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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 3 - CDM

Los Angeles, California, January 18-20, 2008

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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

Kevin Sireau (Cofidis)
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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
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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)                            

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        

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