22 Jan 2011

BikeNZ women's pursuiters take out Beijing World Cup gong

8:17 am on 22 January 2011

The New Zealand women's pursuit team have beaten Canada in the final of the third World Cup meet in Beijing.

The BikeNZ trio of Te Awamutu's Rushlee Buchanan, Kaytee Boyd of Waiuku and Jaime Nielsen from Hamilton won the final in impressive fashion on the opening night.

The team, without Commonwealth Games medallists Alison Shanks and Lauren Ellis, were always in control, winning by more than two seconds in a strong display.

After a fast start the trio opened up a winning lead of 1.2 seconds in the opening kilometre, stretching that to 1.7 seconds after two kilometres and 2.2 seconds by the finish.

New Zealand leads Australia by seven points with Canada third in the overall World Cup standings with one round remaining in Manchester next month.