Cure cycles to worlds 10km scratch silver

Tasmanian Amy Cure has won silver in the 10km scratch race at the track cycling world championships to go with the gold and bronze she’d already collected in Paris.


Cure rode a tactically astute race on Saturday night (Sunday morning AEDT) at France’s new national velodrome but couldn’t come around Dutch rider Kirsten Wild who took the win.

France’s Pascale Jeuland crossed the line third but was later relegated meaning Canada’s Allison Beveridge was awarded bronze.

Cure was perfectly positioned in second wheel behind Wild on the final lap but lacked the power to come around her stronger rival.

The Tasmanian had already won gold in the team pursuit on Thursday when the Australian quartet obliterated the world record by almost three seconds.

She followed that up with bronze in the individual pursuit on Friday behind fellow Australian Rebecca Wiasak, who won the rainbow jersey on debut.

Cure, 22, won the points race at the 2014 world championships in Colombia but couldn’t defend her title this week due to a schedule clash with the team pursuit.

Australia has reached the podium on eight occasions in the women’s scratch race but never won.

Cure later said she didn’t have quite enough in the tank to beat Wild on Saturday night.

“I knew when she came around me I had to get on her wheel if I wanted any chance to podium,” the 22-year-old told AAP.

“I got on her wheel and tried to hold it and come around in the end but she was just too strong.

“She rode an awesome race so full credit to her, she deserves the win.

“I’m happy with the silver.”

Cure went to Paris focused on winning the team pursuit and said it was an added bonus to take home individual silver and bronze as well.

“I trained so hard for the team pursuit and that training has really helped me in both the individual pursuit and the bunch race,” she said.

“I went out there with nothing to lose and everything to gain and just gave it 100 per cent.”