CANYON//SRAM Racing’s Lisa Klein set the track alight last night to win a bronze medal in the individual pursuit in the penultimate day of the UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland. Representing Germany, Klein won the race for bronze with a time of 3 minutes 29.473 seconds, more than 4 seconds ahead of New Zealand rider Kirstie James. The 22 year old soaked up the achievement last night, enjoying the realisation she achieved a medal at her first elite track world championships.
“I don’t have that much experience with the individual pursuit, so I couldn’t be sure what a realistic goal was for the event,” said Klein today.
“My personal goal was to go for a time of 3 minutes 28 seconds, and in the qualifying I posted 3 minutes 27 seconds, so I was already happy with that! In the bronze medal final, that last kilometre was unimaginably painful. I fought so hard and it gives me a lot of satisfaction to achieve what I did. To finish my first track world championships with a bronze medal is just unbelievable.”
Klein praised the many people supporting her in her track ambitions. “I’m aware of how much support I have had from a lot of different people, towards this event. The training camps I had with CANYON//SRAM Racing in December and February were key and I gained a lot of motivation from my teammates. I can’t wait to see them again and return to the road with this motivation.”
Klein will look to return to her first road race of the 2019 season in mid-March.