Maiden world title for Tasmanian in points race
Continuing the success of Australia at the Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia was Tasmania's Amy Cure who won her maiden world title by claiming the women's 25km points race. Cure becomes the second Australian to win the event, following in the footsteps of Kate Bates in 2007.
21-year-old Cure rode a calculated race to accrue 38 points to hand her the win ahead of Germany's Stephanie Pohl and Canada's Jasmin Glaesser.
The rainbow jersey capped off three days of podium appearances for Cure after she took bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.
"It is pretty unbelievable, It has been so long, to finally get a world championship, it is all I have ever dreamed about," said Cure, who claimed four world titles on the track in 2009 and 2010 in the under 19 category," said Cure
"Four times junior world champion, but all I have ever wanted was that senior title. It has taken a few years, but to finally get there, words can't really express how I am feeling."
Cure figured in the points in three of the first four of ten sprints - held every ten laps - and after the fourth sprint, Cure lead an attack and was joined by Pohl, with the pair taking a lap on the field to each gain an additional twenty points.
Cure also collected another five points after winning the fifth sprint moving her tally to 38 points.
Pohl edged in front of Cure by three points after claiming second and first across the line in the next two sprints, however the diminutive Aussie held her nerve to fight back to return favour on the German in the eighth and ninth sprints.
"Taking the lap took a lot longer than I thought it would, but when I finally got on, I just knew I had to sit in for a few sprints and recover," said Cure.
"It is a bit surreal, coming here my main focus coming here was the team pursuit and the individual pursuit, the points race probably wasn't my main focus, so to pull this off, I am stoked."
"I would like to thank my coaches Gary Sutton and Matthew Gilmore, my family and friends back home who have supported me the whole through all the hard times," said Cure.
"Also to my team mates, when you go to event like this so far from home, your team mates become your family. So it was awesome to have them on the sidelines, cheering me and I can't thank them for getting me to the finish line."
Following the world championships, Cure turns her attention to the road as she will ride for the Lotto-Belisol Ladies team in 2014.
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