Kirsten Wild (Wiggle High5) brought home three medals from the fifth round of the UCI Track World Cup that concluded on Sunday in Minsk, Belarus. The powerful Dutchwoman claimed gold medals in the Points Race and the Omnium, and a silver medal in the Madison.
Although pleased with her two gold medals, Wild expressed disappointment at not winning a third gold in the Madison with her partner Amy Pieters. The pair lost to Italian youngsters Letizia Paternoster and Maria Giulia Confalonieri by four points.
“I think it was a good weekend, starting with the Points Race on Friday, and the Omnium on Saturday was nice as well!” Wild said. “But our main focus on this event was the Madison on Sunday.
“We trained a lot on the technical part of the Madison in the last weeks, so that was our focus point, and that worked quite well. We only missed a bit of good communication in the end, and we missed the last sprint, so yeah … We were a bit disappointed in the end.”
Wild kicked off the racing on Friday with a win in the Points Race, beating Confalonieri and Norwegian Anita Yvonne Stenberg. On Saturday, she only managed fifth place in the Scratch Race in the opening round of the Omnium, and then third in the Tempo Race. She went on to win the Elimination Race and finished the four-round event with fifth in the Points Race.
She won the gold medal with 122 points, enough to beat Great Britain’s Elinor Barker, who also races for Wiggle High5 on the road. She earned the silver medal with 119 points. American Jennifer Valente finished third with 114 points.
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