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Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver at Nations Cup track cycling

Olympic champion Kelsey Mitchell takes silver at Nations Cup track cycling

MILTON, Ont. – Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell had a specific gameplan for the women’s sprint final against Germany’s Emma Hinze on Friday night at the…

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MILTON, Ont. – Canadian cyclist Kelsey Mitchell had a specific gameplan for the women’s sprint final against Germany’s Emma Hinze on Friday night at the Tissot UCI Track Nations Cup.

“I wanted to make it hurt,” she said. “I wanted to make it hurt for her and me.”

Mission accomplished on that front. It just didn’t pay off with a gold medal.

The painful grind from a blistering final two laps was evident as the rivals pushed each other in the best-of-three final on the Mattamy National Cycling Centre track. After taking the opener, the world champ finished a whisker ahead of the Tokyo Olympic champ in the second round, forcing the Canadian to settle for silver.

“I tried to push her,” Mitchell said. “I tried to come around but I didn’t have the gap right on either round. If there was a third round maybe I would have it but it’s not the case. You’ve got to cross the line first and unfortunately I didn’t do that.”

Hinze had an edge of 0.019 seconds in the first round — about half a wheel — and clinched the win in a photo finish, topping Mitchell by just 0.008 seconds.

Lauriane Genest of Levis, Que., missed the podium after dropping both rounds of the third-place race to Colombia’s Pineda Bayona. Mathias Guillemette of Trois-Rivieres, Que., also took fourth place in the men’s elimination race.Genest, who won keirin bronze in Tokyo, teamed with Mitchell, Calgary’s Sarah Orban and Toronto’s Jackie Boyle to win team sprint bronze on […]

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