Nations Cup | Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell advance directly to the round of 16 of the sprint

(Milton) Lauriane Genest and Kelsey Mitchell qualified directly for the round of 16 in the individual sprint at the UCI Cycling Nations Cup in Milton on Saturday.

All four competing Canadians advanced to the next round, but Genest and Mitchell avoided the round of 16 by posting one of the four fastest times in qualifying.

Genest finished second in the session in 10.469 seconds, 112 thousandths behind Frenchwoman Mathilde Gros, who set the reference time in 10.357 on Saturday. Mitchell, holder of the world mark in the 200m launched in 10.154, finished in 10.554, good for fourth place.

The Dutchwoman Hetty van de Wouw (10, 519) slipped between the two Canadians.

Sarah Orban (10,862) and Jackie Boyle (10,979) had to go through the 16are final, where their journey ended. Boyle was eliminated by Tokyo Games silver medalist Olena Starikova of Ukraine. Orban, for his part, lowered his flag to the German Clara Schneider.

Bibic passes

At the omnium. Dylan Bibic, winner of Friday’s elimination race, qualified easily, finishing second in his heat with 15 points.

The Milton athlete will compete in the scratch, the tempo race, the elimination race and the points race later in the day.

Two other events are on the program for Saturday. Nick Wammes, Ryan Dodyk and James Hedgcock are registered for the keirin, while Quebecers Lily Plante and Ariane Bonhomme will team up for the American-style race, also called madison.

The finals will be contested in the evening and the competition will end on Sunday with the presentation of the individual sprint and the American race for men, as well as the omnium and keirin for women.

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