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Track World Cup 08-09 Round 1 - CDM

Manchester, Great Britain, October 31-November 2, 2008

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Session 4 - November 1: Men: Sprint final, Team Pursuit final, Points race final; Women: Team Sprint, Scratch race final, 500m TT

Britain sweeps the board once more

By Ben Atkins in Manchester

Pendleton powers her way to another victory
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In an unprecedented fashion, British riders took all six of the available gold medals in this evening’s session. The British men confirmed their dominance in both sprinting and endurance events, while the women recovered from disappointing qualification positions. As this morning, the session was marred with crashes, one big one saw a medal lost, but another led to victory as Jason Kenny took the sprinter’s prize without a bike.

Pendleton takes 500

Victoria Pendleton (Sky+ HD) underlined the fact that she is currently the fastest woman in the world by taking victory in the 500m time trial. Not well seeded because she has not ridden a competitive 500 for some time, the Briton nevertheless set 34.356 to best the time set by Russian Victoria Baranova, and held on as the final four came close but failed to match her time.

"I was apprehensive coming in but there was no need to be, Pendleton told the BBC. "I've never had a strong first lap as I'm not a powerful athlete, but I came good in the second lap."

The silver medal went to Gong Jinjie of China, less than two-tenths slower than Pendleton, and bronze went to Germany’s Miriam Welte - who had ridden the team sprint qualifying round this morning - a further third of a second back.

"I am [surprised]," Welte told Cyclingnews, "I didn’t suspect that I can go so fast today and I’m pretty happy. The break was too long between the team sprint this morning and the 500, so I had to do a second warming up, but it was good to get a feeling for the track and from a standing start."

Great Britain catches Denmark, Lokomotiv derailed

Great Britain heads the podium in front of Denmark
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Great Britain’s Olympic champion team pursuiters once again put on a masterful display as they caught their Danish opponents with two of the sixteen laps remaining. Despite going under four minutes in this mornings qualifiers, the British were determined to put on a show for their home crowd, but were actually disappointed that they were unable to finish the full 4000m and record a time.

"It was great," Geraint Thomas told Cyclingnews. "The only thing about it was that we were hoping that they’d go a bit faster; we wanted that track record, you know. Back in March when we did that record we thought it was unbelievable.

"We just wanted to get that track record just to show them. We haven’t been training for that, but it’s just in there now. I think we’ve just moved on that much and have to adapt now, we just wanted to stamp our authority all over the event I think, and that’s what we did."

While slightly short of their World record, set at the Beijing Olympics, a new best time for the Manchester Velodrome was on the cards as they completed the 3rd kilometre in a time of 2:58.767, 2 seconds slower than Beijing, but marginally faster than the time set at the World championships in March. Catching their opponents though meant that the race was over before they had the chance.

"Definitely," he confirmed, "we’d started out fast; we were just on it. We were up on schedule; we knew we were going to get it. We were just hoping - we’d seen them with about five laps to go and it was like: ‘it looks like we’re going to get them’, and we got them with two to go which was a bit unfortunate really, but you can’t have everything."

In the race for the bronze medal the Russian Lokomotiv team was on for a victory against the Netherlands when the second place rider touched the leader’s rear wheel as he swung up the banking. The subsequent crash brought down all but the front rider, meaning that the Dutch took the medal by default.

Armitstead unstoppable

Katie Armitstead delighted to have won the scratch race
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Lizzie Armitstead of youth squad 100% Me has added gold in the women’s scratch race to the gold she won in yesterday’s points. The 19-year-old won a bunch sprint to take victory after an attack in the final few laps from Canadian Tara Whitten looked like it might succeed. Despite being caught just metres from the line Whitten held on to take the silver medal and Great Britain’s Alex Greenfield took the bronze.

"I don’t know what’s happened this weekend!" Armitstead laughed to Cyclingnews. "It’s been really good; it wasn’t easy though.

"Basically it was a faster race," she explained, "I was pleased because the qualifiers were a bit negative and I was on a bigger gear so I needed the race to be fast really, and it was a lot faster. There was attacks and I thought with three laps to go ‘oh, I’m blocked in here’, but a gap opened up and I took it on."

It could have all been so different though as the crash that ended the chances of Switzerland’s Andrea Wolfer and Italy’s Marta Tagliaferro so nearly cost Armitstead her own qualification.

"I was twelfth qualifier," she said [actually she was seventh, but it may have felt like twelfth - ed]. It [the crash] was just behind me, and it kind of made me hesitate a little bit and I was last qualifier so I was pretty lucky to get through really."

This result once again causes Armitstead to re-evaluate her focus in the coming months, particularly with regard to the World Track championships in March.

"I’m guessing I’m going to have to go down the track route really," she laughed, "and see what I can do at the World championships. It’ll be interesting to see what my form is against the top girls who perhaps haven’t got the form to be here after the Olympics at the moment. I’m looking forward to a really, really competitive race to see where I am in that kind of environment."

Great Britain team sprinters peg back the Germans

Young Jess Varnish leads Anna Blyth in the team sprint
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The Great Britain duo of Jess Varnish and Anna Blyth have reversed the qualification result to take victory in the team sprint over Miriam Welte and Christin Muche of Germany. Welte was again faster over the first lap - and slightly quicker than in qualification - but Varnish was considerably faster than her qualification time and the reduced deficit allowed Blyth to close the gap to Much and win by just 0.024 of a second.

"Not really [surprised]," said Blyth after the race. "I think there’s a lot more strength and depth now in the women’s scene and so nothing’s easy. Miriam’s got a really good 500 as well, and Chrissy [Muche] was going well in the sprint yesterday. It’s a sweet victory I think."

"I don't know what happened," she said of the reversal from the qualification round. "I just put my head down. I think Jess said that her lap was a bit quicker. I think we just maybe stepped up a bit for the final."

"I think first of all we thought 'okay we'll just give it everything' and we've taken a tenth off," said 17-year-old Varnish. "I knew we could do it you know, I thought we could."

In the bronze medal race, the Russian team took a straightforward victory over Poland by almost three-quarters of a second.

Kenny takes gold lying down

Kenny crosses the line first on his butt
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Sky+ HD’s Jason Kenny took the men’s sprint in spectacular fashion as he and silver medallist Shane Perkins of Australia both crossed the line on their backs in the second race. Kenny, having won the first race was pronounced the winner and gold medallist as he crossed the line first. The first race had been a close affair with Perkins just failing to overcome the Olympic silver medallist, and the second was just as tight until the pair came together with just a few metres remaining. Both riders were unhurt save for a few friction burns from the track surface.

"That was a bit different, wasn’t it!" joked Kenny as he warmed down afterwards. "We just came together in the home straight, I think he went down first and then eventually I went down as well. I watched the replay; I don’t think it was anyone’s fault as such, we just kind of came together a little bit and unfortunately we ended up on the floor. Nine times out of ten you just bounce off each other.

"It is tricky," he explained, "me and Matt [Great Britain team mate Crampton] touched in our race and it was fine, I’ve touched people before and it’s fine... it’s just sometimes you get it a bit awkward and someone goes down; and we both went down that time.

"It’s no big deal, it’s part and parcel of what we do really," he added. "I was pleased with the result, obviously," he said, smiling, "They all count - it doesn’t matter how you finish. I knew he was going to be a really good race, and to beat him I was going to have to do my best and make sure I made no mistakes, and I was really pleased.

"I was pleased with my race in the semi’ [where he bested compatriot Crampton in two races] and so I just needed to carry it on - to try to carry it into the final really, and I just did enough in the first one and just held on to it in the second one."

Perkins overcame Michael D’Alemida of US Creteil to reach the final against Kenny, but the Australian was just unable to beat the young Briton on his home track. He too was philosophical about the second lap incident. "I was coming up the straight," he explained to Cyclingnews, "both [of us] going for it, wrapped handlebars and we both came down. It’s all part of racing though. It happens."

Getting over his disappointment for being beaten by Kenny in the semi-final, Crampton beat D’Almeida in two races to take the bronze.

Newton takes textbook points race

The crowd on their feet as Newton wins the points race
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Great Britain’s Chris Newton put on a masterclass in the men’s points race to take victory by a massive 20-point margin over Eloy Teruel of Spain and six-day star Iljo Keisse of Belgium. Newton took second in the first sprint, then won the second and picked up points in all but two. The three eventual medallists also took off in mid race to take a lap - and the 20 points that came with it - and as no one else managed to lap the field finished well ahead of Elia Viviani of Italy, the star of the qualification round.

"I think that when someone wins the points race that’s how it’s done," said Newton to Cyclingnews, denying that his race was particularly special. "In the last few races it’s always been like that. It’s always been there, it’s just very fortunate that it came right on the right night, in Manchester with this crowd."

A particularly cunning move by Newton, just as the trio were about to latch onto the back of the peloton, saw him check the pace slightly so they could first take the sixth sprint points.

"The Spanish rider is new to it and he was just going to whack on the back and we’d just get 20 points," he explained, "so we could get an extra five there, so I hung back until they rung the bell for the sprint lap. Then you wait for the commissaire to point that you’re the front of the bike race; then you take the lap. That’s something that even three or four races ago, I would have done the same thing."

Third-placed Keisse was pleased with his medal, but more so with the fact that he has gained enough qualification points for a Belgian entry to the world championships next year. Much of his success, he acknowledged, was down to choosing the right rider to follow.

"Mission accomplished," he agreed. "I saw Chris was riding very strong in the quallies, and I knew if I had good legs I’d try to follow him and it worked out really well. We had a good lap together with the Spanish guy, but in the end I had it."


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Men's Sprint

Final for gold
1 Jason Kenny (GBr) Team Sky + Hd                                  0.10.545
2 Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia                                             
1 Jason Kenny (GBr) Team Sky + Hd                                  0.10.848
2 Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia                                             
Final for bronze
1 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain                             0.10.736
2 MichaŽl D'almeida (Fra) Us Creteil                                        
1 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain                             0.10.775
2 MichaŽl D'almeida (Fra) Us Creteil                                        
Final placings
1 Jason Kenny (GBr) Team Sky + Hd                                           
2 Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia                                             
3 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain                                      
4 MichaŽl D'almeida (Fra) Us Creteil                                        
5 David Daniell (GBr) Great Britain                                         
6 FranÁois Pervis (Fra) Cofidis                                             
7 Adam Ptacnik (Cze) Czech Republic                                         
8 Mathias Stumpf (Ger) Germany                                              
9 Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) Japan                                             
10 Wen Hao Li (Chn) China                                                   
11 Teun Mulder (Ned) Netherlands                                            
12 Quentin Lafargue (Fra) Cofidis                                           
13 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol) Poland                                          
14 Craig Maclean (GBr) Plowman Craven Racing Team                           
15 Andriy Vynokurov (Ukr) Ukraine                                           
16 Sebastian Doehrer (Ger) Germany                                          
17 Qi Tang (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling                                    
18 Andrea Guardini (Ita) Italy                                              
19 Charlie Conord (Fra) Us Creteil                                          
20 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spa) Cespa Euskadi                                
21 Christopher Sellier (Tri) Trinidad &Tobago                               
22 Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russia                                          
23 Gaddy Chaid (RSA) South Africa                                           
24 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Spain                                        
25 Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland                                             
26 Zafeirios Volikakis (Gre) Greece                                         
27 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukr) Ukraine                                              
28 Vasileios Galanis (Gre) Greece                                           
29 Stoyan Vasev (Rus) Russia                                                
30 Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) CalapieReyno de Navarra                        
31 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa) Catalunya                                    
32 David Askurava (Geo) Georgia                                             
33 Pablo Galan Carrasco (Spa) Spain                                         
34 Jean Christiaan Smith (RSA) Willie Engelbrecht Track Development Team    
35 Michal Rohon (Svk) Slovakia                                              
36 Roman Jajcay (Svk) Slovakia                                              

Men's Team Pursuit

Final standings

1 Great Britain                                 
 Steven Burke                 
 Edward Clancy                
 Geraint Thomas               
 Robert Hayles                

2 Denmark (OVL)                    
 Michael Faerk Christensen    
 Casper Jorgensen             
 Daniel Kreutzfeldt           
 Jenserik Madsen              

3 Netherlands                 
 IsmaŽl Kip                   
 Peter Schep                  
 Wim Stroetinga               
 Arno Van Der Zwet            

4 Lokomotiv                   
 Artur Ershov                 
 Valery Kaykov                
 Leonid Krasnov               
 Vladimir Shchekunov          

5 Ukraine                     
6 Germany                     
7 Spain                       
8 Russia                      
9 Belgium                     
10 Colombia                   
11 Team†100%†Me               
12 Poland                     
13 Italy                      

Women's 500m Time Trial

Final standings

1 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Team Sky + Hd                34.256     (52.545 km/h)
2 Jinjie Gong (Chn) China                               34.432    
3 Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany                            34.799     
4 Virginie Cueff (Fra) France                           35.352 
5 Victoria Baranova (Rus) Russia                        35.672  
6 Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Spain                        36.001 
7 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego (Col) Colombia              36.097 
8 Wai Sze Lee (HKg) Hong Kong                           36.104  
9 Huang Ting Ying (Tpe) Chinese Taipei                  36.288  
10 Natasha Hansen (NZl) New Zealand                     36.305  
11 Renata Dabrowska (Pol) Poland                        36.476   
12 Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) Slovakia                    38.389 
13 Joanne Van Der Westhuizen (RSA) South Africa         39.222 

Women's Team Sprint

Final standings
1 Great Britain                                         34.352      (52.398km/h)
 Anna Blyth                       
 Jessica Varnish                  
2 Germany                                               34.376      (52.362km/h)
 Christin Muche                   
 Miriam Welte                     
3 Russia                                                34.649      (51.949km/h)
 Victoria Baranova                
 Swetlana Grankowskaja            
4 Poland                                                35.986      (50.019 km/h)
 Renata Dabrowska    
 Marta Janowiak      
5 New† Zealand                    

Women's Scratch Race


1 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Team 100% Me         
2 Tara Whitten (Can) Canada                       
3 Alexandra Greenfield (GBr) Great Britain        
4 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain          
5 Rebecca Quinn (USA) South Bay Wheelmen          
6 Shelley Olds (USA) Proman Racing Team           
7 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Russia                 
8 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands                   
9 Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic          
10 Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France                   
11 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium                     
12 Alena Amialyusik (Blr) Belarus                 
13 Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) HpTeschner              
14 Annalisa Cucinotta (Ita) Italy                 
15 Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) Poland                
16 Lucy Martin (GBr) Great Britain                
17 Malindi Maclean (NZl) New Zealand              
18 Wan Yiu Wong (HKg) Hong Kong                   
19 Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Belgium                   
20 Katie Colclough (GBr) Team 100% Me             
21 Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Cespa Euskadi       
22 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spa) Spain                
DNF Camila Ayala (Arg) CalapieReyno de Navarra    
DNF Cinthia Martinez (Uru) CalapieReyno de Navarra

Men's Points Race


1 Chris Newton (Great Britain)            58 pts (51.114 km/h)
2 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)              38
3 Iljo Keisse (Belgium)                   36
4 Elia Viviani (Italy)                    10
5 Glenn O'Shea (Aus)                      10
6 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)        8
7 Pim Ligthart (Netherlands)               7
8 Nolan Hoffman (South Africa)             7
9 Olaf Pollack (Germany)                   7
10 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong)                4
11 Vojtech Hacecky (Czech Republic)        3
12 Jozef Zabka (Slovakia)                  2
13 Leonid Krasnov (Russia)                 1
14 Mykhaylo Radionov (Ukraine)           -19
15 Carlos Herrero (Spain)                -20
16 Ronan Guinaudeau (France)             -20
17 Evan Oliphant (Scotland)              -20
18 Jesper Morkov (Denmark)               -20
19 Roman Kononenko (Ukraine)             -20
20 King Wai Cheung (Hong Kong, China)    -20
DNF Jiri Hochmann (Czech Republic)          
DNF Ivan Kovalev (Russian Federation)       

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