Bronze track

Some years ago, only Natalia Tsylinskaya’s name was associated with achievements on the cycling track. Now, a new generation has matured, ready to claim leading positions

By Dmitry Kolosov

The second World Cup round, held in Colombia’s Cali, brought Belarus’ racers two awards, although Tsylinskaya’s successor, Olga Panarina, was absent.

Oksana Popko and Tatiana Sharakova struggled for medals, with Popko narrowly missing out on success in the individual pursuit. However, she redeemed herself in the points race. Meanwhile, Sharakova showed her true ability in the Olympic omnium.

The all-round has emerged from a period of ever changing disciplines, with admitted leaders and serious competition now evident. Our Belarusian cyclists have left their mark and now have a tradition of bringing home medals. They are now set to show their full potential at the World Cup round in Beijing at the end of January. The World Championship in Dutch Apeldoorne is also close at hand.

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