– What happened? –
The 2018/2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup opened in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, from October 19-21. France's National Vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is located near the city of Versailles, west of Paris. Although
this is the first time Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines has been part of the World Cup series, the velodrome hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2015, and will be the venue for the track cycling events at the 2024 Olympic Games.
A total of 16 gold medals were awarded, with three nations each winning three - Australia, the Netherlands and Denmark. Australia led the overall rankings with eight medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze), followed by Great Britain with six (5 silver, 1 bronze) and the Netherlands at five (3 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze). All told, sixteen different nations from Europe, Oceania and Asia won medals. Showing the depth of talent present, only two riders won multiple gold medals - Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark in the Men's Madison and team pursuit, and Ashlee Ankudinoff of Australia in the Women's team pursuit and Scratch race.
– What's next? –
Milton, Canada, World Cup #2 > October 26-28
– Photo of the week –
– Focus on Lee Wai Sze –
Lee Wai Sze of Hong Kong (China) is one of the most accomplished track cyclists to come out of Asia. In 2012, she became only the third person from Hong Kong - and the first ever cyclist - to win an Olympic medal, when she took bronze in the Women's keirin at the London Olympic Games. At UCI World Championships, she has won a gold medal, two silver and two bronze in sprint events (sprint, keirin and 500m time trial), and has dominated the Women's sprint events for the past eight years at the Asian Games and Asian Continental Championships. Lee Wai Sze has got off to a strong start in the 2018/2019 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, winning both gold (sprint) and bronze (keirin) medals at the first round in France.