Canadian track cyclists Zach Bell and Tara Whitten won silver medals Sunday at their first World Cup event of the season.
Bell finished third in the individual pursuit phase to lock up second place in the men's omnium.
“Coming into the race, I was apprehensive about my condition because it's been over seven months since my last competition on the track,” Bell said.
“I was pleasantly surprised to have achieved personal bests in all three timed events, considering that we have not focused a lot on the top-end training.”
The results from the six omnium phases were added together to determine the medalists. Juan Esteban Arango of Colombia had the lowest overall total to take gold with 28 points.
Bell, who grew up in Watson Lake, Yukon and now resides in North Vancouver, B.C., had 33 points, one less than Bryan Coquard of France.
Whitten, the two-time defending world champion from Edmonton, was saddled with a 14th-place result in the scratch race. She finished second with 28 points overall.
American Sarah Hammer had 14 points for the gold and Britain's Laura Trott took bronze with 29 points.
In other events, Calgary's Monique Sullivan was sixth in the women's sprint while Calgary's Travis Smith, Joseph Veloce of Fonthill, Ont., and Hugo Barrette of Cap-Aux-Meules, Que., finished ninth in the men's team sprint with a Canadian record time of 44.867 seconds.
Smith was also 13th in the men's sprint while Jasmin Glaesser of Coquitlam, B.C., was 13th in the women's individual pursuit and 15th in the scratch race.
The next UCI World Cup event is scheduled for Jan. 13-15 in Beijing.Report Typo/Error
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