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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 3 - CDM
Los Angeles, California, January 18-20, 2008
Session 1 - January 18: Men: Qualifying: Team sprint, Individual pursuit, Points race; Women: Qualifying: Individual pursuit, Scratch, Sprint
Marathon session kicks off with a few surprises
By Laura Weislo in Los Angeles
New names top women's pursuit finals
With the absence of World Cup leader Katie Mactier, Ukrainian Lesya Kalitovska topped the women's pursuit qualifiers during the opening session of the Los Angeles World Cup on Friday. Kalitovska set the fastest time of 3.38.797, just seven hundredths quicker than the number two qualifier, Colombian Maria Luisa Calle Williams.
Czech Lada Kozlikova was third fastest, bettering the early leader, American Kristin Armstrong. The former world time trial champion just missed the final by one hundredth of a second behind her compatriot Sarah Hammer, the reigning pursuit world champion. Hammer will ride against Kozlikova for the bronze medal.
Armstrong set the early fastest time while racing against a newcomer to the track, Marianne Vos (DSB Bank). Vos, a former road and cyclo-cross world champion won the scratch and points races in the Beijing World Cup, but has yet to master the pursuit. She was nearly caught by Armstrong, who finished on the same straightaway as the Dutch rider with a 3.41.016. Calle Williams was next to sit atop the leader board, and her 3.38.869 withstood the efforts of Hammer, who fell short of the gold medal final, setting a time of 3.41.006.
French teams rocket to top team sprint spots
The French Cofidis and national teams nabbed the top two spots in the men's team sprint, making for a francophile gold medal final at the Home Depot center in Los Angeles. The Cofidis team was first to set a sub-45 second time in the three man event, powering to a 44.768 under the massive quads of Didier Henriette, Kévin Sireau and Arnaud Tornant.
The Cofidis time withstood the onslaught of the two Australian teams, with the gold and green striped national team of Mark French, Jason Niblett, and anchor Ben Kersten speeding to a 45.644, half a second shy of the Toshiba squad of Shane Kelly, Daniel Ellis and Ryan Bayley.
But the gold medal final would belong to France, with Gregory Bauge, Mickäel Bourgain and François Pervis bettering their compatriots' time by two hundredths.
The early heats of the team sprint were disrupted by a horrific crash between the Russian and Korean teams which resulted from a faulty starting gate. The Russian team started and had nearly reached full speed before being warned that the Korean team had gotten stuck in their gate. The warning shot was fired a split second too late for anchorman Sergey Polynskiy.
Head down and pumping his pedals, the Russian ran directly into Su Hyun Park who was caught in the gate. The resulting impact shattered the Russian's fork and bars, sending him flying through the air and down onto the boards. Polynskiy was sent to the hospital with a suspected broken forearm, while Park walked off the track after spending several minutes lying on his back recovering from the shock.
The officials ruled that the accident was not the riders' fault, and allowed the Russian and Korean teams to substitute the injured riders and re-start their team sprint.
Phinney gets it right, will face Huizenga for gold
American Taylor Phinney set the velodrome buzzing with a stellar second place qualifying time. The 17-year-old set a new fastest time 4.25.675, before Dutch rider Jenning Huizenga went 0.65 seconds faster. The two advance to the gold medal final, where Phinney, in his second World Cup ever, hopes to focus on riding his own race.
"When I went to Sydney I did like the worst pursuit ever by going out way too fast," Phinney said after the qualifier. "I kind of realized how I need to do my race after that. I just needed to hit certain lap times and stay really consistent as opposed to starting out fast and slowing down, or starting slow and pushing it fast."
"In Beijing when I got fourth, I raced the other guy too much instead of just racing my own race. Tonight I hope to just be consistent and pull off a better time. It's better going into a first and second race rather than a third and fourth. I'm going to give it everything, and if I have it, I have it, but if I don't, I don't. I'm just really happy to have a solid medal at a World Cup, it's cool."
The top riders went nearly two seconds faster than the pair of Spaniards, former World Champion Sergei Escobar (Spain) and Toni Tauler (Illes Balears), who will face off for the bronze medal.
Favourites advance in men's points race heats
The men's points race heats held plenty of action, with only half the riders in each race advancing to the finals. In the first heat, Great Britain's Peter Kennaugh was aggressive, taking the most points ahead of World Cup leader Cameron Meyer (Toshiba), although Meyer took two of the six sprints to secure his position in the finals. The Netherlands' Pim Lighthart made a late race surge to take the final sprint ahead of Kennaugh, putting himself ahead of World Champion Juan Llaneras. Artur Ershov (Lokomotiv), Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus), Colombian Juan Pablo Forero and Italian Angelo Ciccone filled out the qualifying slots.
Heat two was perhaps the most animated race of the evening, with Chris Newton (Recycling.co.uk) playing things conservatively, sweeping up minor points before hitting the gas to take sprint three. Spaniard Toni Tauler (Illes Balears) was part of a four man move which broke away before sprint four, and took out sprints four and five to secure the win ahead of Newton. Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan), Zach Bell (Canada), Mike Friedman (Team Slipstream), Marcel Kalz (Germany) Volodymyr Rybin (Ukraine) and Vadim Shaekhov filled out the list for the finals.
The final heat of the evening was a torrid affair, with the Poland's Rafal Ratajczyk powering through the lap ahead of sprints one and three to take maximum points. Dane Daniel Kreutzfeldt, with matching colours to the Pole, took sprint five, while American Brad Huff slipped into third with two seconds and a third. The ever-attacking Chilean Marco Antonio Arriagada was fourth, taking sprint two out in style, while New Zealander Greg 'Hendy' Henderson qualified in fourth by winning sprint four. Inaki Anzizar, Nikita Novikov and Martin Blaha rounded out the qualifiers.
Reed advances to finals
American Jennie Reed was thrilled to advance to the finals of the women's sprint on her 'home' track. Reed has been training at the Home Depot center in preparation for the season, and was able to eliminate Australian Kaarle McCulloch in the 1/8 final, and then get the better of Russian Swetlana Grankowskaja in two rounds.
World Cup leader Natalia Tsylinskaya quickly dismantled Aussie Anna Meares before sending Dutch rider Yvonne Hijgenaar to the sidelines in two rounds. Sydney sprint winner Willy Kanis (Netherlands) had to use all three rounds to best Cuban Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez in the quarterfinals, as did French woman Clara Sanchez, who took the final two rounds against Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania).
Big names top women's scratch race heats
The big guns were firing in the opening round of the women's scratch race. German Christina Becker launched an early attack with American Kele Murdin (Proman) before the pair were caught by Dutch star Marianne Vos and Mexico's Belem Guerrero. With Vos threatening, the peloton was quick to launch a chase, and going into the final lap, the bunch was all together. Vos put in a final move heading into the last lap, but was marked by Cuban Yumari Gonzales and Belgian Evelyn Arys. Gonzales took the sprint ahead of Vos.
Heat two saw a blistering attack by another of the Dutch riders. Elenora van Dijk was aggressive throughout, taking Inga Cilvinaite at the line ahead of American Rebecca Quinn and Australian Belinda Goss. The final heat saw a three woman move lap the field. American Lauren Franges, Russia's Elena Tchalykh and Korean Seon Ha Ha took the lap, with the Russian finishing first ahead of Franges and Ha.
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Women's Sprint 200m Qualifying 1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0.11.35 (63.419 km/h) 2 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0.11.39 3 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 0.11.41 4 Jennie Reed (USA) Momentum Cycling 0.11.41 5 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0.11.43 6 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 0.11.44 7 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0.11.45 8 Clara Sanchez (France) 0.11.47 9 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China) 0.11.54 10 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 0.11.56 11 Anna Meares Team Toshiba 0.11.63 12 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation) 0.11.65 13 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 0.11.70 14 Dana Glöss (Germany) 0.11.77 15 Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation) 0.11.77 16 Sandie Clair (France) 0.11.85 17 Olga Panarina (Ukraine) 0.11.86 18 Valentina Alessio (Italy) 0.11.87 19 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia) 0.11.89 20 Jane Gerisch (Germany) 0.12.04 21 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 0.12.06 22 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 0.12.13 23 Kerrie Meares (Australia) 0.12.13 24 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic) 0.12.39 25 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico) 0.12.74 26 Joanne Van Der Westhuizen (South Africa) 0.13.09 27 Monika Alango (Estonia) 0.14.10 1/8 finals Heat 1 1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0.12.07 2 Sandie Clair (France) Heat 2 1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0.12.30 2 Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation) Heat 3 1 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 0.11.97 2 Dana Glöss (Germany) Heat 4 1 Jennie Reed (USA) Momentum Cycling 0.11.93 2 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) Heat 5 1 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation) 0.12.77 2 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) Heat 6 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 0.11.99 2 Anna Meares (Team Toshiba) Heat 7 1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0.11.83 2 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Heat 8 1 Clara Sanchez (France) 0.11.91 2 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China) Quarterfinal B Heat 1 1 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China) 0.12.34 2 Sandie Clair (France) Heat 2 1 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 0.12.24 2 Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation) Heat 3 1 Dana Glöss (Germany) 0.12.11 2 Anna Meares Team Toshiba Heat 4 1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0.12.95 2 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) Quarterfinals A Heat 1 1 Clara Sanchez (France) 0.11.64 0.11.85 2 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0.11.95 Heat 2 1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0.11.98 0.12.26 2 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0.12.33 Heat 3 1 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) 0.11.86 0.12.06 2 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) Heat 4 1 Jennie Reed (USA) Momentum Cycling 0.12.05 0.12.03 2 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation) Semifinals B Heat 1 1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0.12.35 2 Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China) Heat 2 1 Dana Glöss (Germany) 0.12.41 2 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling Final 5-8 1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0.12.45 2 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation) 3 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 4 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) Men's Teams sprint Qualifying 1 France 0.44.75 Gregory Bauge Mickaël Bourgain François Pervis 2 Cofidis 0.44.77 Didier Henriette Sireau Kévin Arnaud Tournant 3 Team Toshiba 0.45.10 Ryan Bayley Daniel Ellis Shane John Kelly 4 Australia 0.45.64 Mark French Ben Kersten Jason Niblett 5 Russia 0.45.89 Sergey Borisov Sergey Kucherov Pavel Yakushevskiy 6 China 0.45.97 Yong Feng Feng Lin Lei Zhang 7 Japan 0.46.07 Tsubasa Kitatsuru Kiyofumi Nagai Kazunari Watanabe 8 Spain 0.46.24 Alvaro Alonso Rubio Hodei Mazquiaran Uria Salvador Melia Mangrinan 9 Greece 0.46.24 Vasileios Reppas Christos Volikakis Panagiotis Voukelatos 10 Malaysia 0.46.32 Junaidi Mohd Nasir Josiah Ng Onn Lam Mohd Rizal Tisin 11 Germany 0.46.34 Rene Enders Maximilian Levy Tobias Wachter 12 Poland 0.46.41 Kamil Kuczynski Lukasz Kwiatkowski Damian Zielinski 13 Korea 0.46.91 Dong Jin Kang Myeong Hyeon Lee Su Hyun Park 14 Ukraine 0.46.96 Yevgen Bolibrukh Artem Frolov Yuriy Tsyupyk 15 Hong Kong Pro cycling 0.47.01 Yahui Gao Qiming Wang Jiren Wei 16 Czech Republic 0.47.18 Tomas Babek Adam Ptacnik Denis Spicka 17 Colombia 0.47.27 Rodrigo Vidal Barros Carpintero Jonathan Marin Cermeno Hernan Sanchez Castillo 18 Trinidad & Tobago 0.48.14 Adam Alexander Elisha Greene Azikiwe Kellar 19 Venezuela 0.48.37 Hersony Canelon Cesar Marcano Angel Pulgar Women's Individual pursuit Qualifying 1 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) 3.38.80 (49.36 km/h) 2 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Colombia) 3.38.87 3 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic) 3.38.92 4 Sarah Hammer (USA) Ouch Pro Cycling 3.41.01 5 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America) 3.41.02 6 Vilija Sereikaite (Ltu) Safi Pasta 3.41.73 7 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) 3.43.11 8 Katherine Bates (Australia) 3.43.17 9 Tara Whitten (Canada) 3.43.42 10 Karin Thürig (Switzerland) 3.44.17 11 Verena Joos (Germany) 3.45.53 12 Olga Slyusareva (Russian Federation) 3.46.13 13 Min Hye Lee (Korea) 3.46.73 14 Trine Schmidt (Denmark) 3.48.73 15 Cathy Moncassin Prime (France) 3.49.07 16 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 3.49.17 17 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank Track Cycling 3.49.45 18 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 3.49.84 19 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 3.50.15 20 Dale Tye (New Zealand) 3.53.78 21 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania) 3.54.34 22 Diana Elmentaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis 3.54.83 23 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 3.57.24 24 Jessie Maclean (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing 3.57.66 25 Neva Day (USA) South Bay Wheelmen 3.58.67 26 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E. 4.00.70 27 Jessie Daams (Belgium) 4.04.35 28 Rui Juan Liu (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 4.06.34 29 Paola Maria Salazar Rabbe (Guatemala) 4.21.56 Men's Individual pursuit qualifying 1 Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands) 4.25.04 2 Taylor Phinney (USA) Team Slipstream 4.25.68 3 Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain) 4.27.21 4 Antonio Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears 4.27.77 5 Jason Allen (New Zealand) 4.29.13 6 Phillip Thuaux (Aus) Drapac Porsche 4.29.18 7 Valery Kaykov (Rus) Lokomotiv 4.30.20 8 David O'loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing 4.31.01 9 Vitaliy Popkov (Ukraine) 4.31.03 10 Dominique Cornu (Belgium) 4.31.09 11 Bradley Mcgee (Australia) 4.31.15 12 Michael Faerk Christensen (Denmark) 4.35.24 13 Matti Pajari (Finland) 4.35.76 14 Damien Gaudin (France) 4.37.80 15 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello Ukraina 4.38.90 16 Jose Fernando Antogna (Argentina) 4.39.39 17 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) 4.41.32 18 Enzo Cesario Farias (Chile) 4.42.00 19 Viktor Rapinski (Belarus) 4.43.19 20 Chun Kai Feng (Chinese Taipei) 4.43.27 21 Sun Jae Jang (Korea) 4.45.37 22 Roger Rilling (USA) Momentum Cycling 4.47.78 23 Roman Kilun (USA) Proman Cycling Team 4.49.39 Men's points race qualifying Heat 1 1 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) 12 pts 2 Cameron Meyer (Australia) 10 3 Pim Lighthart (Netherlands) 9 4 Juan Llaneras (Spain) 7 5 Artur Ershov (Rus) Lokomotiv 7 6 Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus) 5 7 Juan Pablo Forero Carreno (Colombia) 4 8 Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 3 9 Matti Pajari (Finland) 2 10 Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team 100% Me 2 11 Vasyl Yakovlev (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello Ukraina 12 Chun Kai Feng (People's Republic of China) -20 13 Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan) -20 14 Damyan Filipov (Bulgaria) -20 15 Tobais Baumgartner (Switzerland) -20 16 Kam-Po Wong (Hong Kong, China) -20 17 King Wai Cheung (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling -35 Heat 2 1 Antonio Tauler (Esp) Illes Balears 11 pts 2 Chris Newton (GBr) Recycling.co.uk 9 3 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) 7 4 Zachary Bell (Canada) 7 5 Michael Friedman (United States Of America) 6 6 Marcel Kalz (Germany) 6 7 Volodymyry Rybin (Ukraine) 5 8 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Uzbekistan Pro Cycling 5 9 Oleksandr Martynenko (Ukr) ISD-Sport Donetsk 5 10 Unai Ellorriaga (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 3 11 Milton Wynants Vasquez (Uruguay) 2 12 Morgan Fox (Irl) Pezula Racing 13 Victor Espiritu (Phillippines) DNF Samuels Oneil (Jamaica) DNF Makoto Iijima (Japan) DNF Roger Rilling (Momentum Cycling) DNF Christoffel Willemse (South Africa) Heat 3 1 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 10 pts 2 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 8 3 Brad Huff (USA) Team Slipstream 8 4 Marco Antonio Arriagada (Chile) 8 5 Greg Henderson (New Zealand) 7 6 Inaki Anzizar (Spa) Reyno de Navarra 4 7 Daniel Novikov (Estonia) 4 8 Martin Blaha (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 4 9 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China) 3 10 Matthieu Ladagnous (France) -12 11 Carlos Manuel Hernandez (Mexico) -19 12 Andreas Graf (Austria) -19 13 Chan Jae Jang (Korea) -20 14 Emile Abraham (Trinidad and Tobago) -20 15 Kenneth Williams (USA) Cody Racing team -20 16 David McCook (USA) Proman Cycling Team -20 Women's scratch race qualifying Heat 1 1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 2 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank Track Cycling 3 Evelyn Arys (Belgium) 4 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 5 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 6 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico) 7 Kate Cullen (GBr) BraveheartCyclingFund.com 8 Eneritz Iturriagaecheverria Mazaga (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 9 Paola Munoz (Chile) 10 Danielys Garcia (Venezuela) 11 Jenny Trew (Can) Team R.A.C.E. 12 Lisa Gatto (Italy) 13 Neva Day (USA) South Bay Wheelmen 14 Kele Murdin (USA) Proman Cycling Team 15 Jessie Maclean (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing 16 Paola Maria Salazar Rabbe (Guatemala) 17 Christina Becker (Germany) Heat 2 1 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) 2 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis 3 Rebecca Quinn (USA) South Bay Wheelmen 4 Belinda Goss (Australia) 5 Trine Schmidt (Denmark) 6 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 7 Charlotte Becker (Germany) 8 Hyo Seong Noh (Korea) 9 Christen King (United States Of America) 10 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain) 11 Martina Ruzickova (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha 12 Iona Wynter (Jamaica) 13 Min Yang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 14 Jessica Jurado (Mexico) 15 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E. 16 Karelia Judith Machado Jaimes (Venezuela) 17 Eleonora Soldo (Ita) Safi Pasta Heat 3 1 Elena Tchalykh (Russian Federation) 2 Lauren Franges (United States Of America) 3 Seon Ha Ha (Korea) 4 Shelley Olds (USA) Proman Cycling Team 5 Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy) 6 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain) 7 Pascale Jeuland (France) 8 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing 9 Jolien D'hoore (Belgium) 10 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 11 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba) 12 Wan Yiu Wong (Hong Kong, China) 13 Svitlana Galyuk (Ukraine) 14 Gina Grain (Canada) 15 Louise Moriarty (Ireland) 16 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)