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First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Date published:
December 08, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • D'Almeida leads French contingent at Cali World Cup

    The French team won the men's team sprint gold medal - Kevin Sireau, Michael D'Almeida and Gregory Bauge
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    November 29, 2011, 21:28 GMT
    Cycling News

    Baugé and Sireau absent from Colombian track event

    The French team for the second round of the UCI track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, will be headed by Michaël D'Almeida. In the absence of Grégory Baugé, who is still recovering from tendonitis, and Kevin Sireau, the third man of the team sprint world champions, D'Almeida will be leading the French team in the track meet starting December 1.

    The 24-year-old will be competing in the sprint events alongside Julien Palma, François Pervis and Virginie Cueff. The French contingent for the endurance races will be Vivien Brisse, Bryan Coquard, Julien Duval, Kevin Labeque, Morgan Kneisky and Pascale Jeuland.

  • Cali World Cup about testing pursuit combinations says Hoskins

    Isabella King, Josephine Tomic and Melissa Hoskins were all smile following their gold medal performance in the women's 3000m team pursuit.
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    November 29, 2011, 23:30 GMT
    Alex Hinds

    20-year-old explains that the omnium is not her main priority for London

    Four-time national team pursuit champion Melissa Hoskins (Australia) says this week’s Cali World Cup in Colombia will give the squad one of their final in-competition opportunities to experiment with their combinations as the build up to next year’s Olympic Games approaches its pointy end.

    In a discipline where balancing the power output of all the riders in the pursuit is crucial, Hoskins says that finding that "perfect balance" will be key to success in London.

    "World Cups are the perfect opportunity for us to try different teams; different mixes of people different combinations, different tactics," said Hoskins to Cyclingnews. "The focus for the national team in Cali is honing that combination for the team pursuit - the World Cups are the best place to do that.

    "All the teams here have strong girls. New Zealand, Great Britain, the Netherlands, the Americans - but it’s about finding that combination that works. It’s not just about having three girls who are good pursuit riders. The team needs to combine perfectly to win."

    Joining Hoskins in Cali are Josie Tomic and Sarah Kent, who were both part of the World Championship winning team in Ballerup in 2010 as well as rising talent Annette Edmondson.

    The competition for a place in the pursuit team is extremely tight with the other three riders in contention, Kate Bates, Amy Cure and Ashlee Ankudinoff boasting multiple world championships between them.

    Seven does not go into four, and with recent benchmark performances from New Zealand at Oceania, and the Netherlands in Astana, selectors will have more than their fair share of headaches ahead of the Olympics.

    Hoskins says the time is now for the team to start making a case that they will be a force in seven months time.


  • Germany betters team sprint world record in Cali

    Germany took gold in the team sprint.
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    December 01, 2011, 23:40 GMT
    Cycling News

    Great Britain's mark could fall if ratified

    The German national team may have set the new world record in the men's team sprint. The squad broke Great Britain's world mark in the qualifying round of the event at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

    Rene Enders, Maximilian Levy and world kilo champion Stefan Nimke clocked an average speed of 62.916kph in the three-lap race for a time of 42.914.

    The mark is 36 thousandths of a second quicker than that set by the British team of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

    The UCI will not ratify the record until riders clear anti-doping and the timing and track distance are certified.

    Germans occupied the top two positions in the men's event, with the Erdgas 2012 squad set to face off against the national team in the gold medal final, while Venezuela will face France in the bronze medal round.

    German women were also the fastest in the team sprint. Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel will meet Ukranians Olena Tsos and Shulika Lyubov for the gold medal, with Russia facing the Netherlands for bronze.

  • Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals under review

    Jackson Law crosses the line to take victory in the men's wheel race.
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    December 02, 2011, 3:06 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Strongest field in many years set for this month's races

    The annual Christmas Carnivals are set for a bumper series this month, with a review commissioned by the Sports Carnivals Association of Tasmania (SCAT) set to be undertaken to aid the track cycling highlight into a new era.

    While Tasmanian cycling is at an all-time high, the Christmas Carnivals which incorporates track cycling and athletics over four separate days, have slipped from their former glory with events like the Falls Festival (music) and the Hobart Food and Wine Festival all bidding for the public's time, money and attention.

    Victorian-based, sport focussed consultancy company Jump Media will observe this year's carnivals with the objective of preparing a report for SCAT to be delivered by the end of February 2012.

    Mike Gunson, President of SCAT explained to Cyclingnews that it's the right time for the carnivals to evolve.

    "No real formal review has been undertaken for the carnival," he admitted. "We've had internal reviews, but nothing from a formal perspective, particularly from an outside organisation. The Tasmanian Government, our major sponsor puts in $150,000 a year and we want to make sure the carnivals are in a position to move forward in a positive way.

    "All in all, we still feel there's a bright future for the carnivals but perhaps we need to tweak how they're run. And I think it's time for that to occur."

    The strongest field in many years will line up for the four events, starting December 17 at Rosebery, with 10 scratchmen – RusVelo stars Evgeny Kovalev, Ivan Kovalev, Alexey Markov and Alexander Serov, Ben Kersten, Glenn O'Shea, Simon Van Velthooven, Franco Marvulli, Luke Ockerby and Scott Law - set to line up. Headlining the women's field will be Belinda Goss, Amy Cure, Annette Edmondson and Evgenia Romanyuta.

    Certainly this year, given the talent on offer, the actual product for the viewing public should not be an issue however the way it's being presented is a...

  • Storey seeks unique Olympic double in 2012

    Sarah Storey sets the pace in Great Britain's gold medal ride in the women's team pursuit.
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    December 02, 2011, 20:36 GMT
    Luis Barbosa and Peter Hymas

    May become first Briton to compete in both Paralympics and Olympic Games

    Great Britain's Sarah Storey, along with teammates Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel, earned a gold medal in the women's team pursuit on Thursday at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia. Her performance in Cali brings her one step closer to a groundbreaking 2012 season as next year Storey may become the first British athlete to compete in both the Olympic Games and Paralympics.

    The 34-year-old Briton, born without a left hand, first emerged as a world-class athlete in swimming. She won two golds, three silvers and a bronze at the 1992 Paralympics in Barcelona as a 14-year-old and continued winning swimming medals in three more Paralympics before switching to cycling in 2005. At the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Storey won two gold medals in cycling, claiming the individual pursuit and time trial titles.

    While a swimmer, Storey also competed in able-bodied competition, and that has continued when she made the switch to cycling.

    "I've always competed in able-bodied competition," Storey told Cyclingnews in Cali. "When I was a swimmer I raced [with able-bodied competitors] before I even realized the Paralympics existed, trying to compete for national titles in swimming.

    "When I made the transition into cycling it seemed an obvious way to compete a lot more. Racing is what you train for and there's far more able-bodied races than there are paracycling races. Ultimately I just want to try and be the best I can be and when I go back to paracycling and show just what an elite sport it is.

    "Everyone's fighting for gold medals, the same as we are here tonight, so for me it's just about making myself as fast as I can, make myself better and better every time and just see how far I can take my legs, my heart and my brain."

    Storey's team pursuit gold medal in World Cup competition was her second, with her first coming...

  • Storey's dreams of Olympic and Paralympic double dashed

    Sarah Storey (Great Britain) was part of the gold medal-winning women's team pursuit squad.
    Article published:
    December 07, 2011, 6:04 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    British Cycling cuts 34-year-old from team pursuit squad

    Days after helping Great Britain to a gold medal in the women's team pursuit at the UCI Track World Cup event in Cali, Colombia, Sarah Storey has been informed that her dream of becoming the first British athlete to compete in both the Olympic Games and Paralympics has come to an end.

    The 34-year-old was born without a left hand and has long competed in both able-bodied and para sport, having launched herself into the competitive arena by winning two golds, three silvers and a bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympic Games as a 14-year-old and continued winning swimming medals in three more Paralympics before switching to cycling in 2005.

    Storey revealed on her blog that she was informed by British Cycling upon arriving back in Manchester that she would no longer be a part of the selection squad for the London World Cup in February, the Track World Championships in Melbourne in April and the Olympic Games next summer.

    "I collected my bags in Manchester and before heading home was told my performance in Cali was not as good as they [the selectors] were looking for and so this is the end of the journey for me with the Great Britain team pursuit team," Storey explained.

    "I have always said that London 2012 is about riding as many events as I am good enough for and so now it is important for me to concentrate on the other events I have at the Games."

    "I always said the Team Pursuit was another opportunity to become the best athlete I could be and it would be a bonus if I was able to make the event work alongside the events in which I am Para-cycling World Champion. As with any team event the squad has to work to get the fastest three riders on the start line in the Olympic...

  • 2011 Reader Poll: Pendleton prevails in track category

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    December 07, 2011, 19:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Three world titles not enough for Meares

    Great Britain's Victoria Pendleton has become only the second woman to win three Best Female Track Rider titles in Cyclingnews' reader poll, joining Dutch legend Leontien Van Moorsel for that honour.

    The 2008 Olympic champion had just won on the world circuit in the 2010-2011 season, the Keirin in the Cali World Cup, but she was first in the minds of our readers, taking 20% of the vote - 4323 entries - over triple world champion Anna Meares.

    Four-time individual pursuit world champion Sarah Hammer lost her quest to add a third Cyclingnews title to her palmares, taking 16.8% of the vote. Part-time track racer and scratch race world champion Marianne Vos was fourth.

    The British track cyclists, who so dominated in Beijing, are facing stronger competition than ever leading into the 2012 Olympic Games in London, and for Pendleton the foe was Meares, who relegated the affable Brit to the bronze medal round in three closely fought matches in the semifinals of the individual sprint tournament at Worlds.

    "The sprints are all about making the least mistakes possible. You can't have a perfect performance - it's too much to ask," Pendleton said afterward. "It was a good challenge. We've met each other a lot of the time in competition over the years. The balance has to swing sometimes or people wouldn't bother watching, would they?"

    Pendleton will retire after the London Games, but until then her loyal fans can enjoy a few last performances, and we're sure Vicky has a few tricks up her sleeve to put herself back into gold medal contention before August.

    2011 Best Female Track Rider

    1 Victoria Pendleton 4323 (20.0%)
    2 Anna Meares 4098 (18.9%)
    3 Sarah Hammer 3644 (16.8%)
    4 Marianne Vos 3184 (14.7%)
    5 Giorgia Bronzini 1555 (7.2%)
    6 Danielle King 1191 (5.5%)
    7 Alison Shanks 1167...

  • 2011 Reader Poll: Hoy crushes competition in track category

    Keirin silver medalist Chris Hoy (Sky Track Cycling)
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    December 08, 2011, 0:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Bobridge misses the mark

    Great Britain's Sir Chris Hoy claimed his fourth career title in Cyclingnews' Best Male Track category of our reader poll with a landslide victory over dual world champion and pursuit record holder Jack Bobridge.

    The Australian needed another 1045 votes to draw even with the muscular sprinter, while his compatriot and Madison world champion Cameron Meyer made it an Australian 2-3 in the poll. Canadian Zach Bell claimed fourth.

    While Hoy's remarkable career may be waning a touch, the 35-year-old still showed he has the power and speed to go with his legendary tactical savvy, taking two keirin victories in the World Cup season.

    However, like his female counterpart, Victoria Pendleton, when it came to the world championships, Hoy was shut out by increasing competition from the Australian and French riders. Yet even Hoy at his worst is still worth three podiums in three events at the Worlds.

    Earlier this autumn, Hoy showed his Olympic preparations are on track with an individual sprint victory in the opening 2011-2012 world cup in Astana, and he looks to be on track for his goal of winning all three sprint events in London.

    "I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't think it would be possible [to win] again," Hoy said to BBC. "I don't go there just for the sake of turning up, and with our team you wouldn't get there because the standard is so high.

    "I believe I have what it takes to do it again. You do the best you can and hope it's good enough. I thrive on the pressure."

    2011 Best Male Track Rider

    1 Sir Chris Hoy 6557 30.3%
    2 Jack Bobridge 5512 25.5%
    3 Cameron Meyer 2599 12.0%
    4 Zach Bell 1956 9.0%
    5 Gregory Bauge 1175 5.4%
    6 Jesse Sergent 1045 4.8%
    7 Shane Perkins 995 4.6%
    8 Shane Archbold 752 3.5%
    9 Kevin Sireau 564 2.6%
    10 Azizuhasni Awang 479 2.2%

    Best Male Track Rider - Past winners

    2010 - Taylor...