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Another silver medal for Kiwi cyclists

Another silver medal for Kiwi cyclists

Southland professional Corbin Strong was rewarded for his bunch riding nous with a silver medal in the elimination race on the final day of the…

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Southland professional Corbin Strong was rewarded for his bunch riding nous with a silver medal in the elimination race on the final day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Paris. Corbin Strong in Paris Photo: PHOTOSPORT It left New Zealand with three silver medals from the world championships and encouragement that there is a silver lining to their preparations towards the 2024 Paris Olympics in the same St Quentin En Yvelines Velodrome.

While the elimination race is not on the Olympic schedule, Strong showed, with this performance and his fourth placing in the Points race, that he is a world-class bunch racer.

This year he has also developed into an emerging international road rider, picking up several podiums for his World Tour team, Israel Premier Tech.

He rode close to the front throughout the race, where the last rider is eliminated every two laps, with a desperate finish to eliminate the British rider Ethan Vernon in the penultimate sprint. Strong went early in the last sprint against defending champion Elia Viviani (ITA), the Olympic omnium champion, who managed to claw back the lead on the kiwi.

"From start to finish you could not fault his decisions," said coach Adrian Hegyvary. "He knew exactly what he wanted to do. It was the first time he has been beaten riding the elimination final like he did. He gave himself the best chance and he got beat by one of the best riders in the world.

"With more track prep it is exciting for Corbin. His […]

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