By USA Cycling
Sarah Hammer of Temecula, California, took gold in the women’s points race during the first day of competition at the Union Cycliste Internationale Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, England.
Hammer’s victory comes in her first World Cup since a one-year hiatus from cycling. Hammer, 22, lapped the field with China’s Yan Li to claim a majority of her points. Hammer will ride in the women’s pursuit in Saturday’s competition.
Teammate Becky Quinn (Quakertown, Pennsylvania) consistently finished in the top four during the points race sprints, placing her sixth overall.
Michael Blatchford (Veloworx), of Cypress, California, and Kevin Belz (CKR Racing) of Irving, Texas, will ride in the men’s sprint on Saturday. Competition continues through Sunday. Full results from the UCI Track Cycling World Cup can be found here.