UCI Track World Cup, Manchester
Report & Photographs from John Coxon
Beijing silver medalist Wendy Houvenaghel wins Individual Pursuit Gold.
Wendy Houvenaghel lapped her rival , the Australian Josephine Tomic to claim Gold in the Individual Pursuit. After a strong start she just kept increasing the pressure on the Australian, widening the gap on each lap. Wendy overtook Tomic , the gun sounded and then , she powered on to finish in 3.31.929 to a standing ovation from an excited Manchester crowd..
1. HOUVENAGHEL Wendy GBR 3.31.929
2. TOMIC Josephine AUS OVL
The individual pursuit bronze medal final looked as if it would be a close run thing since both Vera Koedooder and Leire Olaberrria Dorronsoro had posted 3.40 rides in qualifying. In the first half of the race it looked like the Spaniard was home and dry when she pulled out a significant lead but the Dutch rider Koedooder came back at her and finished strongly to pass the Spanish rider and take the Bronze to another a standing ovation.
3. OLABERRIA DORRONSORO Leire ESP 3.42.255
4. KOEDOODER Vera NED 3.41.522
photos Janos Schmidt