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Los Angeles Track World Cup - CDM
ADT Velodrome, Carson, California, USA, December 10-12, 2004
Session 5 - December 12 Afternoon
First LA world cup wraps with Madison and keirin action
By Eddie Monnier
The final day of the Los Angeles World Cup event provided some spectacular racing and wrapped up the USA' first taste of World Cup talent on its newest and only indoor velodrome.
Women's keirin provides thrilling final
The women's keirin was packed with talent, including Natalia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) who had already taken out the Sprint and 500 meter gold medal for this World Cup (and Olympic bronze medalist in the 500 meter); double medalist Elisa Frisoni (silver, 500 meter and bronze, Sprints) of Italy; current world champion Clara Sanchez (France); current junior world champion Shuang Guo (China); Olympic double medalist Anna Meares (Australia, gold, 500 meter and bronze, sprint).
Each of the heats was exciting but it was Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) who ultimately took out the title in a thrilling finale in a time of 12.167 (59.176 km/h). US rider Jeannie Reed - who won both her earlier heats with strong displays of power - tried to come over the top from dead last to the front with 1.5 laps to go. She was taken up the banking in turn one and couldn't quite get over Tsylinskaya who had led since the start. Pendleton powered to the line to take the win over Anna Meares (Australia) and leaving Tyslinskaya with the bronze.
Netherlands defeats Olympic champions in team sprint
The Netherlands posted a 45.258 (59.658 km/h) to qualify fastest and earn the right to face off against Olympic champions and current World Cup leader Germany for the gold / silver round. France and Japan would face each other in the bronze round. While the World Championships are admittedly a ways off, Australia's sprinters continued to struggle and qualified only fifth fastest. The Netherlands clawed its way back in the second half of its match against the Germans to take the win by 0.254 over Germany. France had a bit of an easier time with Japan who seemed to struggle to keep it together.
Women's scratch race
With 27 women entered for the scratch race, two qualifying heats were held with the top 10 in each advancing to the final. With so many qualifying, there was little incentive to drive the pace and both heats more or less waited for the field sprint. Rebecca Quinn (USA) won the first heat and Alexis Rhodes (Australia) took out the slightly faster second heat. The energy saved in the heats would be unleashed in the final which was completed at an average speed that was 5 km/hr faster. Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) and Elana Chalykh (Russia) were active throughout the race. The attacks were numerous but nobody got more than a half lap advantage over the field. The group was compact with five to go when Alexis Rhodes (Australia) hit the front and set tempo until inside of two to go when Mandy Poitras (Canada) came stomping over the top with teammate Gina Grain in tow. The leadout stalled as Yulia Arustamova (Russia) surged on the outside and gunned it all the way to the line for a win by several meters. Eleonora Soldo (Italy) grabbed the Silver while Emma Davies took Bronze to round out the podium.
Germany dominates a smoking fast Madison
Fifteen two-man teams lined up for the Madison, always a crowd favorite, though a bit confusing for many spectators. The US team took out the first sprint, which stirred the vocal crowd, even though many were still hoarse from cheering Colby Pearce during the prior evening's men's points race. Belarus attacked and gained about half a lap before Russia really cranked up the chase to complete the catch before the second points sprint which was taken out by the Czechs to move into first while the Germans and the US were tied at just two points behind. The field split under the pressure of the second sprint. Germany and Russia, sensing the opportunity, went on the attack. The Czech team caught on to the break and the trio eventually gained a lap on the US, Australia, Denmark, Canada and Chile which trailed the rest of the field. An important tactical difference between a regular Points Race and a Madison is in the Madison, laps take precedence over points (whereas laps are converted to points in a Points Race).
Germany continued its move and powered off the front alone to add a lap advantage over the front of the field as well. That's not surprising given the duo was driven by talented pursuit strongman Robert Bartko. The Germans would eventually take another lap over the back group.
Greg Henderson and Peter Latham of New Zealand tried valiantly to take back a lap, but the most they could do was take out the 40-to-go sprint as they were caught at about 25 laps to go. Germany had the race well under control with at least a lap lead over everyone as well as a four point advantage over the next best Czech team. But there was a fierce battle among the Czechs, Russia, Great Britain, New Zealand and Ukraine, who were all on the same lap and separated by six or fewer points from each other.
Unfortunately with about 9 laps to go both Great Britain riders hit the deck coming out of turn four. While clearly banged up, neither was badly hurt. Re-mounting their bikes to considerable crowd applause, the Brits re-entered the race. The Czechs took out the remaining sprint to end the day with 16 points (but down a lap on Germany which had 15 points) and claim the silver medal. The Russians edged New Zealand and Argentina by just two points for the bronze (New Zealand took fourth because of its better finish on the final sprint).
Bartko and his teammate Leif Lampater put on quite a display today. And if there were tired legs from the three days of racing, it didn't slow the race at all. The 40km event took just 44:15 (54.24 km/h) to complete. But I'm sure there are some tired legs now.
And so we close our coverage of this World Cup event. The event certainly provided an opportunity for organizers and athletes alike to test the facility and logistics. While many of the timed events were slower than some expected, Theo Bos' ripping fast kilometer of 1:01.768 shows it's not all attributable to the track. The fact is, for many of the riders, they've only begun their serious preparation following their post-Olympic Games break. Athletes at this level cannot rush back to peak fitness if they want to be at their best in March, when it matters the most. And we'll have a good idea of how fast the track is when everyone comes back in peak form for the world championships in March. But ultimately, it's the racers who make the races exciting, not the track surface. Don't miss it!
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Team sprint qualifying 1 Netherlands 45.258 (59.658km/h) Teun Mulder Theo Bos Tim Veldt 2 Germany 45.741 (59.028km/h) Matthias John Stefan Nimke Carsten Bergmann 3 France 46.297 (58.319km/h) Didier Henriette Arnaud Tournant MickaŽl Bourgain 4 Japan 46.582 (57.962km/h) Terufumi Sakakieda Kazuya Narita Yusho Oikawa 5 Australia 46.662 (57.863km/h) Sean Eadie Ryan Bayley Ben Kersten 6 Poland 46.921 (57.544km/h) Lukasz Kwiatkowski Damian Zielinski Rafa Furman 7 United States 47.150 (57.264km/h) Ryan Nelman Gideon Massie Christian Stahl 8 Ukraine 47.271 (57.117km/h) Maksym Lopatyuk Yuriy Tsyupyk Andrei Vynokurov 9 Russia 47.876 (56.396km/h) Dmitry Leopold Sergey Polynskiy Vladimir Kiriltsev 10 Canada 48.069 (56.169km/h) Yannick Morin Cam Mackinnon Travis Smith 11 New Zealand 48.222 (55.991km/h) Daniel Beatson Andrew Williams David Cresswell 12 Greece 48.837 (55.286km/h) Panagiotis Voukelatos Athanasios Mantzoyranis Dimitrios Georgiou DNS Venezuela Alexander Cornieles Jhonny Hernandez Frederick Segura Team sprint finals Final for 3rd & 4th 1 France 46.401 (58.188km/h) Didier Henriette MickaŽl Bourgain Arnaud Tournant 2 Japan 47.554 (56.778km/h) Kazuya Narita Terufumi Sakakieda Yusho Oikawa Final for 1st & 2nd 1 Netherlands 45.163 (59.783km/h) Teun Mulder Theo Bos Tim Veldt 2 Germany 45.417 (59.449km/h) Matthias John Stefan Nimke Carsten Bergmann Team sprint final classification 1 Netherlands Theo Bos Teun Mulder Tim Veldt 2 Germany Carsten Bergmann Matthias John Stefan Nimke 3 France MickaŽl Bourgain Didier Henriette Arnaud Tournant 4 Japan Kazuya Narita Yusho Oikawa Terufumi Sakakieda 5 Australia Ryan Bayley Sean Eadie Ben Kersten 6 Poland Rafa Furman Lukasz Kwiatkowski Damian Zielinski 7 United States Gideon Massie Christian Stahl Ryan Nelman 8 Ukraine Maksym Lopatyuk Yuriy Tsyupyk Andrei Vynokurov 9 Russia Vladimir Kiriltsev Dmitry Leopold Sergey Polynskiy 10 Canada Cam Mackinnon Travis Smith Yannick Morin Madison 1 Germany 15 pts 44.15 (53.523 km/h) Robert Bartko Leif Lampater One lap behind 2 Czech Republic 16 Martin Blaha Petr Lazar 3 Russia 10 Mikhail Ignatiev Nikolai Troussov 4 New Zealand 8 Gregory Henderson Peter Latham 5 Argentina 8 Sebastian Donadio Cancio Sebastian 6 Great Britain 6 Dean Downing Tony Gibb 7 Ukraine 5 Lyubomyr Polatayko Vasyl Yakovlev 8 Netherlands 4 Wim Stroetinga Niki Terpstra 9 Spain 3 Miguel Alzamora Riera Asier Maeztu 10 Belarus 1 Siarhei Daubniuk Yauheni Sobal Two laps behind 11 Australia 6 Ashley Hutchinson Darren Young 12 United States 5 Martin Wayne Nothstein Colby Pearce 13 Denmark 1 Michael Berling Alex Rasmussen 14 Chile Enzo Cesario Farias Josť Alfredo Medina Andrade DNF Canada Zach Bell Martin Gilbert DNF Kazakhstan Andrey Bozhko Damir Murzagaliyev Sprints 140 To Go 1 United States 5 pts 2 Ukraine 3 3 Czech Republic 2 4 Belarus 1 5 Chile 120 To Go 1 Germany 5 pts 2 Australia 3 3 Russia 2 4 Denmark 1 5 Ukraine 100 To Go 1 Czech Republic 5 pts 2 Argentina 3 3 Great Britain 2 4 Spain 1 5 Germany 80 To Go 1 Germany 5 pts 2 Czech Republic 3 3 Russia 2 4 Great Britain 1 5 New Zealand 60 To Go 1 Germany 5 pts 2 Russia 3 3 Ukraine 2 4 Netherlands 1 5 Australia 40 To Go 1 New Zealand 5 pts 2 Netherlands 3 3 Spain 2 4 Australia 1 5 Russia 20 To Go 1 Argentina 5 pts 2 Great Britain 3 3 Russia 2 4 Czech Republic 1 5 Ukraine Final 1 Czech Republic 5 pts 2 New Zealand 3 3 Australia 2 4 Russia 1 5 Argentina Women's scratch race 1 Yulia Arustamova (Russia) 13.15.394 (45.261km/h) 2 Eleonora Soldo (Italy) 3 Emma Davies (Great Britain) 4 Mandy Poitras (Canada) 5 Anna Webb (USA) 6 Gina Grain (Canada) 7 Rebecca Quinn (USA) 8 Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukraine) 9 Charlotte Becker (Germany) 10 Catherine Sell (New Zealand) 11 Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hungary) 12 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 13 Guerrero Mendez Belem (Mexico) 14 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) 15 Andrea Hannos (Hungary) 16 Alexis Rhodes (Australia) 17 Jacqueline Marshall (Great Britain) 18 Adrie Visser (Netherlands) 19 Elena Chalykh (Russia) Rel Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) Women keirin first round Heat 1 1 Jennie Reed (USA) 12.208 (58.978km/h) 2 Anna Meares (Australia) 3 Tamilia Abassova (Russia) 4 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 5 Chrysoula Zacharioudaki (Greece) DNS Angee Gonzalez VEN Heat 2 1 Shuang Guo (China) 12.645 (56.940km/h) 2 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 3 Oxana Grishina (Russia) 4 Daniela Claussnitzer (Germany) 5 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) Heat 3 1 Clara Sanchez (France) 11.807 (60.981km/h) 2 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 3 Kristine Bayley (Australia) 4 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 5 Elizabeth Williams (New Zealand) Rel Natallia Tsylinskaya (Bielorussia) Women keirin first round repechage Heat 1 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Bielorussia) 12.448 (57.841km/h) 2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 3 Daniela Claussnitzer (Germany) 4 Tamilia Abassova (Russia) 5 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) Heat 2 1 Kristine Bayley (Australia) 12.198 (59.026km/h) 2 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 3 Oxana Grishina (Russia) 4 Elizabeth Williams (New Zealand) 5 Chrysoula Zacharioudaki (Greece) Women keirin second round Heat 1 1 Jennie Reed (USA) 12.208 (58.978km/h) 2 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 3 Oxana Grishina (Russia) 4 Kristine Bayley (Australia) 5 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 6 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) Heat 2 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Bielorussia) 11.887 (60.570km/h) 2 Anna Meares (Australia) 3 Clara Sanchez (France) 4 Shuang Guo (China) 5 Daniela Claussnitzer (Germany) 6 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) Women keirin 7-12 7 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 12.388 (58.121km/h) 8 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 9 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 10 Daniela Claussnitzer (Germany) 11 Kristine Bayley (Australia) 12 Shuang Guo (China) Women keirin 1-6 1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 12.167 (59.176km/h) 2 Anna Meares (Australia) 3 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Bielorussia) 4 Clara Sanchez (France) 5 Oxana Grishina (Russia) 6 Jennie Reed (USA)