Two gold and one silver medal for CASCO athletes at Cali World Cup

RusVelo track team riders won two medals at the UCI World Cup in Cali, Columbia. The second day of race was marked by an impressive performance at the team pursuit of the recently created quartet, composed of two experienced riders, Artur Ershov and Alexander Serov, and two youngsters, Aleksandr Evtushenko and Alexey Kurbatov. They set the best time of the day in the first round, which couldn´t be improved during the day. In the finals, the RusVelo quartet battled it out until the last kilometer with the World champions from Australia, where the pre-race favorites gained a gap of slightly more than a second.

On the final day of the tournament, the best Russian sprinter of his generation Denis Dmitriev won gold in the sprint finals against the rising star from Holland Jeffry Hoogland. The U-23 European champion had hard races with an elbow-to-elbow battle in round two, but in round three he could defeat his rival. Denis Dmitriev said after the race: “Just about a month ago I had the feeling that this season will fall apart. After a heavy crash in Mexico the wounds healed slowly, the doctors re-opened them a couple of times to clear out tiny splinters, I had a fever and they put me on antibiotics for quite a while.  By the time of London World Cup, I felt empty, and the only way out for me was to start almost from scratch, to try and find my legs in time for the World championships. I’ve done a lot of very basic hard work, and even a few days ago it gave me serious doubts that I would find the necessary turn of speed. All in all my performance here comes as a bit of a nice surprise and a lot of encouragement. Now I’m getting over to further improve my form for the World’s. A month is not a lot of time but you can also achieve a lot with the right training. I’m reasonably happy with my form now, but I have the feeling there’s something in store to get faster in the coming weeks."

The German Maximilian Beyer of rad-net ROSE team also felt contented in the Colombian air and claimed the victory in Omnium. He represented Germany at the World Cup and had a great debut in his first season as rad-net ROSE athlete. Beyer prevailed against the favourite from Belgium Jasper de Buyst (206 points) and the Swiss Gael Suter (178) with a total of 220 points. The 21-year-old herewith won his first World Cup title.

“Max had a superb race and deserved to win. I'm happy for him. He was motivated in the season and the hard work has paid off. It was an outstanding Omnium with personal bests in all time trail disciplines and victories in the three mass starts.” said sporting director of rad-net ROSE team and coach, Sven Meyer, about his athletes afterwards.