9 Nov 2014

NZ cyclists win team sprint bronze

5:34 pm on 9 November 2014

The world champion New Zealand men's sprint team have won the bronze medal on the second day of the opening Track World Cup tournament in Mexico.

The women's team pursuit

The women's team pursuit Photo: BikeNZ

After a less than perfect qualifying ride yesterday, only the fourth fastest, the New Zealand trio of Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins blitzed their way to the bronze medal over the Netherlands.

Their effort of 42.769s was quicker than the gold medal ride at this year's world championships.

Great Britain claimed the gold in Mexico from Germany

Meanwhile, the women's team pursuit made an encouraging return to the international scene to finish fourth, missing out to China in the bronze medal ride.

Cameron Karwowski lies provisionally in third place after three races of the men's omnium, while Racquel Sheath, in her first major international competition, was third in the elimination race to move to eighth overall with three events on Monday.

Monday features Dawkins and Webster in the men's sprint, Stephanie McKenzie in the women's keirin with Karwowski and Sheath in the second day of the omnium.