Victor Manakov wins bronze medal for Russia
ITERA-Katusha’s Viktor Manakov, representing the National Russian Team, won the bronze medal in omnium on the UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia.
After all six races of the Olympic omnium program (flying lap, points race, elimination race, individual pursuit, scratch and 1 km time trial) Viktor scored 32 points, 4 points behind World Champion Thomas Boudat (France) and the silver medalist Tim Veldt (Netherlands).
– I think that Viktor has got a really impressive result. Despite of his crash during the elimination race, he managed to remain in the fight for medals and finally won the bronze medal for Russia. This is first ever medal for our country in Olympic omnium, and this is great! Together with Viktor we put the main accent on omnium as a discipline were he can reach very good results and get an Olympic quote for the Games in Rio in 2016. Viktor is a universal rider, who can get good placements in all races of the ompium program, which he proved now. The result, reached here in the World Championships, shows that Viktor is on the right way in his wish to go to the Olympic Games in Rio and to fight for the medals there, – said the coach of Viktor Manakov-jr., Viktor Manakov, who is the head of the trainers group of the Russian WorldTour team Katusha.
It has to be noted, that today’s result is not the first impressive result for the rider of the continental ITERA-Katusha team. Last autumn Viktor became the 2013 European Champion in omnium, while in 2012 he took the gold medal of the Under 23 European Track Championships.
This is first success of the continental team ITERA-Katusha, a part of the Russian Global Cycling Project, in the season of 2014.