Rodman moving in right direction - Tenn
Marloe Rodman's win at the 54th Longsjo Cycling Classic in New York on the weekend is an indication of the national cycling champion's 'progression'.
That's the view of Jamaica Cycling Federation (JCF) President Authur Tenn, who believes the 27-year-old can medal at a major championships if he continues improving along the same path.
"It's a good win and it shows his progression," Tenn told The Gleaner.
"It takes a lot of hard work (to medal at a major championship), but if he continues he can do it. He started winning in Jamaica, then he started winning in the Caribbean, and now he has proven that he can go to the States and win some of those races, so you can see the progression.
"It's going to take much harder work and a big step to reach the other level. He's a very good rider for the Caribbean region, but he needs more experience racing abroad, in the States and in Europe, because there (overseas) the racing is much different and the levels are much higher. But getting a win, especially in the States, is a very good result and it shows that his fitness is on track," Tenn commented.
Riding in wet conditions, the Jamaican timed his race to perfection, beating off the competition with a mighty downhill sprint to eclipse his closet rival by over a length and a half.
The unattached velodrome sprinter, who competed in the Longsjo Classic for the second consecutive year, joined the breakaway pack five laps into the 41-lap event.
In the breakaway pack, none of the riders' teammates were able to keep pace, so it was every man for himself, which set up the race for an exciting finish.
"I was just watching the race to see who was putting it up at the front," Rodman said on Worcester Telegram.com. "I saw some strong guys and said this was the break and I worked with those guys. When it comes down to that, you have to put a little more effort into it."
The 27-year-old won the second day of the classic after holding off four riders, who had joined him in the race to the finish.
The five - Rodman, Glenn Ferreira, new omnium leader Drew Christopher, Kai Wiggins and Connor Jennings - then battled on with 10 laps to go.
"I started to take it easy," Rodman said. "I had to save some energy for the finish."
Though he dropped back to fifth with two laps to go, there was no panic in Rodman's mind. The next time the riders came around and took the bell he was third again. Then he executed the final lap perfectly, breaking right just before pounding hard to the finish for the win, completing the race in one hour, seven minutes and three seconds.
"That's the place to be. You want to be at least second wheel 100 metres to the finish. With one lap to go, I moved up to second place and when we came to the corner, I started to sprint and I was good," he said.