Team pursuit world champions Amy Cure and Georgia Baker teamed to win the silver medal in a thrilling women’s Madison final.
“It was a pretty full on race, right from the get-go it was on. There were many crashes out there, but Amy stayed safe, riding the front of the race as much as we could,” said Baker.
The Tasmanian duo took maximum points in the opening sprint of the 120-lap race (which featured twelve sprints), before the powerhouse Netherlands pairing of Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters put claim to multiple sprint wins and a 13 point lead at the halfway mark.
After winning the seventh sprint, the Australians moved back into second place, before the race was stopped by officials to enable a rider from New Zealand to receive medical attention after crashing.
“After the crash, Jason just got us together for a chat, and we were really positive,” said Baker. “When the race restarted, we knew we had to retake control of it, we knew we had the legs we just needed to hold the front position and set up the sprints for each other.”
The pair did just that, taking maximum points in both the ninth and the tenth sprints to move closer to top of the standings. Despite Cure throwing everything at the final sprint, the Australians would finish just two points shy of the Dutch who took the rainbow jersey.
“It was great out there, quite hectic, definitely had our heart rates up,” said Cure, who claimed bronze in 2017 with Alexandra Manly in the first women’s Madison held at a World Championships. “We made a few mistakes out there, and it is great to see how well we went with the mistakes we did make, it is a promising sign moving forward towards Tokyo.
“It has been a great week, we came here with a goal to ride a certain (team pursuit) time and to achieve that and pull on the rainbow stripes was pretty special.
"We would have loved to get double gold, but we have to look at what we have achieved and not be disappointed. We have come so far and to get gold and silver... we are both so proud.”