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Los Angeles Track World Cup - CDM
ADT Velodrome, Carson, California, USA, January 20-22, 2006
Session 5 - Morning, Sunday, January 22: Women: Scratch final; keirin final, Men: team sprint final; Madison final
Eight-lap Hammer blow wins scratch; golds for France and Argentina in team sprint, women's keirin and Madison
By Rob Jones in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles round of the Track World Cup finished on Sunday with four events - the Madison, women's Scratch Race, women's Keirin and Team Sprint. France were the big winners with two titles, followed by the United States and Argentina with one apiece.
Sarah Hammer (USA) took her pursuiting skills onto the track for the Scratch Race, and won with an impressive display of power. Hammer and her countrywomen Rebecca Quinn had planned that Hammer would keep the speed high through the final laps to discourage breakaways, and to set up Quinn in a winning position for the final sprint. Instead, Hammer led for the final eight laps and won the race, with Quinn in second.
"Hammer was really strong." said Canada's Gina Grain. "She kept the speed at 47, 48 kilometres an hour which was enough to discourage anyone from passing, and then she upped the speed at the end and no one could cone round her."
"The plan going in was that I'm going to lead (for Quinn) - this is her race." explained Hammer. "I'm not a big fan of the pack; my big goal was not to crash. So the idea was for me to hang out at the back until 2 K to go. I got on the gas with 8 (laps) to go - 2 K - which was perfect for me.
"I was going 100% at the end and she (Quinn) was coming around, but it just happened that I stayed at the front. It's been a long time since American endurance women have worked together, but we are a great team, we support each other and it doesn't matter which one wins."
Clara Sanchez (Fra), the world champion and World Cup leader in the Keirin confirmed that she is the dominant woman in the discipline by taking the title. Although it appeared that she had left it too late in the medal race, letting former Junior world champion Shuang Guo (Chn) take the lead into the start of the last lap, Sanchez had impressive speed coming through the final turn and straight, going over the top of Guo and Elisa Frisoni (Ita) for the win.
France took a second victory in the Team Sprint, up against the Polish squad. Led out by sprinters Gregory Bauge and Mickael Bourgain, the French beat Lukasz Kwiatkowski, Krzysztof Szmanek and Damian Zielinski by over one second. Australia (Ryan Bayley, Shane Kelly and Shane Perkins) beat the American Spike team (Stephen Alfred, Ben Barczewski and Giddeon Massie) for the bronze.
In the 120 lap Madison, Russia was the favoured squad, anchored by the indefatigable Mickhail Ignatiev. The duo took points in six of the eight sprints, and were well on their way to victory shortly after the halfway mark, when the Argentine squad of Walter Perez and Dario Colla broke away and took a lap on the field. The Dutch managed to jump clear at the same time, and joined Argentina a lap up on the field, making it a two team race. When the Dutch missed a handover prior to the second last sprint, and Argentina took second in both of the final two sprints, their victory was assured.
Perez admitted that the plan had been to try and take a lap. "Our plan wasto wait until the middle of the race, after everyone was a little bit tired, and attack to gain a lap. With this team that was the plan. My previous partner was more of a sprinter, so we could go for the sprints, but now with both of us more endurance riders it is better to gain a lap."
The Netherlands overtook Germany to lead the nations rankings with one event remaining.
A number of riders will skip the final in Sydney, and not defend their leads in the overall standings. Ignatiev is joining his road team, Hammer, Bauge and Perez are among many who are planning to concentrate on preparing for the world championships in Bordeaux, France, rather than making the long flight to Sydney for the Final.
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Women's scratch Qualifying Heat 1 1 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 2 Sarah Hammer (USA) 3 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 4 Alena Prudnikova (Russia) 5 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 6 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 7 Monia Baccaille (Italy) 8 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 9 Ine Wannijn (Belgium) 10 Karolina Janik (Poland) 11 Iona Parks (Jamaica) 12 Mandy Poitras (Canada) 13 Jianling Wang (China) 14 Abril Tinajero (Mexico) DNS Nina Köhn (Germany) Qualifying Heat 2 1 Marlijn Binnendijk (Netherlands) 2 Rochelle Gilmore (Australia) 3 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 4 Rebecca Quinn (USA) Spike 5 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 6 Gina Grain (Canada) 7 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) 8 Dale Tye (New Zealand) 9 Yulia Arustamova (Russia) 10 Karelia Judith Machado Jaimes (Venezuela) 11 Katarzyna Jagusiak (Poland) 12 Sima Trapp (USA) 13 Yan Li (China) 14 Keyvi Triana (Mexico) DNS Christina Becker (Germany) Final 1 Sarah Hammer (USA) 2 Rebecca Quinn (USA) Spike 3 Yulia Arustamova (Russia) 4 Giorgia Bronzini (Italy) 5 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 6 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 7 Gina Grain (Canada) 8 Monia Baccaille (Italy) 9 Alena Prudnikova (Russia) 10 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 11 Karolina Janik (Poland) 12 Rochelle Gilmore (Australia) 13 Ine Wannijn (Belgium) 14 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 15 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain) 16 Karelia Judith Machado Jaimes (Venezuela) 17 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 18 Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) 19 Dale Tye (New Zealand) 20 Marlijn Binnendijk (Netherlands) Men's team sprint Qualifying 1 France 45.392 (59.481km/h) Grégory Bauge Mickaël Bourgain François Pervis 2 Poland 45.997 (58.699km/h) Lukasz Kwiatkowski Krzysztof Szymanek Damian Zielinski 3 Australia 46.108 (58.558km/h) Ryan Bayley Ben Kersten Shane Perkins 4 Spike Professional 46.397 (58.193km/h) Stephen Alfred Benjamin Barczewski Giddeon Massie 5 Spain 46.475 (58.095km/h) Alvaro Alonso Rubio Salvador Melia Mangriñan José A. Villanueva Trinidad 6 United States 46.556 (57.994km/h) Kevin Belz Michael Blatchford Christian Stahl 7 Japan 46.598 (57.942km/h) Koji Hamada Kazuya Narita Yusho Oikawa 8 Germany 46.843 (57.639km/h) Marco Jäger Matthias John Jan Van Eijden 9 Russia 46.955 (57.501km/h) Sergey Borisov Denis Dmitriev Stoyan Vasev 10 Canada 47.097 (57.328km/h) Cam Mackinnon Yannik Morin Travis Smith 11 Greece 47.280 (57.106km/h) Athanasios Mantzouranis Konstandinos Pendarakis Panagiotis Voukelatos 12 China 47.326 (57.051km/h) Wu Dan Yong Feng Zhang Lei 13 Trinidad And Tobago 49.827 (54.187km/h) Azikiwe Kellar Haseem McLean Christopher Sellier Finals Gold 1 France 45.299 (59.603km/h) Grégory Bauge Mickaël Bourgain François Pervis 2 Poland 46.377 (58.218km/h) Lukasz Kwiatkowski Krzysztof Szymanek Damian Zielinski Bronze 1 Australia 45.867 (58.865km/h) Ryan Bayley Shane John Kelly Shane Perkins 2 Spike Professional 46.328 (58.280km/h) Stephen Alfred Benjamin Barczewski Giddeon Massie Women's keirin First round Heat 1 1 Shuang Guo (China) 2 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 3 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 4 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 5 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia) 6 Viktorija Lomsargyte (Lithuania) DNF Dana Gloss (Germany) Heat 2 1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 2 Clara Sanchez (France) 3 Chloe Macpherson (Australia) 4 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 5 Jinjie Gong (China) 6 Lyubov Shulyka (Ukraine) 7 Keyvi Triana (Mexico) Heat 3 1 Jennie Reed (USA) Spike 2 Tamilla Abassova (Russia) 3 Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy) 4 Katrin Meinke (Germany) 5 Magdalena Sara (Poland) 6 Kerrie Meares (Australia) 7 Abril Tinajero (Mexico) Repechage Heat 1 1 Dana Gloss (Germany) 2 Lyubov Shulyka (Ukraine) 3 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 4 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 5 Magdalena Sara (Poland) Heat 2 1 Jinjie Gong (China) 2 Katrin Meinke (Germany) 3 Chloe Macpherson (Australia) 4 Viktorija Lomsargyte (Lithuania) 5 Abril Tinajero (Mexico) Heat 3 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 2 Kerrie Meares (Australia) 3 Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy) 4 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia) 5 Keyvi Triana (Mexico) Second round Heat 1 1 Clara Sanchez (France) 2 Shuang Guo (China) 3 Kerrie Meares (Australia) 4 Dana Gloss (Germany) 5 Katrin Meinke (Germany) DNF Tamilla Abassova (Russia) Heat 2 1 Jinjie Gong (China) 2 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 3 Jennie Reed (USA) Spike 4 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 5 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 6 Lyubov Shulyka (Ukraine) Final 1-6 1 Clara Sanchez (France) 2 Shuang Guo (China) 3 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 4 Jennie Reed (USA) Spike 5 Jinjie Gong (China) 6 Kerrie Meares (Australia) Final 7-12 7 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 8 Dana Gloss (Germany) 9 Katrin Meinke (Germany) 10 Lyubov Shulyka (Ukraine) 11 Tamilla Abassova (Russia) 12 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) Men's Madison Qualifying Heat 1 1 Netherlands 7 pts Jens Mouris Niki Terpstra 2 Ukraine 3 Lyubomyr Polatayko Volodymyr Rubin One lap behind 3 Belgium 9 Kenny De Ketele Steve Schets 4 Argentina 8 Dario Colla Walter Perez 5 Team TIAA - CREF 6 Michael Friedman Chad Hartley 6 Omnibike Dynamo M. 4 Konstantin Ponomarev Alexey Shmidt 7 Denmark 4 Michael Mørkøv Alex Rasmussen 8 Germany 3 Karl-Christian König Christian Kux 9 France Jonathan Mouchel Jérôme Neuville 10 Switzerland Giuseppe Atzeni René Schibli Two laps behind 11 Hong Kong King Wai Cheung Kam Po Wong Qualifting Heat 2 1 Russia 11 pts Mikhail Ignatiev Nikolay Trussov 2 New Zealand 10 Jason Allen Anthony Chapman 3 Canada 5 Zach Bell Martin Gilbert 4 Italy 5 Angelo Ciccone Fabio Masotti 5 Slovakia 5 Martin Liska Jozef Zabka 6 Czech Republic 3 Jiri Hochmann Milan Kadlec 7 Mexico 2 Chistian Barrios José Sanchez 8 Spain Aitor Alonso Granados Joan Llaneras Rossello One lap behind 9 Venezuela 3 Miguel Ernesto Chacon Sosa Maximo Rojas 10 Spike Professional Ryan Luttrell Kevin Suhr 11 Guatemala Calanche J. David Estuardo Perez Laparra Miguel Angel Final 1 Argentina 7 pts Dario Colla Walter Perez 2 Netherlands 4 Jens Mouris Niki Terpstra One lap behind 3 Russia 17 Mikhail Ignatiev Nikolay Trussov 4 Denmark 16 Michael Mørkøv Alex Rasmussen 5 Italy 13 Angelo Ciccone Fabio Masotti 6 Belgium 9 Kenny De Ketele Steve Schets 7 Ukraine 5 Lyubomyr Polatayko Volodymyr Rubin 8 Spain 1 Aitor Alonso Granados Joan Llaneras Rossello Two laps behind 9 Team TIAA - CREF 7 Michael Friedman Chad Hartley 10 Omnibike Dynamo Moscow 5 Konstantin Ponomarev Alexey Shmidt 11 Slovakia 4 Martin Liska Jozef Zabka 12 Germany Karl-Christian König Christian Kux 13 Czech Republic Jiri Hochmann Milan Kadlec DNF Canada Zach Bell Martin Gilbert DNF Mexico Chistian Barrios José Sanchez DNF New Zealand Jason Allen Anthony Chapman DNF Venezuela Miguel Ernesto Chacon Sosa Maximo Rojas DNS France Jonathan Mouchel Jérôme Neuville