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29th Olympic Games - JO
Beijing, China, August 9-23, 2008
Event 13 - August 16: Men's Points Race Final
Favorite wins gold
By Rob Jones in Beijing
Joan Llaneras was one of the favourites for this event, but he initially struggled, while Germany's Roger Kluge took a lap and the early lead.
The race was very complicated," said Llaneras. "My initial plan was to try to earn some early points and build up an advantage, but the race was not very controlled, and many riders were attacking."
"Everyone was watching what I was doing, and when Kluge gained a lap, it was even more challenging," said Llaneras. "It was the riders who shouldered the responsibility for the race, who did well, like Kluge, [Chris] Newton and myself. In the second half of the race it became possible to ride more to a plan, and I was able to attack and take one lap, and then another."
Llaneras, Kluge and Great Britain's Newton were the only riders to take two laps on the field and, while Llaneras had the title wrapped up with one sprint remaining, Kluge had to beat Newton in the final sprint to clinch silver.
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1 Joan Llaneras (Spain) 60 pts 2 Roger Kluge (Germany) 58 3 Chris Newton (Great Britain) 56 4 Cameron Meyer (Australia) 36 5 Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus) 34 6 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 29 7 Zachary Bell (Canada) 27 8 Makoto Iijima (Japan) 23 9 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) 22 10 Greg Henderson (New Zealand) 13 11 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 10 12 Iljo Keisse (Belgium) 8 13 Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 8 14 Volodymyr Rybin (Ukraine) 8 15 Kam Po Wong (Hong Kong) 5 16 Milton Ariel Wynants (Uruguay) 5 17 Mikhail Ignatyev (Russia) 4 18 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina) 1 19 Marco Arriagada (Chile) 1 20 Peter Schep (Netherlands) 21 Christophe Riblon (France) -17 DNF Bobby Lea (United States) DNF Chun-Kai Feng