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Track World Cup 07-08 Round 1 - CDM
Sydney, Australia, November 30-December 2, 2007
Session 3 - December 1: Men: Qualifying: Team pursuit, Scratch, Keirin; Women: Qualifying: Team sprint, Points race
It's Great Britain V New Zealand for the team pursuit
By Karen Forman in Sydney
Qualifying for one of the most exciting - and most recognised - track cycling events, the men's team pursuit, got the first session of Day Two on the Sydney round of the 2007 Track World Cup off to a crowd-pleasing start and set the scene for an awesome ride off for medals tonight.
Fourteenth of 20 teams to hit the boards, Team Toshiba (Jack Bobridge, Peter Dawson, Zakkari Dempster and Mark Jamieson) set the hopes of the host country high when it marched its way into the lead with 4.06.316.
"I am pleased with how they went. They rode around what they thought I would. Hopefully we can go a bit quicker in the next round," coach Ian McKenzie told Cylingnews shortly after the event.
There are a couple of experienced guys in there with Dawson and Jamieson, Bobridge is still a junior and Dempster, so I was pleased all round."
After that result, the crowd was curious to see what Toshiba's somewhat more experienced stablemates Graeme Brown, Mathew Hayman, Mark Renshaw and Luke Roberts (forming the Australian National Team) would come up with. Brown had been part Australia's Olympic Games gold medal winning Australian men's teams' pursuit lineup in 2004.
Of course, given the Cyclones are all professional road riders who have spent the year racing on the European circuit - and haven't ridden together on the track since the Worlds over a year ago - their 4.09.105 (which qualified them in eighth spot) didn't come as too much of a shock.
"I am Reasonably pleased with how they went, it was the first competition for ten years for Hayman, three years for Brown and Roberts and four for Renshaw so yeah I didn't expect to much of them. The plan was to give them as much of a training camp as we could," McKenzie said.
Then it was time for the New Zealanders (Sam Bewley, Westley Gough, Marc Ryan and Jesse Sergent) to line up for the gun.
They hit the ground running, took an early lead, dropped back, and then hammered their way back, swooping like a pack of magpies in their black and white skinsuits to clock 4.05.976 - 0.340 quicker than early leaders Toshiba.
With the Kiwis holding first spot; the Australian Team Toshiba second, all eyes were then turned to the highly favored Great Britain team, last to ride off, to see what time current World Champions Bradley Wiggins and Edward Clancy; and team mates Stephen Cummings and Chris Newton, would produce. It was worth the wait.
The Brits rode a dignified race to qualify fastest in 4.04.160.
"We came here, we are not 100% prepared, Chris Newton just got off the plane. Its his first team pursuit for a couple of years. Bradley [Wiggins] just got off the plane. It's the first time that the lads have ridden together; they haven't actually trained together at all. We are pleased to qualify fastest, that was the aim, it was achieved, so we will just build on that for the final," Britain's high performance manager, Dave Brailsford said of the ride.
Tonight's finals will therefore pit Great Britain against New Zealand for the gold and silver and Team Toshiba against the Netherlands, who qualified in 4.07.078, for the bronze.
The Russians - winners at the last two Sydney World Cups - won't figure in the medals in the ride-offs tonight. The team of Mikhail Ignatiev, Alexei Markov, Alexander Serov and Nikolay Trusov, qualified fifth in 4.07.693.
Other finals on tonight's program include the women's 500 metre time trial and pointsrace, the men's keirin and kilo time trial and scratch race.
Despite almost 400 riders contesting this Beijing Olympics qualifying event - almost double the usual numbers for this fixture in Sydney - the program is running smoothly and the Dunc Gray velodrome coping admirably.
Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying 1 Great Britain 4.04.160 (58.977 km/h) Edward Clancy Stephen Cummings Chris Newton Bradley Wiggins 2 New Zealand 4.05.976 (58.542 km/h) Sam Bewley Westley Gough Marc Ryan Jesse Sergent 3 Team Toshiba 4.06.316 (58.461 km/h) Jack Bobridge Peter Dawson Zakkari Dempster Mark Jamieson 4 Netherlands 4.07.078 (58.281 km/h) Levi Heimans Jenning Huizenga Jens Mouris Peter Schep 5 Russian Federation 4.07.693 (58.136 km/h) Mikhail Ignatiev Alexei Markov Alexander Serov Nikolay Trusov 6 Ukraine 4.08.241 (58.008 km/h) Volodymyr Dyudya Lyubomyr Polatayko Maksym Polishchyuk Vitaliy Shchedov 7 Denmark 4.08.348 (57.983 km/h) Casper Jorgensen Jenserik Madsen Michael Morkov Alex Rasmussen 8 Australia 4.09.105 (57.806 km/h) Graeme Brown Mathew Hayman Mark Renshaw Luke Roberts 9 Spain 4.09.158 (57.794 km/h) Sergi Escobar Roure Asier Maeztu Billelabeitia David Muntaner Juaneda Carlos Torrent Tarres 10 France 4.09.629 (57.685 km/h) Damien Gaudin Christophe Riblon Nicolas Rousseau Fabien Sanchez 11 Germany 4.11.881 (57.169 km/h) Robert Bengsch Patrick Gretsch Leif Lampater Olaf Pollack 12 Colombia 4.11.998 (57.143 km/h) Carlos Eduardo Alzate Escobar Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal Arles Antonio Castro Laverde Jairo Perez Suarez 13 Team Focus 4.12.698 (56.985 km/h) Daniel Becke Henning Bommel Jörg Lehmann Frank Schulz 14 Belgium 4.13.098 (56.894 km/h) Kenny De Ketele Ingmar De Poortere Tim Mertens Stijn Steels 15 Moscow 4.13.672 (56.766 km/h) Evgeny Kovalev Ivan Kovalev Alexander Petrovskiy Alexey Shmidt 16 Chile 4.15.787 (56.296 km/h) Antonio Arriagada Marco Antonio,Roberto Cabrera Torres Enzo Cesario Farias Luis,Fernando Sepulveda 17 Korea 4.16.974 (56.036 km/h) Dong Hyun Choi Sun Jae Jang Joon Yong Seo Jung Hwan Youm 18 People's Republic of China 4.19.059 (55.585 km/h) Libin Chen Wei Li Teng Ma Xuelong Qu 19 Iran 4.21.369 (55.094 km/h) Abbas Saeidi Tanha Mostafa Rezaei Khormizi Mehdi Sohrabi Amir Zargari 20 Malaysia 4.25.999 (54.135 km/h) Akmal Amrun Amir Rusli Hariff Salleh Jasmin Ruslan Men's Keirin First Round Heat 1 1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain) 2 Gregory Bauge (France) 3 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain) 4 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus) 5 Leonardo Narvaez Romero (Colombia) Giddeon Massie (United States Of America) Heat 2 1 Theo Bos (Netherlands) 2 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 3 Justin Grace (New Zealand) 4 Stefan Nimke 5 Leandro Hernan Bottaso (Argentina) 6 Matej Slivovsky (Slovakia) Heat 3 1 Ross Edgar (Great Britain) 2 Carsten Bergemann (Germany) 3 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic) 4 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain) 5 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 6 Wen,Hao Li (People's Republic of China) Heat 4 1 Mickaël Bourgain 2 Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation) 3 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica) 4 Hersony Canelon (Venezuela) 5 Christopher Sellier (Trinidad and Tobago) 6 Christos Volikakis (Greece) Heat 5 1 Lam Josiah Ng (Malaysia) 2 Lae Sun Choi (Korea) 3 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan) 4 Yahui Gao 5 Ahmed Lopez Naranjo (Cuba) Andriy (Ukraine) Vynokurov Heat 6 1 Shane,John (Australia) Kelly 2 Mahmoud (Islamic Republic Of Iran) Parash 3 Travis (Canada) Smith 4 Roberto Chiappa (Italy) 5 Ruben Donet Gregori (Spain) 6 Gabriel Alberto Pellecer Castro (Guatemala) 7 Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation) Women's Team Sprint qualifications 1 Netherlands 33.672 (53.456 km/h) Yvonne Hijgenaar Willy Kanis 2 Australia 34.635 (51.970 km/h) Kaarle Mcculloch Kerrie Meares 3 France 34.648 (51.951 km/h) Sandie Clair Virginie Cueff 4 Germany 34.690 (51.888 km/h) Dana Glöss Miriam Welte 5 Italy 35.204 (51.130 km/h) Valentina Alessio Elisa Frisoni 6 Gpc Giant Pro Cycling 35.265 (51.042 km/h) Jinjie Gong Fang Tian 7 Russian Federation 35.282 (51.017 km/h) Swetlana Grankowskaja Oksana Grishina 8 New Zealand 35.314 (50.971 km/h) Natasha Hansen Jocelyn Rastrick Men's Keirin Repechages Heat 1 1 Yahui Gao 2 Christopher Sellier (Trinidad and Tobago) 3 Travis Smith (Canada) 4 Gregory Bauge (France) 5 Wen,Hao Li (People's Republic of China) Heat 2 1 Toshiaki Fushimi (Japan) 2 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 3 Matej Slivovsky (Slovakia) 4 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 5 Hersony Canelon (Venezuela) Heat 3 1 Carsten Bergemann (Germany) 2 Ricardo Lynch (Jamaica) 3 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria 4 Giddeon Massie (United States Of America) 5 Leandro Hernan Bottaso (Argentina) Heat 4 1 Stefan Nimke 2 Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation) 3 Leonardo Narvaez Romero (Colombia) 4 Denis Spicka (Czech Republic) 5 Gabriel Alberto Pellecer Castro (Guatemala) Heat 5 1 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukraine) 2 Lae Sun Choi (Korea) 3 Ruben Donet Gregori (Spain) 4 Justin Grace (New Zealand) 5 Yury Karzheneuski (Belarus) Heat 6 1 Roberto Chiappa (Italy) 2 Christos Volikakis (Greece) 3 Mahmoud Parash (Islamic Republic of Iran) 4 Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation) 5 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain) 6 Ahmed Lopez Naranjo (Cuba) Men's Scratch Qualifying Heat 1 Alexandr Pliuschin (Republic of Moldova) 2 Oleksandr Martynenko ISD 3 Nikita Novikov (Moscow) 4 Roger Kluge (Team Focus) 5 Milan Kadlec 6 Bobby Lea (United States Of America) 7 Jérôme Neuville (France) 1 lap down 8 Martino Marcotto (Italy) 9 Robert Slippens (Netherlands) 10 Antonio Miguel Parra (Spain) 11 Vadim Shaekhov 12 Kampo Wong (Hong Kong, China) 13 Chan Jae Jang (Korea) DNF Roland Garber (Austria) DNF Mahammad Alakbarov (Azerbaijan) DNF Vadim Vdovinov (Kazakhstan) DNF Hariff Salleh (Malaysia) DNF Martin Liska (Slovakia) Men's Scratch Qualifying Heat 2 1 Alexander Khatuntsev (Russian Federation) 2 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 1 lap down 3 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) 4 Michael Friedman 5 Ben Swift 6 Olaf Pollack (Germany) 7 Miquel Alzamora Riera (Spain) 8 Travis Meyer 9 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain) 10 Mostafa Rezaei Khormizi (Islamic Republic of Iran) 11 Roman Kononenko (Ukraine) 12 Arles Antonio Castro Laverde (Colombia) 13 King Wai Cheung 14 Loïc Perizzolo (Switzerland) 15 Vasili Kiryienka (Belarus) 16 Stephen Pelaez (Philippines) DNF Luis Mansilla (Chile) DNS Magnus Backstedt (Sweden) Women's Points Race Qualifying Heat 1 1 Jianling Wang (People's Republic of China) 8 pts 2 Olaberria Dorronsoro (EUS) 7 3 Pascale Jeuland (France) 6 4 Charlotte Becker (RAD) 5 5 Rebecca Quinn (United States Of America) 4 6 Katherine Bates (TMT) 4 7 Danielys Garcia (Venezuela) 3 8 Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand) 3 9 Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic) 3 10 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) 1 11 Gina Grain (Canada) 12 Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mexico) 13 Louise Moriarty (Ireland) 14 Satomi Wadami (Japan) 15 Elizaveta Bochkarova (API) 16 Paola Munoz (Chile) 17 Neva Day (SBW) 18 Seon Ha Ha (Korea) 19 Jessie Maclean (VBR) Heat 2 1 Trine Schmidt (Denmark) 20 pts 2 Marlijn Binnendijk (Netherlands) 20 3 Christy King (SBW) 20 4 Inga Cilvinaite (AGS) 20 5 Uracca Leow (Malaysia) 20 6 Sarah Hammer (OPC) 8 7 Eugeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 20 8 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) 5 9 Kele Murdin (PRO) 5 10 Karelia Judith Machado Jaimes (Venezuela) 5 11 Belinda Goss (Australia) 4 12 Vera Carrara (Italy) 4 13 Yoanka Gonzalez Perez (Cuba) 2 14 Lisa Friend (DPC) 2 15 Svetlana Paulikaite (Lithuania) 16 Wei Li (GPC) 17 Jessica Jurado (Mexico) 18 Paola Maria Salazar Rabbe (Guatemala) 19 Kate Cullen (SCO) 20 Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)