Canadian cycling trio reach podium at 3rd round of UCI Track Champions League


Canada’s Mathias Guillemette, Kelsey Mitchell and Maggie Coles-Lyster claimed their spot on the UCI Track Champions League podium on Saturday in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France. 

The third Champions League occasion of the season marked the primary time a Canadian bicycle owner did not win an occasion within the 2022 marketing campaign.

At the Vélodrome National de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, which will host the cycling occasions in the course of the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics, Guillemette completed runner-up within the males’s elimination race behind Great Britain’s Oliver Wood and forward of Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof.

Following the occasion, Guillemette and Wood got here collectively and exchanged phrases on the observe. 

“I used to be cooked and he was cooked,” mentioned Wood, in his post-race interview.

Guillemette, of Trois-Rivières, Que., led the boys’s endurance class standings after two rounds of the five-stint Champions League competitors throughout Europe. The 20-year-old has dropped to second as of Saturday’s end result and trails the chief Imhof by six factors. 

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Guillemette is amongst 5 Canadians competing in Champions League. The group additionally contains Olympic gold medallist Mitchell, world scratch champion Dylan Bibic, Coles-Lyster and Sarah van Dam.

Mitchell, who edged Colombia’s Martha Bayona by 0.001 seconds to win gold after a photograph end in Berlin final week, returned to the podium in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines with bronze within the ladies’s keirin closing. 

Steffie van der Peet of the Netherlands received gold forward of France’s Mathilde Gros who captured silver.

Mitchell, who celebrated her twenty ninth birthday on Saturday, is now third within the ladies’s dash general standings — one level behind Bayona and 10 behind chief Gros. 

In the ladies’s elimination race, fellow Canadian Coles-Lyster claimed bronze behind Katie Archibald of Great Britain and Jennifer Valente of the U.S.

Coles-Lyster, 23, is now one level away from third place within the general standings behind American bicycle owner Lily Williams. Valente leads Archibald by one level atop the desk. 

Watch reside protection of the two-event grand finale of the UCI Track Champions League season in London, England, starting Friday at 2 p.m. ET on, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android.


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