Gate finds form in Belgium shakedown

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The New Zealand track endurance team found good form in a build-up meet in Belgium ahead of the Paris Olympic Games.

Aaron Gate led the way with a win in the omnium and joined teammate Campbell Stewart to win the two-rider Madison at the meet in Ghent.

Gate and Stewart prevailed by a single point over the French stars Thomas Baudat and Benjamin Thomas in the Madison with the Belgian pair of Fabio van den Bossche and Lindsay De Vylder third.

Gate returned to win the four-discipline Omnium with 169 points, to be 10 points clear of van den Bossche with Great Britains Ethan Hayter third. The kiwi won the scratch race, was second in the tempo, fifth in the elimination and second in the points race to claim the honours.

Teammate Ally Wollaston also enjoyed some strong firm, finishing second in the women’s omnium behind Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky, a six-time track world champion.  Teammates Emily Shearman and Bryony Botha were eighth and 11th respectively.

Wollaston was second in the points race behind Italy’s Chiara Consonni, who was part of their world championship winning team pursuit in 2022.

Additionally Botha and Shearman joined to finish fifth in the Madison.

The endurance squad move to Switzerland for their final preparation camp before the Paris Olympic Games.

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