Four nations win gold on day 3 of UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships
Russian dominance was finally cracked on Day 3 of the 2017 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, with Italy, Ukraine, Denmark and France taking the world titles awarded on Friday in Montichiari, Italy. While Italy took their third title, for the other three countries it was their first win at these championships.
In the men's points race, five riders took a lap on the rest of the field, and these five battled it out for the podium spots. Oleg Kanaka of the Ukraine won the title with 38 points after scoring in five of the intermediate sprints. Ivan Gerasimov of Russia won silver with 30 points, just one point ahead of Jb Murphy of Ireland.
The men's individual pursuit title was won by Denmark's Johan Price-Pejtersen, a member of the silver medal team pursuit squad, with a time of 3 minutes and 15.856 seconds, 0.735 seconds faster than Xeno Young of Ireland. Lev Gonov of Russia, a member of the gold medal team pursuit squad, finished third.
The women's sprint competition was won by France's Mathilde Gros, who had set a world record in the 200 metre time trial during qualifying. Lauren Bate-Lowe of Great Britain took the silver medal, while Lea Sophie Friedrich of Germany won the bronze.
The women's four event Omnium proved to be a battle between Letizia Paternoster of Italy, a member of the World Champion team pursuit squad, and Maggie Coles-Lyster of Canada. The pair were tied at 40 points each after two events, with Paternoster moving into the lead when she won the third event and Coles-Lyster could only manage fifth. Paternoster took the title after the final points race with 125 points, followed by Coles-Lyster at 115 and Mylene de Zoete of the Netherlands in third at 112 points.
The men's sprint also got underway with qualification and the one-eighths finals, and will conclude on Saturday.