US places 4th in women’s team sprint on Day 1 of Jrs Track World

  
  


Jennifer Valente teamed with Chloe Chepigin to place fourth in the women's team sprint. (Photo by Jamie Staff)
Jennifer Valente teamed with Chloe Chepigin to place fourth in the women's team sprint. (Photo by Jamie Staff)
The Americans on Wednesday earned a fourth-place finish in the women’s team sprint on the first day of the 2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships at Stadium Southland Velodrome in Invercargill, New Zealand.

The American tandem of Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, N.Y./Riptide Cycling-Team EPS-CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell) and Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy TWENTY12) qualified in fourth place with a time of 37.381 to face the Australians for the bronze medal. The U.S. duo improved their time in the 3/4 final, finishing in 37.101, but it was not fast enough to beat the Australian twosome of Allee Proud and Caitlin Ward, who posted a 35.428 to place third. The Russians posted unofficial world record times of 34.321 in the qualifying round before improving that to 34.155 in the final round to beat the New Zealanders and earn the podium’s top step.

Also on Wednesday, the Americans placed ninth in the men’s team sprint. The trio of Calan Farley (Pittstown, N.J./Team Alliance Environmental), Conor Klupar (Fall City, Wash./Revel Consulting-Rad Racing NW) and Kaleb Koch (Glenview, Ill./ISCorp Cycling Team) recorded a time of 49.158 in the qualifying round.

The racing continues through Sunday in New Zealand. On Thursday, the American women are slated to compete in the sprint and points race while the men are scheduled to contest the scratch race, time trial and the first three events of the omnium: the flying lap, points race and elimination race.

2012 UCI Juniors Track World Championships
Invercargill, New Zealand
Aug. 22-26

FULL RESULTS

Women’s Team Sprint
1. Russia 34.155
2. New Zealand 35.255
3. Australia 35.428
4. United States of America 37.101
        Chloe Chepigin (Chappaqua, N.Y./Riptide Cycling-Team EPS-CSS p/b Shebell &Shebell)
        Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./Exergy TWENTY12)

Men’s Team Sprint
1. Russia 46.363
2. Australia Relegated
3. Mexico 46.262
9. United States of America 49.822
        Calan Farley (Pittstown, N.J./Team Alliance Environmental)
        Conor Klupar (Fall City, Wash./Revel Consulting-Rad Racing NW)
        Kaleb Koch (Glenview, Ill./ISCorp Cycling Team)



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