Michael Freiberg Wins Omnium at World Track Cycling Championships
UCI Track Cycling World Championships: Australian Michael Freiberg Wins Gold in Omnium
At the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, 20-year-old Australian Michael Freiberg took gold in the Omnium event, which consists of five races (riders in skinny jeans need not apply):
- 200m flying start time trial
- 5km scratch race (first across the finish wins, no splits or sprints)
- 3km individual pursuit (which can be won either by setting the fastest time or by catching your opponent)
- 15km points race (mass start)
- 1km time trial
An elated Michael Freiberg told press, "I wanted to do well but to come away with a win in the world championships in such an incredible field so close to the Olympics is unbelievable."
Freiberg’s main challenger for gold was New Zealand’s Shane Archbold who set the fastest time, a sizzling 1:03.879 in the kilometre time trial, to move to the top of the rankings ,with only Freiberg and Spaniard Eloy Teruel Rovira left to race.
The final Omnium standings:
- Gold: Michael Freiberg (Australia
- Silver: Shane Archbold (New Zealand)
- Bronze: Gijs Van Hoecke (Belgium)
Aside from being a world-class athlete, Michael Freiberg also has some geek DNA.