GENEST FINISHES 6TH IN KEIRIN AT HER FIRST TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP
Milton, ON (October 29, 2018) – Round 2 of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup concluded on Sunday at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton with four medals awarded. Canada's top result was Lauriane Genest, who was sixth in the women's Keirin. Canada won a silver and a bronze medal in four days of competition, to finish 11th out of 40 in the nation rankings.
Genest, who is racing in her first World Cup, won her first round race and finished second in the second round to make it to the medal round. In the Final, Genest started strong, however, she faded in the final half lap to finish sixth.
"This was my first ever World Cup," said Genest, "and to compete here on my home track, where I train every day, and to see the stands full; it was an amazing feeling. I gave everything I had, but did a tactical mistake when I followed Stephanie Morton [Australia], rather than going ahead of her. I'm happy to say that at my first World Cup, I made the big final in the Keirin."
In other competition, Allison Beveridge finished 11th in the four event women's Omnium, and Hugo Barrette was 16th in the men's Sprint, after winning the silver medal in the men's Keirin on Saturday.
"It was tough," admitted Barrette. "We were out of the velodrome at 11 last night [after the Keirin], and I started back here at 8 in the morning. In the first round, I beat the fifth fastest rider, but that was it ... the adrenalin was finished and after that I had no more legs."
Canadian Team Manager Jessika Grand Bois said, "The level of racing in Milton this year was exceptional, and it was certainly a good test for our athletes as we embark on the qualification process for the Olympics. We had some great performances, took notes on what our team needs to work on and are excited for the next races."