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Jennifer Valente Claims Omnium Title At Track Cycling World Cup Opener In Belarus

By Karen Price | Nov. 03, 2019, 2:16 p.m. (ET)

Jennifer Valente competes at the Pan American Games Lima 2019 on Aug. 3, 2019 in Lima, Peru. 

 

The podium is a familiar place for cyclist Jennifer Valente, and with her recent results that top spot should start to be feeling like home.

The 2016 Olympic silver medalist won the women’s omnium Sunday to close out the season-opening UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Minsk, Belarus. It’s the same event she won this past summer at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. Valente also was a member of the winning team pursuit squad on Friday in Minsk, while also winning the non-Olympic points race and finishing third in the scratch race.

Valente went 2-for-2 to start Sunday’s omnium, an event that features four different races in one day. The San Diego native won the scratch race and the tempo race to put herself in the lead heading into the second half of the event, and then took third in the elimination race. At the conclusion of the points race, Valente totaled 130 points, well ahead of second-place finisher Letizia Paternoster of Italy, who had 116 points. Great Britain’s Laura Kenny, the two-time defending Olympic champion in the event, rounded out the podium with 108 points.

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Valente came into Minsk as the top women’s omnium rider in the country and fourth in the world. Her success this weekend continues a strong 2018-19 season in which she won a bronze medal in the omnium, her first in the event, at the world championships. 

She also has three world titles, as well as a 2016 Olympic silver medal, in team pursuit.

On the men’s side, Ashton Lambie took third on Sunday in men’s individual pursuit, which is not part of the Olympic program. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic and Paralympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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