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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Date published:
February 26, 2014, 0:00 GMT
  • Britain name team for Track World Championships

    Britain's Laura Trott salutes the crowd as the winner of the women's omnium
    Article published:
    February 09, 2014, 6:02 GMT
    Cycling News

    Seven Olympic medallists in squad

    Great Britain has named a 17-rider team that includes seven Olympic medallists, for the Track World Championships later this month.

    Last year’s gold medal winners, Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker, Jason Kenny and Becky James will all be returning to defend their titles. While Ed Clancy will be hoping to help the men’s pursuit team return to the top step, after they were ousted in 2013.

    Performance director Sir Dave Brailsford believes the squad are well on their way to another strong performance. “I’m pleased with the results we’ve had at world cup level this season, both from the established riders and the younger ones breaking through, and I think we can go into the world championships with confidence this year,” he says.

    There are a few changes to the team of 2013. Simon Yates, who won gold in the points race, won’t return to the squad after he switched to the road for this season. Katie Archibald makes her World Championship debut in the women’s endurance category.

    Britain earned a total of nine medals in Minsk last year, five of which were gold. James won two of those golds, in the individual sprint and the kerin, she became the first Briton to win four medals in a single World Championship.

    After the success of the 2012 Olympic Games, Britain are looking to show their capable of a repeat in two year’s time. "With qualification for Rio 2016 expected to begin this year, this world championships will allow us to lay down a marker to see where we are at against the best in the world and assess what work needs to be done,” says Brailsford.

    British team for World Championships

    Men’s sprint: Matt Crampton, Kian Emadi, Phil Hindes, Jason Kenny

    Women’s sprint: Becky James, Jess...

  • Jeanne Nell dies after fatal in-competition crash

    Jeanne Nell (South Africa)
    Article published:
    February 12, 2014, 21:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    South Africa mourns fallen track star

    South African Jeanne Nell died after crashing while racing a keirin at the Bellville Velodrome in Cape Town on Wednesday night. He sustained fatal head injuries in a tragic fall during the race and died later in hospital.

    A true gentleman and a champion of the sport, Nell represented South Africa with pride at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester last year and was part of the South African squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. He was also the current Keirin national champion.

    "The track cycling community is a close community, we're all like family. This is very sad news and we have lost a family member, who was a great role model and a true gentleman," said Cycling South Africa President and track cyclist William Newman.

    Cycling SA Track Commission Director and friend Johan Smith said, "South Africa's cycling community today mourns the loss of not only one of its top sprinters, but even more so the loss of one of its most beloved sons. Jeanne will be missed for much more than his cycling talent. He was a true champion, and led by example, both on and off the track. Larger than life, he stole so many hearts with his boyish charm and exuberance. This is indeed a very, very sad day."

    Cyclingnews extends its condolences to the friends, family and teammates of Jeanne Nell.

  • Alex Edmondson eyeing off gold at 2016 Rio Olympics

    The winning siblings, Annette and Alex Edmonson with their Omnium gold medals
    Article published:
    February 14, 2014, 3:50 GMT
    Zeb Woodpower

    World championships in Columbia next objective for Australian

    Rising track star Alex Edmondson is off to Colombia for the world championships later this month as Australia look to defend their team pursuit title. Edmondson was recently announced as a member of the Jayco-AIS World Tour Academy team. Although until the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the track is his burning desire.

    "My ultimate dream is to say that I'm an Olympic champion. I think that with the team pursuit, our goal is Rio 2016 and standing on the top step," Edmondson told Cyclingnews.

    Edmondson is following in the tradition in Australians in recent years such as Cameron Meyer, Michael Hepburn and Jack Bobridge who have won numerous rainbow jerseys on the track before making the successful switch to the road. This continues a long tradition with Stuart O'Grady and Graeme Brown two other examples of how a track apprenticeship can help prepare riders for the road.

    While the track is where Edmondson's ambitions lay until Rio, he is happy to shift gears and get out on the road.

    "It's all about track until 2016 and depending on what happens there and the circumstances of how my road legs are, I'll start to make a decision on what I want to do. Until Rio though, it's all track so whatever I do on the road is a bonus.

    "With that said, I don't want to say 'no road, I just want to focus on the track' as the road is such good prep for the track and vice versa and they combine so nicely. With the South Australian Institute of Sport and Cycling Australia, we are so lucky and privileged to have such a smooth transition between being able to do the track and live overseas with the road."

    The multiple national champion will be living like a sponge in 2014, absorbing everything and anything to improve his riding and also to become a well-rounded individual off the bike.

    "Whoever I'm around, I try to learn off. I...

  • Meares to lead Australian track World Championships team

    Anna Meares with another national title to her name
    Article published:
    February 16, 2014, 12:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Cycling Australia announce 15-rider team

    Ten-time world champion Anna Meares will lead the 15-rider Australian team at the track world championships in Cali, Colombia later this month.

    Meares skipped the event in Belarus last year after she took a sabbatical following the Olympic Games in London. The 30-year-old will be looking to reassert her dominance in the sprint competition and the keirin, where she won gold in 2012.

    Meares’ long-time team-mate in the team sprint, Kaarle McCulloch will miss the championships, after being sidelined with a knee injury. In her place will be current keirin and team sprint national champion Steph Morton.

    Joining Mears in the sprint team will be two-time world champion Shane Perkins. Like Meares, Perkins didn’t ride in Minsk, after undergoing shoulder surgery. He seems to be on good form and took victory in the kerin at the national championships earlier this month. Completing the sprint line-up will be 2012 team sprint champion Matthew Glaetzer and Daniel Ellis.

    Reigning team pursuit champions Glenn O’Shea and Alex Edmondson will be defending their title in Cali. O’Shea will also be looking to retake his title in the omnium, which he lost to Aaron Gate of New Zealand last year. Two members of their gold medal winning team won’t be back for more. Michael Hepburn, who also claimed gold in the individual pursuit, has turned his focus to the road this season and will be riding at the Tour of Oman and Alex Morgan missed out on selection.

    Men’s scratch race bronze medallist Luke Davidson made the team once again. Annette Edmondson, Melissa Hoskins and Amy Cure are looking to improve on their silver medal in the team pursuit. Ashlee Ankudinoff will ride her fifth championship, while Isabella King, Miles Scotson and Mitchell Mulhern will make their debuts.

    The world championships will take place between February 26 and March 2.

    Australian team

    Men and...

  • Review of British Cycling role for Dave Brailsford after World Track Championships

    Chris Froom and Dave Brailsford with the Sky Team
    Article published:
    February 16, 2014, 23:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Team Sky commitments forces a rethink of dual roles

    For Sir Dave Brailsford combining twin roles as performance director of British Cycling and general manager of Team Sky has increasingly become difficult to manage, resulting in the British knight stating that following the World Track Championships in Colombia later this month he will review his role with the national body.

    Brailsford, anxious not to "stretch" himself too much ahead of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, is seen as one of the foremost sporting coaches in world for masterminding British Cycling's rise to prominence over the past two decades. Since 2010 he has overseen the success of Team Sky who have won the last two editions of the Tour de France courtesy of Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.

    "I think it's fair to say the size of the challenge at Team Sky has grown over the last few years," Brailsford said ahead of the world championships in Cali on Feb 26-March 2.

    "It was a big challenge in the first couple of years just to get it up and running from scratch. But the nature of the challenge has changed, winning the Tour twice has put us on the map globally.

    "The wavelength in British Cycling is that four-year period, really, whereas with Team Sky it is a bit more like an annual sporting season where we have the Tour de France every year which is like an Olympics every year. That demands a constant level of focus and attention.

    "I would say it is getting more and more difficult and I think post-worlds it is always a good time to sit back and review and see where I'm at."

    There has been no final decision made yet on how Brailsford will resolve his juggling of the two roles. "Nothing drastic [has been decided]," he said. "It is just a question of continually managing the situation. I don't want to get to the point where I'm diluted – where I'm stretched so broadly that I'm diluting my own impact.

    Brailsford explained that his reasoning for reviewing his roles is to ensure...

  • USA Cycling team announced for Track World Championships

    The US team pursuit squad of Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch and Lauren Tamayo en route to a silver medal in the finals against Great Britain.
    Article published:
    February 18, 2014, 21:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    Seven women and one man for Cali

    Two of the eight athletes in the USA cycling team for the track world championships that are taking place in Cali, Colombia earned automatic nominations to the squad. Sarah Hammer, reigning world champion in the individual pursuit and women's omnium, topped the field in the women's omnium at the second UCI Track World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico, in December.

    Elizabeth Newell also earned an automatic nomination after she placed second in the points race at the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester, Great Britain.

    Joining those two competitors will be Jake Duehring following a selection committee nomination who will contest the men's omnium in Colombia. Duehring currently ranks 12th in the UCI World Cup rankings and 28th in the UCI standings in the men's omnium after his world cup season.

    He finished 12th in Manchester before placing 16th in Aguascalientes and 14th in the final world cup event in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    The women's team pursuit roster includes Hammer, Kimberly Geist, Cari Higgins, Lauren Tamayo, Jennifer Valente and Ruth Winder.
    Valente, the reigning national champion in the scratch race, is set to contest that race in Colombia after she placed eighth in Guadalajara.
    Winder is also set to compete alongside Hammer in the women's individual pursuit as she currently sits in ninth place in the UCI World Cup rankings and 16th in the UCI rankings in the individual pursuit.

    2014 UCI Track World Championships Cali, Colombia
    February 26 – March 2, 2014

    Women's Roster
    Kimberly Geist (Emmaus, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation-Team Alliance Environmental)
    Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling)
    Cari Higgins (Boulder, Colo./UnitedHealthcare)
    Elizabeth Newell (Oakland, Calif.)
    Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./UnitedHealthcare)
    Jennifer Valente (San Diego, Calif./TWENTY16 Pro Cycling)
    Ruth Winder...

  • Baugé worried French track programme still lags behind Britain

    Jason Kenny (Great Britain) vs Gregory Bauge (France) in gold medal final
    Article published:
    February 26, 2014, 11:04 GMT
    Cycling News

    Frenchman surprised by Jason Kenny's London 2012 performance

    In spite of the inauguration of the new Vélodrome National last month, Grégory Baugé believes that the level of support for French track riders is still some way behind what is on offer to their British counterparts.

    The track at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is the Paris area’s first permanent and regulation-length indoor velodrome in 55 years and while it marks progress for the French Federation, Baugé said that facilities alone were not enough.

    “Yes, there’s a nice track but as I’ve said before, that’s not everything,” Baugé told L’Équipe ahead of this week’s world championships in Cali. “I’m French and I have the impression that, in my country, we’re standing still, we’re performing a track stand. I’m saying it clearly, we’re not there. I know that I am the strongest but you’re the good Frenchman who wants to do things within the rules and voilà.”

    Asked if he was suggesting that the riders on the rival Great Britain track programme were doping, Baugé said: “Doping, that’s not what I’d put first.”

    At the London 2012 Olympics, French team director Isabelle Gautheron publicly questioned whether the British team was riding regulation wheels – “Mavic wheels or magic wheels?” as the L’Équipe headline put it at the time – while Baugé himself took over from journalists during the press conference that followed his defeat in...

  • Australia out to defend team pursuit world title

    The Australian team pursuit quartet in Cali
    Article published:
    February 26, 2014, 23:00 GMT
    Cycling News

    Denmark looking to repeat 2009 success

    Australia was the last of thirteen teams to make their way onto the Cali track in the team pursuit qualifying yesterday at the Track World Championships in Colombia with reigning world champions Glenn O'Shea and Alex Edmondson plus debutants Mitchell Mulhern and Miles Scotson posting a time of 4 minutes 01.516secs which was the second fastest time behind Denmark to book a place in the final.

    The quartet will face Casper Von Folsach, Lasse Hansen, Rasmus Quaade and Alex Rasmussen, who set a new track record of 4mins 0.176secs in qaulifying, to decide the 2014 world champions.

    The Australians time was just 0.99 seconds ahead of Russia (4:01.615) who face New Zealand (4:02.056) for bronze.

    "This might not be one of the youngest but it's one of the least experienced teams in terms of a World Championships level that we've had in the last nine to ten years," Head Coach Tim Decker said. "Yes, a lot of the other teams have either two Olympic champions or four Olympic representatives so we're probably down on that side of it.

    "But we haven't used that as an excuse, instead as a challenge. And that's what I've put to the boys, all their preparation has been pretty good in the lead up, they're in good condition and there should be no reasons why we're shouldn't be in that top four or fighting it out for the win if they put it all together on the day," Decker said.

    In the past 12 years Australia and Great Britain have enjoyed enormous success in the team pursuit as only Denmark, in 2009, has been able to break their stranglehold on the event. The reigning Olympic champion British team led by dual Olympic champion Ed Clancy finished eighth in qualifying, three seconds behind Australia's time.

    The Men's final is the second event on Night 1 of the meet which begins at 6:15pm in Cali, Colombia.

    Update: Luke Davison will take...