Aucklander track cyclist Aaron Gate showed a never say die attitude in last nights Points race at the World Cycling Championships in Melbourne last night treating Kiwi supporters to one of the most exciting displays of bike racing seen thus far over the four days.
Gate who was often present on the sprint laps was picking up regular points for finishing in the top five knew however that to get himself onto the podium he needed to hunt for a lap up and take a 20 point bonus. Countless times the kiwi attacked, be it solo of with riders of other nations, but none were up to task and with the Australian and British riders Meyer and Swift aware of the Kiwis class on the bike he was not allowed the freedom that the team had hoped for.
But with just a handful of laps to go and the fatigue creeping into the legs of the field the breakaway mix was right with Meyer and Gate powering clear of the field who were desperate in pursuit. With Meyer driving full laps turns and Gate putting in his burners for all he was worth the sight of seeing the duo catch the field within the final lap was surreal. As the riders closed in on the final sprint it was Gate who was looking at the Bronze and Meyer the Gold, but De Ketele from Belgium had other thoughts on Gate displacing him from the podium and netted valuable points reclaiming the medal and shunting Gate to fourth.
Men’s points race, 40km: Cameron Meyer (AUS) 33 points, 1; Ben Swift (GBR) 32, 2; Kenny De Ketele (BEL) 30, 3; Aaron Gate (NZL) 28, 4.