UCI World Cup: Tatsiana Sharakova in omnium top-3 overall
The leader of the Minsk Cycling Club UCI Track team Tatsiana Sharakova confirmed her high level and second season in a row finished in top-3 of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup final classification in omnium.
Unfortunately, at the recent World Cup III in Cali the Belarusian cyclist didn’t won any medals. But even a modest 12th place in Columbia didn’t shake the Sharakova’s rankings in the overall classification, where she secured the third position.
There is no women’s omnium in the program of the forthcoming World Cup IV in Los Angeles. So nothing threatens her spot on the podium.
In Cali Sharakova also competed in the points race. The Belarusian rider was very active at intermediate sprints and scored 7 points , but didn’t manage to finish higher than the 8th place.
Another Minsk rider Raman Ramanau was also close to finish in top-3 of the World Cup classification in the points race. His 10th position in Columbia placed him fourth overall, only 10 points behind the podium.
The Minsk sprinters with the 10th result didn’t qualify for the next round of the team sprint in Cali. However Yauheni Veremchuk, Artsiom Zaitsau and Uladzislau Novik have almost guaranteed the first ever Belarusian participation in the team sprint at the World championships.
In the 1000 m time trial Belarus was represented by the national champion Uladzislau Novik who showed on the Columbian track the 11th time.
The Minsk representative Raman Tsishkou together with Yauheni Karaliok competed in the Madison. Lack of experience didn’t allow the Belarusian duo to fight for high positions – only 14th position.
Karaliok was also not impressive in the omnium, having finished on the 17th place after four events.
Thus the Belarusian athletes brought no medals from Cali, but obtained strategically important results: 3rd overall place of Sharakova in the omnium, 4th overall place of Ramanau in the points race and the Minsk sprinters’ step into history by qualifying to the Worlds.