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Adelaide scorches under the heat of the 2024 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup


Men's sprint winner Kaiya Ota. Image: Con Chronis.

The Adelaide chapter of the 2024 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup season has come to a close tonight, with 12 different nations and one Japanese UCI trade team earning hardware from the event.

 

More than 200 riders from more than 40 countries competed over the three days of racing, with riders treated to 30-plus temperatures across all three days in Adelaide, the first in Australia since 2019, and the first in the South Australian capital since 1997.

 

Day 1:

Led by emerging superstar Ally Wollaston, New Zealand had a strong opening day, claiming gold medals in both the Women’s elimination race and the women’s team pursuit.

 

Great Britain also took home two golds from the opening day, with victories in the men’s and women’s team pursuit, although their cause was helped in the latter race after world champions Germany were disqualified in the qualifying round for a start error.

 

The host nation also had a strong start to the event, taking gold in the men’s team sprint, silvers in both the men’s team pursuit and men’s elimination race, a bronze medal in the women’s team pursuit. It would prove to be Australia’s strongest day of the tournament, with four medals from six events.


Image: Con Chronis

Day 2:

After earning his nation’s only medal on day 1 with gold in the men’s elimination, Canada’s Dylan Bibic backed up with a second gold medal on Day 2, winning the demanding men’s omnium.

 

Malaysia’s Mohd Azizulhasni Awang was a popular winner in the men’s keirin, winning his first gold medal at this level in five years and overcoming open heart surgery in-between.

 

Awang left Japanese riders Shinjiin Nakano and Kaiya Ota in his wake, and Japan could consider themselves the unlucky country through the first two days of racing, with three silvers and a bronze but no gold.

 

After disappointment of Day 1, Germany’s Emma Hinze earned some redemption on day two, claiming her country’s first gold medal in the women’s sprint.

 

Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald earned a third gold medal for Great Britain with victory in the women’s Madison, propelling the Brits to the top of the medal tally after Day 2.


Men's sprint podium. Image: Con Chronis.

Day 3:

The temperature soared on the final day of racing inside the Adelaide Super-Drome, with the temperature nudging 40 degrees.

New Zealand rode a masterclass in the men’s Madison, setting the tempo throughout the race and breaking the field apart with a number of aggressive moves. Their 18-point lead over second-placed Germany a fair reflection of their dominance.

 

The heat potentially impacted the results in the men’s sprint, with Mohd Azizulhasni Awang withdrawing from the bronze medal race due to illness, handing the bronze medal to Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer without contest.

 

Japan’s luck also turned on the final day. Team Rakuten K Dream’s Kaiya Ota came from a heat down to defeat home favourite Matthew Richardson in the men’s sprint, while Japan would also claim victory in the women’s keirin, as Mina Sato added another Sunday gold for Team Rakuten K Dreams.

 

The women’s omnium came down to a thrilling race, with just one point separating Kiwi Ally Wollaston and Great Britain’s Katie Archibald with five laps to run in the deciding points race. It was Wollaston who would continue her hot streak in Adelaide, pulling away for the win and securing her third gold medal for the first round of 2024.

 

The Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup season travels to Hong Kong for Round 2 from March 15-17.


Final Medal Tally

 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

NZ

4

-

1

GBR

3

2

3

Team Rakuten K Dreams

2

1

1

CAN

2

-

1

AUS

1

4

2

GER

1

1

-

MSY

1

-

 

JPN

-

2

-

USA

-

1

3

ITA

-

1

1

CHN

-

1

-

FRA

-

-

1

BEL

-

-

1

 

2024 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup - Adelaide

 

The Adelaide Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup website is your information hub for the event

 

Results can be found at Tissot Timing.

 

Each round of the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup spans three days, with the same programme of events for men and women: keirin, individual sprint, team sprint, Madison, omnium, team pursuit and elimination race, i.e. the events of the Olympic programme, with the addition of the elimination race.

 

The 2024 Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup in Adelaide is proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

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