Cycling star Trott wins bronze in Columbia
PUBLISHED: 11:23 24 December 2010 | UPDATED: 11:25 24 December 2010
WELWYN Wheeler Laura Trott looks set for a bright future in the sport's big time after impressing while riding for Great Britain at the Cali World Cup event in Columbia.
While in the same squad as Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton, Trott, secured a bronze medal from her trip to South America.
Speaking exclusively to the Welwyn Hatfield Times, Trott, who trains at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City, said: “I was really pleased to have won a bronze medal at my first World Cup.
“The team were right on the ball with descion making during the ride and we produced the best time we could do at this moment in time.
“Considering we were only going to score some Olympic points we were all very happy coming away with a bronze.”
Target number one for the squad was to earn qualification points from the event for the London 2012 Olympic Games, but medals were also at stake.
The 18-year-old World Junior Omnium champion secured the podium place as part of the GB Women’s Team Pursuit side. Her team will think they should have done even better in the event.
They knew they faced a tough task with the New Zealand trio of Rushlee Buchannan, Lauren Ellis and Alison Shanks improving all the time and with the Ouch Pro Cycling Team fielding pretty much the USA “A” team of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo.
Going off before both these teams, GB knew they had to put in a solid effort and probably get close to going under three minutes 24 seconds to guarantee a place in the final for gold.
Their time of 3min 24.323sec wasn’t quite enough as both the New Zealanders and Ouch slipped under it in subsequent heats.
GB duly won their final for bronze in an improved time of 3min 23.789sec, which was faster than Ouch went in either qualifying or in the final, where they were steam-rollered by the impressive New Zealand trio, who won in 3min 23.132sec.
That will have been little consolation to the GB riders Trott, Katie Colclough and Wendy Houvenaghel.
Individually, Trott completed the women’s omnium and endured a difficult opening day.
She was caught up in a huge crash in the qualifying round, which saw two riders stretchered off.
The teenager put in a solid flying lap, finishing sixth, but looked distinctly below par in the Points Race - where she scored in only two sprints and missed the moves which allowed Jarmila Machacova of the Czech Republic and Charlotte Becker of Germany to claim a lap and Sarah Hammer of the USA two laps.
The Elimination Race saw Trott finish ninth and end the day in seventh place.
Trott, enjoyed a much stronger second day, with fourth in the Pursuit, seventh in the Scratch Race and a morale-boosting win in the 500m Time Trial.
Her final tally of 42 points put her in fifth place, well ahead of where she looked like finishing at the end of day one.