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World Track Championships - CM
Melbourne, Australia, May 26-30, 2004
Event program and results
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.