Canadians in Moscow world cup

The field in Russia

The field in Russia (Image credit: AFP)

Two of the top Canadian track cyclists will take part in the second round of the UCI track world cup in Moscow, Russia: Zach Bell, from Whitehorse, Yukon (residing in Kingston, Ontario) in the men's pursuit and men's points race as well as Gina Grain, from Victoria British Colombia, in the women's points race.

The two Canadian riders, both in great shape according to their coach Houshang Amiri, will start racing on the Krylatskoye Velodrome from Friday morning.

Zach Bell, 25th in the world standings (individual pursuit), who had finished in eighth place in the points race and eleventh in the Men's individual pursuit at the first round of the UCI world cup in Sydney, Australia (November 2006), will face fierce competition from Russia's Mikhail Ignatiev (world cup #1 men's point race gold medallist) and Alexander Serov (world cup #1 men's individual pursuit gold medallist), both racing at home.

Gina Grain, who had placed fifth in last year's Los Angeles world cup and fourth at the 2006 Commonwealth Games (both results in the women's points race) currently 19th on the world cup standings, should be one of the best contenders.

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