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World Track Championships - CM

Melbourne, Australia, May 26-30, 2004

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Tales from the track

News and gossip from day 4 of the Melbourne World Track Championships

Florian Rousseau (France)
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  • French track cycling legend Florian Rousseau has told Cyclingnews that he plans to retire from the sport after this year's world championships.The classy sprint legend was unable to secure a berth for Athens in the talent-heavy French track squad that includes Arnaud Tournant, Laurent Gane and MickaŽl Bourgain who combined to win the team sprint gold on Wednesday.
  • Japanese rider Hiroyuki Inagaki just scraped in to qualify for the first round of the men's world championship sprint today thanks to a little-used UCI rule that requires a draw to be conducted if two riders tie for the final qualification place.
  • There's more ways for a cycling-mad guy to get to elite events than by actually racing a bicycle.Ben Kelly from Adelaide is the perfect example. Not quite quick enough on the bike himself to race at international level, he gets his fix by working as a mechanic for the Australian national team when it is on the road.
  • Victorian teenager Michael Ford smashed Brad McGee's ten year old under-19 3000m individual pursuit world record at the Australian Championships last month, taking over two seconds off McGee's long standing record with a sensational 3:17.775. Ford was one of the stars of the Aussie titles, claiming gold in the individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison, and silver in the points race.