AusCycling | Gold the goal for best friends Baker and Manly at Roubaix Track Worlds

Gold the goal for best friends Baker and Manly at Roubaix Track Worlds

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A team of five Australian riders will compete at the 2021 UCI Track World Championships in Roubaix, France this week from October 20-24.

The squad which is comprised of Georgia Baker (TAS), Annette Edmondson (SA), Alexandra Manly (SA), Kelland O’Brien (VIC) and Lucas Plapp (VIC), will compete in four events over three days.

Baker and Manly will pair together in the Women’s Madison on October 23, while Melburnians O’Brien and Plapp will form the Australian duo for the Men’s Madison on October 24.

Edmondson will be the first Australian in action at Stab Velodrome in Roubaix for the Women’s omnium, which begins Friday, October 22 and finishes in the early hours of Saturday morning in Australia.

Georgia Baker

Baker enters the Women's Madison with a silver already in her locker from the 2019 UCI Track World Championships edition of the event with fellow Tasmanian Amy Cure.

The dual-Olympian said she would be ecstatic to go one better this weekend in Roubaix.

“To have the world stripes and colours on and a gold medal around my neck would be the dream - and especially with one of my best friends (Manly),” Baker said.

“I reckon I haven’t spent more time in my life with anyone than I’ve spent in the past six months with Alex.

“We’ve been training together and doing everything together and we can read each other really well which I think is important in the Madison – we've got a good partnership.

“We haven’t actually raced too many Madisons together. We raced one World Cup in New Zealand which was good, and we won that, but that was a couple of years ago.”

For Baker, the upcoming week of competition is also a chance to finish the year on a high following an undesired result at Tokyo 2020.

“Obviously everyone was really disappointed after Tokyo and now we’re just lucky to have this opportunity to race again,” Baker said.

Georgia Baker

“I know a lot of teammates back in Australia don’t have this opportunity, so we are really thankful that we can be here.

“It’s really nice to be back on the track racing and I’m super excited for the week ahead.”

Australian National Team race schedule:

Annette Edmondson (SA)

  • Friday, October 22 - Women’s omnium - from 10pm AEDT (Live on SBS OnDemand on Saturday, October 23 from 3.20am AEDT)

Kelland O’Brien (VIC); Georgia Baker (TAS) and Alexandra Manly (SA)

  • Saturday, October 23 – Men's omnium and Women’s Madison - from 10pm AEDT (Live on SBS OnDemand on Sunday, October 24 from 2.20am AEDT)

Kelland O’Brien (VIC) and Lucas Plapp (VIC)

  • Sunday, October 24 – Men's Madison – from 7.55pm AEDT (Live on SBS OnDemand on Sunday, October 24 from 10.35pm AEDT)

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Australian National Team - 2021 UCI Track World Championships

  • Georgia Baker (TAS)
  • Annette Edmondson (SA)
  • Alexandra Manly (SA)
  • Kelland O’Brien (VIC)
  • Lucas Plapp (VIC)

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