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Track World Cup 06-07 Round 4 - CDM
Manchester, Great Britain, February 23-25, 2007
Day 1 - February 23
Session 1: Women's sprint qualifying, men's keirin first round, men's individual pursuit qualifying, men's scratch race heats, women's points race heats
Session 2: Women's sprint semi-finals, men's kilo, women's points race final, men's keirin final, men's individual pursuit final, women's sprint final, men's scratch race final
By Ben Atkins in Manchester
Men's keirin qualification
Craig MacLean (Great Britain) won in an incident free race from Teun Mulder (Netherlands) in what turned out to be a close decision on the line. McLean went early and Mulder got on his wheel around the last bend as the two broke away from the others. McLean held on for the win.
France's Kevin Sireau went for a long one in heat two and held on to win from Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine) finishing fast behind him. Qi Tang (China) won the sprint in heat three from Britain's Jamie Staff (Science in Sport), only to be disqualified for irregular manoeuvres in a close race featuring a lot of switching around. Staff was given the win from Spain's Hodei Mazquiaran Uria.
China's Qi Tang put the disappointment of his earlier disqualification and took the front with over three laps to go and held on all the way to the line as the riders behind him jostled for position in the first of the Repercharges. In the second Repercharge, a line of four riders forced a photo finish, with the result going to Russia's Denis Dmitriev with Joel Leonard (South Australia.com/AIS) taking a close second.
Women's sprint qualification
Victoria Pendleton came within three hundredths of a second of her own British record to take the top spot in qualifying for the women's sprint. Australia's Anna Meares finished a close second as the top seven all finished below 11.500 seconds.
In heat one, starting as top seed, home favourite Victoria Pendleton (Science in Sport) was made to take the rear by Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia) in the first of their races, but came round to take it comfortably in an easy 11.980 seconds. A cagy start to the second race saw Pendleton hold on to the front and prevented Grankowskaja from coming past and took the contest two-nil easily.
Australia's Anna Meares held the front from the start in the first race in heat two and held on to win it comfortably from there over China's Jinje Gong. In the second race, Meares wanted the front and held on to it despite Gong's best efforts to come around. Meares held on to comfortably take the contest two-nil.
In their first heat three race, Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) hung too far back and Shuang Guo (China) went long and hung on to win despite Hijgenaar closing fast. The second race was also taken by Guo as Hijgenaar had no answer to her power.
A cagy slow start to their first race of the heat four match saw Willy Kanis (Netherlands) over the top on bell, Great Britain's Anna Blyth fought back to take it in a photo on the line in their first race. What looked like a repeat of the first race saw Blyth take the front and go for the line with a lap and half to go, despite the close finish, the former BMX racer just couldn't come around and the British rider took the contest to set up an all British Semi-Final against Pendleton.
The major incident in the B final heats saw a restarted race between Liz Carlson of the USA and Daniela Larreal of Venezueala (Larreal crashed in the first lap of the original race) end in more drama as they clashed shoulders as they approached the finish line. Carlson crossed went down and crossed the line on her backside as Larreal took the win.
Men's individual pursuit qualifying
A world class performance of 4:18.276 from home rider Bradley Wiggins made him the overwhelming favourite for Gold in the evening's final against Alexander Serov of Russia. A slightly off colour performance from Australia's Bradley McGee on the track where he took the last of his Commonwealth titles, means that the Manchester crowd will not be treated to another Battle of the Brads, he will instead line up this evening for the bronze medal race against Jens Mouris of the Netherlands.
Men's scratch race qualifying
An attack by three riders halfway through heat 1 saw them take a lap and assured them of qualification for this evening's final. A crash with around twelve laps to go miraculously only took out one rider but caused a split in the field allowing seven riders to get clear. A small group followed them over the line to complete the qualification.
A dramatic crash with around four laps to go in heat 2 took out Stijn Steels (Belgium), Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic), Said Haddou (France) and Samuels O'Neil (Jamaica) and caused chaos in the bunch. A group of seven riders had taken a lap in the early stages of the race, and following the crash there were only seven riders left to take the five remaining positions in tonight's final.
Women's points race qualifying
China's Jianling Wang and Catherine Sell of New Zealand took a lap - and the twenty points that go with it - in the very early stages of the race to virtually ensure themselves of qualification. The rest of the points were well distributed with no rider choosing to try to dominate the race, knowing that a single sprint win would be enough to qualify. Great Britain's Elizabeth Armitstead pushed qualification to the wire, scoring a single point in the last sprint and finishing two places ahead of Kelly Druyts meaning that she scraped through at the expense of the Belgian.
The second heat saw a very even distribution of points. With no riders managing to escape the peloton and get a lap the sprints were all important, but like the first heat, no rider managed to - or tried to dominate the points. Russia's Anastasia Tchulkova left it late and took the final sprint - her only points - to take the win with the top five all finishing on five points each.
Men's kilometre TT final
World and Olympic Champion Chris Hoy (Great Britain) once again showed his class and his staying power with victory in tonight's kilometre event. Going off from the home straight with François Pervis of France in the back straight, Hoy was the fastest up until half way when the Frenchman edged in front. Hoy was able to maintain his power - helped, no doubt, by a very passionate Manchester crowd - to finish dead on 1:01.5, both riders finishing under 1:02. German Maximilian started fast but faded slightly to allow fast finishing Dutchman Tim Veldt to take the bronze medal.
Men's keirin second round
An exciting first head started with riders jostling for position from the word go. Competition for position was so great that Kazuya Narita (Japan) almost overtook the derny bike before it pulled out! The jostling continued for the rest of the race and a very fast Joel Leonard (Australia) took a close victory from Hodei Mazquiaran Uria of Spain and Tand Qi of China.
In heat two a much more civilised line of riders followed the derny almost until it pulled off. Jamie Staff (Science in Sport) was the first to make a move as he came around from the rear closely followed by Teun Mulder of the Netherlands, but it was the move made by Kevin Sireau of France that really stuck as his powerful attack took himself and Staff off the front. Nobody had the power to get back on terms with these two and Shane Perkins (SouthAustralia.com/AIS) took the sprint for third and the last place in the final.
Men's keirin final
Positioning in the minor final didn't really start until after the derny bike pulled off. As soon as it did though, Dutchman Teun Mulder went for a long one but left himself too much to do as Britain's Craig MacLean came past him to take a popular victory.
The keirin final proper started in a fairly civilised fashion with a straight line behind the derny, with Australian Leonard at the front and Science in Sport rider Jamie Staff at the back. Staff came around as soon as the bike pulled off then Sireau took over with a powerful attack. Massive maneuvering on the last lap caused a huge pile up on the final bend taking out all but Shane Perkins (SouthAustralia.com/AIS) and China's Tang Qi who finished in that order. All four riders stayed down for quite a while as their physios and mechanics ran over to attend to them and their broken machines. Mazquuiaran Uria picked up his bike (minus its front wheel and one leg of its forks) and ran for the line but collapsed straight afterwards. Staff finished the race on his road bike as his track bike had lost its forks!
Women's points race final
A dramatic women's points race ended in a comfortable victory for Yoanka Gonzalez Perez of Cuba. Tchulkova of Russia took the five points at the first sprint and the field looked to split after the sprinting group tried to make their advantage split. The second sprint won by Gonzalez Perez caused a similar reaction as eight riders almost got away, then Britain's Lizzie Armistead escaped with Germany's Madelaine Sandig, but Italian world champion Vera Carrara effortlessly pulled them back. At halfway the field split in two, but the groups were too big for it to stay away as no one wanted to work too much for the others. The bunch resisted numerous attacks over the following laps - including a determined effort from Australian Belinda Goss, but they all came back together for the final sprint, which was taken by Goss.
Anna Blyth took on favourite Victoria Pendleton in an all British semi-final. The first race started with the usual pedestrian lap but as the pace picked up they began to use the whole of the track. Blyth led all the way around until Pendleton came around her in the final lap and she had no answer to the former world champion's power and Pendleton took a comfortable victory. The second race began faster with Blyth swarming all over Pendleton's back wheel. The Science in Sport rider was too canny to let her countrywoman past though and kicked on the final lap to once again use her superior power to win the series two-nil.
In the second semi-final the usual slow start sped up as Anna Meares went high, took the front and took the bell at speed, Guo couldn't do anything to get past her. The second race looked to be going Meares' way as she managed to trick Guo into letting her have the front. They both kicked at the bell, but this time Guo was strong enough to come around the Australian Olympic 500m Champion. The third race started similarly to the second, but as the speed picked up, Meares - on the back - left a massive gap and was unable to close it as Guo finished strongly to earn her place in the final against Pendleton.
Bronze medal ride off - Battle of the Annas
In the first heat Anna Meares left a huge gap again, looking like she'd not learned from semi-final when she gave Guo too much room. She proved powerful enough on this occasion to be able to come around to take a close sprint. In the second Race Meares led from the front all the way around and Blyth was not strong enough to come round her in the end.
Gold and silver - Pendleton shows her class
The first race had a fairly cagey start with Pendleton on the front, she took Guo high on lap two and had to do it all from the front but was able to hang on for victory as the Chinese athlete couldn't come around her. The second race started with a tit-for-tat exchange of the lead as first Pendleton claimed the front, only for Guo to take it back. As the inevitable acceleration happened in the final lap, Pendleton slipped it into a higher gear and powered past Guo who had no answer and the former world champion took a comfortable win, and the gold medal.
Men's individual pursuit final - Too easy for both Brads
The race off for bronze was never much of a contest as Bradley McGee took the lead on the first lap and increased it with every turn of the pedals. After the first kilometre he was 1.6 seconds up, after two kilometres it was over two seconds as Mouris was unable to replicate the form that had helped him to a 4.24 in qualification. McGee improved his qualifying time by a couple of seconds to take a comfortable bronze medal.
Wiggins' battle for Gold proved to be as simple a task as McGee's had been in the bronze medal match. Like McGee, Wiggins took the lead from lap one and kept building on it to finish an emphatic five and a half seconds clear of Serov. Like Mouris, Serov was unable to reproduce his qualifying performance whereas Wiggins was able to improve on his to take the gold medal in front of a vocal - and very partisan - home crowd.
Men's scratch race final
The Men's scratch race final was true to the usual formula. The first half of the race was marked by multiple attacks as riders tried to get laps, but the fresh peloton was in no mood to yield them. Halfway through, three riders managed to make a move stick and were joined by three more and those six were able to get that precious lap up. As the peloton tired and began to fragment, another six riders got clear and they too managed to lap the bunch, but no one else was able to get away, and so it became clear that the winner would come from these 12, regardless of the sprint.
As it happened the sprint was won by Poland's Rafat Ratajczyk, who was one of those twelve and so victory was his. Roger Kluge of Germany was in the bunch, but finished ahead of the rest of his breakaway companions to take the silver medal. Charles Bradley Huff of the USA took bronze.
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Women's sprint qualifying 1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Science in Sport 11.068 (65.052 km/h) 2 Anna Meares (Australia) 11.161 (64.51 km/h) 3 Shuang Guo (China) 11.298 (63.728 km/h) 4 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 11.377 (63.285 km/h) 5 Anna Blyth (Great Britain) 11.43 (62.992 km/h) 6 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 11.476 (62.739 km/h) 7 Virginie Cueff (France) 11.492 (62.652 km/h) 8 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia) 11.52 (62.5 km/h) 9 Daniela Larreal (Venezuela) 11.55 (62.337 km/h) 10 Jinjie Gong (China) 11.599 (62.074 km/h) 11 Tian Fang (China) 11.609 (62.02 km/h) 12 Oksana Grishina (Russia) 11.644 (61.834 km/h) 13 Fiona Carswell (New Zealand) 11.651 (61.797 km/h) 14 Magdalena Sara (Poland) 11.7 (61.538 km/h) 15 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia) 11.701 (61.533 km/h) 16 Liz Carlson (USA) 11.804 (60.996 km/h) 17 Sandie Clair (France) 11.859 (60.713 km/h) 18 Renata Dabrowska (Poland) 11.945 (60.276 km/h) 19 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico) 12.146 (59.278 km/h) 20 Jocelyn Rastrick (New Zealand) 12.177 (59.127 km/h) 21 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic) 12.211 (58.963 km/h) 22 Helena Casas Roige (Spain) 12.375 (58.181 km/h) Women's sprint final For gold & silver 1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Science in Sport 11.914 11.698 2 Shuang Guo (China) For bronze 3 Anna Meares (Australia) 12.091 11.994 4 Anna Blyth (Great Britain) Men's keirin first round Heat 1 1 Craig MacLean (Great Britain) 2 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 3 Christos Volikakis (Greece) 4 Joel Leonard (Australia) 5 Haseem Mclean (Trinidad) Heat 2 1 Kévin Sireau (France) 2 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine) 3 Ivan Vrba (Czech Republic) 4 Cédric Stoller (Switzerland) 5 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain) Heat 3 1 Jamie Staff (GBr) Science in Sport 2 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain) 3 Mohd Rizal Tisin (Malaysia) 4 Denis Dmitriev (Russia) DNF Qi Tang (China) Heat 4 1 Kazuya Narita (Japan) 2 Shane Perkins (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS 3 Pawel Kosciecha (Poland) 4 Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark) 5 Robert Forstemann (Germany) 6 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus) Men's keirin second round Heat 1 1 Joel Leonard (Australia) 2 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain) 3 Qi Tang (China) 4 Craig MacLean (Great Britain) 5 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine) 6 Kazuya Narita (Japan) Heat 2 1 Kévin Sireau (France) 2 Jamie Staff (GBr) Science in Sport 3 Shane Perkins (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS 4 Denis Dmitriev (Russia) 5 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 6 Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark) Men's keirin final Final 1-6 1 Shane Perkins (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS 2 Qi Tang (China) 3 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain) 4 Jamie Staff (GBr) Science in Sport 5 Joel Leonard (Australia) 6 Kévin Sireau (France) Final 7-12 7 Craig MacLean (Great Britain) 8 Kazuya Narita (Japan) 9 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 10 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine) 11 Denis Dmitriev (Russia) 12 Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark) Men's individual pursuit qualifying 1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 4:18.276 (55.754 km/h) 2 Alexander Serov (Russia) 4:21.081 (55.155 km/h) 3 Bradley McGee (Australia) 4:24.238 (54.496 km/h) 4 Jens Mouris (Netherlands) 4:24.694 (54.402 km/h) 5 Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain) 4:25.392 (54.259 km/h) 6 Daniel Becke (Germany) 4:26.716 (53.99 km/h) 7 Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 4:28.457 (53.639 km/h) 8 David O'loughlin (Ireland) 4:30.120 (53.309 km/h) 9 Fabien Sanchez (France) 4:30.915 (53.153 km/h) 10 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus) 4:33.532 (52.644 km/h) 11 Michael Faerk Christensen (Denmark) 4:33.587 (52.634 km/h) 12 Jason Allen (GBr) Plowman Craven 4:35.361 (52.294 km/h) 13 Giairo Ermeti (Italy) 4:35.687 (52.233 km/h) 14 Vytautas Kaupas (Lithuania) 4:38.181 (51.764 km/h) 15 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello 4:38.644 (51.678 km/h) 16 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) 4:40.358 (51.362 km/h) 17 Marcos Novelo (Brazil) 4:44.319 (50.647 km/h) 18 Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) 4:45.386 (50.457 km/h) DNS Marc Ryan (New Zealand) DNS Ho Ting Kwok (Hong-Kong) Men's individual pursuit final For gold & silver 1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) 4:17.864 (55.843 km/h) 2 Alexander Serov (Russia) 4:23.360 (54.678 km/h) For bronze 3 Bradley McGee (Australia) 4:22.862 (54.781 km/h) 4 Jens Mouris (Netherlands) 4:28.978 (53.535 km/h) Men's 1km time trial final 1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain) 1:01.500 (58.536 km/h) 2 François Pervis (France) 1:01.535 (58.503 km/h) 3 Tim Veldt (Netherlands) 1:02.617 (57.492 km/h) 4 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 1:03.006 (57.137 km/h) 5 Yevgen Bolibrukh (Ukraine) 1:03.922 (56.318 km/h) 6 Alvaro Alonso Rubio (Spain) 1:04.014 (56.237 km/h) 7 Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece) 1:04.065 (56.192 km/h) 8 Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) 1:05.046 (55.345 km/h) 9 Azizulhasni Da Md (Malaysia) 1:05.223 (55.195 km/h) 10 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 1:05.328 (55.106 km/h) 11 Tomasz Schmidt (Poland) 1:05.814 (54.699 km/h) 12 Sergejus Apionkinas (Lithuania) 1:06.628 (54.031 km/h) 13 Angel Sixto Garcia (Spain) 1:07.171 (53.594 km/h) 14 Azikiwe Kellar (Trinidad) 1:07.915 (53.007 km/h) 15 Dzmitry Smirnou (Belarus) 1:08.463 (52.583 km/h) Men's scratch race qualifying Heat 1 1 Pim Ligthart (Netherlands) 2 Armando Camargo Filho (Brazil) 3 Roger Kluge (Germany) 4 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 5 Michael Creed (USA) 6 Krisztian Lovassy (Hungary) 7 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 8 Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) 9 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 10 Saveriano Sangion (Italy) 11 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 12 Leigh Howard (Australia) 13 Aitor Alonso Granados (Spa) Cespa Eustrak.Com 14 Siarhei Daubniuk (Belarus) 15 Mykhaylo Radionov (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello 16 Ciaran Power (Ireland) 17 Nikolai Kazakbaev (Uzbekistan) DNF Elisha Greene (Trinidad) DNS Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan) Heat 2 1 Russel Hampton (GBr) Team 100% Me 2 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) 3 Aitor Aznar Torres (Spain) 4 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukraine) 5 Walter Perez (Argentina) 6 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 7 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) 8 Ivan Kovalev (Russia) 9 Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) 10 Makoto Iijima (Japan) 11 James McCallum (GBr) Plowman Craven 12 Alain Lauener (Switzerland) 13 Jesper Morkov (Denmark) 14 Attila Arvai (Hun) Team Cornix Pecs 14 Stijn Steels (Belgium) 14 Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic) 14 Saïd Haddou (France) 14 Samuels Oneil (Jamaica) DNS Ho Ting Kwok (Hong-Kong) Men's scratch race final 1 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 2 Roger Kluge (Germany) 3 Charles Bradley Huff (USA) 4 Leigh Howard (Australia) 5 Makoto Iijima (Japan) 6 Pim Ligthart (Netherlands) 7 Walter Perez (Argentina) 8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 9 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania) 10 Russel Hampton (GBr) Team 100% Me 11 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 12 Michael Creed (USA) 13 Alain Lauener (Switzerland) 14 Jiri Hochmann (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 15 Krisztian Lovassy (Hungary) 16 Oleksandr Klymenko (Ukraine) 17 Armando Camargo Filho (Brazil) 18 Fredrik Johansson (Sweden) 19 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand) 20 Ivan Kovalev (Russia) 21 Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) 22 Saveriano Sangion (Italy) 23 Aitor Aznar Torres (Spain) 24 James McCallum (GBr) Plowman Craven Women's points race qualifying Heat 1 1 Jianling Wang (China) 20 pts 2 Catherine Sell (New Zealand) 20 3 Dorronsoro Olaberria (Spa) Cespa Eustrak.Com 7 4 JarmilaMachacova (Czech Republic) 5 5 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 5 6 Belinda Goss (Australia) 5 7 Madeleine Sandig (Germany) 5 8 Yumari Gonzalez Valdiuieso (Cuba) 5 9 Mie Bekker Lacota (Denmark) 4 10 Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy) 3 11 Eleftheria Maria Ellinikaki (Greece) 3 12 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) 1 13 Kelly Druyts (Belgium) 1 14 Jessica Jurado (Mexico) 0 15 Kele Murdin (USA) 0 16 Natalia Boyarskaya (Russia) 0 17 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan 0 Heat 2 1 Anastasia Tchulkova (Russia) 5 pts 2 Christy King (USA) 5 3 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba) 5 4 Kate Cullen (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 5 5 Vera Carrara (Ita) Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan 5 6 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico) 4 7 Marllijn Binnendijk (Netherlands) 4 8 Wei Li (China) 3 9 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland) 3 10 Pascale Jeuland (France) 3 11 Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic) 2 12 Iona Wynter (Jamaica) 0 13 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain) 0 14 Aksana Papko (Belarus) 0 15 Fabienne Sandig (Germany) 0 16 Silvia Castoldi (Italy) 0 Women's points race final 1 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba) 13 pts 2 Belinda Goss (Australia) 9 3 Mie Bekker Lacota (Denmark) 7 4 Vera Carrara (Ita) Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan 7 5 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico) 6 6 Madeleine Sandig (Germany) 6 7 Marllijn Binnendijk (Netherlands) 6 8 Anastasia Tchulkova (Russia) 5 9 Jianling Wang (China) 5 10 Catherine Sell (New Zealand) 5 11 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 4 12 Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic) 4 13 Pascale Jeuland (France) 3 14 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 3 15 Kate Cullen (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 1 16 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa Eustrak.Com 0 17 Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) 0 18 Iona Wynter (Jamaica) 0 19 Eleftheria Maria Ellinikaki (Greece) 0 20 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland) 0 21 Christy King (USA) 0 22 Yumari Gonzalez Valdiuieso (Cuba) 0 23 Wei Li (China) 0 DNF Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy)