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First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, November 25, 2012

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November 25, 2012, 0:00 GMT
  • Road to Rio begins in ernest for Great Britain at Glasgow Track World Cup

    Jason Kenny (GBR) made a bold move in the second sprint final but was relegated giving the win to Gregory Bauge
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    October 30, 2012, 2:25 GMT
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    Seven London Olympic gold medallists in line up

    Having finished second behind hosts Colombia at the first UCI Track World Cup event of the season earlier this month in Cali, British Cycling has named its team for the upcoming event in Glasgow, Scotland next month. Great Britain ran a reduced squad in Cali but this next event marks a return for the majority of biggest names.

    Seven gold medallists from the London Olympic Games will line up at the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Great Britain dominated the track events in London, taking seven of the ten events, and a total of nine medals. As the countdown to the Rio Games begins, performance director Dave Brailsford said it’s time to experiment and look towards the future.

    "The period of time immediately after an Olympics is an interesting one for the team as it allows us to try out new line-ups and look at how the younger squad members are developing,” he said.

    Ed Clancy, Olympic gold medallist and part of the World Champion line-up in the men’s pursuit will be making his debut in the team sprint alongside Jason Kenny and Phillip Hindes while Hoy has a break this season.

    Steven Burke is the only member of the team pursuit squad from London making his return, with Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh concentrating on the road.

    “Now that the London Olympics are behind us I'm hoping we can carry some of that momentum on into the World Cup and I know the whole team is looking forward to racing again in front of a home-crowd on our first step towards Rio."

    The Glasgow Track World Cup will be held from November 16-18, 2012.

    Men's Sprint
    Ed Clancy
    Philip Hindes
    Jason Kenny

    Women's Sprint
    Becky James
    Jess Varnish

    Men's Endurance
    Steven Burke
    Jon Dibben

  • Vos and Armitstead lead the Revolution

    Marianne Vos (Netherlands) leads the sprint from Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) and Olga Zabelinskaya (Russia) on The Mall, from 200 metres away
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    October 31, 2012, 19:00 GMT
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    Pair headline second round of UK track series

    Olympic medallists Marianne Vos and Lizzie Armitstead will headline the second round of the track Revolution Series on December 1 in Manchester, England.

    Armitstead, who was beaten to the gold by Vos in the women’s Olympic road race, announced that: "I'll be racing at the next Revolution and I've been told that Marianne will be here too. It's only a few weeks away so I'll need to get training!"

    Ahead of her appearance at Round 2, Vos said: "It will be amazing to return to track racing at the Revolution Series after winning Olympic Gold in the Road Race in London. I have great memories of competing in Manchester - I won the Points Race at the World Championships there in 2008 so it's where I started to have success on the track. I'm really looking forward to competing at Revolution against some of the best riders in the world."

    Tickets are still available for the final round of the Revolution Series at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow on 2nd February. Full details and results from round 1 are available on

  • Keisse out to win Ghent Six Day

    Full circle: Iljo Keisse was back in action on home turf, having experienced a difficult year.
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    November 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT
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    Belgian returns with Australian O'Shea

    After his on-again, off-again suspension, Iljo Keisse will return to his home Six Day in Ghent, Belgium with a new partner and new motivation to add another victory to his palmares.

    The Omega Pharma-Quickstep rider will pair up with young Australian Glenn O'Shea in the event, which begins November 20.

    Keisse first won the Six Day at 't Kuipke, which takes place just down the road from his father's pub De Karper in the medieval Flandrian town, in 2005. But the subsequent years have been filled with ups and downs for the now 29-year-old. In 2006, he and his partner Robert Bartko were in the lead when the race was called following the fatal crash of Isaac Galvez on night five.

    He and Bartko went on to win the overall in 2007 and then, just weeks after their victory in 2008, it was announced that Keisse had tested positive for two different substances during the race: cathine and hydrochlorothiazide (HCT). After arguing to the Belgian federation that the first was due to a cold medicine and the second from a contaminated supplement, the charges were dismissed just ahead of the 2009 Ghent Six day.

    Keisse rode the 2009 edition with German Roger Kluge, but was not victorious. Then, in 2009, the Court of Arbitration for Sport reversed the decision of the Belgian federation, and suspended Keisse for two years.

    A court of appeals temporarily lifted the suspension, allowing Keisse to take part in the 2010 race with Dutch rider Peter Schep, and the two rode to an emphatic victory.

    But the

  • Clancy learning "different language" for Glasgow World Cup

    Edward Clancy (Great Britain) in action during the first day of omnium competition.
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    November 15, 2012, 4:05 GMT
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    Team pursuit Olympic gold medallist replaces Hoy in team sprint

    Ed Clancy may have won a gold medal for the team pursuit and a bronze in the omnium at the London Olympic Games but the dual-medal winner will enter new territory when he lines up for Great Britain in the team sprint at the next World Cup in Glasgow. Clancy told BBC Sport that stepping into Sir Chris Hoy's position was a daunting task.

    "I'm starting everthing from scratch. Ian [Dyer] the coach is saying 'we are going to do flying 200, flying 150, or a rolling 250' and I was like 'I have no idea what that means'," Clancy explained to BBC Sport. "It's like a different language."

    Clancy admits the pressure falls on his two team sprint compatriots Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny who are the defending Olympic champions but he wants to give it his all in an event that is very much an unknown quantity.

    "I just don't want to let them down...I'm just a guy who hasn't done it before, ever. I just hope we do alright for those two. I've got nothing to lose if I do a terrible team sprint but those guys are the Olympic champions competing in the team sprint in front of their home crowd," he said.

    "The big thing is trying to get on the wheel at the start, not so much the first quarter but the second and third quarter of the first lap. It's going to be quite interesting to see whether I can match those boys for acceleration when they get going," he told British Cycling.

    Clancy also said he intends on riding the team sprint at the World Championships to be held in Belarus during the month of February 2013. The kilo however, is not confirmed but it's an event he would like to try out while having a bit of a break from the usual team pursuit.

    "I think plan A is that the team sprint will go well in Glasgow...

  • Sir Chris Hoy uncertain on competitive future

    Chris Hoy is ecstatic on winning his 6th career Olympic gold
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    November 18, 2012, 23:34 GMT
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    "About whether my body can hold on" until 2014 Commonwealth Games

    Four Olympic Games, six gold medals and a knighthood for services in sport - that followed his three gold medal at the Beijing Games - may be enough for the 36-year-old Hoy. After winning gold in the team sprint and keirin at the London Games, Hoy is taking time away from competition before resuming his training toward the end of this year.

    Hoy has been attending the Glasgow World Cup, held in the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome named after one of Britain’s most celebrated Olympic athletes. He says he’s motivated to return to racing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games but it will all depend on his ability to return to peak condition. It’s something which the Scotsman explained became difficult in the lead-up to the London Olympics.

    It will all come down to how Hoy’s body handles the return to training and whether he believes he can truly earn his spot on the Scottish team. "It's about whether my body can hold on," he told The Guardian after explaining he required constant physiotherapy for his back before the London Games.

    "There's no chance I don't want to do it - the motivation is there and the desire is there," he explained to BBC Sport.

    "I reckon I'll know by spring next year, having been away to Perth, done a bit of training, a little bit of racing in January and then getting back into it then. I'd be able to see whether my body's dealing with the training in the way that I'd hope," he said.

    Hoy will fly to Australia in December to begin his preparation for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow however he will not compete in the 2013 UCI Track World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. He will instead use...

  • Lasse Norman Hansen named Danish Cyclist of the Year

     Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) knows his 1km time trial result earned him the omnium gold medal.
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    November 20, 2012, 16:37 GMT
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    Young Dane won Omnium gold in London Olympics

    Track star Lasse Norman Hansen has been named Cyclist of the Year 2012 in Denmark. The 20-year-old won gold in the 2012 London Olympics, as well as two gold medals at this weekend's World Cup in Glasgow.

    “It's f**king great to get this award and really great to be recognized for my results,” he said at the ceremony in Copenhagen on Monday, according to the Danish Cycling Union website.

    Hansen won the debut omnium in the Olympics, which combines six events into one title. He won in a dramatic fashion, as he crashed in the scratch race, but came back to take the title with an outstanding time in the 1000 meter time trial.

    He repeated his win in the omnium last weekend at the World Cup and also won gold in the individual pursuit. Earlier this year he won bronze in World Cup omnium, and finished fifth in the team pursuit at the Olympics.

    The other nominees for the award were Jakob Fuglsang (RadioShack-Nissan), Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol), mountain biker Annika Langvad and 2012 national road champion Sebastian Lander.

  • Gent Six set for thrilling final day of racing

    Gijs van Hoecke in the Gent Six Day
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    November 25, 2012, 12:05 GMT
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    Keisse and O'Shea lead by just four points

    The Gent Six looks set to be decided by the final sprint of the final day of racing with Iijo Keisse and Australia's Glenn O'Shea locked in a battle with world champions Gijs Van Hoecke and Kenny De Ketele.

    The two pairs have dominated the racing so far, taking the lead from each other and fighting for laps in the Madison events night after night.

    The racing ended on Saturday night with Keisse and O'Shea back in the lead but by just four points ahead of De Ketele and Van Hoecke, who picked up precious points across several events on Saturday.

    Keisse and O'Shea have 383 points, with De Ketele and Van Hoecke just behind with 379. Two other teams, Silvan Dillier and Robert Bartko, and Marc Hester and Lasse Norman, are on the same lap but are over a hundred points behind.

    De Ketele won the opening Derny race but Keisse responded by taking the second. However Van Hoecke and De Ketele scored 12 points with second place in the 500m time trial behind Franco Marvullo and Tristan Marguet.

    Van Hoecke and De Ketele also pulled back four more points in the Supersprint event and then another two points in the Madison of the evening.

    With 20 points up for grabs in the final Madison of the final session and lesser points available in the other events, the racing will be fierce on the final day which starts in the afternoon

    Check out the photo gallery from this year's race.

  • Keisse wins Gent Six for fifth time

    Keisse and O'Shea kept the race close
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    November 25, 2012, 20:54 GMT
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    Outcome not sealed until final sprint of Madison finale

    Iljo Keisse won his hometown Gent Six for the fifth time in his career on Sunday, but he and partner Glenn O'Shea faced fierce competition from Madison world champions Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke in a contest which went down to the final sprint in the closing Madison on Sunday.

    The two teams traded the lead throughout the week, but entering Sunday afternoon's hour-long Madison finale De Ketele and Van Hoecke trailed Keisse and O'Shea by 12 points. The Madison world champions cut their deficit back to six points entering the final sprint, but disaster struck with three laps to go during an exchange. As De Ketele was slinging his partner into the fray on the back straight, Van Hoecke crashed. De Ketele was no match for a fresher Keisse, who won the final sprint to seal overall victory, 484 points to 472.

    "It was a great race! Of course it was unfortunate that Gijs fell. That really was an anti-climax because I would rather have won the final sprint in a straight duel to win," said Keisse.

    The 29-year-old Belgian was quick to praise his young Australian partner Glenn O'Shea, 23, who proved his mettle on the steeply banked, 166-metre Kuipke velodrome. O'Shea is the fourth partner Keisse has had in his five Gent Six victories, joining Matthew Gilmore (2005), Robert Bartko (2007, 2008) and Peter Schep (2010).

    "I want to thank my teammate for all that he did during this race," said Keisse. "We didn't race together before, so we had to get used to each other. But we did it. There was some doubt about our 'team,' but I think that Glenn showed some great skills."

    "In June I asked him if he wanted to ride with me, but I told him that he had to be in top shape at the start because I wanted to win. He promised me that I didn't have to worry and last weekend in the World Cup in Glasgow I saw that he was ready."

    O'Shea won the