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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 4 - CDM

Copenhagen, Denmark, February 15-17, 2008

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Race 4 - February 16: Men: Keirin, Kilometre TT, Team pursuit, Scratch race; Women: Points race, 500m TT, Team Sprint

Women's 500m time trial

By Gerry McManus in Copenhagen

Jinjie Gong takes the prize

Jinjie Gong makes it look easy
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China's Jinjie Gong was the fastest of three riders who flew under 35 seconds in the women's 500m time trial as she took the gold medal. Her time of 34.619 secured her the win and moved into third in the overall World Cup standings.

Sandie Clair brought home the silver medal for France after missing out on the top spot, due mainly to Gong's incredible first lap performance. Miriam Welte (Germany) rounded out the podium.

Notable performances came from Britain's Anna Blyth and Shanaze Reade (SIS team), after she spent some time atop the leader board before experience won through over youth and the youngster had to make way for her more experienced colleagues. Her team-mate Reade also got the crowds attention, riding her first race on the boards after making the switch from BMX, where she is the world champion. Having spent only two weeks training, the 19 year old was a little slow out of the blocks and finished down on the leader board.

Series leader Lisandra Rodriguez Guerra sat out the round, having already amassed an unassailable lead in the competition, but she will surely be back in Manchester.

Women's point' race final

Wong takes the win

Wongs smiles
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Wan Yiu Wong will take the gold medal back to Hong Kong after coming out victor of the fast paced points race final. Wong was one of six riders that broke away after the sixth sprint of the race. The group containing Trine Schmidt (Denmark) Teresa Cliff-Ryan (USA), Elke Gebhardt (Germany), Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain) and Cathy Moncassin Prime (France), quickly moved clear of the main field helped along by the roar of the crowd who sensed a chance for a home win with Schmidt in the break.

Wong, who had already won two points in earlier sprints, took the next sprint, beating Schmidt and Gebhardt before securing victory as the group lapped the field.

Favourite for the event, Marianne Vos (DBS Bank) was pointless until she won the sixth sprint but saw the race ride away from her with the move containing Wong.

Men's team pursuit

Wold Cup champions end series on a high

Steven Burke hits the front on his debut for the GB senior team.
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The Great Britain team broke the hearts of the Danish crowd as they recorded an incredible time to win the men's team pursuit. Paul Manning, Gerraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, who had all ridden the morning qualifier were joined by Steven Burke in the final.

Burke a 19-year-old British Cycling academy rider was riding for the first time in the senior team after being called up to try out for the squad only a week earlier. The foursome set out set out hard, as they were on target to break the world record, going under the mark at the 2000 meter mark. Burke who hails from Lancashire rode strongly in his first outing on gears much bigger than he is used to.

The GB team were up an entire second after the 1000 metre mark and continued to pile on the pressure to the Danish squad, who could do little but watch the gold medal ride away.

Michael Morkov was the only new addition to the Danish squad as he replaced Christensen. They could take consolation that they had given their all, recording a new national record of 4.02.885 in the process while showing they will be in the frame for a high place in the world championships in Manchester next month.

The young Australian team took four seconds out of the Netherlands's to win the bronze medal, while Great Britains win secured them the World Cup.

Men's keirin final

Hoy - king of the keirin

Hoy on the front with one to go.
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Chris Hoy (Great Britain) still reigns over his kingdom that is the keirin race. His tactics and timing worked to perfection never really being challenged in any round.

The final contained one of the toughest line ups we have seen for a while with Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica), Arnaud Tournant (Cofidis - France), Stefan Nimke (Germany), Carsten Bergemann (Germany) and Gregory Bauge (France).

Hoy controlled the situation in the final from the start, getting pole position behind the derny while constantly monitoring the movements behind. As the bell went for one lap to go, Hoy was still on the front with Lynch and Bauge on his wheel, Tournant was trying to go round the outside, but with no one able to come past Hoy, he took the win in fine style. Lynch hung on to Hoy's wheel to finish second with Tournant taking third just holding off the fast finishing Nimke.

The win marks Hoy's 23rd keirin win in succession and with 15,000 Euro up for grabs tomorrow in the Japanese Keirin challenge, he is sure to be hot favourite.

Men's kilometre TT

Pervis the kilo conqueror

Francois Pervis (France) wanted the gold medal so bad he almost lost his way as he hit the gas pedal when the blocks were opened. Grimacing in agony as he fought with the bars to regain his direction and keep up the massive effort. He managed both well and went on to record the fastest second and third laps to record 1.02.084

Ukranian World Cup series leader Yevgen Bolibrukh did his best to eclipse the Frenchman but was unable to do so, his second place was enough for him to take the World Cup series.

Beating more fancied riders like, Tim Veldt (Netherlands) and Didier Henriette (Cofidis), Hao Li Wen took the bronze as the only other rider to go under 1.03, proving that China could well be a major force on the track as Beijing rolls round.

Men's scratch race

Stroetinga wins the big wind up

Stroetinga never far from the front in the scratch race.
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Dutchman Wim Stroetinga took the win in the 15km men's scratch race after exploding around the final bend to take the win, punching the air in triumph.

The race started fast and got gradually faster until about 9 laps to go it all got very serious. It started with a break as Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong), Martin Blaha (Czech Rep), Sun Jae Jang (Korea) and Jerome Neuville (France) got away from the main bunch, setting alarm bells ringing. Attacks had been numerous up to this point, but as the laps started counting down, this move was the catalyst for them to start winding it up for the final sprint. For many the acceleration meant the end as the elastic broke with many riders being shelled.

World champion Kam-Po Wong did his fair share of work as did German Roger Kluge but Stroetinga deserved the win, being one of the most aggressive during the race. Kluge picked up two points to consolidate his world cup series victory.

Women's team sprint final

British duo back on top

Reade and Pendleton.
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Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade (SIS) reversed the qualification result against the Dutch duo of Willy Kanis and Yvonne Hijgenaar as they won the women's team sprint. Reade was quicker round the first lap than in qualifying and Pendleton put in a blistering second lap to record 33.944 for the 500m event for the British pair.

Clara Sanchez and Sandie Clair took the bronze for France ahead of the German Dana Gloss and Christin Muche.

Reade was pleased be getting some form ahead of the World Championships in Manchester.

"I have been getting illnesses back to back recently," she said.

"I have been getting faster and then going slower again and I have been up and down like that the last couple of months or so. I was opened minded when I came to Copenhagen. I could only expect to do as best as I could here. Today was up and down again but I finished on a high and there is more to come from me. I have only been back on the track just over a week. In four of five weeks time I hope to be faster than ever for the World Championships."

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Results

Men's team pursuit final 
  
Gold medal final 
1 Great Britain                                                        4.00.90 (59.779 km/h)
 Edward Clancy (Great Britain)                                                 
 Thomas Gerraint (Great Britain)                                               
 Paul Manning (Great Britain)                                                  
 Steven Burke (Great Britain)                                                  
  
2 Denmark                                                              4.02.90 (59.294 km/h)
 Michael Morkov (Denmark)                                                      
 Casper Jorgensen (Denmark)                                                    
 Jens-Erik Madsen (Denmark)                                                    
 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark)                                                      
  
Bronze medal final 
1 Australia                                                            4.05.90 (58.561 km/h)
 Matthew Harley Goss (Australia)                                               
 Cameron Meyer (Australia)                                                     
 Travis Meyer (Australia)                                                      
 Luke Roberts (Australia)                                                      
  
2 Netherlands                                                          4.09.50 (57.706 km/h)
 Levi Heimans (Netherlands)                                                    
 Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands)                                                
 Peter Schep (Netherlands)                                                     
 Niki Terpstra (Netherlands)                                                   
  
  
Men's kilometre time trial final 
  
1 Franšois Pervis (France)                                             1.02.10 (57.985 km/h)
2 Yevgen Bolibrukh (Ukraine)                                           1.02.20 
3 Wen Hao Li (People's Republic of China)                              1.03.00 
4 Matthew Crampton (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                            1.03.20 
5 Tim Veldt (Netherlands)                                              1.03.30 
6 Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)                                         1.03.60 
7 Mohd Rizal Tisin (Malaysia)                                                  
8 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis                                       1.03.80 
9 Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)                                             1.04.50 
10 Dong Jin Kang (Korea)                                               1.04.60 
11 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)                                       1.04.70 
12 Athanasios Mantzouranis (Greece)                                    1.05.00 
13 Robert Forstemann (Ger) www.rad-net.de                              1.05.20 
14 Clemens Selzer (Austria)                                            1.06.10 
15 Paul Healion (Ireland)                                                      
16 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Illes Balears                           1.06.30 
17 Rene Enders (Germany)                                               1.06.40 
18 Alireza Ahamadi Ashjerdi (Islamic Republic of Iran)                 1.06.90 
19 Daniel Novikov (Estonia)                                                    
20 Michael Faerk Christensen (Denmark)                                 1.07.10 
21 Morgan Fox (Irl) Pezula Racing                                      1.07.90 
22 Jiren Wei (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling                               1.08.00 
23 Miroslav Minchev Yordanov (Bulgaria)                                1.08.70 
24 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus)                                       1.08.80 
25 Risto Aaltio (Finland)                                              1.08.90 
26 Oriol Martinez (Spa) Catalunya                                      1.10.10 
  
Men's keirin 
  
Round 2 
  
Heat 1 
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                                    
2 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)                                                      
3 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)                                                  
4 Ross Edgar (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                          
5 Shane Perkins (Australia)                                                    
6 Roberto Chiappa (Italy)                                                      
  
Heat 2 
1 Gregory Bauge (France)                                                       
2 Arnaud Tournant (Fra) Cofidis                                                
3 Stefan Nimke (Ger) www.rad-net.de  
4 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)                                                   
5 JosÚ Antonio Escuredo Raimondez (Spain)                                      
REL Christos Volikakis (Greece)                                                
  
  
Final 
  
1st-6th final 
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain)                                                    
2 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)                                                      
3 Arnaud Tournant (Fra) Cofidis                                                
4 Stefan Nimke (Ger) www.rad-net.de    
5 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)                                                  
6 Gregory Bauge (France)                                                       
  
7th-12th final 
1 Roberto Chiappa (Italy)                                                      
2 Christos Volikakis (Greece)                                                  
3 Shane Perkins (Australia)                                                    
4 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine)                                                   
5 Ross Edgar (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                          
6 JosÚ Antonio Escuredo Raimondez (Spain)                                      
  
Men's scratch race final 
  
1 Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)                                                 
2 Andreas Mueller (Austria)                                                    
3 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)                                      
4 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)                                                     
5 Martin Gilbert (Canada)                                                      
6 Angel Dario Colla (Argentina)                                                
7 Jose Aravena (Chile)                                                         
8 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)                                                 
9 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Focus                                                 
10 Tim Mertens (Belgium)                                                       
11 Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)                                                       
12 Hayden Godfrey (New Zealand)                                                
13 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Uzbekistan Pro Cycling                                 
14 Travis Meyer (Australia)                                                    
15 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)                                              
16 Michael Friedman (USA) Team Slipstream                                      
17 Martin Blaha (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                                          
18 Sun Jae Jang (Korea)                                                        
19 Dermot Nally (Ireland)                                                      
20 Kam-Po Wong (Hong Kong, China)                                              
21 Pim Ligthart (Ned) DSB Bank                                                 
22 Ho Ting Kwok (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling                                    
23 JÚr˘me Neuville (France)                                                    
DNF David O'loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing                                       
  
Women's 500m time trial final 
  
1 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                                  0.34.62 (51.994 km/h)
2 Sandie Clair (France)                                                0.34.65 
3 Miriam Welte (Germany)                                               0.34.90 
4 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)                                             0.35.19 
5 Anna Blyth (Great Britain)                                           0.35.21 
6 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China)                              0.35.31 
7 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                       0.35.44 
8 Shanaze Reade (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                               0.35.50 
9 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia)                                 0.35.90 
10 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico)                                      0.36.04 
11 Huang Ting Yin (Chinese Taipei)                                     0.36.50 
12 Helena Casas Roige (Spain)                                          0.37.18 
13 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic)                                       0.37.38 
  
Women's team sprint final 
  
Gold medal final 
1 SCIENCEINSPORT.COM                                                   0.33.94 (53.028 km/h)
 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                   
 Shanaze Reade (GBr) ScienceInSport.com                                        
  
2 Netherlands                                                          0.34.00 (52.939 km/h)
 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                                                
 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)                                                     
  
Bronze medal final 
1 France                                                               0.34.72 (51.84 km/h)
 Sandie Clair (France)                                                         
 Clara Sanchez (France)                                                        
  
2 WWW.RAD-NET.DE                                                       0.35.02 (51.403 km/h)
 Dana Gl÷ss (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                               
 Christin Muche (Ger) www.rad-net.de                                           
  
  
Women's points race final 
  
1 Wan Yiu Wong (Hong Kong, China)                                           27 pts 
2 Trine Schmidt (Denmark)                                                   23 
3 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing                        22 
4 Elke Gebhardt (Germany)                                                   22 
5 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain)                                               21 
6 Cathy Moncassin Prime (France)                                            21 
7 Anastasiay Chulkova (Russian Federation)                                  15 
8 Yan Li (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                                            11 
9 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba)                                              10 
10 Rebecca Quinn (United States Of America)                                  8 
11 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank                                               8 
12 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)                                           6 
13 Gina Grain (Canada)                                                       4 
14 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)                                        3 
15 Kele Murdin (USA) Proman Cycling Team                                     3 
16 Song Hee Han (Korea)                                                      2 
17 Pascale Jeuland (France)                                                  1 
18 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi                            1 
19 Aksana Papko (Belarus)                                                      
20 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico)                                              
21 Monia Baccaille (Italy)                                                     
22 Min Hye Lee (Korea)                                                         
23 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)                                             
24 Jianling Wang (People's Republic of China)                                  

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