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Jennifer Valente Puts Bow On Cycling World Cup Season With Win In Omnium

By Karen Price | Jan. 26, 2020, 8:10 p.m. (ET)

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


On the final day of the final UCI Track Cycling World Cup of the year, Jennifer Valente ended the season the same way she started it: winning the omnium.

The 25-year-old Olympic silver medalist from San Diego, California, is eyeing gold at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, and her record speaks to just how good her chances are of accomplishing that in the omnium. It’s a demanding event that features four races in one day, and Valente is one of the best in the world. 

Sunday’s world cup win was her third of the season, and she also has a silver medal to go along with the three top prizes. It also comes just a day after she reached the podium in the women’s madison, which will be contested for the first time in the Olympic Games this summer, along with teammate Megan Jastrab, winning the bronze medal. 

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On Sunday, Valente won the elimination race, the third of four, to move into the top spot going into the final points race. She finished with 134 points, well ahead of Italy’s Letizia Paternoster with 114 points and Ireland’s Emily Kay with 102 points. 

Also medaling on Sunday was Maddie Godby, who took the bronze medal in the women’s keirin. The sprint specialist is someone the U.S. track cycling team recently identified as a possible athlete to build up endurance and help in the team pursuit.

Valente’s Olympic silver medal was in the team pursuit in 2016, the second for the U.S. since the event debuted in 2012. The 2020 world championships are scheduled to begin on Feb. 26 in Berlin, Germany. 

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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