Fourth for Oliva in keirin at UCI Track Cycling World Cup

By Monmouthshire Beacon/Chepstow Beacon in Cycling

TEAM USN’s Lewis Oliva narrowly missed out on a medal in the keirin at the Tissot UCI Track World Cup last weekend.

Oliva, from Devauden, came agonisingly close to the podium in Los Angeles as he finished fourth in the keirin. Oliva eased through the first round, winning his heat to secure his place in the second round. The national champion finished second in round two, securing his place in the final.

In a gutsy performance, the final displayed keirin racing at its best but Oliva had to settle for fourth. Columbia’s Puerta Zapata took gold.

Earlier in the day Abergavenny’s Rachel James qualified 13th in the women’s sprint, stopping the clock at 11.328. She advanced over Deborah, India in the 1/16 finals and was drawn against Germany’s Hinze in the 1/8 finals. Hinze progressed to the quarterfinals with her win over James, with Kristina Vogel eventually taking gold.

The final event of the weekend, the men’s Madison, saw Team USN’s Jon Mould and Sam Harrison take to the boards together. They took five sprint points early on in the 120km race, but Ireland’s English and Downey dominated taking two laps and the gold medal. Mould and Harrison finished ninth.

For Great Britain Cycling Team Elinor Barker raced in the Madison with Ellie Dickinson, where the pairing took fifth. Barker returned to the track for the scratch race where she reached the podium to take bronze, securing Great Britain’s only medal of the weekend.

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