O'Shea on target for omnium podium

UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Australia, Glenn OShea, cycling, track, Minsk, Belarus
Australia's Glenn O'Shea warms up prior to the omnium (Getty)
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Defending world champion Glenn O'Shea is in a strong position to be on the podium when the omnium is decided on day four of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

He knows the form's good, he brought that to the points race and then rode a very smart elimination race where he was able to put points into Hansen who is his main rival here.

At the halfway mark the 23 year old is sitting on seven points, three ahead of Olympic Champion Lasse Norman Hansen of Denmark with New Zealand's Aaron Gate one point further back in third after the first three races of the six race event.

O'Shea opened his omnium campaign with third place in the flying lap before winning the points race. In the elimination race he held on for third to give himself a handy buffer, but knows he has to maintain his form and focus as the event reaches its conclusion.

"He took a bit of a knock at the Olympic Games where he was in exactly the same position going into the second day and unfortunately it didn't quite work out for him in the scratch race," said Cycling Australia Endurance Coach Matthew Gilmore. "So we've done a lot of work and video analysis of that race in particular. He really wants to defend his title and bounce back from the Olympics.

"The highlight for me today was his points race, it's an area that he's had to work on in recent months," said Gilmore. "It was one of his strongest points but since he's been doing a lot of the team pursuit work that's fallen away a little bit but today really pleasing to see he's bounced back."

But the plus side of the team pursuit training is an improvement in O'Shea's timed events.

"It was a a really solid time (his flying lap) and it sets the tone for the rest of the competition," explained Gilmore.
 
"A good little confidence booster, he knows the form's good, he brought that to the points race and then rode a very smart elimination race where he was able to put points into Hansen who is his main rival here."

The second day of omnium will begin with the 4000m individual pursuit round.

"The IP (individual pursuit) will be very important for Glenn," said Gilmore. "Lasse Hansen, it's one of his stronger events, so (hopefully) we can limit our losses there."

The scratch race comes next and wraps up with the kilometre time trial.

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