Kelsey Mitchell Wins Canada’s First Gold of the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup
Milton, ON (April 22, 2023) – In a nail-biting final, Kelsey Mitchell claimed gold in the women’s sprint event on the second day of 2023 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup competition in Milton, ON, held April 22, 2023.
Mitchell Captures Gold in Front of a Home Crowd
After qualifying fourth in the women’s sprint, Mitchell went on to race the gold medal final against Martha Bayona Pineda (COL). She kept the crowd on their toes, only taking the win in the third and final heat of the race.
“I am so happy with my result. I know I’m not at my best so I had to race more tactically than normal,” said Mitchell. “Normally, I just power through it and rely on my athletic abilities to win the races. But I really think I learned a lot and used the track properly. I want to take this momentum in the training block going forward and into Worlds to hopefully get more points for Olympic qualifying.
Joining Mitchell and Bayona Pineda on the podium was Luz D Gaxiola Gonzalez (MEX) in the bronze position. While Mitchell’s teammate Lauriane Genest did not qualify for the finals, she is keeping her eye locked on tomorrow’s keirin competition.
James Hedgcock Just Off the Keirin Podium
After securing his spot in the finals in the men’s repechage, Hedgcock finished just shy of a podium, a scant 0.350 seconds behind the winner, Matthew Richardson (AUS). Scoring his best Track Nations Cup result of the year, Hedgcock ultimately placed behind Maximilian Dornbach (GER) in the bronze medal position and Nicholas Paul (TTO) in silver.
Canadians Nick Wammes and Ryan Dodyk were also part of the event but did not advance past the repechage.
The additional Canadian effort for the day came from Olympian Michael Foley, who was was part of the omnium bunch race but did not qualify for the finals. It was Donovan Grondin (FRA) who took the gold, with Tim Torn Teutenberg (GER) and Jan Willem van Schip (NED) going for silver and bronze.
In the women’s Madison, World Champions Lotte Kopecky and Shari Bossuyt (BEL) took the win followed by Katie Archibald and Neah Evans (GBR) for the silver and Elisa Balsamo and Martina Fidenza (ITA) for the bronze.
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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