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First Edition Cycling News, Friday, January 31, 2014

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January 31, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • 2013 Reader Poll: Laura Trott voted best track rider

    Britain's Laura Trott salutes the crowd as the winner of the women's omnium
    Article published:
    December 21, 2013, 9:23 GMT
    By:
    Sadhbh O'Shea

    Hammer and Kenny complete top three

    Laura Trott moved up four places from last year to be named track rider of the year in the 2013 Cyclingnews Reader Poll.

    The Brit secured a total of 4496 votes, more than double that of second placed Sarah Hammer with 2144 votes. Britain again dominated the top spots with sprinter Jason Kenny taking third for the second year running. He claimed 1578 of the votes, pipping Belgium’s Iljo Keisse into the spot.

    Trott and Hammer have become rivals in the Omnium event over the last two years. Trott beat Hammer in the event at the Olympics in 2012, by a single point, but the American got her own back at the world championships in Belarus in February. She beat Trott once again during the recent round of the track World Cup, in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

    Since 2011, Trott’s progression through the ranks has been rapid, with her gutsy riding and success making her one of the stars of track. The season saw Trott splitting her ambitions between the track and the road, after she joined the Wiggle Honda team. That didn’t stop her from taking 11 victories on the track, including the defence of her World team pursuit title as part of the dominant Great Britain team.

    With four world titles already under her belt, it is easy to forget that Trott is still only 21. In July, she took three titles at the under 23 European Championships this season, before she added a further two in the elite competition. Trott is yet to take her first victory on the road, but did finish second at the national championships in June.

    Trott will be back in action at the fifth round of the Track World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico, from the 17th – 19th January.

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  • Edmondson siblings claim Australian Omnium titles

    The winning siblings, Annette and Alex Edmonson with their Omnium gold medals
    Article published:
    December 23, 2013, 0:50 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Duo also victorious in men and women's madison

    The weekend of track cycling in Melbourne as part of the 2014 Omnium Track National Championships and National Madison titles was cleaned up by the Edmondson’s. Alex Edmondson secured his maiden omnium national crown at 19-years-of-age while Annette Edmonson, 22-years-old, etched her name in the record books by becoming the first woman to win three national women's omnium titles.

    For the first time, Cycling Australia awarded national champion status to the madison event and it was the Edmondson's who repeated their efforts in event. Annette teamed up with Jess Mundy for the win while brother Alex, with Luke Davison, were third overall but as the best placed Australians won the crown. Alex also celebrated his 20th birthday on Sunday.

    Alex Edmondson claimed his maiden omnium national title as he survived challenges from reigning Oceania champion and recent Mexico Track World Cup gold medallist Luke Davison and 2011 champion Scott Law.

    Reigning team pursuit world champion Edmondson (13pts) won three of six rounds to finish ten points clear of Law (23pts) and a further 17 ahead of Miles Scotson (30pts) who took the bronze.

    "It's pretty cool to say I'm the omnium champion," said Edmondson. "It's the heptathlon of cycling, it's the best of everything. The longer races suit me, I'd prefer to line up for the points race and the one race I don't want to do and I'm scared of is the flying lap, but that's the thing about the omnium, some events suit some people and not others.

    Annette Edmondson blitzed the field to cement her title defence after entering the weekend unsure of her form."I was off the bike for a couple of weeks and I really had no idea where I was going to be at," said Edmondson. "I think the pursuit shows where I'm at and in the bunch races I was coming off wheels instead of leading out like I sometimes do.

    "In the end, it came down...

  • Rotterdam Six presents world class line-up

    2013 Six-Days of Rotterdam winners Iljo Keisse and Niki Terpstra take a victory lap
    Article published:
    January 02, 2014, 12:11 GMT
    By:
    José Been

    Seven WorldTour riders race in Rotterdam Ahoy arena

    The Rotterdam Six kicks off on Thursday night with a line-up that includes all the big stars of Six-Days track racing. With the Team Belkin duo Theo Bos/Graeme Brown and Omega Pharma-Quick Step's Iljo Keisse/Niki Terpstra lining up against a stellar field, the Ahoy Arena promises to host a spectacular race with a grand finale next Tuesday.

    Brown/Bos will make their debut, as a pair, in the Rotterdam Six. "A podium place is our ambition, but we really want to ride for the overall victory," Bos stated last month. They take on defending champions Keisse/Terpstra as well as, Belgium's biggest track talent, Jasper de Buyst who rides with former Madison world champion Kenny de Ketele. 

    Dutch Madison champions Jens Mouris (Orica-Greenedge) and Wim Stroetinga are also important podium contenders as are the number three of last year's edition: Yoeri Havik and Nick Stöpler who won gold and silver at the Dutch championships on the scratch.

    Michael Mørkøv (Tinkoff-Saxo) kicks off his track season with Alex Rasmussen. The Danes are a very experienced pair, with eight Six-Days wins under their belt. "We definitely can win but we haven't raced together for a long time," Rasmussen said. "We know each other well, though."

    Rasmussen, who left Garmin-Sharp for Danish continental team Riwal, looks forward to combining road and track racing. "With the road team [Garmin-Sharp] I wasn't allowed to take part in a lot of it but I always wanted to race Six-Days. I couldn't do it before but now I'm in a smaller Danish Continental team and they've allowed me to do pretty much what I wanted on the track. It has been perfect the way it worked out," Rasmussen told Sixdayracing.com.

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  • Trott and Kenny lead strong Revolution line-up

    Laura Trott (Great Britain) earned silver in the omnium world championship in Minsk.
    Article published:
    January 02, 2014, 18:15 GMT
    By:
    Cycling News

    Six Olympic gold medallists to take part

    Laura Trott and Jason Kenny head-up a strong line-up at the round of the Revolution Series this weekend, as they begin their preparations for the World Championships next month.

    Trott, who was recently voted track cyclist of the year in the Cyclingnews reader poll, will be taking on the scratch race. She will be joined by her Wiggle Honda and team pursuit teammates, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell. The trio, along with Katie Archibald, hold the current 4000m world record, which they set in the last round of the World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico in December.

    Men's team pursuit champions in Peter Kennaugh (Sky) and Ed Clancy (Rapha Condor JTL), will also be in attendance. Kennaugh returned his focus to the road in 2013 to great effect, after winning gold on the track at the Olympics, and helped Chris Froome towards his Tour de France title last July.

    Also returning to the track, for the first time in a year, will be Lizzie Armitstead. She will face off against Trott in the endurance events. Armitstead has form on the track with world championship medals in the team pursuit, scratch race and the omnium. Since switching to the road, Armitstead has made a few rare appearances on the velodrome boards.

    Adam Blythe and Alex Dowsett will be teaming up together, in an attempt to move the Telegraph All Stars up the team ranking. Blythe has returned to racing in the UK, after he signed for the British continental NFTO Pro Cycling squad.

    Round 3 of the Revolution series gets under way on Saturday 4th January.
     

  • Franco Marvulli has no regrets in final season

    A thumbs up from Franco Marvulli at the final Rotterdam Six of his career
    Article published:
    January 09, 2014, 16:50 GMT
    By:
    José Been

    Swiss multiple Six Day winner looks forward to retirement

    Franco Marvulli will retire from track racing at the end of this indoor season. The Swiss rider, who won over 30 Six Days and four world titles, also has a Olympic silver medal in his prize cabinet. "I decided about ten years ago that I would quit in my mid-thirties. I turned 35 in November so this is it," he told Cyclingnews from his cabin during his last Six Day in Rotterdam.

    "I am not going to miss the racing," Marvulli stated with his enigmatic smile. The rider from Zürich is a crowd favorite wherever he rides. After so many years on the Six Day circuit he knows how to play the crowds. From asking for kisses from women in the stands to routinely chatting with the sponsors on the infield and giving his victory flowers to the volunteers around the track, Marvulli knows what the spectators want. 

    "I will miss the family that is Six Days racing, the friends you see over and over again when you return to Rotterdam or any other city but the rest of it? Not so much."

    Marvulli partnered with his compatriot Bruno Risi for many Six Days. Over half of his victories were alongside Risi, but the two Swiss riders were also successful at World Track Championships and the Olympics. Marvulli and Risi won the Madison world title in 2003 and 2007 and came second in 2004. At the Olympic Games in Athens they took the silver medal behind Graeme Brown and Stuart O'Grady. Marvulli won two individual world titles in the scratch race in 2002 and 2003, but rates his Olympic silver medal higher.

    "That generated so much publicity in Switzerland. When you win world titles on the track the cycling fans and the people in the cycling world know about this. If you win a medal at the Olympic Games, the entire country knows about it. The Prime Minister called me and we...

  • Lampater/De Buyst lead Berlin Six Day at midpoint

    Dan Holloway and Tristan Marguet in Berlin
    Article published:
    January 26, 2014, 18:37 GMT
    By:
    Steve Penny

    De Ketele/Müller challenging for lead

    The winter track season would not be the same without the legendary Berliner Sechstage Rennen, in its 103rd edition this year. The event annually welcomes 70,000 visitors inside the Landsberger Allee Velodrome.

    A number of the small pool of top riders who have been competitive here in recent years are not riding due to road or national team commitments or, as has been the case with some, contractual issues. This absentee list includes recent winners Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen, Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer and Roger Kluge as well as Iljo Keisse.

    However, the riders who have started in 2014 are giving all they have to provide the spectacle that the sporting public expects. After three nights, five teams are still in contention for the overall victory. The overwhelming favourites are Leif Lampater and Jasper De Buyst who are reunited having won the Ghent Six in November. They hold a 29 point lead on Kenny De Ketele and Andreas Muller. The Belgian De Ketele is one of the few top riders left in the Sixes and his partner Muller will be inspired to top his third place from last year. That was the best result of the affable Berliners career, so a win would be a major achievement.

    In third place is the 'home team' of veteran Robert Bartko and Theo Reinhardt, who at 23 is in just his seventh Six Day. They are hanging in and will certainly challenge for the podium

    Below these teams the surprise package is Yoeri Havik and Vojtech Hacecky, more than a mouthful for the ever exuberant commentators. They are on the same lap as the leaders so the Dutch / Czech combo will be more than happy with their progress so far.

    The fifth placed team in the standings are World Madison Champion, Vivien Brisse and Bavarian, Christian Grasmann. The Frenchman Brisse was due to race with his 2013 Championship partner Morgan Kneisky but a knee operation has ruled Kneisky out of the early 2014 Sixes.

    Sadly, in his last ever Six...

  • De Ketele and Müller win Berlin Six Day

    The final podium: 1: De Ketele/Müller 2: Lampater/De Buyst and 3: Bartko/Reinhardt
    Article published:
    January 29, 2014, 20:52 GMT
    By:
    Steve Penny

    Marvulli, Bartko given retirement send-off

    The 103rd Berlin Six Day was one of firsts and lasts, as hometown rider Andreas Müller claimed his first ever Six Day on his home track, with partner Kenny De Ketele of Belgium also adding his first Berlin victory to his palmares.

    The Six Day world waved goodbye to two riders in Berlin with the traditional ceremonial send-off, Swiss rider Franco Marvulli and veteran German racer Robert Bartko, who will close out his career in Copenhagen at age 38.

    Bartko came to prominence dominating the Individual Pursuit at the 1999 World championships on this very Berlin track and then at the 2000 Olympic Games, where he also took gold in the Team Pursuit. Bartko racked up four world titles in the Individual Pursuit over his career in addition to his single Team Pursuit title. He joined Team Telekom after his Olympic successes and later moved onto Rabobank but he never quite hit the same heights on the road. He remained a track specialist since 2004, and has won 19 Six Day races out of 80 starts in the past decade.

    The final three days at the Landsberger Allee Velodrom were packed, with standing room only available for the finale, and the riders did their best to put on a show for the public.

    Leaders Leif Lampater and Belgian sensation Jasper De Buyst had been the strongest riders on the track, and they entered the final Madison with a healthy lead on points. But this was a Six-Days final chase where anything can happen when the pressure mounts.

    Bartko came out like a man possessed and for half an hour he and local youngster Theo Reinhardt looked ready to cause an upset as the lead went back and forth. But with 25 laps remaining, needing to gain a full lap on Lampater/De Buyst due to a large points deficit, Kenny De Ketele and Andreas Müller went clear. They ploughed on and on, and on making the junction with just a handful of laps remaining. The strongest team in the field, Lampater and De Buyst, had no help with their chase...

  • France inaugurates new Paris velodrome with exhibition win over Great Britain

    Francois Pervis and Michael Bauge in the men's sprint during an exhibition race at the inauguration ceremony of the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Velodrome
    Article published:
    January 31, 2014, 0:40 GMT
    By:
    Barry Ryan

    New track to prefigure French Federation's answer to Team Sky?

    The curtain was raised on the Vélodrome National, the new headquarters of the French Cycling Federation in the Parisian suburb of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, on Thursday evening with an exhibition match between France and Great Britain. To say the event had been a long time coming would be something of an understatement.

    An anecdote recounted in the morning's edition of L'Équipe illustrated the point. When Daniel Morelon, France's most successful ever track sprinter, was awarded the Mérite National by Charles de Gaulle in 1966, he gamely took the opportunity to raise a pressing concern with the president. "General, we're the only country in Europe without a covered track," he lamented.

    Remarkably, considering France's success on the track in the intervening period, Paris has been without a permanent and full-sized covered track for 55 years, ever since the Vélodrome d'Hiver was demolished in 1959. The Vel' d'Hiv's name is now forever synonymous with perhaps the bleakest chapter in Parisian history, when it was used as a detention centre for Jewish prisoners before they were sent to concentration camps. In its heyday between the wars, however, it had been the nerve centre of French cycling and part of the cultural life of the Paris, with Ernest Hemingway among those filing through the turnstiles for six day racing.

    Unlike the temporary track laid at Bercy in the 1980s, however, the Vélodrome National is aimed not at recreating the smoky ambience of Six Days past, but at producing future medallists for France at the Olympic Games and world championships. After using the 166-metre track at the INSEP training centre as their base in recent years, France's track squad now has a 250-metre track at its disposal on the outskirts of Paris, a development which the FFC hopes will bring it back on a par with its neighbours across the English Channel, whose strides forward over the past decade have been...