Australia claims four medals at opening World Cup
6 November 2017
CYCLING - TRACK: Australia added gold and bronze on the final day of the UCI Track World Cup in Poland with Matthew Glaetzer taking out the sprint and Stephanie Morton adding keirin bronze, bringing Australia's tally to four medals - two gold, one silver and one bronze from the three-day competition.
2016 World Championship silver medallist Glaetzer claimed a fourth career World Cup sprint gold medal with a convincing showing across the competition.
Having qualified sixth fastest in 9.767 seconds the South Australian was too strong for Yudai Nitta (Dream Seeker) in the 1/16 final before dispatching Pavel Yakushevskiy (Russia) and Philip Hindes (100%Me) in the next two rounds.
In the semifinal Glaetzer was temporarily on the back foot losing the opening race to Harrie Lavreysen (Netherlands) before executing two tactical rides to take the next two heats and book a spot in the ride for gold.
A strong surge in the opening race against Mateusz Rudyk (Poland) in the final saw Glaetzer go one up before securing gold with another tactical display in the second. Bronze went to Edward Dawkins (New Zealand).
After collecting silver in the sprint on Saturday, Morton continued her successful World Cup flying home with a late surge to bag bronze.
As the derny pulled off Morton took the lead as riders jostled for position behind her. With just over a lap to go world champion Kristina Vogel (Germany) unleashed a blistering acceleration to take gold. Narrowly avoiding a crash behind her Morton sprinted to the line to grab bronze in a photo finish behind Vogel and Daria Shmeleva (Russia).
Morton's path to the final came through the first round repechage before a convincing win in the second round to set up a ride for a medal.
Morton and Glaetzer continue the World Cup season next weekend in Manchester, Great Britain.
Fresh from winning London Six Day last weekend Meyer and Scotson continued their Madison success with a storming victory in 120-lap race.
"It feels really great for us to come away this year and get some wins together as a team. Last year we were close to the mark but we have really been longing to stand on the top step of the podium together," Scotson said on turning silver medals at the Glasgow World Cup in 2016 and World Championships in Hong to gold in Poland.
As a number of teams battled it out for points in the early sprints, the experienced Meyer, twice a world champion in the event and Scotson waited patiently for the opportunity to attack. With legs starting to tire at the half way point they swung in to action swiftly lapping the field and collecting five points on the way to move in to the lead.
"We knew we had to play to our strength, which at the moment is certainly our endurance. With a shorter race than the full distance it was a bit of a gamble to wait and be patient, but we knew when we attacked we had to make it count," Scotson continued of the plan to try and take a lap.
Points in three of the final four sprints moved the Australian tally to 31. A last-ditch effort from Belgium winning the final sprint and with it 10 points saw them take silver on 29, two off gold. While France completed the podium a further two points back.
The gold medal continues a strong run for Meyer and Scotson who have continually found the podium over the last two seasons with the younger Scotson pleased with their continued growth.
"I think we are certainly stronger now. Cam has always been very strong, but I think I have made good improvements from last year.
"As a team we have come a long way in our tactics and the technical aspects which is really paying off for us."
Morton collected silver in a World Championship rematch with Kristina Vogel (Germany). Having qualified second fastest with a blistering time of 10.632 seconds, Morton moved directly in to the 1/8 finals where she dispatched Chaorui Song (Holy Brother Cycling Team).
The South Australian then proved too quick for Laurine Van Riessen (Matrix Pro Cycling) in the quarterfinals and Mathilde Gros (France) in the semifinal, booking meeting Kristina Vogel (Germany) in the ride for gold.
The highly anticipated match up did not disappoint with the two charging to the line together in the opening ride with Vogel managing to take it on the line. It was a similar affair in the second with the German again just hitting the line first. Bronze went to Mathilde Gros (France).
Less than 30 minutes after his Madison glory Scotson narrowly missed a second medal finishing fourth in the scratch race.
Matthew Glaetzer (SA/Central Districts CC) claimed fifth in the men's keirin giving Australia four top five finishes on day two.