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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 3 - CDM
Los Angeles, California, January 18-20, 2008
Session 5 - January 20: Men: Qualifying: Sprint, Madison; Women: Qualifying: Team pursuit, Keirin
French continue dominance in men's sprint
By Laura Weislo in Los Angeles
The depth of the French team became even more apparent in Sunday's sprint competition. Having already taken gold and silver in the team sprint, and victory in the keirin, the French succeeded in taking three of the top four seeds in the 200m qualifier. Kévin Sireau, Mickaël Bourgain and Gregory Bauge went first, second and fourth. Only German Max Levy would cause the French riders any consternation when he set the fastest early qualifying time. His 10.245 held from his fourth starting spot until Sireau smashed it with a 10.128.
The French riders also had no problem advancing in the 1/8 final, with Sireau dispatching his team-mate Didier Henriette. The surprise of this round was the win by American Adam Duvendeck over Australian Mark French. The 2004 Olympic team member received huge cheer from the crowd during the race, no doubt helping to propel him to victory.
Duvendeck's luck would end there, as he drew Sireau as an opponent in the quarterfinal and was beaten by the Frenchman in two rounds.
Italian Roberto Chiappa was the one rider who could get the better of the French riders. He defeated Bourgain in a near photo finish on the third round. Dutch rider Teun Mulder defeated Levy, and Bauge dispatched Australian Ryan Bayley to advance to the semifinal round.
Thrills and spills in women's keirin heats
The women's keirin provided the sizeable crowd in Los Angeles with plenty of exciting action on Sunday morning. The top two riders in each heat would advance. The first heat was a neck and neck finish between Dutch rider Willy Kanis and Jane Gerisch (Germany). Kanis tried to come over the top of Gerisch on the final bend, but the German proved to quick. Australia's Kerrie Meares was on the bubble in third, and faced the repechage.
The second heat was a game of cat and mouse. Anna Meares (Toshiba) found herself second wheel just before the motor pulled off, and opened a bit of a gap on the German Dana Glöss to force the other riders to come around. Content to work her way back to fourth wheel, Meares waited until the final lap to pounce, leading out the sprint so quickly that a gap opened up behind her. Only China's Jinjie Gong (Giant) could match the speed of the Australian, and was able to take the sprint by a slim margin.
The third heat was the domain of Cuba's 500m ace Lisandra Guerra, and she put that skill to good use in the keirin, taking the lead well outside of the final lap and holding off the group until the line. The finale was marred by a crash, with Lulu Zheng (China) touching wheels at the back of the bunch in turn one and going down.
The tactic of Guerra was equalled on the final heat by American Jennie Reed. The Momentum Cycling rider put on the gas with a lap and a half to go, and the rest of the riders could scarcely hold her wheel. She won handily ahead of Colombian Diana Maria Garcia.
Valentina Alessio (Italy), Olga Panarina (Ukraine), Glöss and Russian Swetlana Grankowskaja advanced to the finals on repechage.
Ukraine blitzes women's team pursuit
The Ukrainian team confirmed its prowess in the pursuit events, putting the women on top of the qualifiers by four seconds over the Russian team. Powered by individual pursuit gold medallist Lesya Kalitovska, the World Cup leaders were ahead at each time check, gaining 1.8 seconds on the first kilometre, then tacking on an additional second each subsequent kilo to finish with a 3.30.155.
The German team took a slower start, beginning with the fifth fastest kilometre, and then working their way up the ranking with the third fastest middle and final kilometres.
The American team of Lauren Franges, Kristin Armstrong and Christy King suffered somewhat on the final kilometre. The trio set the fastest early time, but would be pushed down to fourth place, but easily making the bronze medal final with a generous 2.6 second advantage over the next fastest Belgian squad.
"I was feeling the efforts of the past two days," Franges explained. She explained that the team had practiced their exchanges, but pulling it off smoothly during the race was difficult. "This is our first time doing this event in competition," she continued, "I was doing half lap pulls because I knew I'd be suffering from the hard racing last night, and so Kristin did longer pulls."
The Cuban squad did not start after rider Yoanka Gonzales suffered a crash the previous evening in the points race. She was sent to the hospital as a precaution, but escaped serious injury. However, the blow to her head spelled the end of her World Cup weekend.
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1 Kévin Sireau (Fra) Cofidis 0.10.13 (71.09 km/h) 2 Mickaël Bourgain (France) 0.10.22 3 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0.10.24 4 Gregory Bauge (France) 0.10.30 5 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan) 0.10.45 6 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 0.10.45 7 Roberto Chiappa (Italy) 0.10.46 8 Mark French (Australia) 0.10.50 9 Adam Duvendeck (USA) Momentum Cycling 0.10.50 10 Shane John Kelly (Aus) Team Toshiba 0.10.51 11 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) 0.10.52 12 Ryan Bayley Team Toshiba 0.10.52 13 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) 0.10.53 14 Travis Smith (USA) Momentum Cycling 0.10.54 15 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic) 0.10.55 16 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis 0.10.56 17 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica) 0.10.57 18 Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia) 0.10.58 19 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 0.10.58 20 Wen Hao Li (People's Republic of China) 0.10.58 21 Mohd Rizal Tisin (Malaysia) 0.10.59 22 Cam Mackinnon (Canada) 0.10.62 23 Jason Niblett (Australia) 0.10.68 24 Pavel Yakushevskiy (Russian Federation) 0.10.68 25 Lae Seon Choi (Korea) 0.10.71 26 Rene Enders (Germany) 0.10.72 27 Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation) 0.10.73 28 Salvador Melia Mangrinan (Spain) 0.10.74 29 Giddeon Massie (USA) Cody Racing team 0.10.76 30 Alvaro Alonso Rubio (Spain) 0.10.76 31 Vasileios Reppas (Greece) 0.10.76 31 Michael Blatchford (United States Of America) 33 Yahui Gao (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling 0.10.76 34 Qiming Wang (Chn) Hong Kong Pro Cycling 0.10.77 35 Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) 0.10.77 36 Qi Tang (People's Republic of China) 0.10.84 37 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus) 0.10.85 38 Hernan Sanchez Castillo (Colombia) 0.10.87 39 Christopher Sellier (Trinidad and Tobago) 0.10.89 40 Morne Blignaut (South Africa) 0.10.89 41 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine) 0.10.90 42 Jonathan Marin Cermeno (Colombia) 0.10.96 43 Artem Frolov (Ukraine) 0.11.15 44 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Illes Balears 0.11.17 45 Diego Vargas (Argentina) 0.11.28 46 Brent Stein (USA) Proman Cycling Team 0.11.43 47 Ahmed Ahmed Metin (Bulgaria) 0.11.45 48 Elisha Greene (Trinidad and Tobago) 0.11.61 49 Miroslav Minchev Yordanov (Bulgaria) 0.12.02 DNS Christos Volikakis (Greece) 1/8 Final Heat 1 1 Kévin Sireau (Fra) Cofidis 2 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis Heat 2 1 Mickaël Bourgain (France) 2 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic) Heat 3 1 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 2 Travis Smith (USA) Momentum Cycling Heat 4 1 Gregory Bauge (France) 2 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) Heat 5 1 Ryan Bayley (Aus) Team Toshiba 2 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan) Heat 6 1 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 2 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) Heat 7 1 Roberto Chiappa (Italy) 2 Shane John Kelly (Aus) Team Toshiba Heat 8 1 Adam Duvendeck (USA) Momentum Cycling 2 Mark French (Australia) Quarterfinal B Heat 1 1 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis 0.11.12 2 Mark French (Australia) Heat 2 1 Shane John Kelly (Aus) Team Toshiba 0.10.89 2 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic) Heat 3 1 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) 0.11.17 2 Travis Smith (USA) Momentum Cycling Heat 4 1 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan) 0.11.61 2 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) Quarterfinal Heat 1 1 Kévin Sireau (Fra) Cofidis 0.10.75 10.373 2 Adam Duvendeck (USA) Momentum Cycling Heat 2 1 Roberto Chiappa (Italy) 10.909 10.977 2 Mickaël Bourgain (France) 0.10.78 Heat 3 1 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 0.11.12 11.126 2 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 11.236 Heat 4 1 Gregory Bauge (France) 0.10.86 10.722 2 Ryan Bayley (Aus) Team Toshiba B Semifinal Heat 1 1 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis 0.10.96 REL Kazunari Watanabe (Japan) Heat 2 1 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) 0.11.05 REL Shane John Kelly (Aus) Team Toshiba B Final Heat 1 1 Didier Henriette (Fra) Cofidis 2 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Poland) Heat 2 1 Kazunari Watanabe (Japan) 2 Shane John Kelly (Aus) Team Toshiba 5-8 Final 5 Mickaël Bourgain (France) 6 Ryan Bayley (Aus) Team Toshiba 7 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 8 Adam Duvendeck (USA) Momentum Cycling Women's team pursuit qualifier 1 Ukraine 3.30.16 Yelizaveta Bochkarova (Ukraine) Svitlana Galyuk (Ukraine) Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) 2 Russian Federation 3.34.17 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) Olga Slyusareva (Russian Federation) Elena Tchalykh (Russian Federation) 3 Germany 3.35.07 Charlotte Becker (Germany) Christina Becker (Germany) Verena Joos (Germany) 4 United States Of America 3.35.95 Kristin Armstrong (United States Of America) Lauren Franges (United States Of America) Christen King (United States Of America) 5 Belgium 3.38.55 Evelyn Arys (Belgium) Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium) Kelly Druyts (Belgium) 6 Korea 3.41.72 Seon Ha Ha (Korea) Song Hee Han (Korea) Min Hye Lee (Korea) 7 Italy 3.42.33 Vera Carrara (Italy) Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy) Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) DNS Cuba Women's keirin Round 1 Heat 1 1 Jane Gerisch (Germany) 2 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 3 Kerrie Meares (Australia) 4 Olga Panarina (Ukraine) 5 Sandie Clair (France) 6 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russian Federation) Heat 2 1 Jinjie Gong (Chn) Giant Pro Cycling 2 Anna Meares (Aus) Team Toshiba 3 Nancy Contreras Reyes (Mexico) 4 Dana Glöss (Germany) 5 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) DNS Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) Heat 3 1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 2 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 3 Lenka Valova (Czech Republic) 4 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 5 Valentina Alessio (Italy) DNF Lulu Zheng (People's Republic of China) Heat 4 1 Jennie Reed (USA) Momentum Cycling 2 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Colombia) 3 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 4 Anastasiya Chulkova (Russian Federation) 5 Virginie Cueff (France) 6 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 7 Joanne Van Der Westhuizen (South Africa) Men's madison qualifier Heat 1 1 Germany 8 pts Roger Kluge Olaf Pollack 2 Belgium 8 pts Kenny De Ketele Tim Mertens 3 Colombia 7 pts Carlos Alzate Escobar Juan Pablo Forero Carreno 4 United States 6 pts Charles Bradley Huff Bobby Lea 5 Spain 5 pts Joan Llaneras Rossello Asier Maeztu Billelabeitia 6 New Zealand 5 pts Hayden Godfrey Hayden Roulston 7 Arda Natura Pinarello 3 pts Sergiy Lagkuti Vasyl Yakovlev 8 Canada 2 pts Zachary Bell Ryan Mckenzie 9 Lokomotiv Artur Ershov Valery Kaykov One lap behind 10 Austria Andreas Graf Georg Tazreiter 11 Switzerland Tobias Baumgartner Tristan Marquet DNF Chinese Taipei Chun Kai Feng Po Hung Wu DNF Mexico Carlos Hernandez Santana Cesar Vaquera DNS Japan Makoto Iijima Kazuhiro Mori DNS Philippines Victor Espiritu Stephen Pelaez Heat 2 1 Denmark 8 pts Michael Morkov Alex Rasmussen 2 Netherlands 7 pts Pim Ligthart Wim Stroetinga 3 Team Slipstream 5 pts Michael Friedman Colby Pearce 4 Poland 5 pts Rafal Ratajczyk Mariusz Wiesiak 5 Argentina 5 pts Jose Fernando Antogna Angel Dario Colla 6 Australia 4 pts Cameron Meyer Glenn O'shea 7 Italy 3 pts Angelo Ciccone Fabio Masotti 8 Great Britain 3 pts Robert Hayles Peter Kennaugh 9 Asc Dukla Praha 3 pts Martin Blaha Milan Kadlec 10 Russia 1 Ivan Kovalev Alexey Shmidt 11 France Jérôme Neuville Christophe Riblon 12 Chile Gonzalo Miranda Luis Fernando Sepulveda 13 Ukraine Lyubomyr Polatayko Volodymyr Rybin DNF Korea Sun Jae Jang Jung Hwan Youm DNF South Africa Thomas Garth Christoffel Willemse DNF Uruguay Carlos Calcerrada Milton Wynants Vazquez