Glen O’Shea has a fourth career omnium Track World Championships medal after his third place finish in the six-discipline event, having tied on 191 points with Colombian Fernando Gaviria and German Roger Kluge. O’Shea stole two laps on the field in the final event of the omnium, the 160-lap points race, but it wouldn’t be enough for the Australian to add to his 2012 world title who was nevertheless content to add to his growing medal collection.
“Happy but, jeez that was close wasn’t?,” O’Shea told reporters in the Lee Valley VeloPark of his reaction to claiming bronze. “Two days of racing and three guys on the same points. [Elia] Viviani only two points behind, you don’t get any closer. It’s probably a good sign way they changed the format, it was exciting, it was close.
“That second lap I got was a bit late towards the end, I didn’t have the legs to so the sprint in the end. Considering where I was after the pursuit, to find my way to the podium, I am really, really happy with that.”
O’Shea’s medal was the fifth of the championships for Australia and the second on day 4, following on from Matthew Glaetzer’s silver medal in the sprint.
The 26-year-old’s started the omnium with fifth place in the scratch race, 17th in the individual pursuit, sixth in the elimination race, fifth in the kilo and 11th in the flying lap to start the points race on 102 points. O’Shea’s bid for a the gold would require an aggressive and tactical approach in the final event and that’s precisely how it played out in front of another packed house.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been in a race that close before, it was even exciting for me to be in it and I enjoyed it,” he said. “I guess going into the race, I was a far way behind, I thought the podium was within reach and I think I rode with that freedom and rolled the dice a few times, going on the offensive and it paid off. Not quite for the win, but jeez, I got close.”
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