BERLIN – Day 4 of the 2020 UCI Track Cycling World Championships started at a blistering pace Saturday, with a new world record set early in the Women’s individual pursuit by Team USA’s Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20).
Dygert set the world record again during her gold medal ride, adding her 10th world rainbow jersey to her collection.
Team pursuit teammate Emma White (Rally UHC Pro Cycling) took sixth in individual pursuit. Gavin Hoover (Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling) had his best performance yet at world championship, placing seventh in the Men’s omnium. Madison partners Jennifer Valente (Sho-Air TWENTY20) and Megan Jastrab (Rally UHC Pro Cycling) finished ninth after a crash during the event.
Dygert had not raced the individual pursuit since she won the world title in 2018. Seeded in the first heat, she overtook her heat partner in the first half of her race and then attempted to go a second time, but coach Garry Sutton cautioned her to reserve her energy. Dygert nonetheless set a new world record in a time of 3 minutes and 17.283 seconds.
“This morning’s ride felt really good,” Dygert said. “Gary had me pull back a bit with three laps to go in order to save energy for tonight. The schedule that what I was on would have given me a time of 3:19, but because the track conditions are so good, I just kept going. Going into tonight, I think I can break the record again.”
Dygert faced Germany’s Lisa Brennauer in the gold medal ride. With a solid start, Dygert remained dominant in the match up through the entire heat, coming within 150-meters of catching her opponent. She stopped the clock for her second ride at 3:16.937 and a new world record.
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