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Bulling sharpens with omnium win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/06/2016

New Zealand cyclist Piet Bulling has advanced his case for Olympic selection with an omnium win at the UCI category one meeting in the Czech Republic.

Bulling, a member of the team pursuit squad, won by two points from German Maximilian Beyer after an exciting final points race in Brno, with another German, Lucas Liss, third.

The New Zealander was fifth in the 15km scratch race, won the 4000m individual pursuit in 4min 40.963sec and was third in the elimination on the first day.

On Monday (NZT), he won the opening 1000m time trial in 1:05.929 and the flying lap in 22.550sec before finishing second in the final 30km points race behind Beyer.

That was enough to give Bulling top honours on 217 points, two clear of Beyer with Liss third on 207.

Four track sprinters have already been selected for Rio, but a 21-strong squad is competing and training in Australia, the US and Europe before New Zealand's Olympic line-up is finalised in the first week of July.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Lauren Ellis won the UCI omnium competition at Trexlertown in Pennsylvania.

Part of the women's endurance squad training in the US, Ellis finished on 19 points to edge teammates Rushlee Buchanan (16) and Holly Edmondston (10).

Ellis, part of the Kiwi pursuit squad which finished fifth at the London Olympics, secured victory with a win in the final sprint of the points race.

The women's squad will be trimmed to five at the end of the month as they head to Europe for the final phase of the preparations for Rio.

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