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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 3 - CDM

Los Angeles, California, January 18-20, 2008

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Session 3 - January 19: Men: Qualifying: Team pursuit, Scratch, Keirin; Women: Qualifying: Team sprint, Points race

Dane train claims top team pursuit seed

By Laura Weislo in Los Angeles

Team Denmark was tight and fast
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The red and white clad team from Denmark powered through the men's 4 kilometre pursuit leading at all the time checks en route to the winning time of 4.09.017. The team of Casper Jorgensen, Jens-Erik Madsen, Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen held consistent lap times to come in just two tenths of a second ahead of the Australian squad of Jack Bobridge, Peter Dawson, Mark Jamieson and Brad McGee.

The Australian team lagged a bit on the second kilometre but rallied with a fast final kilometre to slip into the gold medal final. They held off a powerful late race surge from the Netherlands, which pulled that team from eighth fastest with four laps to go into third at the end.

Dutch rider Levi Heimands, Jenning Huizenga, Pim Lighthart and Wim Stroetinga put in a sub-minute final kilometre to enter the bronze medal final against the Ukrainian team of Lyubomyr Polatayko, Maksym Polischyuk, Vitaliy Popkov, and Vitaliy Shchedov.

Dutch confirm in team sprint

World Cup leaders in the women's team sprint, Willy Kanis and Yvonne Hijgenaar confirmed their dominance of the event, finishing a full 0.7 seconds ahead of the second placed French team Sandie Clair and Virginie Cueff. The Australians were third fastest with a time of 34.955, while the Germans took the last spot for the finals with a 35.322. Italy was on the bubble, coming in fifth a half second back.

Sprinters return to battle for keirin finals

Action in the early keirin heats
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The men with the big quads were back on the track Friday afternoon, this time battling for the spots in the keirin finals. In round one, the top finishers automatically qualified and were able to relax for the remainder of the afternoon, so the incentive was there for riders to contend for the win. Other riders would face the repechage rounds.

In heat one, it was Cofidis' Arnaud Tournant who took the race, beating Spain's Hodei Mazquiaran and Australian Ben Kersten. Kersten led the final lap, but couldn't keep the former world champion from France from coming over the top in the final turn. Kersten was given a warning for "irregular movement" while trying to keep Tournant at bay.

Heat two was the domain of speedster Teun Mulder. The Dutch rider lurked on the back of the bunch until the final lap, when Hong Kong's Yahui Gao was first to jump. Mulder waited patiently until the final bend, and then came over the top of Gao to take the win with ease.

The Australians had their chance to taste victory in the fourth heat, thanks to Ryan Bayley. The dual Olympic gold medallist looked to be boxed in when the motor pulled off, but used his years of experience to find an opening coming into the final lap, and then blasted out of the bunch like a shot to win by several bike lengths.

Roberto Chiappa (Italy), Josiah Ng (Malaysia) and Sergey Borisov (Russia) were the final automatic qualifiers of the afternoon.

Favourites advance with ease in women's points race heats

Katherine Bates (Australia) gets up close and personal
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The heats of qualifiers for the women's points race were a delicate balance for the favourites. On one hand, women like World Cup leader Rebecca Quinn, World Champion Katherine Bates, Italian Vera Carrara and Marianne Vos had to be attentive and make sure they scored enough points to advance to the finals, but at the same time conserve energy to be at their best in the evening.

In heat one, Quinn took the first sprint to put herself onto the leader board, and then carefully watched the race unfold. Attacks by Carrara, Czech pursuiter Lada Kozlikova, and scratch race winner Charlotte Becker (Germany) went clear and then came back. Becker picked up five points on the third sprint to move into fourth overall, while Quinn was sure to take a single point for good measure behind.

Kozlikova went clear in the final to take maximum points to win, while Quinn was second ahead of Russian Eugeniya Romanyuta. Becker was next, and qualified along with Yan Li (China), Martina Rusickova (ASC Dukla Praha), Cathy Moncassin Prime (France) and Song Hee Han (Korea). Canadian Gina Grain was fifth in the final sprint, but fell just one point short of making the final.

Rebecca Quinn (South Bay Wheelmen)
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Heat two played out in a similar fashion, with French woman Pascale Jeuland taking the first points ahead of World Champ Bates, before a small group went clear to mop up the points in the second sprint, with American Christy King taking two points. But those two points would prove to be too little.

With Eleonora Soldo (Safi Pasta), Min Hye Lee (Korea) and Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) each taking with five points, and Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands) with four, it was up to Beijing winner Marianne Vos to battle for the last qualifying spot against Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania). Vos took a single point in the final sprint, moving into seventh to make the final, pushing King, Ireland's Louise Moriarty and Gema Pascual (Spain) out of contention.

The third heat was remarkably different than the first two, with an early break containing American Lauren Franges and Carrara going clear after the first sprint. The pair worked together and succeeded in lapping the field ahead of the second sprint. Australian Belinda Goss and Spain's Debora Galvez Lopez also took a lap, and were safe at the top with a 20 point bonus.

Cuban Yoanka Gonzalez won two sprints to move into fifth, while Leire Olaberria (Cespa-Euskadi) accumulated six points. Jianling Wang (China) and Shelly Olds (ProMan) each took five points to advance to the evening's finals.


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Men's team pursuit qualifier

1 Denmark                              4.09.02 (57.827 km/h)
 Casper Jorgensen (Denmark)                   
 Jens-Erik Madsen (Denmark)                   
 Michael Morkov (Denmark)                     
 Alex Rasmussen (Denmark)                     
2 Australia                            4.09.31
 Jack Bobridge (Australia)                    
 Peter Dawson (Australia)                     
 Mark Jamieson (Australia)                    
 Bradley McGee (Australia)                    
3 Netherlands                          4.09.64
 Levi Heimans (Netherlands)                   
 Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands)               
 Pim Ligthart (Netherlands)                   
 Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)                 
4 Ukraine                              4.10.79
 Lyubomyr Polatayko (Ukraine)                 
 Maksym Polischyuk (Ukraine)                  
 Vitaliy Popkov (Ukraine)                     
 Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)                   
5 France                               4.10.95
 Matthieu Ladagnous (France)                  
 Christophe Riblon (France)                   
 Nicolas Rousseau (France)                    
 Fabien Sanchez (France)                      
6 Spain                                4.11.65
 Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain)                  
 Asier Maeztu Billelabeitia (Spain)           
 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)               
 Antonio Miguel Parra (Spain)                 
7 Colombia                             4.12.19
 Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar (Colombia)     
 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)      
 Arles Antonio Castro Laverde (Colombia)      
 Jairo Perez Suarez (Colombia)                
8 Germany                              4.12.74
 Daniel Becke (Germany)                       
 Robert Bengsch (Germany)                     
 Henning Bommel (Germany)                     
 Olaf Pollack (Germany)                       
9 Belgium                              4.13.12
 Dominique Cornu (Belgium)                    
 Kenny De Ketele (Belgium)                    
 Ingmar De Poortere (Belgium)                 
 Tim Mertens (Belgium)                        
10 New Zealand                         4.14.58
 Jason Allen (New Zealand)                    
 Hayden Godfrey (New Zealand)                 
 Hayden Roulston (New Zealand)                
 Darren Peter Shea (New Zealand)              
11 Russian Federation                  4.14.86
 Ivan Kovalev (Russian Federation)            
 Nikita Novikov (Russian Federation)          
 Alexander Petrovskiy (Russian Federation)    
 Alexey Shmidt (Russian Federation)           
12 Lokomotiv                           4.17.66
 Artur Ershov (Rus) Lokomotiv                 
 Valery Kaykov (Rus) Lokomotiv                
 Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Lokomotiv               
 Vladimir Shchekunov (Rus) Lokomotiv          
13 Korea                               4.19.90
 Dong Hyun Choi (Korea)                       
 Sun Jae Jang (Korea)                         
 Joon Yong Seo (Korea)                        
 Jung Hwan Youm (Korea)                       
DNF Chile                                     
 Marco Antonio Arriagada (Chile)              
 Enzo Cesario Farias (Chile)                  
 Gonzalo Miranda (Chile)                      
 Luis Fernando Sepulveda (Chile)
Women's team sprint qualifier
1 Netherlands                           0.34.12 (52.754 km/h)
 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)                
 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)                     
2 France                                0.34.82
 Sandie Clair (France)                         
 Virginie Cueff (France)                       
3 Australia                             0.34.96
 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)                  
 Kerrie Meares (Australia)                     
4 Germany                               0.35.32
 Jane Gerisch (Germany)                        
 Dana Glöss (Germany)                          
5 Italy                                 0.35.82
 Valentina Alessio (Italy)                     
 Elisa Frisoni (Italy)                         
6 Russian Federation                    0.35.90
 Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation)      
 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation)    
7 Venezuela                             0.37.33
 Angee Gonzalez (Venezuela)                    
 Karelia Judith Machado Jaimes (Venezuela)     

Men's Keirin qualifiers

Round 1
Heat 1 
1 Arnaud Tournant (Fra) Cofidis                    
2 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)                    
3 Ben Kersten (Australia)                          
4 Mario Contreras (Mexico)                         
5 Dong Jin Kang (Korea)                            
Heat 2 
1 Teun Mulder (Netherlands)                        
2 Yahui Gao (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling            
3 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine)                          
4 Hernan Sanchez Castillo (Colombia)               
5 Morne Blignaut (South Africa)                    
6 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Illes Balears        
Heat 3 
1 Ryan Bayley (Aus) Team Toshiba                         
2 Qi Tang (People's Republic of China)             
3 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)                    
4 Brent Stein (USA) Proman Cycling Team            
5 Maximilian Levy (Germany)                        
Heat 4 
1 Roberto Chiappa (Italy)                          
2 Christos Volikakis (Greece)                      
3 François Pervis (France)                         
4 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus)                      
5 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)                          
6 Michael Blatchford (United States Of America)    
Heat 5 
1 Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)                     
2 Giddeon Massie (USA) Cody Racing team            
3 Elisha Greene (Trinidad and Tobago)              
4 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)                         
5 Ahmed Ahmed Metin (Bulgaria)                     
Heat 6 
1 Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation)              
2 Travis Smith (USA) Momentum Cycling              
3 Angel Pulgar (Venezuela)                         
4 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)                      
5 Cam Mackinnon (Canada)                           
6 Diego Vargas (Argentina)                         

Women's points race qualifier
Heat 1
1 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)                              7 pts
2 Rebecca Quinn (USA) South Bay Wheelmen                       6
3 Eugeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)                      5
4 Charlotte Becker (Germany)                                   5
5 Yan Li (People's Republic of China)                          3
6 Martina Rusickova (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                      3
7 Cathy Moncassin Prime (France)                               3
8 Song Hee Han (Korea)                                         3
9 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)                                      2
10 Gina Grain (Canada)                                         2
11 Elizaveta Bochkarova (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello Ukraina    2
12 Min Yang (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                            1
13 Jessie Daams (Belgium)                                      1
14 Inga Cilvinaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis                         1
15 Wan-Yiu Wong (Hong Kong, China)                              
16 Kele Murdin (USA) Proman Cycling Team                        
17 Julia Bradley (Can) Team R.A.C.E.                            
18 Dale Tye (New Zealand)                                       
19 Jessie Maclean (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing               
Heat 2
1 Pascale Jeuland (France)                                     7 pts
2 Katherine Bates (Aus) Team High Road                         6
3 Eleonora Soldo (Ita) Safi Pasta                              5
4 Min Hye Lee (Korea)                                          5
5 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)                           5
6 Eleonora Van Dijk (Netherlands)                              4
7 Marianne Vos (Ned) DSB Bank                                  3
8 Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania)                             3
9 Gema Pascual Torrecilla (Spain)                              2
10 Louise Moriarty (Ireland)                                   2
11 Christy King (United States Of America)                     2
12 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)                             
13 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico)                               
14 Eneritz Iturriagaecheverria Mazaga (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi       
15 Yumari Gonzales Valdevieso (Cuba)                            
16 Iona Wynter (Jamaica)                                        
17 Paola Maria Salazar Rabbe (Guatemala)                        
18 Trine Schmidt (Denmark)                                      
19 Diana Elementaite (Ltu) Ausra Gruodis                        
20 Stephanie Roorda (Can Team R.A.C.E.                          
Heat 3
1 Belinda Goss (Australia)                                    20 pts
2 Lauren Franges (United States of America)                   20
3 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain)                                 20
4 Vera Carrara (Italy)                                        20
5 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba)                                10
6 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi               6
7 Jianling Wang (People's Republic of China)                   5
8 Shelley Olds (USA) Proman Cycling Team                       5
9 Christina Becke (Germany)                                    5
10 Olga Slyusareva (Russian Federation)                        4
11 Danielys Garcia (Venezuela)                                 2
12 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)                                 2
13 Kelly Druyts (Belgium)                                      1
14 Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA) Verducci Breakaway Racing           
15 Kate Cullen (GBr) Braveheartfund.com                         
16 Neva Day (USA) South Bay Wheelmen                            
17 Jessica Jurado (Mexico)                                      
18 Paola Munoz (Chile)

Men's keirin repechage
Heat one
1 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)                    
2 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica)                          
3 Angel Pulgar (Venezuela)                         
4 Brent Stein (USA) Proman Cycling Team            
Heat two
1 Maximilian Levy (Germany)                        
2 Travis Smith (USA) Momentum Cycling              
3 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus)                      
4 Elisha Greene (Trinidad and Tobago)              
5 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Illes Balears        
Heat three
1 François Pervis (France)                         
2 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan)                         
3 Morne Blignaut (South Africa)                    
4 Qi Tang (People's Republic of China)             
Heat four
1 Christos Volikakis (Greece)                      
2 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)                    
3 Dong Jin Kang (Korea)                            
4 Hernan Sanchez Castillo (Colombia)               
5 Diego Vargas (Argentina)                         
Heat five
1 Cam Mackinnon (Canada)                           
2 Giddeon Massie (USA) Cody Racing team            
3 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine)                          
4 Mario Contreras (Mexico)                         
Heat six
1 Ben Kersten (Australia)                          
2 Yahui Gao (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling            
3 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland)                      
4 Michael Blatchford (United States Of America)    
5 Ahmed Ahmed Metin (Bulgaria)                     

Men's scratch race qualifying

Heat 1
1 David O'loughlin (Irl) Pezula Racing                   
2 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)                         
3 Kenneth Williams (USA) Cody Racing team                
4 King Wai Cheung (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling                
5 Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus)                             
6 Bobby Lea (United States Of America)                   
7 Glenn O'Shea (Australia)                               
8 Roger Kluge (Germany)                                  
9 Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)                                  
10 Shem Rodger (New Zealand)                             
11 Emile Abraham (Trinidad and Tobago)                   
12 Tristan Marquet (Switzerland)                         
13 David Mccook (USA) Proman Cycling Team                
14 Roger Rilling (USA) Momentum Cycling                  
15 Milan Kadlec (Cze) ASC Dukla Praha                    
DNF Oneil Samuels (Jamaica)                              
DNS Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi           
Heat 2
1 Roman Kononenko (Ukr) Arda Natura Pinarello Ukraina    
2 Oleksandr Martynenko (Ukr) ISD-Sport Donetsk           
3 Antonio Tauler Llull (Spa) Illes Balears               
4 Robert Hayles (Great Britain)                          
5 Colby Pearce (USA) Team Slipstream                     
6 Jose Aravena (Chile)                                   
7 Jérôme Neuville (France)                               
8 Georg Tazreiter (Austria)                              
9 Matti Pajari (Finland)                                 
10 Alexander Riabkin (Rus) Lokomotiv                     
11 Inaki Anzizar NAV                                     
DNF Ryan Mckenzie (Canada)                               
DNF Ho Ting Kwok (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling             
DNF Stephen Pelaez (Philippines)                         
DNF Thomas Garth (South Africa)                          
DNF Po Hung Wu (Chinese Taipei)                          
Heat 3
1 Tim Mertens (Belgium)                                  
2 Jonathan Bellis (GBr) Team 100% Me                     
3 Angel Dario Colla (Argentina)                          
4 Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)                           
5 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)                
6 Gianpaolo Biolo (Italy)                                
7 Kam-Po Wong (Hong Kong, China)                         
8 Blazej Janiaczyk (Poland)                              
9 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)                           
10 Vadim Shaekhov (Uzb) Uzbekistan Pro Cycling           
11 Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan)                       
12 Sun Jae Jang (Korea)                                  
13 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)                        
14 Rodolfo Avila Colin (Mexico)                          
15 Stanislav Minkov (Bulgaria)                           
16 Carlos Calcerrada (Uruguay)                           
17 Alexander Petrovskiy (Russian Federation)                                                      

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