Southland's Tom Scully will contest the madison at the world track cycling championships in Colombia today, buoyed by an astonishing ride in the points race on Saturday.
Scully claimed silver in the 40km race, despite having only joined the BikeNZ track programme in December after fighting back from serious injury and reigniting his road career in the United Kingdom.
He finished runner-up in the points race in the final world cup to earn selection to the world championship team and on Saturday was the strongest rider in the points race, which went down to the final sprint with local rider Edwin Avila Vanegas taking the gold.
"The gold medal would have been well earned but regardless it was a superb job by Scully, " BikeNZ head coach Dayle Cheatley said after the points race.
"He rode out of his skin tonight and capped off another good day. The camp is in good spirits and that is a result of the hard yards they put in to this campaign early on."
Scully's medal completed a podium sweep for Southland riders, with Eddie Dawkins having early anchored the gold medal-winning team sprint and Pieter Bulling having been part of the New Zealand team pursuit squad which won bronze.
Heading into the final day of competition, Southland athletes have won the same number of medals as China.
- The Southland Times
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