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Track World Cup 06-07 Round 4 - CDM

Manchester, Great Britain, February 23-25, 2006

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Day 2 - February 24

Session 1: Men's sprint qualifying, women's individual pursuit qualifying, women's 500m, men's team pursuit qualifying, men's points race heats

Session 2: Men's sprint semi-finals, women's team sprint qualifying, men's team pursuit final, men's points race final, men's sprint final, women's individual pursuit final, women's team sprint final, men's team sprint final

By Ben Atkins in Manchester

Men's sprint qualifying and 1/8 finals

Theo Bos (Netherlands)
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Theo Bos broke the Manchester Velodrome track record with a blistering time of 10.058 seconds in his qualification ride, but a touch of wheels in his 1/8 final brought him crashing down with 100m to go. He could have started again, but was slightly hurt and so elected to withdraw giving sixteenth placed qualifier, Michael Seidenbacher of Germany, a walkover to the next round.

Women's 500m final

Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton (Science in Sport) once again showed that her form is peaking nicely in time for the World Championships next month. After compatriot Anna Blyth laid down the first sub-35 second ride, the challenge was well and truly laid down. Pendleton was equal to that challenge and smashed her own British Record to record a time of 34.070 seconds and posted a warning to Australia's Anna Meares (who wasn't riding today) that her world record of 33.944 seconds is in sight - and may well fall in Mallorca next month. Yvonne Hijgenaar of the Netherlands - who rode opposite Pendleton on the back straight - managed to split the Britons and record a ride of 34.676 seconds to claim silver.

Men's team pursuit

Rob Hayles (Great Britain)
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"We're never happy," joked an elated Rob Hayles after the Great Britain team put on another masterclass of pursuiting in front of a highly vocal Manchester crowd. In truth, they were a bit disappointed to not be quite able to match their sub-four minute qualifying time set in the afternoon session. That time was the fastest ever ridden on the Manchester track, and just one hundredth of a second outside the British record - they had hoped to use the extra incentive of a team to chase in order to best that time.

Great Britain's first few laps were actually slower than Russia's as they seemed to struggle to get their rhythm. As soon as they did though, they quickly overhauled the slender deficit and began to reel in the team on the opposite side of the track. Rob Hayles dropped out at three kilometres - as the Russians also dropped to three - but it didn't slow them down at all and the capture was made with a few laps to go.

Great Britain's final kilometre was over a second faster than the one posted in qualifying, but they just couldn't pull back the time they lost in the opening laps and finished with a time of 4:00.296.

In the race for bronze, the British development squad, racing under the defiant drug-free message of '100% Me', built on a fantastic qualifying time to beat the more experienced Spaniards by nearly three seconds to show what strength in depth Great Britain has in pursuiting.

Men's points race

More attacks
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A frenetic points race final eventually saw victory for Russian Serguei Klimov. From the very start the attacks were going all over the place, until finally they began to stick and riders started to successfully take laps. Klimov himself managed to take three laps - one more than a sizeable group who got two - which accounted for 60 of his 77 points (riders who gain laps are awarded 20 points), but he was still able to score more points on the line than anyone else, winning three of the twelve sprints outright.

For a while the race looked like being a lot closer - until Klimov took his third lap - as Ioannis Tamouridis of Greece was making all the early moves, along with French roadman Andy Flickinger and American Michael Creed. It was a disappointing race for Recycling.co.uk's former World Champion Chris Newton, who despite getting one lap, and being active in the sprints for the entire race, was unable to steal the further laps needed to compete with the front runners.

Another disappointing ride was from world champion Peter Schepp (Netherlands), who on tonight's performance will be very lucky to hold onto his rainbow skinsuit in Majorca next month.

Women's individual pursuit

Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)
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Proving that Great Britain is once again becoming the dominant nation in pursuit racing, the qualifying round produced an all British final as Wendy Houvenhagel (Science in Sport) broke Yvonne McGregor's ten year old British record by nearly a second, recording a time of 3:33.788. In the opposite straight, British time trial champion Rebecca Romero almost matched her by posting a time of 3:36.84. Alison Shanks (New Zealand) - in the absence of her compatriot Sarah Ulmer - posted the third best time to qualify for a bronze medal ride off against Trine Schmidt of Denmark.

Both medal finals went, as expected, to the faster qualifying women. Romero was able to hold Houvenhagel at a manageable distance in the opening laps before the more experienced rider began to pull away. Neither rider was able to reproduce their qualifying performance, on a track that seems to have slowed slightly as the evening wears on.

In the bronze medal match, Trine Schmidt was unable to match the speed of Alison Shanks and the New Zealander led comfortably from the gun, almost catching the Danish rider on the final lap.

Men's sprint

He'll be back
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France's Arnaud Tournant spoiled the British party tonight with an awesome display of sprinting power. After qualifying in fourth place the Frenchman failed to lose a single match in any round.

His final match up against Great Britain's Chris Hoy - who has already won the kilometre time trial this weekend - proved to be a real, old fashioned, bruising encounter. In the first match Hoy saw that Tournant momentarily moved up above the red line and slipped inside to gain the front, but was unable to match the power of the rampant Frenchman. Their second contest was just as dramatic, as Hoy - on the front - was forced to go for it with more than a lap remaining and Tournant managed to come around him on the final bend. Ever the showman, the Frenchman made it look good with a lunge for the line, but in truth it was much more comfortable.

In the race for bronze, Japan's Kiofumi Nagai offered very little resistance to a dominant Mickaël Bougain of France. The Japanese rider advanced to this stage of the competition by virtue of the mess that Theo Bos' withdrawal made to the seedings, and his relative lack of experience showed.

Women's team sprint

Shanaze Reade (Great Britain)
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Despite qualifying in first place, just in front of World Cup leaders the Netherlands, Great Britain's team of Anna Blyth and Shanaze Reade were unable to carry that form through to the final. It might have been different had Reade not ridden almost a full lap at race speed when she appeared to not hear the gunshots to inform her that the Dutch team had false started.

There was a fairly lengthy delay as the British mechanics dealt with a mechanical issue with Reade's bike, but she was unable to recover sufficiently in that time and the Dutch pair of Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis demonstrated why they are the World Cup leaders (and now winners) in this relatively new discipline.

In the Bronze medal match, the French team of Sandie Clair and Virginie Cueff were outclassed by Anna Meares and Kristine Bayley of Australia. Bayley and Meares finished in a time of 33.948 - faster than their qualifying round and a time which would have beaten the Dutch in the final.

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Results

Men's sprint 200m qualifying

1 Theo Bos (Netherlands)                                    10.058 (71.584 km/h)
2 MickaŽl Bourgain (France)                                 10.062 (71.556 km/h)
3 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                 10.211 (70.512 km/h)
4 Arnaud Tournant (France)                                  10.231 (70.374 km/h)
5 Mark French (Australia)                                   10.259 (70.182 km/h)
6 Tim Veldt (Netherlands)                                   10.303 (69.882 km/h)
7 Scott Sunderland (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS             10.314 (69.808 km/h)
8 Jason Kenny (GBr) Science in Sport                        10.317 (69.787 km/h)
9 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)                                    10.365 (69.464 km/h)
10 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Science in Sport                  10.385 (69.330 km/h)
11 Daniel Ellis (Australia)                                 10.407 (69.184 km/h)
12 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)                                10.440 (68.965 km/h)
13 Ryan Bayley (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS                 10.460 (68.833 km/h)
14 Denis Dmitriev (Russia)                                  10.481 (68.695 km/h)
15 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)                            10.519 (68.447 km/h)
16 Michael Seidenbecher (Germany)                           10.538 (68.324 km/h)
17 Matthias John (Germany)                                  10.553 (68.227 km/h)
18 Vasileios Reppas (Greece)                                10.573 (68.097 km/h)
19 Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)                             10.586 (68.014 km/h)
20 Mohd Rizal Tisin (Malaysia)                              10.625 (67.764 km/h)
21 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine)                                  10.650 (67.605 km/h)
22 Christopher Sellier (Trinidad)                           10.651 (67.599 km/h)
23 Qi Tang (China)                                          10.662 (67.529 km/h)
24 Salvador Melia Mangrinan (Spain)                         10.670 (67.478 km/h)
25 Kostantinos Troulinos (Greece)                           10.704 (67.264 km/h)
26 Kasper Lindholm Jessen (Denmark)                         10.753 (66.958 km/h)
27 Cťdric Stoller (Switzerland)                             10.760 (66.914 km/h)
28 Alvaro Alonso Rubio (Spain)                              10.763 (66.895 km/h)
29 Maciej Bielecki (Poland)                                 10.815 (66.574 km/h)
30 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)                            10.819 (66.549 km/h)
31 Tomasz Schmidt (Poland)                                  10.862 (66.286 km/h)
32 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain)                            10.908 (66.006 km/h)
33 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus)                              10.910 (65.994 km/h)
34 Angel Sixto Garcia (Spain)                               10.946 (65.777 km/h)
35 Patrik Merk (Switzerland)                                11.258 (63.954 km/h)
36 Azikiwe Kellar (Trinidad)                                11.350 (63.436 km/h)

Men's sprint second round

Heat 1

1 Michael Seidenbecher (Germany)       
2 Theo Bos (Netherlands)                                    DNF

Heat 2

1 MickaŽl Bourgain (France)                                 10.924
2 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)	    

Heat 3

1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                 11.064
2 Denis Dmitriev (Russia)	        

Heat 4

1 Arnaud Tournant (France)                                  10.627
2 Ryan Bayley (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS	         

Heat 5

1 Mark French (Australia)                                   11.051
2 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)		   

Heat 6

1 Tim Veldt (Netherlands)                                   11.062
2 Daniel Ellis (Australia)		   

Heat 7

1 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Science in Sport                   10.824
2 Scott Sunderland (Aus) SouthAustralia.com/AIS	   

Heat 8

1 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)                                    10.943
2 Jason Kenny (GBr) Science in Sport	       

Men's sprint quarter finals

Heat 1

1 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)                                    10.990   11.233
2 Michael Seidenbecher (Germany)		  

Heat 2

1 MickaŽl Bourgain (France)                                 10.854  10.616
2 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Science in Sport	  

Heat 3

1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                 10.711  10.649
2 Tim Veldt (Netherlands)	      

Heat 4

1 Arnaud Tournant (France)                                  10.689  10.662
2 Mark French (Australia)	       

Men's sprint semi finals

Heat 1

1 Arnaud Tournant (France)                                  10.659  10.826
2 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)	        

Heat 2

1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                 10.818  10.75
2 MickaŽl Bourgain (France)	      

Men's sprint finals

For gold & silver

1 Arnaud Tournant (France)                                  10.871  10.525
2 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)	       

For bronze

3 MickaŽl Bourgain (France)                                 11.014  11.142
4 Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)	      

Women's individual pursuit qualifying

1 Wendy Houvenhagel (GBr) Science in Sport                  3:33.788 (50.517 km/h)
2 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)                            3:36.684 (49.842 km/h)
3 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)                               3:39.526 (49.196 km/h)
4 Trine Schmidt (Denmark)                                   3:44.542 (48.097 km/h)
5 Meifang Li (China)                                        3:44.601 (48.085 km/h)
6 Marllijn Binnendijk (Netherlands)                         3:45.276 (47.941 km/h)
7 Martina Ruzickova (Czech Republic)                        3:45.949 (47.798 km/h)
8 Anita Valen (Norway)                                      3:46.541 (47.673 km/h)
9 Madeleine Sandig (Germany)                                3:46.949 (47.587 km/h)
10 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain)                          3:47.101 (47.555 km/h)
11 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa Eustrak.Com       3:47.795 (47.411 km/h)
12 Neva Day (USA)                                           3:48.272 (47.311 km/h)
13 Tatiana Antoshina (Russia)                               3:48.729 (47.217 km/h)
14 Iona Wynter (Jamaica)                                    3:50.441 (46.866 km/h)
15 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania)                         3:52.561 (46.439 km/h)
16 Pascale Jeuland (France)                                 3:52.830 (46.385 km/h)
17 Silvia Valsecchi (Italy)                                 3:53.696 (46.213 km/h)
18 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E.                        3:55.703 (45.820 km/h)
19 Louise Moriarty (Ireland)                                3:56.194 (45.725 km/h)
20 Jessica Jurado (Mexico)                                  3:59.536 (45.087 km/h)

Women's individual pursuit final

For gold and silver

1 Wendy Houvenhagel (GBr) Science in Sport                  3:35.294 (50.163 km/h)
2 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)                            3:39.143 (49.282 km/h)

For bronze

3 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)                               3:39.332 (49.240 km/h)
4 Trine Schmidt (Denmark)                                   3:48.646 (47.234 km/h)

Women's 500m TT final

1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Science in Sport                 34.070 (52.832 km/h)
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                            34.676 (51.909 km/h)
3 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                34.866 (51.626 km/h)
4 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico)                            35.286 (51.011 km/h)
5 Virginie Cueff (France)                                   35.457 (50.765 km/h)
6 Liz Carlson (USA)                                         35.572 (50.601 km/h)
7 Tian Fang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                         35.847 (50.213 km/h)
8 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)                      36.092 (49.872 km/h)
9 Magdalena Sara (Poland)                                   36.499 (49.316 km/h)
10 Helena Casas Roige (Spain)                               37.249 (48.323 km/h)
11 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic)                            37.377 (48.157 km/h)
12 Mie Bekker Lacota (Denmark)                              37.913 (47.477 km/h)

Men's team pursuit qualifying

1 Great Britain                                           3:59.876 (60.031 km/h)
   Edward Clancy
   Robert Hayles
   Paul Manning
   Bradley Wiggins

2 Russia                                                  4:08.347 (57.983 km/h)
   Alexey Bauer
   Evgeny Kovalev
   Ivan Kovalev
   Nikolai Trussov

3 Team 100% Me                                            4:08.432 (57.963 km/h)
   Jonathan Bellis
   Steven Burke
   Ben Swift
   Andrew Tennant

5 Spain                                                   4:08.444 (57.96 km/h)
   Sergi Escobar Roure
   Antonio Miguel Parra
   David Muntaner Juaneda
   Carlos Torrent Tarres

6 New Zealand                                             4:08.616 (57.92 km/h)
   Timothy Gudsell
   Peter Latham
   Marc Ryan
   Jesse Sergent

7 Australia                                               4:08.717 (57.897 km/h)
   Jack Bobridge
   Mitchell Docker
   Leigh Howard
   Travis Meyer

8 Netherlands                                             4:09.204 (57.783 km/h)
   Jenning Huizenga
   Jens Mouris
   Peter Schep
   IsmaŽl Kip

9 France                                                  4:11.114 (57.344 km/h)
   Andy Flickinger
   Kevin Lalouette
   Nicolas Rousseau
   Fabien Sanchez

10 Italy                                                  4:14.581 (56.563 km/h)
    Fabrizio Amerighi
    Marco Coledan
    Giairo Ermeti
    Daniel Oss

11 Denmark                                                4:17.549 (55.911 km/h)
    Michael Faerk Christensen
    Daniel Kreutzfeldt
    Martin Frost Lollesgaard
    Christian Ranneries

12 Poland                                                 4:19.481 (55.495 km/h)
    Mateusz Czapla
    Kamil Kuczynski
    Pawel Mikulicz
    Michal Nawrocki

13 Lithuania                                              4:20.093 (55.364 km/h)
    Sergejus Apionkinas
    Gediminas Kaupas
    Vytautas Kaupas
    Evaldas Siskevicius

14 Ireland                                                4:21.658 (55.033 km/h)
    Paul Healion
    Dermot Nally
    David O'loughlin
    Ciaran Power

15 Belarus                                                4:21.944 (54.973 km/h)
    Siarhei Daubniuk
    Aliaksandr Lisouski
    Dzmitry Smirnou
    Yury Yurchanka

Men's team pursuit final

For gold and silver

1 Great Britain                                           4:00.296 (59.926 km/h)
   Edward Clancy
   Robert Hayles
   Paul Manning
   Bradley Wiggins

2 Russia                                                  4:08.811 (57.875 km/h)
   Alexey Bauer
   Evgeny Kovalev
   Ivan Kovalev
   Nikolai Trussov

For bronze

3 Team 100% Me                                            4:05.554 (58.642 km/h)
   Jonathan Bellis
   Steven Burke
   Ben Swift
   Andrew Tennant

4 Spain                                                   4:08.420 (57.966 km/h)
   Sergi Escobar Roure
   Antonio Miguel Parra
   David Muntaner Juaneda
   Carlos Torrent Tarres

Men's points race qualifying

Heat 1

1 Jack Bobridge (Australia)                                 15
2 David O'Loughlin (Ireland)                                12
3 Serguei Klimov (Russia)                                   7
4 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)                            6
5 Russel Hampton (GBr) Team 100% Me                         6
6 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)                             5
7 Krisztian Lovassy (Hungary)                               4
8 Peter Schep (Netherlands)                                 4
9 Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)                                     3
10 Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                       0
11 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello               0
12 James Taylor (GBr) Plowman Craven                        -18
13 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa Eustrak.Com           -18
14 Marcos Novelo (Brazil)                                   -20
15 Bobby Lea (USA)                                          -20
DNF Samuels Oneil (Jamaica)
DNF Renť Schibli (Switzerland)
DNF Elisha Greene (Trinidad)
DNS Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan)

Heat 2

1 Daniel Oss (Italy)                                        25
2 Dominique Cornu (Belgium)                                 9
3 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)                             8
4 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                        8
5 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)                                  6
6 Andy Flickinger (France)                                  6
7 Michael Creed (USA) Slip Stream                           5
8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)                               5
9 Roger Kluge (Germany)                                     5
10 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina)                        3
11 Kampo Wong (Hong-Kong)                                   2
12 Petr Lazar (Czech Republic)                              1
13 Ignatas Konovalovas (Lithuania)                          1
14 Martin Frost Lollesgaard (Denmark)                       1
15 Attila Arvai (Hun) Team Cornix Pecs                      0
16 Vasyl Yakovlev (Ukraine)                                 0
17 Pablo Aitor Bernal Rosique (Spain)                       -20
DNF Fredrik Johansson (Sweden)

Men's points race final

1 Serguei Klimov (Russia)                                   77
2 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)                               56
3 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina)                         50
4 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)                                  49
5 Andy Flickinger (France)                                  48
6 Dominique Cornu (Belgium)                                 48
7 Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)                                     45
8 Michael Creed (USA) Slip Stream                           45
9 Roger Kluge (Germany)                                     44
10 Kampo Wong (Hong-Kong)                                   43
11 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk                       32
12 David O'loughlin (Ireland)                               31
13 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello               22
14 Krisztian Lovassy (Hungary)                              22
15 Petr Lazar (Czech Republic)                              21
16 Russel Hampton (GBr) Team 100% Me                        20
17 Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                       20
18 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)                            20
19 Daniel Oss (Italy)                                       7
20 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)                            6
21 Jack Bobridge (Australia)                                6
22 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)                           0
23 James Taylor (GBr) Plowman Craven                        0
24 Peter Schep (Netherlands)                                0

Women's team sprint qualifying

1 Great Britain                                             33.802 (53.251 km/h)
   Anna Blyth		   
   Shanaze Reade		   

2 Netherlands                                               33.915 (53.073 km/h)
   Yvonne Hijgenaar	   
   Willy Kanis		   

3 Australia                                                 33.966 (52.994 km/h)
   Anna Meares		   
   Kristine Bayley	   

4 France                                                    34.800 (51.724 km/h)
   Sandie Clair		   
   Virginie Cueff	   

5 New Zealand                                               34.851 (51.648 km/h)
   Fiona Carswell	   
   Jocelyn Rastrick	   

6 Russia                                                    35.178 (51.168 km/h)
   Swetlana Grankowskaja	   
   Oksana Grishina	   

7 Poland                                                    35.875 (50.174 km/h)
   Renata Dabrowska	   
   Magdalena Sara	   

Women's team sprint final

For gold and silver

1 Netherlands                                               33.966 (52.994 km/h)
  Yvonne Hijgenaar	       
  Willy Kanis		       

2 Great Britain                                             34.294 (52.487 km/h)
  Anna Blyth		       
  Shanaze Reade		       

For bronze		       
			       
3 Australia                                                 33.948 (53.022 km/h)
   Anna Meares			    
   Kristine Bayley	       	    
		       			
4 France                                                    34.945 (51.509 km/h)
   Sandie Clair			    
   Virginie Cueff