Rain delays Kiwi medal prospects

Unseasonal rain has dampened the progress of New Zealand rider Myron Simpson on the opening day of the UCI Juniors World Championship in Mexico on Saturday. The Manukau rider is in third place after five of six events in the gruelling Omnium before rain brought a premature end to the night's programme at Aguascalientes.

Simpson will return to the track tomorrow to compete in the final one kilo time trial to complete the Omnium, chasing New Zealand's first medal at the world championships. The 17 year old finished sixth in the 200m time trial, third in the 5km scratch race and a superb second in the individual pursuit. He was 10th in the 15km points race to be in third place overall with one event remaining. It was an outstanding performance in tough conditions with riders coping with bthe effects of altitude with the track at 1800m as well as humidity.

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