By USA Cycling press release
Colby Pearce grabbed a share of the overall World Cup lead on Saturday in the men’s points race with a bronze medal effort behind Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) and Nikita Eskov (RUS) at the penultimate stop of the four-race series.
Pearce scored points in half of the 12 intermediate sprints and lapped the field once to score 35 points. Silver medalist Eskov also scored 35 points but bested Pearce in the final sprint to take the tiebraker. Kiryienka scored 39.
Pearce’s performance moves him into a tie for the overall world cup lead with 2004 Olympic gold medalist Russian Mikhail Ignatiev. The fourth and decisive round of the world cup series is in Sydney in February.
Also competing for Team USA on Saturday was Giddeon Massie and Christian Stahl. In the 200m qualifying round of the men’s sprint, Massie placed 19th with a time of 10.829 seconds while Stahl posted the 16th best time of 10.763.
With only the top-16 riders advancing to the 1/8 final, Massie was eliminated. As the last rider to advance, Stahl was paired with top-seeded rider, Mikael Bourgain, in a head-to-head matchup that went to the Frenchman.
On Sunday, Pearce will again team up with Marty Nothstein for the men’s madison. Becky Quinn and Erin Mirabella will ride the women’s scratch race and Jennie Reed will contest the women’s keirin.
Also, in a special event, Nothstein will compete against the world’s best sprinters in the Japanese Keirin, a big money version of the world cup discipline unique to the Manchester round of the world cup series.