19 Jan 2013

NZ sprint cyclists upset Olympic silver medalists

5:08 am on 19 January 2013

New Zealand's sprint cyclists have produced a stunning upset in the team sprint at the UCI World Cup in Mexico today, edging France by nearly 0.2 seconds.

The BikeNZ combination upset Olympic silver medallists France in the final at altitude in Aguascalientes, clocking 43.052 seconds, which is among the top 10 times in history.

The BikeNZ sprint coach Justin Grace is thrilled with the performance, which has guaranteed New Zealand a start in the world championships.

He says Ethan Mitchell gave them an outstanding start, backed up by strong rides from Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins.

He says the job is not over and they have important qualifying in the keirin with Dawkins riding Saturday and Matthew Archibald and Webster in sprints on Sunday.

He says they need more good performances to secure spots in the world championships.