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By VeloNews Interactive
The U.S. track team continued to add to its string of strong performances this year, taking the team title at the latest round of the World Cup in Cali, Colombia, June 21-23.
It’s been a remarkable season for the Americans, starting with a team title at the opening World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico in April. The success continued in Sydney and Moscow, and, most recently, Cali, where the U.S. squad claimed their second World Cup title at the series’ fourth stop. With one World Cup competition remaining in Kunming, China (August 9-11)—the United States squad sits unofficially atop the World Cup standings. The American track team managed to win the team competition despite coming to Colombia with only nine riders. Though every other team at the competition attended with full 14-member squads, the Americans took the team title by 13 points.
Leading the way for the Americans wee Colby Pearce and Tammy Thomas, who earned wins in the 30km men’s points race and the women’s 500-meter time trial. Pearce’s Points Race win was a first for an American rider. Thomas also finished second in the sprint competition. Further top three finishes were recorded by Jame Carney, who placed second in the 15km scratch race, and Erin Veenstra-Mirabella, who secured a second-place finish in the 10km scratch race to go along with her third place honor from the pursuit.
American sprint record holder Jeff LaBauve placed fourth in the men’s keirin and sixth in the sprint, while Giddeon Massie earned sixth-place in the kilometer time trial. T-Town standout Tanya Lindenmuth took sixth in the sprint.
In the 20km-points race, youngster Sarah Uhl (Perkasie, Penn.) placed seventh, one spot ahead of teammate Veenstra-Mirabella.
Unfortunately there was one piece of bad news that emerged amongst the celebration in Cali. Sarah Hammer suffered a broken collarbone during competition. The injury will likely keep the Hammer out of the final World Cup event in China, but willfully, she should be recovered fully to compete at the U.S. Track National Championships in late August.
Despite the loss of Hammer, however, the American track team remains confident that they can secure the overall World Cup title at the series’ fifth and final event in China this August.