Canadian Athletes Make Hometown Crowd Proud to Close 2023 TNC Milton
Milton, ON (April 23, 2023) – Canadian athletes left it all on the track during the final day of the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup in Milton, ON, closing out the 2023 series with their heads held high.
Starting the day off strong, the four Canadian men’s sprint riders – Ryan Dodyk and James Hedgcock (NCIM), and Nick Wammes and Tyler Rorke (Team Canada) – all qualified for the top 15, moving on to the 1/16 finals, where Hedgcock took on his final ride of the day. Dodyk and Rorke ended their weekend in the 1/8 finals, while Nick Wammes was edged out in the quarterfinals.
On a mission from the start, Paul Nicholas (TTO) took the men’s sprint gold after winning every heat in which he competed. Mateusz Rudyk (POL) and Matthew Richardson (AUS) brought home the silver and the bronze, respectively.
Scratch World Champion Dylan Bibic and Olympian Michael Foley joined forces to race the Madison, finishing 11th to score one of Canada’s best Madison results in recent years. The win went to Ivo M. Alves Oliveira and Iuri Leita (POR), followed by silver medallists Yoeri Havik and Vincent Hoppezak (Beat Cycling Club) and Thomas Boudat and Benjamin Thomas (FRA) with the bronze.
After a spectacular effort had her running in second place in the women’s keirin, Lauriane Genest was unfortunately relegated to sixth for not holding her line in the last 200 metres of the race. Teammate Kelsey Mitchell, who already had a silver medal (women’s team sprint) and gold (women’s sprint) under her belt from the first two days of competition, had to go through the repechage in the keirin and ultimately won the final for places seven through twelve, taking seventh overall.
It was Alessa-Catriona Propster (GER) who took the women’s keirin win, with Martha Bayona Pineda (COL) securing silver and Katy Marchant nabbing bronze (GBR).
After winning bronze in the women’s team pursuit on the first day of competition, Maggie Coles-Lyster (Star Track Cycling) and Team Canada’s Sarah Van Dam lined up again in the omnium, participating in four intense races. They placed seventh and 10th, respectively.
Winning each of the omnium events, Katie Archibald (GBR) grabbed the gold medal, with Elisa Balsamo (ITA) and Jennifer Valente (USA) going for silver and bronze.
Reflecting on the National Team’s performance, Cycling Canada Head Coach Dan Proulx said, “It’s a complex sport and there are so many details to refine. Rather than focus on the outcome, we have to make sure the training process and racing execution is optimized. If we do that, the results will take care of themselves. Obviously, we’re focused on Games qualification now. Our next points opportunity will be at the Pan American Championships in early June.”
Cycling Canada thanks Sport Canada for the valuable support provided by the International Single Sport Events (ISSE) – Hosting Program. The ISSE aims to enhance high performance sport development as well as the profile of Canadian sport organizations through the domestic hosting of international single sport events.
Full results can be found here. For more information on the 2023 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup Milton, visit www.tncmilton.com.
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Source: Cycling Canada
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