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Jastrab crowned Junior World Champion in Frankfurt 🌈

California native becomes first American to win Junior Omnium world title

Rally UHC Cycling’s Megan Jastrab made history by winning the Omnium title at the 2019 UCI World Junior Track Championships in Frankfurt, Germany. Competing for Team USA, she became the first American in history to capture the Junior Omnium title.

“It feels unreal to win,” said Jastrab. “I am so so happy it came together and ended this way.”

Eleonora Gasparrini of Italy, Megan Jastrab of the United States and Ella Barnwell of Great Britain on the podium after the Women’s Omnium.

The Omnium is comprised of four events, the scratch race, tempo race, elimination race, and points race. Jastrab finished on the podium in each of the first three events despite a hard fall during the tempo race.

“All of the events were stressful,” said Jastrab. “I was taken out in the tempo race after only seven laps but fortunately scored enough points early. It could have been a very different story.”

Jastrab went into the points race finale with a slim four-point advantage over Great Britain’s Ella Barnwell and an eight-point lead over Italy’s Eleonora Gasparrini.

Podium battle: Jastrab marks Great Britain’s Ella Barnwell while Italy’s Eleonora Gasparrini follows closely behind during the points race finale.

“Going into the points race of an Omnium, everything can change,” said Jastrab. “It was a unique feeling thinking about winning a world title but first I had to concentrate on Ella and Eleonora. We pretty much neutralized each other while the other riders took the points.

“I knew I had won when the bell rang for the final sprint and I just followed wheels in complete shock about what just happened.

Despite her young age, 17-year-old Jastrab is focused and training hard with USA Cycling ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

“Tokyo is a huge goal,” said Jastrab. “I will try my best and hopefully something will work out.”

Final Omnium standings
1 JASTRAB Megan UNITED STATES 118 pts
2 GASPARRINI Eleonora Camilla ITALY 114
3 BARNWELL Ella GREAT BRITAIN 110
4 VAN DER DUIN Maike NETHERLANDS 107
5 SOTO CAMPOS Catalina Anais CHILE 105
6 WIELOWSKA Nikola POLAND 105
7 DE CLERCQ Katrijn BELGIUM 102
8 MILIAEVA Mariia RUSSIAN FEDERATION 74
9 VAN DAM Sarah CANADA 73
10 UCHINO Tsuyaka JAPAN 73

Omnium I – Scratch race results
1 30 GASPARRINI Eleonora Camilla ITA ITALY
2 62 JASTRAB Megan USA UNITED STATES
3 49 WIELOWSKA Nikola POL POLAND
4 25 BARNWELL Ella GBR GREAT BRITAIN
5 42 VAN DER DUIN Maike NED NETHERLANDS

Omnium II – Tempo race results
1 Mariia MILIAEVA RUSSIAN FEDERATION
2 Ella BARNWELL GREAT BRITAIN
3 Megan JASTRAB UNITED STATES
4 Nikola WIELOWSKA POLAND
5 Tsuyaka UCHINO JAPAN

Omnium III – Elimination race results
1 JASTRAB Megan USA UNITED STATES
2 BARNWELL Ella GBR GREAT BRITAIN
3 GASPARRINI Eleonora Camilla ITA ITALY
4 WIELOWSKA Nikola POL POLAND
5 CAMPOS Daniela POR PORTUGAL

Omnium IV – Points race results
1 SOTO CAMPOS Catalina Anais CHILE 39
2 MILIAEVA Mariia RUSSIAN FEDERATION 27
3 DE CLERCQ Katrijn BELGIUM 26