Jennifer Valente celebrates at the 2019 Brisbane Track World Cup on Dec. 15, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.
Jennifer Valente has established herself this season as one of the top international contenders in the women’s omnium, a marathon of a track cycling event, and on Saturday she helped the U.S. reach the podium in another event: the Madison.
With Valente joining partner Megan Jastrab, the U.S. placed third in the race at the world cup in Milton, Ontario, falling behind winners Great Britain and Belgium in the race in which partners alternate laps with the goal being to complete as many laps as possible. The Americans finished just six points shy of the lead.
It’s the latest in a string of strong results for the San Diego native. Earlier this season Valente, 25, nabbed her third podium finish in three world cup events in the omnium, an event that includes four different races contested over the course of one day. She also won a bronze medal in the event at the world championships.
Those results came after she also made USA Cycling history as a member of the women’s team that won the program’s first world title in team pursuit in 2016 — and she added two more in 2017 and ’18. In addition, Valente won a silver medal in team pursuit at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Jastrab, meanwhile, is just 17 years old and this past summer won the junior national titles in both the road race and criterium to add to her reputation as a rising star on the U.S. cycling scene.
Their bronze was one of three won by U.S. cyclists on Saturday.
Gavin Hoover earned the bronze medal in the men’s omnium after entering the final race, the points race, in second place. He was just three points shy of hanging onto the silver and finished 16 points off the lead. The 22-year-old took first in the men’s team pursuit and second in the Madison at the Pan American Games last summer.
Maddie Godby, 27, gave the U.S. another medal, winning the bronze in the women’s sprint race over Mathilde Gros of France.
This is the sixth and final world cup event of the season. Competition wraps up on Sunday.