Bobby Lea ranked 15th after first three omnium events in Rio
Competition opened up with the scratch race in which Lea made a move about half way through. He and three other riders got about half a lap on the field before being pulled back into the bunch with four laps remaining. Lea finished 17th out of 18 in the scratch.
“I’m not quite where I wanted to be in the standings but I saw a really great opportunity in the scratch race and I couldn’t pass it up,” he said afterwards. “At the end of the day I just couldn’t quite pedal hard enough.”
After the scratch race came the individual pursuit and Lea put in a solid effort, catching and overtaking competitor Jasper de Buyst (BEL) and clocking 4:23.942 to finish eighth overall in the event.
“The pursuit was a decent ride,” he said. “It helped me move up a little bit in the standings.”
After the pursuit, Lea was ranked 12th going into the final event of the day – the elimination race. The eighth rider eliminated, he finished the day ranked 15th overall.
“The elimination was kind of average but it’s really just one race at a time,” he said. “Part of the trick of the omnium is learning how to put a race behind you really quickly whether it was a good one or a bad one and move forward. Everything always feels better once you get through the elimination. At the end of the day, it’s such an honor to be out here and racing in my third Games. I’m still full of gas to get the best result possible but while enjoying this experience as well.”
The men’s omnium will conclude on Monday with the kilo, flying lap, and points race. In addition to Lea’s omnium race, Sarah Hammer (Colorado Springs, Colo.) will contest the first three events of the women’s omnium – the scratch race, pursuit, and elimination race. Omnium action begins at 9:20 a.m. ET on Monday.
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