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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, November 19, 2013

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November 19, 2013, 0:00 GMT
  • Australia strike gold on opening day of junior track world championships

    A rainbow jersey for new world champions Jack Edwards, Joshua Harrison, Sam Welsford and Callum Scotson (Australia)
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    August 08, 2013, 3:51 BST
    Cycling News

    Three rainbow jerseys for team from down under

    Overnight in Glasgow the Australian quartet of Jack Edwards, Joshua Harrison, Sam Welsford and Callum Scotson were the last of 19 teams to set out on the track. They posted the fastest time of 4:09.364 to secure a spot in the gold medal ride against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand.

    In the final, Edwards lead the team to a one second lead after the first lap and from there they never looked back. Australia failed to catch the New Zealand team but remained clear winners in a time of 4mins 6.159 seconds, six seconds ahead of New Zealand.

    "I don't really know what to feel at the moment, this is amazing. I just don't know how to describe it," said Harrison.

    "Sitting there for two hours in qualifying watching all the other teams was a little nerve wracking, but in the end it made it easier for us once they had gone, we knew exactly what time we needed to post.

    "In the final, once we could see them, we knew we had it. We tried to hunt them down but couldn't quite get there, but held it to the end for the win."

    As with all the male members of the Australian team, the quartet was sporting the traditional bleached blonde locks, something which Harrison believes assisted their victory.

    "It's a great bonding exercise, it really brings the boys together and that's what is great about this team. We are all really good mates and really supportive of each other, "Harrison said.

    The only disappointment of the day for the pursuit quartet comes in falling short of the world record. Before the event new Australian team pursuit coach, Tim Decker, posted on twitter that he would shave his head if they achieved the feat.

    "For you Aussie male junior TP team as I have always said I will shave my head if you break the World record #4.02," exclaimed Decker.

    U19 Women's Team Sprint

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  • Cavendish second in track return

    Young Mark Cavendish at full speed in the Madison
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    September 07, 2013, 3:10 BST
    Cycling News

    Madison to come for former world champion in Gent

    Mark Cavendish finished second in his return to the track on Friday at the International Belgian Open in Gent.

    Cavendish was participating in the 15km scratch race and had the lead on the final circuit around the velodrome as part of a five-man breakaway which lapped the field. Dutchman Wim Stroetinga finished ahead of the rider from the Isle of Man with Belgian Champion Moreno Peacock third.

    On Saturday, Cavendish will combine with Owain Doull in the madison.

    Competing at the event qualifies Cavendish for the Track World Cup which he will need to race in order to earn enough points to gain selection for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero in 2016. When registering for the International Belgian Open, Cavendish's road team Omega Pharma-Quick-Step reportedly did not know of his intentions.

    Cavendish is a two-time world champion on the track, winning the madison in 2005 and 2008.

    On Friday, he was named as a starter for the Tour of Britain which begins September 15. While the course does not suit his strengths as a sprinter, Cavendish has indicated he wants to aid Chris Froome's bid for the UCI Road World Championships.

  • Manchester Track World Cup a wake-up call for Kenny, says Brailsford

    2013 keirin world champion Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
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    November 04, 2013, 13:19 GMT
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    Olympic sprint champion falls short in front of home fans

    British Cycling performance directeor Dave Brailsford is hopeful that Olympic sprint champion Jason Kenny’s low-key showing at the first round of the Track World Cup in Manchester at the weekend will serve as something of a wake-up call as he builds towards the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

    Kenny failed to qualify from the first round of the intermediate sprint, clocking only the 24th quickest time of the 41 competitors, and he was subsequently unable to land a medal in the keirin, finishing 4th behind winner François Pervis (France). Robert Förstemann (Germany) won the sprint.

    “Jason not qualifying here this morning I think is a good thing, personally. It will be a bitter pill for him to swallow but it will wake him up, and they are the important things at this stage of the Olympic cycle,” Brailsford told BBC Sport.

    In order to qualify for the sprint at the world championships in Cali in February, Kenny must finish in the top 30 of the World Cup standings, and he will be under pressure to perform more strongly in next month’s second round in Mexico City.

    “Reputations don't matter. It doesn't matter who you are, you have to earn your place. He has to get his head down and graft," said Brailsford, who nonetheless said he was confident that Kenny’s form will improve quickly. “Do I have any real concerns? No. Everything is in place at this moment in time.”

    Kenny’s disappointing showing aside, Brailsford’s British squad was again the dominant force in Manchester at the weekend, with Laura Trott claiming the women’s omnium and the British quartet setting a new world record in the women’s team pursuit.

  • Marvulli to retire at end of season

    Franco Marvulli is a four-time winner at the 6 Giorni delle Rose.
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    November 07, 2013, 2:10 GMT
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    Swiss track star calling it quits

    A week ahead of his 35th birthday, Swiss track cycling star and four-time world champion Franco Marvulli has announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

    Marvulli has been a fixture of the European Six Day scene, and together with partners like Bruno Risi he amassed 34 overall victories. He and Risi were world champions in the Madison in 2003, the year he won his second consecutive scratch race world title. The next year he and Risi earned the silver medal in the Olympic Games Madison in Athens. They won their second Madison world title in 2007.

    Risi retired in 2010, and since then Marvulli has paired up with younger riders like Elia Viviani, fellow Swiss Tristan Marquet and German Marcel Kalz, with whom he won the Bremen Six Day in January. Marvuli was also a regular participant at the Australian Madison Championships and the Benidgo Madison in Victoria.

    Marvulli made his retirement announcement via his Facebook page, stating, "So now it's official, I'm ending my career by the end of the season. 20 years are enough, I am looking forward to my new challenges."


  • UCI awards final 2013-2014 Track World Cup round to Mexico

    The Great Britain team pursuit quiartet head for gold
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    November 08, 2013, 17:10 GMT
    Cycling News

    Guadalajara gets January slot on the calendar

    The UCI announced that the third and final round of the 2013-2014 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico. The competition will take place from January 17 to 19, 2014 at the Guadalajara Pan American Velodrome.

    The velodrome hosted the track cycling events of the 2011 Pan American Games and more recently, last month, the Pan American Masters Track Championships.

    UCI President Brian Cookson welcomed today's announcement. "Mexico has demonstrated a strong commitment to track cycling in recent years, hosting rounds of the World Cup in Aguascalientes," he said. "The organising team for the Guadalajara round has already demonstrated its ability to host a major international event, and I have no doubt that our World Cup final will be of top quality."

    The overall World Cup winners will be crowned in Guadalajara six weeks before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia (February 26 - March 2).

    The opening round of the World Cup was recently contested in Manchester, England and the second round, December 5-7, will also be in Mexico at Aguascalientes.

    The UCI is still in discussions with several candidate organizers regarding who will host the 2014 Para-cycling Track World Championships.

  • Reader Poll: Vote for best track rider of the year

    Sarah Hammer (USA) after claiming her sixth world title in the omnium
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    November 09, 2013, 18:33 GMT
    Cycling News

    One lucky reader will win Dan Martin's Cervélo race bike

    Which of the following riders will prevail in the 2013 Cyclingnews Reader Poll for best track rider?

    Powerhouse sprinter Stefan Botticher had a banner world championship session in Minsk where he won two gold medals. The 21-year-old first struck gold as part of Germany's team sprint squad with Rene Enders and Maximilian Levy followed by the individual world championship in the men's sprint. Botticher had a hard road to gold in the individual sprint as he had to go through the repechage rounds after losing in the 1/8 finals to Olympic champion Jason Kenny, but from then he steadily advanced through to the finals where he dispatched of Russia's Denis Dmitriev in straight heats. Botticher is a multi-time German and European champion in the sprint, team sprint and keirin and ended the 2012-2013 track season ranked second in the UCI standings for the sprint and third for keirin.

    Sarah Hammer was the sole US representative at the track world championships in Minsk and the veteran track rider left Belarus with two world championships added to her considerable palmares. Hammer qualified fastest in the individual pursuit and then earned her fifth pursuit world title against Australia's Amy Cure. Hammer followed that performance with a world championship in the omnium, her first world title in the discipline and the sixth rainbow jersey of her career. The 30-year-old American finished the 2012-2013 track season ranked first in the UCI standings for both the individual pursuit and omnium.

    Australia's Michael Hepburn started 2013 with a successful defence of his national individual pursuit title and then earned two world championships in Minsk. The 22-year-old was part of Australian's victorious team pursuit squad, which qualified fastest and then dispatched of Great Britain in the final, and then qualified...

  • Keisse ready to defend Gent Six-Day title

    Five-time Gent Six-Day champion Iljo Keisse, right, is introduced prior to the 2013 edition's start. Left is Keisse's partner Wim Stroetinga and center is race organiser Patrick Sercu
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    November 19, 2013, 18:00 GMT
    Peter Hymas

    Belgian seeks sixth victory at hometown race

    The 73rd edition of the Gent Six-Day begins this evening with hometown favourite and defending champion Iljo Keisse ready to seek his sixth victory at the legendary 't Kuipke velodrome. Keisse, victorious in 2012 with Australia's Glenn O'Shea, will have a new partner in 28-year-old Dutchman Wim Stroetinga, but the Belgian has complete confidence in his new teammate in Gent.

    "He is a very good cyclist with a lot of experience," said Keisse. "He's very fast, that's his strongest asset. We haven't trained at all together but we know from each other what we can expect. We both have a lot of experience. He can account for the sprints so I can concentrate on the other disciplines.

    "It would be different if you had to ride with someone who rides the Gent Six-Day for the first time, but this isn't the case."

    Regarding his competition, Keisse joked that organiser Patrick Sercu "has done too much to get a strong field together." Keisse cited 2012 Madison world champions Kenny De Ketele and Gijs Van Hoecke as formidable foes, as well as Spain's David Muntaner and Albert Torres.

    "The Spanish team of Torres and Muntaner is relatively unknown to many, but they were second at the [Madison] world championships. Their trademark is their attacking style of racing, but the downside for Torres and Muntaner is that they don't know the track at 't Kuipke."

    Keisse's preparation for the winter Six-Day season has proceeded a bit differently than previous years, but the 30-year-old Belgian showed he's on form with a win on Sunday at the Memorial Dimitri De Fauw Madison event, in Gent's Flemish Cycling Centre Eddy Merckx velodrome, where he partnered with Dimitri's cousin Ken.

    "This year I did things a bit differently than other years. I had a pretty tough year and...

  • Great Britain selects team for UCI Track World Cup in Mexico

    Laura Trott (Great Britain) leaves nothing in the tank whilst finishing second in the Women's Omnium Individual Pursuit
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    November 19, 2013, 19:32 GMT
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    Sixteen riders headed to round 2

    British Cycling confirmed the 16 riders who will represent Great Britain at the second round of the 2013-2014 UCI Track World Cup, taking place in Aguascalientes, Mexico on December 5-7.

    Great Britain won eight medals, including four golds at the opening round of the World Cup series in Manchester earlier this month and is currently leading the series based on points ranking.

    For the Mexican round, the team will get an additional rider, new recruit Katie Archibald, who delivered impressive performances at the Manchester World Cup riding for Scotland's Braveheart team.

    Speaking of the team selection, Performance Manager Shane Sutton OBE said, "The World Cup in Manchester has given us a steady start to the season - we got some good results there and it also highlighted some aspects the team needs to work on. We're keen to build on that in the next round and earn as many qualifying points for the world championships as we can so we're sending a strong squad over to Mexico for the next round."

    Men's sprint
    Matt Crampton
    Kian Emadi
    Jason Kenny
    Phil Hindes

    Women's sprint
    Becky James
    Jess Varnish

    Men's endurance
    Steven Burke
    Ed Clancy
    Jon Dibben
    Owain Doull
    Sam Harrison

    Women's endurance
    Katie Archibald
    Elinor Barker
    Dani King
    Joanna Rowsell
    Laura Trott