BERLIN – Team USA won their fourth world championship title in the Women’s team pursuit in the last five years Thursday at the 2020 UCI Track Cycling Worlds Championships.
The team of Jennifer Valente (Sho-Air TWENTY20), Chloe Dygert (Sho-Air TWENTY20), Lily Williams (Rally UHC Pro Cycling) and Emma White (Rally UHC Pro Cycling) stopped the clock on their final ride at 4 minutes and 11.235 seconds, 1.894 seconds faster than Great Britain.
Having qualified first yesterday, the team pursuit squad began the evening session racing against New Zealand in the final heat of the Women’s team pursuit semifinals. Their time was 4:11.634, 2.249 seconds ahead of the Kiwis.
“I’m proud of what this team accomplished tonight,” said Gary Sutton, USA Cycling’s head coach of women’s track endurance. “They pulled together and rode really well, like I knew they could. This is the starting point for Tokyo, and our plan is to only go up from here.”
The team pursuit program has been solid all of the 2019-2020 UCI Track World Cup season, winning the first World Cup in Minsk, Belarus and the last World Cup in Milton, Canada as well as earning fourth at the World Cup in Brisbane, Australia.
Tomorrow Valente takes on her signature event with the Women’s omnium, to see if she can replicate her success at the last World Cup and take home a rainbow jersey. Ashton Lambie (Lincoln, Neb.) races the Men’s individual pursuit, where he was the world recorder holder for over a year. Daniel Holloway (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) will take on the Men’s points race in the evening session.
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All evening sessions will be livestreamed on NBC Sports as part of the Gold Package. Below is an approximate schedule of times and events in the broadcasts.
- Fri. Feb. 28 12:30p ET – Women’s Omnium Events 3 & 4, Men’s Individual Pursuit finals, Men’s Points Race
- Sat. Feb. 29 10:30am ET – Women’s Madison, Men’s Omnium Events 3 & 4, Women’s Individual Pursuit finals.
- Sunday March 1 6:00am ET – Women’s Points Race, Women’s Keirin, Men’s Madison.
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