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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 6, 2012

Date published:
August 06, 2012, 1:00 BST
  • Tamayo retires from track after Olympic silver medal

    The US team with Lauren Tamayo, Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Jennie Reed
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    August 05, 2012, 1:47 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    American to concentrate on road career

    Lauren Tamayo (United States of America) announced her retirement from track racing soon after winning a silver medal in the Olympic Games as part of USA's women's pursuit team. The 28-year-old, who started racing on the track at the age of 12, will turn her attention back towards her road career.

    Tamayo was drafted into the pursuit team for the final, replacing Jennie Reed, who had helped guide the team through their previous two races.

    The planned switch was an attempt to freshen up the team but with Great Britain setting world records in all three of their rides on the way to gold, there was little Tamayo could do to change the outcome of the final. The US finished in a time of 3:19.727.

    "I was really nervous or the past 24 hours. These girls had a couple of races in their legs and with the crowd and the noise. So they had a chance to get their nerves and jitters put away but I just tried to give it my all," Tamayo said

    "We played it ride by ride to see how it would go. We knew that going into the final ride that GB were still going to be strong and we were just hoping to come with some fresh legs and give them a run for their money."

    "We're thrilled with silver," she added.

    "Coming into this, six months ago we were fifth at the world championships, and I think that every country doubted us and whether we could be medal contenders. Our goal was to prove everybody wrong and show them that we had it. We're pretty happy with silver."

    After the Worlds in April the USA team stepped up their Olympic preparation. The squad headed for Mallorca, Spain, where they spent two straight months training.

    "We decided to get together...

  • Edmondson gunning for omnium medal after team pursuit disappointment

    Annette Edmondson was Champion of Champions.
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    August 05, 2012, 6:47 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    20-year-old Australian looks to continue fast rise to the top

    Australia's Annette Edmondson is focussed on her next event at the Olympic Games, the omnium, having been a part of the team which finished fourth in the team pursuit on Saturday night.

    Edmondson finished with a silver medal at the UCI Track World Championships in April behind Great Britain's Laura Trott, where she was competing for the first time.

    The Australian trio were understandably shattered following their team pursuit where a strong first half of their ride against the USA in their heat, where they lost despite setting a new national record (3:16.935), appeared fatigue them in their bronze medal ride off against Canada.

    Rather than dwell on what might have been, Edmondson had to begin to prepare herself for her next challenge, the omnium, which kicks off on Monday with the flying lap, points race, and elimination..

    "I just had a good talk to 'Netty' and she's already on the ball, [warming] down, that's done and dusted, now she's getting ready," women's endurance coach Gary Sutton told AAP following the team pursuit's ride.

    Edmondson said she would be using her experience as motivation in the omnium.

    "Coming off a second at the world level event, it's motivating to go one better here and it's my third big event so I'm on the way up," she said.

    "Hopefully I can turn the tables around for the girls."

    Edmondson made her omnium debut for Australia at the London World Cup event in February after winning the Australian senior championship in the discipline for the second time. Her performance in the London Velodrome...

  • Canadians show future promise in Olympic women's team pursuit

    The Canadian team beat Australia to earn bronze in the women's team pursuit.
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    August 05, 2012, 12:25 BST
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    Newcomers Carleton, Glaesser shine in bronze medal final

    Team Canada fielded two young riders with veteran Tara Whitten in the women's team pursuit, and their bronze medal performance was a top effort for a team which made its way to the 2012 Olympic Games in London with only a fraction of the support that the gold medal team from Great Britain enjoyed. The team's coach Tanya Dubnicoff was thrilled to earn a medal, and optimistic about Canada's future in the newest Olympic events.

    "We have just done such a great job on such a small budget," Dubnicoff said. Every time we hear rumours on the GB budget and what they have accomplished and it's always: there's no limits ... but this is just a start for us on the small budget we have."

    The trio of Tara Whitten (32), Jasmin Glaesser (20) and Gillian Carleton (22) qualified fourth fastest, but faced the onslaught of the British world record setters in the first round.

    Dubnicoff said that going up against the world's top team pushed her riders to perform. "If we're going to compete against somebody I want someone that's going to be the best that they can, because that's just going to make us ride better. It's great for women in sport and great for women in cycling. There's a forerunner and we have to chase them and that's a good thing."

    In that round, Canada's time was the fourth fastest, which put them in the bronze medal final against Australia. The Australians were ahead after the first 1000 meters, but then Canada picked up the pace, doing the second fastest middle kilometer of the final to get barely past the Australians. In the last kilometer, they were able to extend their lead another two tenths of a second to secure the bronze.

    "It really feels amazing," said Whitten on Saturday. "Yesterday we were a little bit disappointed in our ride, and especially being so close to second and third....

  • Great Britain's team pursuit coach already thinking about 2016 Olympics

    Great Britain won team pursuit gold
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    August 05, 2012, 16:27 BST
    By:
    Daniel Benson

    Re-building process begins for gold medal-winning men's squad

    In a few days time the track cycling programme at the 2012 Olympic Games will draw to a close. For Dan Hunt, the Great Britain coach behind the men's team pursuit gold, Monday morning will be the end of one chapter and start of another. A debriefing will start a process that will ultimately lead to the re-building of the Olympic champion's pursuit team for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

    Both Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh are expected to return to the road and may bring their track careers to a conclusion. It's a similar position to 2008 when Bradley Wiggins's dedication to road began and Paul Manning retired.

    "That was probably the last time that we'll see Geraint on the track. Pete's main ambitions now lie on the road, although he's not ruled himself out of ever coming back. He may put himself in the Rio line up. That very much relies on where his road career goes. Certainly we won't see him on the track this year," Hunt told Cyclingnews.

    It leaves Great Britain reliant on Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Stephen Burke as their mainstays for future pursuit successes. However, if the Kilo returns to the Olympic programme, Clancy may also turn his back on the team pursuit.

    In the years after the team's pursuit gold in Beijing, Denmark and Australia won world titles as Britain sought a winning formula. Riders came in, Ben Swift was given an opportunity, and it took until April of this year before the reigning Olympic champions won their first world championship...

  • Staff passes on Olympic expertise

    Jimmy Watkins (USA) advanced out of the 1/8 finals in the men's sprint with a victory over Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic).
    Article published:
    August 05, 2012, 21:00 BST
    By:
    Laura Weislo

    2008 team sprint gold medalist missing competition

    In 2008, Jamie Staff helped bring Olympic team sprint gold to Great Britain in Beijing. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Staff is working with several of Great Britain's competitors, passing on his wealth of knowledge and experience to first time Olympians on Team USA. Retired since 2009, Staff still finds it a bit difficult to sit track side and watch his former teammates winning more gold medals.

    "It's emotional to some degree, trust me I'd love to be out there racing," Staff told Cyclingnews. "For the first two years after Beijing I wasn't really interested. Then at the World Cup in London (in February) I was track side for the men's team sprint, and I was like, 'I wish I was on the track, I really do'. Even now, I just saw Chris [Hoy] and Jason [Kenny - his 2008 teammates] - and it was like, should I have done another four years?"

    Staff, 39, has just one Olympic gold to his name, that of the team sprint in 2008, but held the world championship title twice in team sprint, once in the keirin (2004) and once in BMX (1996). After a long career, the body decides when it is time to quit even if the mind wants to go on. "The aches and pains and injuries - it's life, you have to grow up at some point and move on. I'm happy with my decision, I'm very happy coaching," he said before adding, "Of course anyone would love to get out there and compete in front of a home crowd."

    Rather than focusing on himself, the advice he tells all of his riders, Staff, now USA Cycling's sprint coach, puts his efforts into helping riders to cope with the enormity of their first Olympic competition.

    "I help Jimmy [Watkins], I have another guy Njisane Phillip, from Trinidad, he lives and trains in Los Angeles, so he's kind of under my wing too. He has his own helpers here. I've...

  • Trinidad and Tobago sprinter not at the Olympics just to participate

    Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago) in action in the men's sprint 1/4 finals.
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    August 06, 2012, 8:28 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    21-year-old Phillip ready for battle with Kenny in men's sprint

    The world may have tuned into the 100m final on the running track at the London Olympics, where Trinidad and Tobago finished seventh with Richard Thompson but the tiny island nation has little cycling history, especially at the Olympics Games. Today however, spectators will watch as the young Trinidad and Tobago sprinter goes up against Great Britain's Jason Kenny in the men's sprint. 

    Track cyclists from the country have competed at past Games but it would seem that Njisane Nicholas Phillip may be one of the country’s biggest hopes for the track in the coming years. The men’s sprint competitor is the sole track entrant at these Games and says "I feel like a VIP," according to The Associated Press.

    Phillip has progressed into the semi finals of the individual sprint where he will come up against current Olympic recorder holder and Great Britain's gold medal hope, Jason Kenny. The young rider came up against the now popular German Robert Forstermann who, thanks to a photo on Twitter, has become one of the sport’s most recognised sprinters - at least concerning his quad muscle size.

    Despite a lacking in funding from his country’s federation, which focuses its resources on the track and field, Phillip's has been able to receive the kind of high performance training necessary for him to be a real force at these Games. There is a joint agreement with the United States which has meant that some of Phillip’s time has been spent with US Cycling’s track coach Jamie Staff.

    "He's a very, very talented kid, just raw talent," Staff said. "The tactics just come naturally."

    "He's a racer, I know what he's capable of and some days in training I'll be like, 'What was that?!"

    While Phillip is unlikely to beat the former world...

  • Doubts raised over Great Britain's "magic wheels"

    Great Britain set three world records on their way to gold
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    August 06, 2012, 11:48 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    All Olympic track teams have same wheels, says Mavic

    “Mavic wheels or magic wheels?” So read the headline in Monday’s L’Équipe as the French cycling federation’s national technical director Isabelle Gautheron pondered the startling success of the Great Britain team in track events at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    The British squad has won four gold medals and a bronze in the opening four days of competition on the track. While that haul of medals is in itself hardly a surprise, the number of world records set and the improvement in British times since the world championships in April have raised questions in the French camp about the material they are using.

    “We’re asking a lot of questions. How have they gained so many tenths of a second per lap in the space of a few months? And even seconds in the pursuit?” Gautheron said, according to L’Équipe.

    After stressing that she was not casting aspersions of doping on her cross-channel rivals, Gautheron noted that the British squad had been very secretive about its equipment during the Games, and in particular their wheels, which are badged as Mavic.

    “They cover up their wheels a lot,” Gautheron said. “The ones on the bikes they use in competition are placed under covers as soon as they finish. Unlike frames, wheels don’t have to be ratified by the UCI. Are they really Mavic wheels?”

    All equipment used on the track must be commercially available, however, and Mavic’s events manager Jacques Corteggiani insisted that the British team were using the same wheels as all other Mavic-supplied federations, including France and Australia.

    “For us, they all have the same...

  • Video: GB men reflect on team pursuit victory

    Great Britain's team pursuit squad in action
    Article published:
    August 06, 2012, 17:26 BST
    By:
    Cycling News

    Olympic glory secured amid "huge expectations"

    Great Britain's men's team pursuit squad powered to a gold medal on the track at the Olympic Velodrome on Friday night, defeating their old rivals Australia and retaining the title that they won at the Beijing Games four years earlier. 

    Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh smashed their own world record in the final and became the first team in history to break the 3:52.00 mark - crossing the line in a time of 3:51.659.

    In this video, Thomas, Burke and Kennaugh discuss their pride at winning gold in front of their home fans, talk about their relief at delivering under huge pressure at a home Olympics and reveal the inspiration behind their record-breaking performance.