Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova – medallists of the first round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup

 

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Last week the first round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup took place in Polish Pruszkow. Riders of Gazprom – RusVelo showed an impressive performance and brought medals for the Russian National team.

Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova took third place in team sprint beating the Lithuanian team in the bronze final. In another fierce battle in keirin Daria Shmeleva finished second, being edged out by Kristina Vogel, the current World Champion from Germany.

That’s how Daria summed up the first round of Track World Cup: “We have demonstrated great results at the European Championships in Berlin and actually, I was surprised that I managed to recover so quickly for the first round of World Cup. As I have demonstrated my best results and gave it all for the victory in Berlin, I would say that emotionally I was not completely ready for the competitions in Poland. On the second racing day I felt fatigued, but on the final day we’ve competed with what’s left from our strength and clinched a podium. Also I gained my first medal in keirin, so I am glad with this result. Every start in international competitions is highly valuable for me, I am getting more experience and also confidence. Not only physical strength is developing, but also tactics, which is vital for success.  I know which mistakes I’ve made in Pruszkow and I look forward to the upcoming starts in Manchester to improve my results and bring more medals.”

This week on 10-12 of November members of Gazprom – RusVelo are to compete in the second round of UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester. Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voinova will be fighting for medals in keirin, individual and team sprint.

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