Multiple track world champions Sam Welsford and Cameron
Meyer have completed their campaigns at the UCI World Titles in Poland.
Welsford’s charge for a third individual rainbow jersey of
the 2019 championships hit a figurative and literal speed bump in the Omnium,
with the Team Pursuit and Scratch Race gold medallist brought down during a
crash in the tempo race of the four-event Omnium.
Meyer fought hard and rode a typically impressive effort in
the Madison where he was paired with Leigh Howard. Despite their best efforts,
they fell narrowly short of the podium in fourth place.
Chasing a third rainbow jersey of the week following his
sensational victories in the team pursuit and scratch races on Thursday,
Perth’s Sam Welsford’s shot at triple glory in Poland came unstuck at the hands
- and feet - of a fallen opponent.
Opening his account with a second place in the scratch race, Welsford’s
campaign came undone when he crashed into a falling Dutch rider midway through
the second event, the tempo race.
The tough as nails Welsford rejoined the race, sporting scrapes, bruises and a
ripped skinsuit and would eventually finish a gallant 11th which
moved him to fifth overall.
Feeling the effects of the crash, Welsford took an earlier than expected exit
from the elimination race, with a 15th place result dropping him to
ninth overall and 30 points from the lead heading into the final event, the
Despite his best efforts, Welsford was unable to move up the rankings in a
punishing 120-lap race that was won by New Zealand’s Ethan Hayter.
There was a feeling of back to the future for Cameron Meyer
and Leigh Howard in the men’s Madison race. The pair hold a long and successful
record together in the event, having won four medals, including world title honour
at the World Championships in Denmark (2010) and the Netherlands (2011).
Meyer was also returning to the same city and venue in
Poland (Pruszkow) that saw him compete in his first track titles – where he
claimed a first career rainbow jersey in the team pursuit.
On his return 10 years later, there would be no dream repeat,
but it certainly wasn’t without a fight.
Meyer and Howard picked up the second most sprint points
across the 200 lap, 50km race but found themselves out-foxed as Germany,
Denmark and Belgium all took crucial extra points from an additional lap
of the field.
The 20 points available for stealing a lap gained Denmark
and Belgium a podium spot ahead of Australia, whilst Germany proved too good
for the field, winning comfortably by 21 points over second place.
Gold – Germany: Total Points – 105 (Lap Points 60 | Sprint
Silver – Denmark: Total Points – 84 (Lap Points 60 | Sprint
Bronze – Belgium: Total Points – 82 (Lap Points 60 | Sprint
Fourth – Australia: Total Points – 71 (Lap Points 40 |
Sprint Points 31)