Twelve hours after a winning silver in the team pursuit, Amy Cure (TAS) found the world championships podium for a second time as she took bronze in the omnium.
The new format of the omnium introduced by the UCI for the omnium in 2017 heavily favoured bunch-specialist Cure with two individual events removed from the format leaving just the scratch, tempo, elimination and points races.
In the opening scratch, Cure held every attack and move in check and took second behind Britain’s Katie Archibald in a final lap sprint to the line. In the mystifying tempo race, Cure consolidated her medal chances second, once again behind Archibald.
Cure was at her best in the elimination race as she took the win to leave her on level pegging with Britain’s Katie Archibald on 112 points heading into the final points race where Archibald proved too strong again as she took the victory on 123 points. Wild and Cure finished tied on 115 points, with Wild taking the silver medal by virtue of finishing ahead of Cure in the final sprint.
“I am happy with it now, bit disappointed after the race as I really wanted those rainbows, but I wasn’t strong enough in the end and made a few mistakes,” said Cure, who claimed Australia’s national title in her first ever career omnium ride.
“But I will sit back and learn from this.”
Cure, who is targeting the omnium at the Tokyo 2020 Games, narrowly missed the podium in at February’s World Cup in Colombia – her first international omnium since 2011.
“I am really happy to get a podium at this level, I still have a lot of work to do.
“I will take it one step at a time, move on and look forward to next year.”
With two medals already in her pocket from Hong Kong, Cure has another chance to add to her tally in Saturday’s Madison when she teams with Alex Manly, before tackling the points race on Sunday – an event in which she claimed the world title in 2015.