbia on Saturday.
The 21-year-old Cure, who hails from the Tasmanian town of Penguin, rode a calculated race beyond her years to win on 38 points head of Germany’s Stephanie Pohl and Canada’s Jasmin Glaesser.
It was the third podium appearance in three days for Cure after she took bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.
In other events, South Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer progressed through to the semi finals of the men’s sprint competition less than 48 hours after being involved in a spectacular crash in the men’s keirin.
In a tough run for the Aussie sprint men on day four, Glaetzer became ‘Aussie Killer’ after knocking both Shane Perkins and Daniel Ellis out of the competition.
In the omnium competition, South Australia’s Annette Edmondson sits in fourth place overall in the women’s event which concludes on Sunday, while Luke Davison finished thirteenth in the men’s event.
Women's 25km Points Race Final – Cure
Tasmania’s Amy Cure clinched her maiden world title with a superb ride to win the women’s 25km points race in Colombia on Saturday evening.
“It is pretty unbelievable, It has been so long, to finally get a world championship, it is all I have ever dreamed about,” said Cure, who claimed four world titles on the track in 2009 and 2010 in the under 19 category.
“Four times junior world champion, but all I have ever wanted was that senior title. It has taken a few years, but to finally get there, words can’t really express how I am feeling,” added Cure, who became just Australia’s second champion in the event following Katherine Bates’ 2007 world title.
The 21-year-old Cure, who hails from the Tasmanian town of Penguin conserved her energy in the early stages of the 100 lap race, but still figuring in the points in three of the first four of ten sprints - held every ten laps.
After the fourth sprint, Cure lead an attack and was joined by Pohl, with the pair taking a lap on the field to each gain an additional twenty points. Cure also collected another five points after winning the fifth sprint, moving her to 38 points.
Pohl edged in front of Cure by three points after claiming second and first across the line in the next two sprints, however the diminutive Aussie held her nerve to fight back to return favour on the German in the eighth and ninth sprints.
Leading by five points heading into the final sprint, Cure held on to win on 38 points head of Germany’s Stephanie Pohl (35pts) who collected two points on the final sprint, with Canada’s Jasmin Glaesser (32pts) taking bronze.
“Taking the lap took a lot longer than I thought it would, but when I finally got on, I just knew I had to sit in for a few sprints and recover,” said Cure after securing her third podium appearance in three days after taking bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.
“It is a bit surreal, coming here my main focus coming here was the team pursuit and the individual pursuit, the points race probably wasn’t my main focus, so to pull this off, I am stoked.”
It has been an amazing 18 months since travelling to the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the Australian team, although not gaining a berth in an event.
In 2013, Cure enjoyed a tremendous season with the Jayco-AIS women’s road team in Europe, earning her a contract with Lotto-Belisol Ladies for 2014.
Most recently, Cure claimed the individual and team pursuit titles at the National Championships in Adelaide in January.
“I would like to thank my coaches Gary Sutton and Matthew Gilmore, my family and friends back home who have supported me the whole through all the hard times,” said Cure.
“Also to my team mates, when you go to event like this so far from home, your team mates become your family. So it was awesome to have them on the sidelines, cheering me and I can’t thank them for getting me to the finish line.”
Men’s Sprint QF – Perkins, Glaetzer
It was a bitter sweet day for Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer as he moved through to Sunday’s men’s sprint semi final, albeit at the expense of his own team mates.
After qualifying tenth fastest in the afternoon’s qualifying, Adelaide’s Glaetzer (9.937) knocked Canberra’s Daniel Ellis out of the competition in the 1/16 round.
Glaetzer then moved past Germany’s Robert Forstemann in the round of 1/8, before once again being matched up with a green and gold Australian jersey, this time in Victoria’s Shane Perkins.
In a superb display of power and control, Glaetzer got the better of Perkins, the London Olympic sprint bronze medallist and 2010 World Championships silver medalist, in two straight heats.
It is an amazing recovery for the 21-year-old after Glaetzer who was involved in a spectacular crash in the second round of the keirin on Thursday. The crash in the front straight saw him slide 50 metres down the home straight and into the bend, with his bike catapulting into the stands.
The two-day competition continues with the semi finals and final on Sunday.
Women’s Omnium – Rounds 1/2/3 – Edmondson
London Olympic omnium bronze medallist Annette Edmondson sits in fourth position (15 points).
Edmondson took the minimum one point (14.027) with the fastest time in the opening event, however n the 20km points race, Edmondson finished down the order in eleventh position, moving her score out to 12 points. In the evening’s elimination race she finished third.
Edmondson, who has reached the podium in the event at the past two World Championships, trails reigning champion Sarah Hammer (USA/4pts), reigning Olympic and 2012 champion Laura Trott (GBR/10pts) and Jolien D'Hoore (BEL/11pts) on the standings.
The omnium features six events held across two days, with riders accumulating point based on their finishing position in each round. The rider with the lowest at the end of the six rounds is declared the winner.
The women’s omnium continues with the final three events - individual pursuit, scratch and time trial – on Sunday.
Men’s Omnium – Final - Davison
Australia’s Luke Davison finished thirteenth overall on 71 points in the men’s omnium championships won by Thomas Boudat (FRA) on 24 points.
Davison, who claimed the gold medal in the second round of the UCI World Cup Series in Mexico last December, finished third in the Flying Lap (13.187), eighteenth in the 30km points race, sixteenth in the elimination race on day one.
In today’s three events, he finished ninth in the individual pursuit (4:33.593), seventeenth in the scratch race, and eighth in the final event – the one kilometre time trial (1:03.987).
The 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships will be held in Cali, Columbia from February 26 to March 2.
Approximately 350 athletes will contest 19 World Championship events, across five days with two sessions daily (all finals will take place in the evening sessions).