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NZ crowned top nation at track World Cup

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/02/2017

Eddie Dawkins (R) and Sam Webster (L) of New Zealand compete in the Mens Sprint quarterfinal during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup © Phil Walter/Getty Images Eddie Dawkins (R) and Sam Webster (L) of New Zealand compete in the Mens Sprint quarterfinal during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup New Zealand's track cycling team has been crowned the overall round winner after securing nine medals at the World Cup in Los Angeles.

The Kiwis won four medals on the final day on Monday, including their lone gold to the world champion men's sprint team comprising Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins.

Three silvers and five bronze gave New Zealand their biggest World Cup medal haul in a highly promising display six weeks out from the world championships in Hong Kong.

Webster reckons the sprint team have more to give after pipping Germany in a tense final.

New Zealand lost ground to the Germans on the second lap, led by Webster, who was tired following a hectic three days.

As well as three rounds of team racing, he had clinched a bronze medal in the individual sprint as well as contesting multiple stages of the keirin.

"The other two boys really stepped up as I was in a really big state of fatigue," Webster said.

"It is a hugely motivating thing to see the people around you stepping up and making massive gains. I've great guys around me. We all buy into the vision and when one person steps up it urges everyone else to find the best within them."

NZ World Cup medal haul:

Gold:

Men's team sprint (Sam Webster, Ethan Mitchell, Eddie Dawkins).

Silver:

Women's team pursuit (Rushlee Buchanan, Michaela Drummond, Jaime Neilsen, Raquel Sheath).

Women's madison (Racquel Sheath, Michaela Drummond).

Men's omnium: Campbell Stewart.

Bronze:

Men's madison (Campbell Stewart, Tom Sexton).

Women's individual pursuit (Jaime Nielsen).

Men's sprint: Sam Webster.

Women's keirin: Natasha Hansen.

Men's scratch race: Tom Sexton.

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