Cure’s silver lining at world track titles

Amy Cure

TASMANIA’S Amy Cure has secured a complete set of medals from the 2015 World Championships in Paris with a hard-earned silver medal in the women’s scratch race.

It was Cure’s eighth medal from the last eight races she has contested at the past three world championships, a tally that now stands at two gold, three silver and three bronze.

In Saturday’s 10km scratch race final, Cure showed no signs of the heavy workload after being part of Australia’s world-beating team pursuit quartet that claimed gold in a world record time and taking bronze in the individual pursuit.

“Went in pressure free, went in with a clear mindset wanting to have fun and I am really happy to bring home the silver medal,” Cure said.

Cure was one of the main aggressors in the latter stages of the scratch race, and in a nail-biting final lap, she went toe to toe with the Netherland’s Kirsten Wild before being edged in the dying metres before the line.

“I was in good position coming into the final position, but Kirsten is a great bike rider, probably went a bit early and got ahead of myself, but I don’t think it mattered how late I left it I would have struggled to come over her,” she said.

“We (women’s endurance program) have worked so hard over the past year, on and off the bike, we have come together like more of a family now rather than a team.

“We are always there to support each other, and I think that has helped all of us along the way.”

With snow falling outside the National Velodrome in Paris, there was a silver lining for Australia inside with three silver medals from four finals won on the penultimate evening of the UCI Track World Championships.

It was a nail-biting finish, Jack Bobridge (SA) was pipped in the finals metres of the men’s 4000m individual pursuit, while it went down to the dying stages of the sixth and final event for South Australia’s Glenn O’Shea in the omnium.

In other events, reigning Commonwealth sprint champion Stephanie Morton (SA) secured her best ever world championship sprint result, finishing fourth while Annette Edmondson’s (SA) search for the elusive omnium world title continued in Paris, with the Adelaide cyclist lying in second position at the halfway mark of the competition.

Matthew Glaetzer also progressed in the men’s sprint quarter-finals.

Meanwhile in professional road racing, Tasmanian Richie Porte continued his good form for British Team Sky working tirelessly to help position teammate Geraint Thomas to retain the yellow jersey at the Volta ao Algrave in Portugal, as he set about defending a 30-second overnight lead.

The stage culminated in a summit finish on the famed Alto do Malhão, and it was Porte who put in a titanic effort to help Thomas, before attacking to claim the stage win by three seconds.

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