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Kiwi Sprinters to the Fore in Mexico
21 Jan, 2013


New Zealand cyclists Sam Webster and Matt Archibald have grabbed top-eight finishes on the final day of the UCI World Cup in Mexico today.


Webster (Auckland) finished fifth overall in the mens sprint and Archibald (Invercargill) eighth, after both riders set stunning times in qualifying.
 
Archibald qualified fifth in 9.737s, the fastest time that any New Zealand rider has achieved, assisted by the lightning fast track and high altitude. This beat the previous best of 9.963 by Eddie Dawkins at the world championships last year.
 
Webster was seventh fastest also with a superb 9.772, with the fastest time of 9.633 by Juan Peralta Gascon from Spain which was 0.6s outside the world record.
 
Both went through in the first round but Webster lost to Max Niederlag (GER) and Archibald to Denis Dmitriev (RUS) in the quarterfinals, with both going to the deciding third ride.
 
Webster then prevailed in the ride-off for fifth to eighth to complete an outstanding World Cup for BikeNZ sprinters after winning the Team Sprint and achieving strong results in both the keirin and sprints.
 
They have accumulated valuable points to hopefully cement qualifying spots for the world championships.
 
The riders return to prepare for the upcoming national track championships in Invercargill.

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