2015 world champion and 2012 Olympic bronze medallist Annette Edmondson returned to the top step of the omnium podium at the New Zealand Track World Cup with a controlled victory in the women’s event.
Edmondson opened her account in the four-race omnium with a win in the scratch race, before taking fourth in the tempo. Victory in the elimination race provided an eight-point lead heading into the final event, the points race.
A controlled race from Edmondson saw her maintain her advantage over Canada’s Allison Beveridge (123pts) and Japan’s Yumi Kajihara (113pts) to take the win on 131 points.
“[I’m] Delighted to get the win here, we came here to get some experience because this would only be my third omnium in the new format,” said Edmondson, who took her world title and Olympic medal in the now-defunct six-race format. “Happy to tick some boxes, test out some new plans.
“The race might have been missing some of the bigger names in omnium, but the great opportunity of racing, to practice race strategies was not lost. Also, to learn to ride the final points race in the lead, that experience is hard to get at that level, so it was great to have this opportunity.
“It was a nice battle at the end there, but I did feel in control and happy to take the win. Now it’s full steam ahead as we head back to training ahead of the Track World Championships in Poland next month.”
*article from AustralianCyclingTeam.com