Lea earns men’s scratch bronze at UCI Track World Championships


(Feb. 19, 2015) – Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo) became the second American to reach the podium at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships in St. Quentin en Yvelines, France, after placing third in the men’s scratch race.
Bobby Lea wins the men's scratch bronze medal.
Bobby Lea wins the men's scratch bronze medal. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

Lea assembled the third best scratch race run of the day, only trailing gold medalist Lucas Liss (GER) and silver medalist Albert Torres Barcelo (ESP) in the field of 20. His Day 2 bronze medal performance was the second bronze medal for Team USA at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships. Kim Geist led things off for the U.S. in the women’s points race on Wednesday.
Despite setting an American record in the women’s team pursuit in the first round, the American lineup of Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR), Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./ UCI PCT/WPT: UnitedHealthcare) Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./TWENTY16 p/b SHO-AIR) and Ruth Winder (Lafayette, Calif./UCI PCT/WPT: UnitedHealthcare) just missed the medal round after posting a 4:24.145 run, which was the fifth-best time that round. Team USA clinched fifth in the final after topping China in the 5-6 contest with a 4:25.693 result. Australia won gold in 4:13.683, Great Britain earned silver in 4:16.702 and Canada took bronze in 4:17.864.
Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo) nearly advanced from the men’s keirin first round repechage but was unable to move on to the second round after being relegated for failing to hold his line during the final 200 meters of the race. In the men’s keirin final, Francois Pervis (FRA) earned gold, Edward Dawkins (NZL) finished 0.085 seconds back for silver and Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) crossed 0.229 seconds back for bronze.
The women's team pursuit team en route to a top-five finish.
The women's team pursuit squad en route to a top-five finish. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

The women’s 500m time trial and men’s team pursuit were also contested on Thursday.
As the 2015 UCI Track World Championships reaches the midpoint on Friday, Team USA will send four competitors to the start line: Jacob Duehring (Irvine, Calif./GS Ciao) will ride the first three events of the men’s omnium, taking on the individual pursuit, scratch and elimination races; Nick Rogers (Philadelphia, Pa./QCW Breakawaybikes.com p/b Felt Bicycles-JLVelo) will clip in for the men’s points race; Missy Erickson (Alexandria, Minn./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic-Momentum Coaching Group) has sights set on the women’s sprint qualifier and potentially 1/16 finals, 1/8 finals and quarterfinals; and Valente, after racing in the team pursuit the first two days, will go solo in the women’s individual pursuit.
Team USA will not compete in the men's 1km time trial on Friday.
For a complete results and schedule of events, visit the official 2015 UCI Track World Championships Tissot page.

2015 UCI Track World Championships
St. Quentin en Yvelines, France
Feb. 18-22, 2015

Men’s Scratch Race
1. Lucas Liss (GER)
2. Albert Torres Barcelo (ESP)
3. Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Custom Velo)

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Australia - 4:13.683
2. Great Britain - 4:16.702
3. Canada - 4:17.864
5. Team USA - 4:24.145
Men’s Keirin
1. Francois Pervis (FRA)
2. Edward Dawkins (NZL) +0.085
3. Azizulhasni Awang (MAS) +0.229
Matt Baranoski (Perkasie, Pa./Custom Velo) – DEL in first round repechage

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