SKINS ambassadors USA Cycling sent a roster of twelve cyclists to race over the four day UCI Track World Cup held in the new London Olympic Velodrome.
U. S. cyclist Sarah Hammer raced wearing a SKINS speed suit and performed brilliantly in the six omnium disciplines over two days of racing to claim the women’s gold medal.
Hammer was ranked fourth going into day two of omnium racing after Saturday saw her finish in third-place in the flying lap, ninth in the points race, and eight in the elimination race. On Sunday, the four-time world champ posted a third-place result in the individual pursuit, second in the scratch race, and a fifth-place finish in the 500-meter time trial to move her up to the number one spot.
“I am really, really happy with the performance considering I am just getting over a pretty bad sickness from about 2 weeks ago of overdoing it a bit at our last training camp,”said Hammer afterwards.
“Winning here was not easy and I needed a little bit of luck as the level now is so high with the entire women's field getting better and better each race. It seems like it was meant to be though. I am walking away with a great experience at the Olympic test event and lots of lessons learned.”
Joining Sarah on the omnium podium were Annette Edmondson (AUS) with the silver medal and Laura Trott (GBR) with the bronze.
Following her win on Sunday, Hammer is ranked second overall in the final omnium World Cup standings.
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