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 literally hit a speed bump 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 eleventh which moved him to fifth overall.
Feeling the effects of the crash, Welsford took an earlier than expected exit from the elimination race, with fifteenth place dropping him to ninth overall and thirty points from the lead heading into the final event, the points race.
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.