Quinn relegated from third-place finish in scratch race at world's Palma de Mallorca, Spain (March 31, 2007)—A third medal for the U.S. Cycling Team at the 2007 UCI Track World Championships slipped away Saturday after Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.) was relegated by race officials after initially placing third in the women’s 10-kilometer scratch race.
With one lap remaining in the 60-lap mass-start race, Quinn was running seventh but advanced four spots with what seemed to be a bronze-medal winning move coming out of turn four 50 meters from the finish. Shortly after Quinn was declared the winner of the bronze medal, race officials disqualified her for entering the sprinter’s lane while it was occupied and making contact with Czech rider Lada Kozlikova.
U.S. Team officials protested the relegation, but the decision stood after review of video from the race.
The decision promoted Adrie Visser (NED) to third place behind gold medalist Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (CUB) and second-place finisher Maria Luisa Calle Williams (COL).
“Sure, there was some contact, but the rider that I evidently clipped was out of contention,” explained Quinn recalling the final sprint. “I could see if she was in contention for getting a medal, then obviously I should be relegated, but she was being passed by three riders that were going by her vying for the third spot and I was one of those riders and I happened to be the closest to her. The hole was there and I had to go through it. It was tight, but I really do feel it was clean.”
Quinn has twice placed fourth in the scratch race at the world championships (2004 in Melbourne and 2006 in Bordeaux), making her relegation Saturday a difficult decision to accept after what was to be her breakthrough performance on one of the sport’s biggest stages.
“I’m extremely frustrated. It’s the medal that got away. It’s a bike race though, life will go on.”
The 2007 UCI Track World Championships conclude on Sunday with two Americans in action. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./Ouch Pro Cycling) will compete for her second world title of the weekend in the women’s points race at 3:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m E.S.T.). Also, Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.) will contest the women’s keirin with the first round scheduled for the morning session at 10:00 a.m. (4:00 a.m. EST) and the second round and finals set for Sunday afternoon.
2007 UCI Track World Championships
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
March 29-April 1
Session Five & Six Results
Women’s 10-Kilometer Scratch Race
1. Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (CUB)
2. Maria Luisa Calle Williams (COL)
3. Adrie Visser (NED)
REL. Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pa.)