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Edinburgh Grand Prix - ISGP
Edinburgh, UK, June 26-27 , 2004
Staff spoils the party for Scottish stars
By Colin Renton
World Keirin champion Jamie Staff fended off the Scottish challenge in the Edinburgh Grand Prix at Meadowbank Velodrome with an impressive display of raw power.
Staff stormed around the final bend to snatch the win over Chris Hoy by the thickness of a tyre in the opening race of the three leg final, then dispensed with the need for the final ride when he repeated the feat in the second leg.
The 31 year old from Kent defeated the holder Craig MacLean in the first round and pipped Hoy in the second round before ending the challenge of Germany’s former world champion Jan van Eijden in the semi final.
Hoy, who had qualified fastest on Saturday before racing was abandoned due to rain, suffered a shock defeat against fellow Scot Marco Librizzi in the opening round, and needed two repechage rides to make it into the semi final, where he saw off MacLean 2-0.
MacLean showed his tactical nous to great effect in the third place ride off to edge out van Eijden.
Hoy, Staff and MacLean linked up in the team sprint and showed why they are among the favourites for Olympic gold in Athens with a stylish win over a Rest of the World trio in the final, having posted a Scottish All Comers’ record of 47.86 seconds in qualifying.
Ross Edgar gained some consolation for his first round exit in the sprint by winning the Keirin, and the colourful van Eijden earned a massive cheer when he beat the distance riders at their own game to take the Meadowbank GP 15 kilometre trophy.
Kate Cullen (City of Edinburgh RC) dominated the women’s events, while teenager Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) showed no respect for his elders to win the points race.
GP of Edinburgh Sprint 1 Jamie Staff (GT Bikes / Great Britain) 2 Chris Hoy (Team Persil / Great Britain) 3 Craig MacLean (Team Persil / Great Britain) 4 Jan van Eijden (Red Bull / Germany) 5 Ivan Vrba (Czech Republic) 6 Marco Librizzi (COERC) Meadowbank GP Bicycle Repair Man 15km Scratch 1 Jan van Eijden (Red Bull / Germany) 2 James Taylor (COERC) 3 Mark Kelly (COERC) Classic Walls Keirin 1 Ross Edgar (Team Persil / Great Britain) 11.89 2 Pavel Buran (Czech Republic) 3 Edward Clancy (Team Persil) Ristorante Librizzi International Team Sprint Challenge 1 Great Britain (MacLean, Staff, Hoy) 48.85 2 World Select (Buran, Vrba, Eijden) 50.38 3 Netherlands (Veldt, Voetman, van Kerkhof) 50.28 4 Scotland (Librizzi, Edgar, Taylor) 50.33 8 Km Points Race 1 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) 13 2 Derek Smith (COERC) 10 3 Shane Charlton (Fife Cycling 2000) 8 10 Km Points Race 1 Ben Hallam (Dataphonics) 8 2 Tom Smith (COERC) 7 3 James Taylor (COERC) 7 Devil Take the Hindmost 1 Mathew Brammeier (Team Persil) 2 Mark Kelly (COERC) 3 Thomas White (Team Persil) 3km Scratch 1 Ivan Vrba (Czech Republic) 2 Edward Clancy (Team Persil) 3 Ross Muir (Velo Ecosse) Unknown Distance 1 Nicky Hall (COERC) 8.05.91 2 Kevin Barclay (Edinburgh Racers) 3 Martin Ross (ERC) 8km Scratch 1 Andy Laing (Musselburgh Roads CC) 10.51.48 2 Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC) 3 Shane Charlton (Fife Cycling 2000) Veterans’ 500m Handicap 1 Ivor Reid (Clachnacuddin CC) 2 Andy Laing (Musselburgh Roads CC) 3 Alastair Taylor (Musselburgh Roads CC) Women’s 8 lap pursuit 1 Kate Cullen (COERC) 2.45.88 2 Emily Forde (Team Caledonia) 2.48.00 3 Carol Scott (COERC) 2.55.94 Women’s Keirin 1 Kate Cullen (COERC) 14.20 2 Rachel Ball (Track Cycling Co.) 3 Jo Tindley (VC Londres) Women 500m TT 1 Kate Cullen (COERC) 39.13 2 Emily Forde (Team Caledonia) 41.42 3 Carol Scott (COERC) 41.57 Women 1.5km Handicap 1 Emily Forde (Team Caledonia) 1.57.48 2 Carol Scott (COERC) 3 Eileen Roe (Edinburgh Racers) Youth Omnium 1 Osian Meilyr CC Cardiff 11 2 Ross Wilson Edinburgh Racers 12 3 Martin McGarry Edinburgh Racers 18