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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 4 - CDM

Copenhagen, Denmark, February 15-17, 2008

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Race 1 - February 15: Men: Qualifying: Team sprint, Individual pursuit, Points race; Women: Qualifying: Individual pursuit, Scratch, Sprint

Newton in by a hair in points race qualifier

By Gerry McManus in Copenhagen

Belarussian Aliaksandr Lisouski broke free at the end to the first heat of the men's points race qualifiers to take the final points, almost ruining the qualification chances of pre-race favourite Chris Newton (Great Britain) who was tied in 11th with four others on five points. Fortunately for Newton, he was able to qualify on countback. Seven riders, including Denmark's Daniel Kreutzfeldt, lapped the field. Kreutzfeldt won his heat due to the sprint points he took during the race. Dutchman Pim Lighthart (DSB Bank Track Team) will be one to watch in the final after he won two of the sprints.

Heat two was won by Poland's Rafal Ratajczyk who was happy to finish in the main field after he won the first two sprints. The 2006 world points champion Peter Schep (Netherlands) finished safely in second spot. Wong Kam Po (Hong Kong) did enough to qualify and may have calculated his minimum effort requirement to save something for the final.

Escobar makes late season surge in pursuit qualifier

Spaniard Sergi Escobar made a massive improvement over his recent results to take the fastest qualifying time in the men's pursuit heats. The former world champion had been struggling to find his legs in recent years, but in Copenhagen, he took an incredible 11 seconds off his Los Angeles time, hitting a 4'23"128 and a seat in the gold medal final on Friday evening. American Taylor Phinney couldn't repeat his ride on home soil last month and finished tenth place overall.

Russian Alexei Markov joins Escobar in the top final with his time of 4'26"615, and Aussie Luke Roberts will have to compete for the bronze against surprise fourth placed finisher, Ireland's David O'Loughlin (Pezula Racing) who made history for his country as the first Irish rider to make a World Cup medal ride off.

Norway's former Premiership football player Knut Anders Fostervold deserves a mention. Fostervold did a creditable ride on his world cup debut. The 34 year-old Norwegian time trial champion covered the 4,000m in 4'46"207. Injury had forced him to retire from professional football..

The French find a foe in the Netherlands in the team sprint

The Netherlands went so fast
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After domination by the French national and Cofidis teams in previous World Cup rounds, the Dutch team has succeeded in getting the better of one team. France still qualified fastest with a time of 44.460 seconds, but the fast-improving Dutch team finished just a tenth of a second behind in second. The French teams swapped Mickaël Bourgain, who rode with Gregory Bauge and François Pervis to second in Los Angeles, with Kévin Sireau to create the winning formula.

Bourgain instead rode with Cofidis' Arnaud Tournant and Didier Henriette, but finished off the pace of the Dutch, and will now face Great Britain in the bronze medal ride off. The British team of Chris Hoy, Craig MacLean and anchor man Jamie Staff will have to work hard for the bronze medal against the World Cup series leaders Cofidis.

Holland's trio of world 200m record holder Theo Bos, Teun Mulder and Tim Veldt versus the French team of Gregory Bauge, Francois Pervis and Kévin Sireau will make for an edge of your seat final even for neutrals.

Murdin, Galvez take scratch heats

American Kele Murdin (Proman Cycling Team) had a break-through performance in the Ballerup arena, taking home the win in the first heat of the women's scratch race qualifier by breaking away and lapping the field. Pre-race favourite Marianne Vos (Netherlands) took the bunch sprint, which was marred by a crash, dashing the hopes of riders who had been banking on the sprint to advance to the final.

Debora Galvez Lopez won the bunch gallop in heat two, beating Shelly Olds (USA) with Wan Yiu Wong in third in the 20-strong field that all finished in the same lap.

Pendleton back on form in Ballerup

Victoria Pendleton in qualifying.
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Reigning sprint World Champion Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) showed no ill-effects of sitting out the Los Angeles world cup round, and qualified in first place in the morning's qualification ride with 11.178 seconds, with Willy Kanis (Netherlands) in second place, clocking in at 11.358 seconds. Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite finished third-fastest. There was only 0.6 of a second separating all of the 16 qualifiers which set up some competitive match sprint heats in round two.

There were no surprises in the 1/8 finals except that Britain's Anna Blyth beat China's Jinje Gong in the one race event to move into the quarter-finals. Pendleton led out Christine Muche (rad-net.de) and easily held her off in the home straight. Kanis beat Russian Swetlana Grankowskaja to advance.

The quarterfinals went smoothly for Kanis, but she had to work hard to beat Clara Sanchez 2-0 and Pendleton copied that to beat Yvonne Hijenaar (Netherlands). Jennie Reed (USA) progressed to the semi finals and Guo Shuang (China) took revenge on Blyth who had earlier knocked her team-mate out of the competition.

Pendleton should cope well in the semi-finals later in the evening against Shuang and Kanis faces Reed.

Romero top seed in women's pursuit

Rebecca Romero qualifies fastest.
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Rebecca Romero gave the British team its second chance at a gold medal in the first morning session, hitting the best time in the individual pursuit ahead Lithuanian Vilija Serekaite (Safi Pasta) with a 3'35".786, a solid 1.5 seconds faster than Serekaite. The pair will face off in the gold medal round, while American Sarah Hammer (Ouch Pro Cycling) and Elenora Van Dijk (Netherlands) will vye for the bronze.

The fast early time was set by French woman Cathy Prime Moncassin, whose 3'48"332 for the 3,000m event held for several rounds before Russian Elana Tchalykh put a storming ride in to catch her opponent and go on to record 3'45"551. Verena Joos (Germany) outclassed everyone that had gone before with 3'38"161 which became the time to beat.

Elenora Van Dijk (Netherlands) snuck just inside Joos's time and will face Hammer in the bronze medal ride.


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Men's Individual Pursuit Qualifying 
1 Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain)                                        4.23.13
2 Alexey Markov (Russia)                                             4.24.61
3 Luke Roberts (Australia)                                           4.26.13
4 David O'Loughlin (Ireland)                                         4.26.58
5 Dominique Cornu (Belgium)                                          4.26.68
6 Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands)                                     4.26.73
7 Valery Kaykov (Rus) Lokomotiv                                      4.27.34
8 Toni Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears                              4.27.67
9 Robert Bartko (Germany)                                            4.28.05
10 Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)                         4.31.22
11 Sun Jae Jang (Korea)                                              4.31.34
12 Fabien Sanchez (France)                                           4.32.78
13 Matti Pajari (Finland)                                            4.34.61
14 Sergey Matveyev (Ukraine)                                         4.35.20
15 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)                                    4.37.12
16 Martin Frost Lollesgaard (Denmark)                                4.42.38
17 Knut Anders Fostervold (Norway)                                   4.46.21
18 Yury Yurchanka (Belarus)                                          4.47.12
19 Aexandr Kozyrenko (Kazakhstan)                                    4.48.82
20 Enzo Cesario Farias (Chile)                                       4.50.80
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying 
1 France                                                             0.44.46
    Gregory Bauge (France)                                                     
    Francois Pervis (France)                                                   
    Kevin Sireau (France)                                                      
2 Netherlands                                                        0.44.56
    Theo Bos (Netherlands)                                                     
    Teun Mulder (Netherlands)                                                  
    Tim Veldt (Netherlands)                                                    
3 Cofidis                                                            0.44.83
    Mickael Bourgain (Fra) Cofidis                                             
    Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis                                          
    Arnaud Tournant (Fra) Cofidis                                           
4 Great Britain                                                      0.45.08
    Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                                  
    Craig Maclean (Great Britain)                                              
    Jamie Staff (Great Britain)                             
5 www.rad-net.de                                                     0.45.43
    Matthias John (Ger)                                                    
    Robert Forstemann (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                 
    Stefan Nimke (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                      
6 Scienceinsport.com                                                 0.45.51
    Ross Edgar (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                              
    Jason Kenny (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                                               
    Jason Queally (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                              
7 Russia                                                             0.45.58
    Sergey Borisov (Russia)                                                    
    Sergey Kucherov (Russia)                                                   
    Pavel Yakushevskiy (Russia)                                                
8 Ukraine                                                            0.45.73
    Yevgen Bolibrukh (Ukraine)                                                 
    Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine)                                                    
    Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)                                                 
9 Japan                                                              0.46.04
    Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)                                                   
    Kiyofumi Nagai (Japan)                                                     
    Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)                                                  
10 Spain                                                             0.46.13
    José Antonio Escuredo Raimondez (Spain)                                    
    Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)                                              
    Salvador Melia Mangrinan (Spain)                                           
11 China                                                             0.46.13
    Yong Feng (People's Republic of China)                                     
    Qi Tang (People's Republic of China)                                       
    Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)                                     
Men's Points Race Qualifying (60 laps)
Heat 1
1 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)                                            24 pts
2 Alexander Aeschbach (Switzerland)                                       23
3 Milton Wynants Vazquez (Uruguay)                                        20
4 Makoto Iijima (Japan)                                                   20
5 Oleksandr Martynenko (Ukr) ISD-Sport Donetsk                            20
6 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Uzbekistan Pro Cycling                             20
7 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) ASC Dukla Praha                           20
8 Pim Lighthart (Netherlands)                                             11
9 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Focus                                             8
10 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)                                           7
11 Chris Newton (Great Britain) Recycling.co.uk                            5
12 Temur Mukhamedov (Uzbekistan)                                           5
13 Ryan McKenzie (Canada)                                                  5
14 Marcel Kalz (Germany)                                                   5
15 Michael Friedman (USA) Team Slipstream                                  4
16 Kenneth Williams (USA) Cody Racing team                                 3
17 Inaki Anzizar (Spain) Reyno De Navarra                                  2
18 Chan Jae Jang (Korea)                                                   2
19 Iban Cruz Leanizbarrutia (Spa) Euskaltel                                2
20 Andreas Graf (Austria)                                                   
21 King Wai Cheung (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                                 
DNF Samuels Oneil (Jamaica)                                                 
DNS Toni Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears                                 
DNS Stephen Pelaez (Philippines)                                            
Heat 2
1 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)                                                10 pts
2 Peter Schep (Netherlands)                                                9
3 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Colombia)                                     7
4 Nicolas Rousseau (France)                                                6
5 Evgeny Kovalev (Rus) Moscow                                              6
6 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)                                            5
7 Marco Antonio Arriagada (Chile)                                          5
8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)                                              5
9 Kam-Po Wong (People's Republic of China)                                 4
10 Juan Esteban Curuchet (Argentina)                                       3
11 Colby Pearce (United States Of America)                                 3
12 Artur Ershov (Russia) Lokomotiv                                         1
13 Matti Pajari (Finland)                                                  1
14 Chun Kai Feng (Taipei)                                                  1
15 Morgan Fox (Irl) Pezula Racing                                       
16 Samuele Marzoli (Italy)                                                  
17 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello Ukraina                   
18 Petr Lazar (Czech Republic)                                              
19 Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan)                                          
20 Carlos Herrero (Spa) Catalunya                                         
21 Alexey Lyalko (Kazakhstan)                                               
DNF Stanislav Minkov (Bulgaria)                                             
DNF Ho Ting Kwok (People's Republic of China)                               
Women's Sprint 
1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                        0.11.18 (64.412 km/h)
2 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)                                          0.11.36
3 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)                                     0.11.39
4 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                
5 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)                            0.11.41
6 Jennie Reed (United States Of America)                             0.11.43
7 Lissandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)                                  0.11.44
8 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                           0.11.52
9 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                     0.11.54
10 Clara Sanchez (France)                                            0.11.61
11 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                                   
12 Dana Glöss (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                   0.11.62
13 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                        0.11.70
14 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China)                                  
15 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia)                                    0.11.75
16 Christin Muche (Germany)                                          0.11.77
17 Sandie Clair (France)                                             0.11.79
18 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)                              0.11.84
19 Elisa Frisoni (Italy)                                             0.11.95
20 Valentina Alessio (Italy)                                         0.11.98
21 Olga Panarina (Ukraine)                                           0.12.04
22 Oksana Grishina (Russia)                                          0.12.11
23 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic)                                     0.12.14
24 Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Catalunya                                0.12.17
25 Jane Gerisch (Germany)                                            0.12.20
26 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi                    0.12.24
Quarterfinals B 
Heat 1
1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                           0.12.11
2 Lissandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)                                  0.12.27
Heat 2
1 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                             0.12.34
2 Dana Glöss (Germany) www.rad-net.de                                0.11.96
Semifinals B 
Heat 1
1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                           0.12.09
2 Dana Glöss (Germany) www.rad-net.de                                  
Heat 2
1 Lissandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)                                  0.11.95
2 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                                    
Finals B 
9 Lissandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)             
10 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                                 
11 Dana Glöss (Germany) www.rad-net.de                                 
12 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                                   
Finals 1/8
Heat 1
1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                        0.12.55   12.057
2 Christin Muche (Germany)                                                  
Heat 2
1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)                                          0.12.54   11.931
2 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia)                                            
Heat 3
1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)                                     0.11.89   11.968
2 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China)                                   
Heat 4
1 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                         0.12.22   11.73
2 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                
Heat 5
1 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)                            0.11.85
2 Dana Glöss (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                  
Heat 6
1 Jennie Reed (United States Of America)                             0.12.06
2 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                                    
Heat 7
1 Clara Sanchez (France)                                             0.11.77
2 Lissandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)              
Heat 8
1 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                     0.12.12
2 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                                  
Heat 1
1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                        0.11.81
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                            
Heat 2
1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)                                          0.11.82
2 Clara Sanchez (France)                                                    
Heat 3
1 Jennie Reed (United States Of America)                             0.11.89
2 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)                                            
Heat 4
1 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)                            0.11.96
2 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                                
Finals 5th-8th
5 Clara Sanchez (France)                                             0.12.19
6 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)                                            
7 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                            
8 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                                
Women's Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)                                     3.35.79
2 Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Safi Pasta Zara Manhattan                  3.37.27
3 Sarah Hammer (USA) Ouch Pro Cycling                                3.38.11
4 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)                                           
5 Verena Joos (Germany)                                              3.38.16
6 Alison Shanks (New Zealand)                                        3.38.48
7 Wendy Houvenaghel (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                         3.40.75
8 Tara Whitten (Canada)                                              3.42.24
9 Karin Thürig (Switzerland)                                         3.43.04
10 Elena Tchalykh (Russia)                                           3.45.55
11 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)                                   3.46.52
12 Cathy Moncassin Prime (France)                                    3.48.33
13 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi                    3.49.07
14 Wai Sze Lee (People's Republic of China)                          3.49.25
15 Svetlana Galuk (Ukraine)                                          3.49.29
16 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                           3.50.05
17 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)                                           3.51.98
18 Svetlana Paulikaite (Lithuania)                                   3.52.70
19 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain)                                       3.53.31
20 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E.                                 3.55.47
21 Juan Rui Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                              3.59.63
22 Elnara Musayeva (Azerbaijan)                                      4.30.93
Women's Scratch Qualifying 
Heat 1
1 Kele Murdin Proman Cycling Team              
2 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank                  
3 Hyo Seong Noh (Korea)                        
4 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)           
5 Anastasiay Chulkova (Russian Federation)     
6 Christy King South Bay Wheelmen              
7 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba)                 
8 Kate Cullen (GBr) Braveheartfund.org         
9 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain)              
10 Rebecca Quinn (United States Of America)    
11 Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)                   
12 Eleonora Soldo (Ita) Safi Pasta             
13 Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukraine)                
14 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha     
15 Trine Schmidt (Denmark)                     
16 Elodie Henriette (France)                   
17 Alexandra Sontheimer (Germany)              
18 Louise Moriarty (Irl) Pezula Racing         
19 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E.           
REL Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)                 
DNF Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)            

Heat 2 
1 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain)                                               
2 Shelley Olds (USA) Proman Cycling Team               
3 Wan Yiu Wong (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling                                  
4 Pascale Jeuland (France)                                                  
5 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)                                           
6 Theresa Cliffryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing    
7 Alena Prudnikova (Russia)                                                 
8 Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy)                                                
9 Aksana Papko (Belarus)                                                    
10 Gina Grain (Canada)                                                      
11 Kelly Druyts (Belgium)                                                   
12 Elke Gebhardt (Germany)                                                  
13 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)                                              
14 Iona Wynter (Jamaica)                                                    
15 Eneritz Iturriaga Echevarria Mazaga (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi                
16 Stephanie Roorda (Can) Team R.A.C.E.                                  
17 Marlijn Binnendijk (Netherlands)                                         
18 Neva Day (USA) South Bay Wheelmen                   
19 Jessica Jurado (Mexico)                                                  
20 Seon Ha Ha (Korea)                                                    

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