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Track Cycling News & Racing Round-up, Monday, March 14, 2011

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March 14, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • Archbold emerges as Omnium medal contender

    Men's Omnium podium (l-r): Zachary Bell (2nd,CAN), Shane Archbold (1st,NZ), and Edward Clancy (3rd,GBR).
    Article published:
    February 25, 2011, 11:38 GMT
    Daniel Benson

    Kiwi track rider looking forward to world championships

    Despite having only taken up the Omnium in November last year, Kiwi Shane Archbold is fast becoming an Omnium specialist, and with five weeks to go until the Worlds, is surely a contender for a medal.

    Archbold’s impressive record for the event reads: raced four, won three, and his winning display at last weekend’s Manchester World Cup was one of the most dominant performances over the three-day meeting.

    The Kiwi set a personal best in the flying lap to take an early lead and then collected points throughout the other events. He won the individual pursuit, took fifth in the scratch races and third in the kilometre time trial.

    "It's another World Cup victory [his second]. It's not the world championships, but it's another step forward for me,” he told Cyclingnews.

    "Originally I didn't target the Omnium because there are so many other athletes in New Zealand who are better suited to it, but since I've had two World Cup wins some say it's made for me. It's all about consistency. There are six opportunities for it to go wrong."

    His success means Archbold, although he won’t admit it, is the rider to beat at next month’s track worlds championships in Holland.

    “I’m going faster than I did in Melbourne and I said that Melbourne was the best form I’ve ever had. I definitely don’t think that I’m peaking too soon. After Columbia I had a break over Christmas and New Year,” he pointed out confidently.

  • Lampater to light up 2011 Melbourne Madison

    German rider Leif Lampater ended the first night as the overall leader.
    Article published:
    March 01, 2011, 23:14 GMT
    Cycling News

    Experience and youth a recipe for thrilling racing

    This year's Melbourne Madison and Sid Patterson Grand Prix will be held on Saturday, March 5, at Melbourne's Joe Ciavola Velodrome, featuring a lineup that includes experienced Six-Day riders Leif Lampater and Leon Van Bon.

    First run in 1982, the Melbourne Madison has become a popular event amongst local and international cyclists and boasts past winners such as Tour de France green jersey winner Baden Cooke, HTC-Highroad pro Mark Renshaw and individual pursuit world record holder Jack Bobridge.

    This year's edition promises to be a closely-fought affair with a field that boasts experience and youth. German track stalwart Lampater (pictured) and Dutch veteran Van Bon lead the charge, with New Zealand's World Cup-winning duo of Shane Archbold and Tom Scully hot on their heels and aiming to impress as will the Victorian Institute of Sport team, represented by the youthful combination of Rick Sanders and South Australia's Alex Edmondson.

    Event organiser Barry Langley said this year's edition boasts, "A great mix of teams, which should ensure an entertaining race," adding that he's "very pleased to see the return of Glen O'Shea to international racing".

    O'Shea has spent the last two years on the sidelines due to illness and has recently taken big steps along the path to a return to the top level of racing. He'll partner German rider Benjamin Edmüller on Saturday night and pose one of the biggest threats to Lampater and Van Bon.

    The evening's program will also feature the 11th edition of the Sid Patterson Grand Prix and an International Keirin.

    Teams for the 2011 Melbourne Madison:

    Leif Lampater (Germany) - Leon Van Bon (Holland)
    Benjamin Edmüller (Germany) - Glen O'Shea (SA)
    Shane Archbold (NZ) - Tom Scully (NZ)
    Cam Karwowski (NZ) - Jason Allen (NZ)
    Caleb Ewan (NSW) - Scott Law (NSW)
    Peter Loft (TAS) - Luke Ockerby (TAS)
    Rik Sanders (VIC) - Alex...

  • Awang confirms he will miss world track championships

    Azizulhasni Awang (YSD Track Team) took gold in the keirin
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    March 02, 2011, 10:22 GMT
    Barry Ryan

    Malaysian continues to recover after splinter is removed from calf

    Azizulhasni Awang has confirmed that he will miss the world track championships in Apeldoorn. The Malaysian sprinter is still recovering from the horrific calf injury he sustained when he crashed during the final round of the track World Cup in February.

    Awang was among the fallers in a chaotic keirin final in Manchester and was forced to undergo surgery to remove a 9-inch splinter from his left calf. Remarkably, Awang got straight back up after the crash and completed the race in third place behind winner Chris Hoy, before realising the precise nature of his injury.

    After having the splinter removed in hospital in Manchester, Awang returned to his home in Melbourne to continue his recovery. He was back on the bike for the first time on Tuesday after having his stitches removed, although he limited himself to a ten-minute ride.

    “The stitches were removed yesterday,” Awang told “But I haven't done any serious training yet, only light workouts to invigorate myself.”

    Awang later clarified via his Twitter account that he will not be lining up in Apeldoorn, in spite of his national federation’s earlier hope that he might be able to recover in time.

    The Malaysian National Cycling Federation (MNCF) had delayed the team’s departure for the Netherlands by three days until March 18 in a bid to give Awang every opportunity to recuperate. MNCF vice-president Datuk Naim Mohamad also explained to The...

  • Hammer headlines USA team for UCI Track World Championships

    American Sarah Hammer took the omnium points race win by lapping the field twice.
    Article published:
    March 05, 2011, 22:58 GMT
    Cycling News

    World record-holding women's pursuit team to chase gold

    USA Cycling announced this week its ten-rider team for the 2011 UCI Track World Championships, which take place March 23-27 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Defending pursuit champion Sarah Hammer will head the team, and is set to seek title number three in the event.

    Hammer will also lead the women's pursuit team with discretionary picks Lauren Tamayo and Dotsie Bausch, who helped set the world record in 2010. Winner of the Cali and Manchester World Cup omniums, Hammer is also favourite in that event.

    Joining the women's team will be Jennie Reed, a former keirin world champion who made the switch to the endurance events in her comeback last year. Reed will compete in the scratch race, earning her nod with a second place in the event at the Manchester World Cup. Cari Higgins was chosen as a discretionary pick to compete in the points race.

    Three of the women will form the pursuit team, with the exact composition being made in Apeldoorn.

    Last year's men's pursuit champion Taylor Phinney will not compete at the world championships, leaving the endurance team consisting solely of Bobby Lea, who will take part in the omnium and scratch race.

    The sprint team will consist of Giddeon Massie and Dean Tracy, who earned automatic nominations at the Manchester World Cup, and discretionary picks Michael Blatchford and Kevin Mansker. Three riders will be chosen from the four to compete in the team sprint, while Massie take on the individual sprint.

    USA Women for UCI Track Worlds

    Sarah Hammer: omnium, individual pursuit, team pursuit
    Lauren Tamayo: team pursuit
    Dotsie Bausch: team pursuit
    Jennie Reed: scratch race, team pursuit
    Cari Higgins: points race, team pursuit

    USA Men for UCI Track Worlds

    Bobby Lea: omnium, scratch race
    Giddeon Massie: sprint, team sprint
    Michael Blatchford: team sprint
    Kevin Mansker:...

  • Meyer and Howard favourites for Bendigo International Madison

    Meyer and Howard are the reigning Madison world champions.
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    March 09, 2011, 21:45 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Jamieson continues comeback from ban

    Regional Victoria is set to host a big few days of cycling with the Bendigo International Madison kicking off this evening and running all the way through to Sunday in the event's 40th year.

    The highlight of the four days is the International Madison, run on Sunday, where current Madison world champions Cameron Meyer and Leigh Howard will team up at the event for the very first time.

    The pair should have raced together in 2010; however, both the Madison and criterium were forced to be cancelled due to a freak downpour where 59mm of rain fell in 48 hours.

    Howard paired up with Glen O'Shea in 2008 and 2009 to become the first team to successfully defend the Bendigo International Madison since 2000 Olympic gold medallists Brett Aitken and Scott McGrory in 2001 and 2002.

    Also lining up in the showcase event are Tour de France and Vuelta a España stage winner Leon van Bon and Germany's Leif Lampater, who took out last weekend's Melbourne Madison and are expected to provide the most resistance to the world champions.

    Prior to their Australian campaigns, van Bon and Lampater competed in the Rotterdam Six-Day. There, van Bon was victorious with Danny Stam while Lampater and his partner Niki Terpstra finished fifth.

    A strong local contingent features Australia's under-19 Madison champions Jackson Law and Caleb Ewan while O'Shea will team with Tim Decker, who is lining up for a record 15th start.

    The comeback of former...

  • High expectations ahead of Australia's Track World Championship assault

    Anna Meares (Aus) ready to rock in the 200m tt sprint qualifying round
    Article published:
    March 10, 2011, 7:26 GMT
    Jane Aubrey

    Meares warns Pendleton still "the biggest threat in the field"

    With nine defending world champions on the Australian roster for this month's Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands expectations among the team are high.

    The Australian Cyclones topped the medal table in 2010 with a tally of six gold, two silver and two bronze medals from the 19 events contested in Copenhagen. The average age of the team then was 21. On Thursday afternoon, the Australian team with the exception of Shane Perkins who was training in Melbourne and Rohan Dennis who is in Europe, gathered in Adelaide for a media call ahead of their journey to the Netherlands next week.

    "Most of the riders that were there the previous year were gone and the atmosphere was just, I don't know how to describe it, we all want to win which is a huge thing and I think we all believe that we've got the ability to win," explains team sprint world champion Kaarle McCulloch. "Post-world championships last year the endurance coach Ian McKenzie sat us down and he said to us, ‘we might have won the battle here but the war is not over', and London is what we're aiming for and we're all out to get gold in London."

    McCulloch's team sprint partner, Anna Meares echoes the sentiment. These world championships are all part of the long road back to Olympic supremacy for the Australian team which left Bejing with just one medal, Meares' sprint silver.

    "[These events] help to keep the panic level down because the Olympic Games is just so big and you spend four years of your life dedicating hard work," said Meares.

    Cycling Australia's National Performance Director Kevin Tabotta said the team is well placed for more medal performances in 2011.

    "We're coming off the back of a strong World Cup campaign where we fielded both development and elite squads," said Tabotta. "We used the series to chase Olympic qualification points and to ensure we qualified all the places we needed for the World Championships and now the team we're...

  • Queally returns to UK 2012 London Olympics sprint squad

    Jason Queally
    Article published:
    March 11, 2011, 12:03 GMT
    Cycling News

    Former Olympic champion sets eye on team sprint event

    Jason Queally has been asked to return to the British sprint team in view of the 2012 London Olympics. The 40-year-old was happy to confirm that he has accepted the offer that may see him return to Olymic competition after not having been selected for the Beijing Olympics three years ago.

    "I was asked if I would like to come back into the team sprint squad by senior management to try out for man three in London," Queally told the Guardian. "I have said yes and will start training with the team after the world championships. It's my belief that this opportunity gives me the best chance of competing in London and so I have decided to go for it."

    Great Britain head coach Shane Sutton was confident that Queally will be up to the challenge. "We wouldn't be doing it if we didn't believe he was capable of it," he said. "It's worth it given the groundwork he has done over the last two years. We've gone everywhere to find talent for London."

    Queally has been training with the team pursuit squad for over one year and was part of the four-man team that won the gold medal at the European championships in November 2010. But with too many excellent pursuiters up for a spot in the Olympic selection, the former Olympic champion preferred to change focus on the team sprint.

    "I would have struggled to make the team pursuit line-up for London with the way things are moving forward with the event and the number of riders going for the four spots," said Queally.

    His performances will now be measured against those of Ross Edgar, Matt Crampton and David Daniell in search for the third man of the team sprint trio to contend the London event. After Jamie Staff retired almost one year ago, Beijing gold medallists Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny have not yet found a candidate able to take his place.

  • British team named for UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn

    Chris Hoy (Team Sky) on the top spot on the podium for the men's keirin.
    Article published:
    March 14, 2011, 13:08 GMT
    Cycling News

    Brailsford builds for London 2012 Olympics

    The British team for the track world championships in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands has been announced, with few surprises in the line up. With the London 2012 Olympics a little more than a year away, the Worlds will be an important test site for the British squad.

    “These world championships are a further stepping stone towards the Olympic Games in London, and whilst the team is building momentum there's still plenty left in the tank,” British Cycling’s Performance Director Dave Brailsford said. “There's a great mood in the camp and the riders are very much enjoying the process of competing.”

    As expected, Sky’s Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas do not feature in the team pursuit squad for the Worlds, although they had a pre-Olympic test at the track World Cup in Manchester last month. Ed Clancy will lead the men’s endurance squad as he seeks to defend his omnium world title, while Chris Hoy will aim to do the same in the keirin. Both Hoy and Jason Kenny will be among the main contenders in the sprint.

    Victoria Pendleton is the star name in the women’s line-up as she looks to retain her sprint world title, while the solid contingent of endurance riders includes Lizzie Armitstead and Wendy Houvenaghel.

    Although the Manchester World Cup was a huge success in terms of attendance, the British team did not have things all its own way out on the track. Brailsford acknowledged that France and Australia’s recent performances underline that Great Britain is not alone at the top of track cycling’s hierarchy.

    “For us it’s a real positive to be going into the world championships as the hunters rather than the hunted,” Brailsford said. “The...