Tasmanian track cyclist Georgia Baker has added to her ever-growing credentials in the madison ahead of the event joining the Olympic program next year.
In the same year that she teamed up with fellow Tasmanian Amy Cure to win a world championship silver medal in the event, Baker added a world cup gold.
The Perth 25-year-old, combined with another of her Rio Olympic teammates Annette Edmondson, of South Australia, to win the 30-kilometre event at the world cup in Glasgow.
Baker and Edmondson were in dominant form among a world-class field in Scotland, amassing 40 points over the 120 laps, nine more than Great Britain's reigning Olympic team pursuit champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker with Dutch pair Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters a distant third on 19.
#TissotUCITrackWC 🥇 World Cup Madison gold to @NettieEdmo & @BakerGeorgia. “We have been focusing on the Madison over the last couple of months, so this result means a lot not just to us, but the entire squad back home who have been helping us prepare.” #auscyclingteam#argon18pic.twitter.com/z3r8FPMb4E— AusCyclingTeam (@AusCyclingTeam) November 10, 2019
Asserting their authority on the race early, Baker and Edmondson won the first two sprints before adding four more and finishing second in the double-point last sprint.
The British pair picked up five sprint wins as the Ashes rivals won 11 of the 12 between them.
"Going into the race, we were focused on getting the little things right, wanted to make it simple, focus on the process and hope the result came," Baker said.
"We are so happy to take the gold medal, and it shows all the hard work back home in Adelaide is working."
Baker was also the sole Australian in the 40-lap scratch race, finishing seventh from a field of 21.
Baker and Devonport's Macey Stewart were in the Aussie team pursuit but failed to reach the finals.
Madison, omnium and team pursuit will be the three endurance events on the track cycling program at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In other Tasmanian cycling news, former WorldTour rider Cameron Wurf came 47th of 48 finishers in his attempt at Olympic distance triathlon in the Dominican Republic.
The former Olympic rower has turned his sporting focus to ironman triathlons since switching from cycling and came fifth at the recent world championships in Hawaii.
The Hobart 36-year-old subsequently announced his desire to focus on the sprint format in a bid to support fellow Tasmanian Jake Birtwhistle in Tokyo next year.
Wurf's first race was the Santo Domingo ITU world cup which he completed in 1:50:14, just over 11 minutes behind American winner Matthew McElroy.
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