Cali, Colombia–The 2014 Track World Championships concluded in Cali, Colombia with Felt riders earning two golds, two silvers, as well as several podium appearances throughout the disciplines.
In the individual pursuit Sarah Hammer’s (USA, above) time placed her in second place overall. As a fierce competitor Hammer was disappointed with the result. However, she promised to refocus for the following day’s omnium competition.
On day five of the world championships, Hammer added another rainbow jersey to her collection, winning the omnium. With her victories in the points race, the elimination race, and the pursuit, in addition to her second place in the flying lap, fourth in the the 500 meters, and fifth in the scratch race, placed Hammer on the top step of the podium for her second omnium world championship gold.
Hammer’s omnium world championship history includes a silver in 2011, bronze in 2012, and omnium gold in 2013 and 2014. This recent world championship win increases Hammer’s total championship tally to an amazing seven rainbow jerseys.
In the Madison David Muntaner (Spain, above left), paired with Spanish countryman Albert Torres, won the gold. Previously at 2013 track world championships in Belarus, Muntaner earned a silver in the Madison.
Martyn Irvine (Ireland, above) took a courageous second place in the scratch race after breaking his hip less than a year ago in the Tour of Taiwan. This is the Irishman’s third world championship medal as he won gold in the Madison and silver in the pursuit at the 2013 Belarus track world championships.
Finishing in fourth place in the scratch race was first time elite world championship rider Jennifer Valente (USA). As a former junior scratch race world champion, look for Valente to win a rainbow jersey in the years to come.
Rounding out the results was the American women’s team pursuit squad finishing in a solid fifth place. Jake Duehring (USA, below leading), in his first year as an elite racer, finished in 15th place in the omnium despite crashing hard in the elimination race.
“I ended up crashing and breaking a rib the first night, but that didn’t stop me from finishing the race and giving it all I had,” said Duehring.