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World Track Championships - CM
Manchester, October 25-29, 2000
Day 5 - October 29
Reports by Nick Rosenthal, cyclingnews.com correspondent
Magne scores another for France
Frenchman Frederic Magne brought Jens Fiedler's two year winning streak in the keirin to an end after he captured the title today in Manchester. Magne, World Champion in 1997 and 1995, was too fast for Fiedler in the final, with Czech Pavel Buran taking third place.
In fact, Fiedler seemed to have made a miraculous recovery from his illness of two nights ago that saw him forfeit his sprint semi-final to teammate (and eventual gold medallist) Jan Van Eijden. Fiedler won his qualification heat, as did Magne and Great Britain's Craig McLean. the only incident in the first round was the crash of Greek, Athanasios Mantzouranis, who collided with Anthony Peden (NZl).
The semi finals saw a German 1-2, as Fiedler again won his heat followed by Van Eijden and Magne. In the second semi-final, the Czech Republic finished well with Ivan Vrba winning and Pavel Buran taking third. They were split by Latvian Ainars Kiksis.
With two Czechs and two Germans in the final, Magne was going to find it tough. However, he prevailed in a very close, fast and exciting race to take it from Fiedler.
Heat 1 1 Jens Fiedler (Ger) 10.694 (67.327 km/h) 2 Ainars Kiksis (Lat) 3 Domenico Mei (Ita) 4 David Cabrero (Spa) 5 Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr) DNS Nikolaos Agelidis (Gre) Heat 2 1 Craig Mclean (GBr) 11.023 (65.318 km/h) 2 Mickael Bourgain (Fra) 3 Grzegorz Krejner (Pol) 4 Anthony Peden (NZl) REL Jan Van Eijden (Ger) DNF Athanasios Mantzouranis (Gre) Heat 3 1 Frederic Magne (Fra) 10.639 (67.676 km/h) 2 Pavel Buran (Cze) 3 Teun Mulder (Ned) 4 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) 5 Yuichiro Kamiyama (Jpn) Heat 4 1 Ivan Vrba (Cze) 10.739 (67.045 km/h) 2 Roberto Chiappa (Ita) 3 Yuji Yamada (Jpn) 4 Matthias John (Ger) 5 Jeffrey Labauve (USA)
Heat 1 1 Yuji Yamada (Jpn) 11.098 (64.877 km/h) 2 Anthony Peden (NZl) 3 Juan Jose Haedo (Arg) 4 Domenico Mei (Ita) 5 Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr) 6 Athanasios Mantzouranis (Gre) 7 Jeffrey Labauve (USA) Heat 2 1 Jan Van Eijden (Ger) 11.320 (63.604 km/h) 2 Teun Mulder (Ned) 3 David Cabrero (Spa) 4 Yuichiro Kamiyama (Jpn) 5 Grzegorz Krejner (Pol) DSQ 6 Matthias John (Ger) DSQ
Heat 1 1 Jens Fiedler (Ger) 10.745 (67.008 km/h) 2 Jan Van Eijden (Ger) 3 Frederic Magne (Fra) 4 Roberto Chiappa (Ita) 5 Mickael Bourgain (Fra) 6 Anthony Peden (NZl) Heat 2 1 Ivan Vrba (Cze) 10.475 (68.735 km/h) 2 Ainars Kiksis (Lat) 3 Pavel Buran (Cze) 4 Teun Mulder (Ned) 5 Craig Mclean (GBr) 6 Yuji Yamada (Jpn)
Finals for 7th - 12th
1 Craig Mclean (GBr) 10.841 (66.415 km/h) 2 Teun Mulder (Ned) 3 Yuji Yamada (Jpn) 4 Mickael Bourgain (Fra) 5 Anthony Peden (NZl) 6 Roberto Chiappa (Ita)
1 Frederic Magne (Fra) 10.695 (67.321 km/h) 2 Jens Fiedler (Ger) 3 Pavel Buran (Cze) 4 Ainars Kiksis (Lat) 5 Jan Van Eijden (Ger) 6 Ivan Vrba (Cze)
Markovnichenko scores the double
Belorussian Natalia Markovnichenko added a second gold medal to her World Championship tally when she beat Canadian Lori-Ann Muenzer in the final of the women's sprint. Markovnichenko, who had easily progressed through the quarter and semi-finals, looked the stronger of the two, although Muenzer took the second match from her with some superior tactical riding.
In the ride off for bronze, young German Katrin Meinke beat the USA's Jennie Reed in straight heats, and looked delighted with her medal on the podium. Meinke looked the best tactically of all the women, riding beautifully with good skill and track craft. She was one of the few to use the bank to her advantage which is important in women's sprinting, as they are not as powerful as the men.
Heat 1 1 Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr) 12.163 11.859 2 Magali Faure (Fra) Heat 2 1 Jennie Reed (USA) 12.891 12.445 2 Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus) REL Heat 3 1 Lori Ann Muenzer (Can) 11.738 12.181 2 Galina Enioukhina (Rus) Heat 4 1 Katrin Meinke (Ger) 12.534 12.256 2 Celine Nivert (Fra)
Heat 1 1 Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr) 11.948 12.147 2 Katrin Meinke (Ger) Heat 2 1 Lori Ann Muenzer (Can) 12.278 12.399 2 Jennie Reed (USA)
Final for 5th - 8th
5 Celine Nivert (Fra) 12.035 (59.826 km/h) 6 Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus) 7 Galina Enioukhina (Rus) 8 Magali Faure (Fra)
Final for 1st and 2nd: 1 Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr) 11.703 11.885 2 Lori Ann Muenzer (Can) 11.937 Final for 3rd and 4th: 3 Katrin Meinke (Ger) 12.271 12.219 4 Jennie Reed (USA) Final ranking: 1 Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr) 2 Lori Ann Muenzer (Can) 3 Katrin Meinke (Ger) 4 Jennie Reed (USA) 5 Celine Nivert (Fra) 6 Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus) 7 Galina Enioukhina (Rus) 8 Magali Faure (Fra) 9 Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) 10 Cuihua Jiang (Chn)
Lehman wins the gold, Hayles scores bronze
With an all German final in the men's individual pursuit, the competition was expected to be a little less fierce, as there were no World Records likely to be set by either Jens Lehmann or Stephan Steinweg. Steinweg has ridden superbly all week, taking the madison title (with Erik Weisspfennig) and qualifying fastest for the IP. Lehmann on the other hand is certainly a world class pursuiter, and was a member of the winning German 4km team earlier. He convincingly beat Steinweg in the final, riding 4.21.84 to Steinweg's 4.26.70, taking his second gold medal of the championships.
In the second final for the bronze medal, Rob Hayles (GBr) did enough to beat Francis Moreau without destroying himself. Hayles, looking a little annoyed that he hadn't made the major final, started off very fast before his coach told him to back off. Beating your opponent is one thing, but humiliating a future teammate (Hayles will ride for Cofidis next year) is another. He needed to save himself for the points race that followed...
Splits: 1 km 2 km 3 km 4 km Final for 1st and 2nd: 1 Jens Lehmann (Ger) 1.07.64 2.10.80 3.14.80 4.21.84 (54.996 km/h) 2 Stephan Steinweg (Ger) 1.09.09 2.14.39 3.20.36 4.26.70 Final for 3rd and 4th: 3 Robert Hayles (GBr) 1.07.88 2.11.81 3.17.85 4.22.00 (54.962 km/h) 4 Francis Moreau (Fra) 1.09.43 2.15.63 3.22.02 4.26.76 Final ranking: 1 Jens Lehmann (Ger) 4.21.84 2 Stephan Steinweg (Ger) 4.26.70 3 Robert Hayles (GBr) 4.22.00 4 Francis Moreau (Fra) 4.26.76 5 Robert Slippens (Ned) 4.28.89 6 Sergio Escobar Roure (Spa) 4.32.46 7 Ondrej Sosenka (Cze) Caught 8 Noriyuki Iijima (Jpn) Caught
Llaneras does it again
Spanish Olympic points champion and 1999 World madison champion, Juan Llaneras acheived another impressive win in his favourite event, taking a lap out of the field to beat Belgian Matthew Gilmmore and Austrian Franz Stocher. The three, along with Argentinian Juan Esteban Curuchet, were part of a four man break that lapped the rest and it was a very close battle for points at the end.
Juan Llaneras is quite amazing because he does nothing on the six day circuit, however he seems to pull out top performances at the major events. He is immensely strong - every time someone attacks or takes a lap, he is there and lifting the pace whenever he goes to the front. It's not just canny riding that gets him ahead of the field.
When the decisive four man break came, Llaneras was leading on points and had to hold his own after Belgian Matt Gilmore was beginning to erode his lead. Gilmore staked everything on the final sprint, but it wasn't to be as Braikia had taken off from the lapped bunch to gain the double points. A few others followed, and the minor place points all disappeared. Although Gilmore was chatting and congratulating the others, you could sense that he wanted more than the silver. It was in once sense a good sign, as it signalled his return to the top of this type of racing since his terrible accident in Herning nearly two years ago.
Other mentions go to Rob Hayles, who got straight on his bike after the pursuit to finish 9th in the points race (and he looked like he was suffering for it!). Also, Australian Scott McGrory couldn't manage to get it together after flying out to contest the race a few days ago. He finished 13th, with three points. Finally, Austrian Franz Stocher was another who looked surprised and happy to be on the podium after a good ride.
1 Juan Llaneras Rosello (Spa) 19 pts 2 Matthew Gilmore (Bel) 18 3 Franz Stocher (Aut) 17 4 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Arg) 16 1 lap behind: 5 Tayeb Braikia (Den) 20 6 Franck Perque (Fra) 19 7 Silvio Martinello (Ita) 16 8 Milan Kadlec (Cze) 12 9 Robert Hayles (GBr) 11 10 Makoto Iijima (Jpn) 10 11 Matthe Pronk (Ned) 8 12 James Carney (USA) 6 13 Scott McGrory (Aus) 3 14 Glen Thompson (NZl) 2 15 Alexei Markov (Rus) 0 16 Erik Weispfennig (Ger) 0 2 laps behind: 17 Yajun Ma (Chn) 5 18 Kam Po Wong (HKg) 3 DNF Jukka Heinikainen (Fin) DNF Luis Alberto Martinez Vento (Mex)
Gold Silver Bronze Total Germany 4 5 1 10 France 4 1 1 6 Belorussia 2 0 0 2 Great Britain 1 2 2 5 Spain 1 1 1 3 China 0 1 1 2 Belgium 0 1 0 1 Canada 0 1 0 1 Russia 0 0 2 2 Argentina 0 0 1 1 Austria 0 0 1 1 Czech Republic 0 0 1 1
Results courtesy of www.worldtrackchampionships2000.com