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First Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 10, 2014

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March 10, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Amy Cure continues Australia's rainbow success in Colombia at Track Worlds

    Amy Cure with the gold medal from winning the women's points race
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    March 02, 2014, 21:50 GMT
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    Maiden world title for Tasmanian in points race

    Continuing the success of Australia at the Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia was Tasmania's Amy Cure who won her maiden world title by claiming the women's 25km points race. Cure becomes the second Australian to win the event, following in the footsteps of Kate Bates in 2007.
    21-year-old Cure rode a calculated race to accrue 38 points to hand her the win ahead of Germany's Stephanie Pohl and Canada's Jasmin Glaesser.

    The rainbow jersey capped off three days of podium appearances for Cure after she took bronze in both the team and individual pursuit events held on day two and three.

    "It is pretty unbelievable, It has been so long, to finally get a world championship, it is all I have ever dreamed about," said Cure, who claimed four world titles on the track in 2009 and 2010 in the under 19 category,"  said Cure

    "Four times junior world champion, but all I have ever wanted was that senior title. It has taken a few years, but to finally get there, words can't really express how I am feeling."

    Cure figured in the points in three of the first four of ten sprints - held every ten laps - and after the fourth sprint, Cure lead an attack and was joined by Pohl, with the pair taking a lap on the field to each gain an additional twenty points.

    Cure also collected another five points after winning the fifth sprint moving her tally to 38 points.

    Pohl edged in front of Cure by three points after claiming second and first across the line in the next two sprints, however the diminutive Aussie held her nerve to fight back to return favour on the German in the eighth and ninth sprints.

    "Taking the lap took a lot longer than I thought it would, but when I finally got on, I just knew I had to sit in for a few sprints and recover," said Cure.

    "It is a bit surreal, coming here my main focus coming here was the team pursuit and the...

  • Australia notch silver and bronze on final day of Track Worlds

    Kristina Vogel claiming gold in the final of the women's keiran
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    March 03, 2014, 2:20 GMT
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    Germany equal top with eight medals after Championships

    On the final day of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships dual keirin world champion Anna Meares claimed a silver medal in the event while Annette Edmondson clinched her third consecutive World Championship podium appearance in the women's omnium with bronze.

    After winning the team pursuit gold medal on the opening night of competition, Alexander Edmondson and Glenn O'Shea teamed up to finish fourteenth in the men's Madison. In the night's other final, Matthew Glaetzer recovered from his spectacular crash in the keirin earlier in the week to claim fourth in the men's sprint final.

    With three gold, two silver and three bronze medals, Australia ended the five day meet equal with Germany on eight medals atop of the standings.

    A three-way battle in the women's keirin final between Meares, Kristina Vogel (Germany)and reigning world champion Becky James (Great Britain) saw Vogel emerge with her third rainbow jersey of the week.

    In a tight finish it was Vogel with the win just ahead of Meares and James which meant the German became just the third female in history with Anna Meares (2011) and Victoria Pendleton (2007) to win three sprint gold medals at one Championship.

    "I wasn't sure how I was going to go today. I just tried to listen to my coach as much as possible and race the races that he wanted me to race," said Meares, who claimed the keirin world crown in successive years in 2011 and 2012.

    "I just said to him 'look I'll give you all I've got', I was so happy to fight as much as I did and to come as close as I did to Kristina, who is in amazing form. I think it was a great race, it really was."

    It was the second silver medal of the Championships for Meares after finishing just behind another German, Miriam Welte, in the 500m time trial.

    In the Women's omnium, Annette Edmondson who won the bronze medal in the...

  • Kristina Vogel wins three gold medals at track World Championships

    Kristina Vogel collecting her third rainbow jersey of the championships
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    March 03, 2014, 5:00 GMT
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    Germany top standings in Colombia

    Kristina Vogel stamped her authority on the 2014 track World Championships in Cali, Colombia coming away with three gold medals all won in sprint events. Vogel, a part-time police officer, won the sprint and keirin world titles and teamed up with Miriam Welte to claim the team sprint title as well. In doing so, they recorded a third consecutive rainbow jersey in the event. Vogel and Welte are also the defending Olympic champions in the women's team sprint and consolidated their authority in the event with victory in Colombia.

    Vogel stole the show in the women’s competition with victory in the keirin on the final night. In the final the German rider outpaced Australia’s Anna Meares who became the female rider with the most medals at World Championships with 22. Britain’s Becky James was third.

    Having placed third in the keirin in 2012, Vogel became the second German to win the event after Christin Muche eight years ago.

    China provided a strong challenge to Vogel claiming the world sprint title in Tianshi Zhong and Junhong Lin but both had to settle for the lower steps of the podium. Germany had been waiting for a world gold in the discipline since 1986, when East-German Christa Rothenburger was the fastest woman on the planet.

    Runner-up last year in Minsk, Vogel has made it at last: “I had been waiting for this for so long. My dream comes true at last. I’m so happy but I will have to wait to celebrate since I still have the keirin,” she said.

    Vogel became the third woman behind Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton to win three gold medals at a World Championships which also matched the efforts of Francois Pervis who became the first man to clinch three titles at  a single event.

    Germany ended the championships with eight medals, four gold and four silver. Stefan Bötticher was second in the men's sprint while Joachim Eilers also claimed silver in the men's 1km time...

  • Disappointing world track championships for Great Britain

    The Great Britain women's Team Pursuit quartet at speed
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    March 03, 2014, 11:32 GMT
    José Been

    Team returns home with only five medals

    The Great Britain team will return home from the track World Championships in Cali with two golds, one silver and two bronzes, all won by women. The British men were left empty handed after failing to win a single medal on the track in Colombia. Team GB finished fourth in the medals table. They topped the table last year in Minsk with five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, indicating that other nations have raised their game, while Great Britain has back pedaled. 

    The success of the British women, helped deflect the poor performance by the men. Kate Archibald, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott beat Canada to win gold in the team pursuit. Unbeaten since 2010, the four women were seriously under threat by Canada this year. Up to the three kilometre mark Canada led the way but the British women managed to edge ahead of the Canadians in the last kilometre.

    The other British gold medal in Colombia was won by Joanna Rowsell. The 25-year old already was instrumental in the team pursuit gold and repeated her consistent performance in the three kilometre individual event. She beat the USA's Sarah Hammer by over a second in the final to take her first individual gold medal at a world championship.

    Olympic and world omnium champion Laura Trott could not repeat her 2012 golden medal haul. Just like in Minsk last year she lost to Sarah Hammer. The American won three of the six events and took her second consecutive gold medal. Trott had to settle for silver. The world championships turned out to be a bit of a disappointment for Becky James. She qualified second fastest in the women's sprint competition but lost to teammate Jess Varnish in the quarter finals. In the team sprint event James teamed up with Varnish to beat the Russian women for bronze. There was another bronze medal in the Keirin race for the 22-year old Welsh rider but no world titles this year.

    The British men's team traveled to Colombia with young riders...

  • Pervis claims historic sprint triple at world championships in Cali

    Francois Pervis holds his three gold medals won in Men's Sprint, Men's 1km Time Trial and Men's Keirin
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    March 03, 2014, 15:20 GMT
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    Frenchman first to win keirin, kilometer and individual sprint

    Less than three months on from his astounding performance in knocking more than two seconds off the world kilometre record on the Mexican track at Aguascalientes, François Pervis achieved en equally staggering feat by winning three individual titles at the UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

    Having already bagged the keirin and kilometre titles, the Frenchman sealed his hat-trick by defeating world sprint champion Stefan Bötticher. Speaking to L'Équipe after beating the German to win the sprint crown, Pervis said: "What makes it special is that here in Cali I haven't lost a single sprint. No one has beaten me. And I was up against the defending world champion in the final and in the semi-final I faced the Russian [Denis] Dmitriev, who prevented me from getting to the final last year. I'm the first to achieve the triple, it's huge!"

    So often the nearly man of track sprinting, Pervis acknowledged that everything has come together for him this year. "It's incredible. I would never have dreamed of all this. If someone had told me about this when I was young, I would never have believed them," he declared.

    He said that he is aware that the attitude of his rivals towards him has changed over the past few days in Colombia. "I feel that I inspire a mixture of fear and respect in them. They analyse me from head to toe before races. I get the impression that they are looking at every little detail: my bike, my helmet, at absolutely everything," he said.

    The Frenchman will now turn his sights towards the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and hopes to receive a significant boost to his preparations for the Games by signing a deal with a pro...

  • Seventh rainbow jersey for Hammer

    Sarah Hammer defends her omnium title in Cali, Colombia
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    March 03, 2014, 20:03 GMT
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    American wins Omnium in Cali track world championships

    American Sarah Hammer cemented herself in the record books as one of her country's most decorated track cyclists, claiming her seventh career gold medal with a victory in the women's omnium at the UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia, beating out Olympic champion Laura Trott (Great Britain) and Australia's Annette Edmondson.

    Hammer won the points and elimination races, as well as her specialty, the individual pursuit, en route to the Omnium gold medal. She also took home a silver medal in the stand-alone individual pursuit

    It was Hammer's second consecutive gold medal performance in the Omnium, adding another title to the five she's held in the individual pursuit. The victory was revenge for her loss to Great Britain's Joanna Rowsell in the individual pursuit.

    "I wanted to win," Hammer said of the silver medal ride. "I was super upset and had a rough night afterwards. I kept telling myself 'let it go' but I'm really competitive and it was great motivation for me, especially coming into today. I wanted to make sure I was standing on the top of the podium today."

    "It's amazing to be able to replicate last year," Hammer said of her Omnium victory. "Anytime you're a world champion you have a huge target on your back. Everybody's lifted their game, especially Laura Trott. She kept pressure on me the whole time. I had to bring my 'A game' in everything. I knew I was physically prepared, but the omnium is a battle of the mind and the body, so you have to have great execution on every single event, and I feel like I had success at that the last two days."

    Hammer said the highlight of her weekend was her performance in the 500m time trial - the event which cost her the gold medal at the London Olympic Games in 2012, when she fell one place short...

  • Criticism of Brailsford is unfounded, says Sutton

    Sky's team principal Dave Brailsford speaks to the press at the 2014 Tour de France presentation
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    March 04, 2014, 12:04 GMT
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    Boardman feels Brailsford should choose between Sky and Britain

    British Cycling head coach Shane Sutton has dismissed the idea that performance director Dave Brailsford is to blame for the British team's low-key showing at the track world championships in Cali, Colombia last week.

    Prior to the Worlds, which he did not attend, Brailsford said that he was considering scaling back his involvement with British Cycling in order to focus on his other position as manager of Team Sky.

    Chris Boardman said earlier this week that the time has come for Brailsford to choose between his Sky and British Cycling roles, but Sutton insisted that Britain’s failure to land any men’s medals in Cali was not linked to Brailsford's absence.

    "The buck stops with me and I'm big enough to take it," Sutton said, according to The Times. “Dave has been the greatest leader for GB going back to Clive Woodward and the Rugby World Cup. Dave’s not here. The accountability of these performances rest totally with me, not Dave.”

    Sutton previously combined his work as Britain’s head coach with an equivalent role at Team Sky. He stepped down from that position in January of last year, although he remains a consultant for the WorldTour team. The Australian pointed out that Brailsford's absence from the 2013 Worlds in Minsk, where Britain claimed five gold medals, had not drawn the same level of attention.

    "We weren't having this conversation twelve months ago when Dave wasn't there. For people to start pointing the finger at him is unfounded," Sutton said. "I, as head coach, need to accept responsibility for that. I think any criticism...

  • Aguascalientes aims to host World Track Championships in 2015

    Francois Pervis (L) and Kristina Vogel pose on the podium with their medals won during at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships
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    March 10, 2014, 11:28 GMT
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    Guadelajara wants to host World Cup race again

    Aguascalientes is bidding to host the 2015 track World Championships, the Mexican government commission for sports announced. It is the first time that Mexico could play host to the World Championships. The Mexican city Guadelajara is also bidding to organize one of the World Cup races in 2014, as it did this season. 

    The UCI is quite late in announcing the venues for the 2014-2015 World Cup and World Championships. It awarded the 2016 World Championships to London last September. The final decisions on the venue for 2015 will be announced after the UCI Management Committee meets in June. Mexico is up against bids from Perth and Melbourne in Australia, while France is considering putting in to have the new velodrome at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines play host.

    Aguascalientes hosted a World Cup race this season and it proved to be a very fast track. Located 1,800 metres above sea level, no fewer than seven official world records were set during the World Cup meeting last December. François Pervis rode two and a half seconds faster than the previous, 12-year-old world record in the kilometre, and four other riders also broke finished inside the 2001 world record time of Arnaud Tournant. 

    An eighth world record, in the 3,000m individual pursuit was set in Aguascalienties in 2010 by American rider Sarah Hammer.

    Because of its altitude and fast nature, Fabian Cancellara is rumoured to be considering tackling the world hour record in Mexico, although the Swiss rider is also understood to be exploring options in Europe.

    Guadelajara wants to play host to one of the three World Cup events next season. The Velodrome Panamericano organized the...