Lotto Belisol Ladies: Amy Cure is over the moon with her world title in the points race
The Lotto Belisol Ladies have a world champion in the team! Amy Cure took gold last Saturday in the points race at the World Championships in Cali, Colombia. A day earlier she had taken bronze in the individual pursuit and with the Australian team she had also won bronze in the team pursuit.
First senior world title
For the 21-year-old Cure it’s her first senior world title. As a junior she became several times world champion. In 2010 in the individual pursuit after setting a world record in the qualifications. That year she also won gold in the team pursuit, with a world record in the final, and the scratch. In that last discipline she had also conquered the rainbow jersey in 2009. Earlier this year Amy won gold on the Australian Championships in the individual pursuit and team pursuit, that with the Tasmanian team. Half of March she’s coming to Europe. The GP Cholet, in France, will be her first road race with the Lotto Belisol Ladies.
This is what I’ve been training for
Amy Cure: “I’m really happy with my first world title as a pro. This is what I have been training for. That’s why we get up early every morning and get on our bikes. It’s amazing all the hard work has paid off. I was lucky enough to get a few world titles as a junior, but nothing compares to a senior title. I always get a bit nervous before the start of a race, that wasn’t different this time. I knew it was going to be a really hard race. Just before the start I opened the box with my sunglasses and I saw there was a little message in it from my boyfriend. That put a smile on my face before the race.”
Battle with Stephanie Pohl
“The first 50 laps it was all about controlling and the second half you had to attack. I did that and no-one got away with me. I took a lap and that really helped me out on the points board. It was very close between me and the German rider Stephanie Pohl. She gained a lap as well and got in front of me on points, so I really had to focus on her and try and beat her in the sprints. She looked a bit tired, but so was I. I just had to hang on and get the win. And it worked out well for me.”
Messages of support
“I was so happy when I crossed the finish line. All my Aussie team mates were there to watch and they were the first to congratulate me. It was an awesome feeling to have all that support over there. After winning the points race the girls of the Lotto Belisol Ladies team started congratulating me. It was really good to receive all the support messages from everyone. This title is really important for me. It creates a boost. Hopefully there’s more to come.”
Two bronze medals
“The bronze medal in the team pursuit is obviously awesome. It’s great to stand on the podium with your teammates and all the girls with whom you go through the whole journey together. It’s something really meaningful and it’s great to celebrate together. As a junior I became world champion individual pursuit and I currently hold the junior world record. I love that discipline and I really wanted to make the gold and silver ride. I was a bit disappointed for missing out. But I am really stoked to come home with the bronze medal and the next day really made up for it, that’s for sure (laughs).”