Dawkins ranked leading World Cup sprinter

  • 21/01/2014

New Zealand cyclist Eddie Dawkins has earned the title of leading sprinter after the completion of the track World Cup circuit for 2013-2014.

Dawkins gained two fourth placings and a 10th placing to top the points standings after the three-round World Cup after the final event finished in Guadalajara, Mexico on Tuesday.

It marked an excellent summer for Southlander Dawkins, who set a national record of 9.907 seconds at the Oceania championships in November.

He went under the 10sec barrier to be third fastest in qualifying in Mexico but was beaten by teammate Sam Webster in the bronze medal race.

"Eddie has been the form rider this summer and also showed real consistency at the top level," BikeNZ head coach Dayle Cheatley said.

"Like the rest of our sprint group, he is still very young in sprint cycling terms at 23, and his next key development is to convert that raw speed into medals consistently in the match racing phase of sprint."

Olympic bronze medallist Simon van Velthooven finished third highest overall in World Cup rankings in the 1000m time trial, while Tom Scully and Patrick Bevin were third after their victory in the Madison at Guadalajara.

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