Two World Cup podiums for Minsk Cycling Club
The riders of the Minsk Cycling Club UCI Track team Raman Ramanau and Tatsiana Sharakova finished in top-3 of the 2016/17 UCI Track Cycling World Cup final classification in the men’s scratch and women’s omnium correspondently.
At the recent World Cup IV in Los Angeles Raman Ramanau was considered as one of the favorites, but his performance was far from expectations – 17th position. However the Minsk cyclist managed to secure a high third place in the World Cup final classification topped by his compatriot Yauheni Karaliok, who claimed victory at the event in the USA.
Tatsiana Sharakova guaranteed a spot on the World Cup podium in the omnium at the previous stage in Cali. In Los Angeles the Minsk rider competed in the individual pursuit. Sharakova had chances to fight for a medal till the last qualification heat, but finished only fifth. The same position the Belarusian cyclist has in the final classification.
The Minsk sprinters also showed an optimistic performance at the US event. The Belarusian trio (Yauheni Veremchuk, Artsiom Zaitsau and Uladzislau Novik) surprised everyone in the team sprint qualification with the 4th time leaving behind many contenders.
In the first round they were sixth and didn’t qualify for the finals. However the 6th position at the World Cup stage and in the final classification can be considered as a good result.
Another Minsk cyclist Raman Tsishkou was also in the highlight in Los Angeles. The Belarusian athlete finished 8th overall in the men’s omnium, though he was able to claim victory or at least a place in top-3. His start was unconvincing – 12th in the scratch. But in the next events Tsishkou picked up steam finishing 2nd in the tempo race and 3rd in the elimination race. Unfortunately, the points race wasn’t successful for Raman moving him down to the eight overall position.
Raman Tsishkou together with Yauheni Karaliok has also participated in the Madison, where the Belarusian duet finished fifth.