Phillip wins ‘Madison Cup’ keirin
Trinidad and Tobago duo Njisane Phillip and Varun Maharajh both picked up valuable points towards UCI (International Cycling Union) World Cup qualification in the Madison Cup in Trexlertown, USA on Friday.
Phillip started off the action by snatching victory in the keirin event, whipping South African Olympian Bernard Esterhuizen to pick up the winner’s five points. Third in that event was Jamaican Marloe Rodman, who also races in T&T.
In the Pro Men’s 15 kilometre scratch race, Maharajh just missed out on a podium spot with a fourth-place finish, while Rodman was right behind him in fifth. That event was won by US rider Zachary Kovalcik.
Maharahj and Phillip then teamed up for a creditable fourth palce in the 40-lap Madison, before Phillip was back among the medals two races later with silver in the two-kilometre Dash for Cash event, finishing just behind champion David Espinoza of the US. Rodman was third in that event.
Maharajh and Phillip combined again for fourth in the madison, this time over 120 laps.
The duo will next face the starter at the Quebec Cycling Grand Prix in Canada this week, with Maharajh first jumping into action on Thursday, a day before Phillip’s first event pedals off.
Over in Europe, T&T’s Kwesi Browne found the going tough at the Grand Prix Poland on the weekend. On Saturday, Browne failed to qualify for the match sprint after clocking 10.867 seconds to finish 26th of 27 sprinters in the flying 200m event.
That race was won by German Olympic rider Robert Forstemann, who stopped the clock at 10.173.
In the Men’s keirin first round, Browne placed third in Heat Two, and also failed to advance from the Repechage Round, when he finished last in the four-man Heat Two ride off. Overall he finished in a four-way tie for 21st.