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Track Cycling news & racing round-up, Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Date published:
December 02, 2009, 0:00 GMT
  • Colombia names track World Cup team

    Madison teammates Carlos Uran and Juan E. Arango
    Article published:
    November 26, 2009, 18:55 GMT
    Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor

    Team looks to defend last year's World Cup win at home

    The Colombian Cycling Federation selected its track cyclists for round three of the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, at the Alcides Nieto Patiño velodrome on December 10-12.

    Carlos Ospina, Edwin Avila, Juan E. Arango, Arles Castro, Weimar Roldán, Carlos Urán, Leonardo Narváez, Cristian Tamayo and Fabian Puerta will fill the men's team while the women's team will consist of Milena Salcedo, Lorena Vargas, Elizabeth Agudelo, Natalia Múñoz and Diana Garcìa.

    "It's a solid group with experience and youth, and we are ready to defend the title won the previous year," said Jorge Ovidio González, president of the Colombian Federation.

    The national team will work under the guidance of vice president Luis Eduer Valenzuela, in Medellin, until December 7 when the riders will move to the capital.

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  • Keirin World champion Levy moves to Cofidis Track team

    Max Levy (Germany) ready for his first Keirin as World Champion.
    Article published:
    November 27, 2009, 19:32 GMT
    Cycling News

    German looks forward to new challenges

    Keirin World Champion Maximilian Levy will ride for the Cofidis track team in 2010. The 22-year-old German signed a one-year contract on Friday.

    “I am looking forward to the new challenges,” he told the German press agency dpa. “The change is a further step in my athletic development.”

    Levy will continue to train in Brandenburg and ride for Germany in the World Championships. He will ride the World Cup meets for Cofidis. At his new team, he will join French riders Kevin Sireau, Francois Pervis and Quentin Fargue, as well as Dutch rider Teun Mulder.

    His contract with his current team, Sparkassen Team Brandenburg, expires at the end of this season.

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  • Kidney stone can't stop Schep

    Peter Schep is taken for medical checks after feeling unwell during the team elimination race.
    Article published:
    November 28, 2009, 15:07 GMT
    Susan Westemeyer

    Six Day rider back in action after heath scare

    Dutchman Peter Schep felt so unwell during the third night of the Gent Six Day race on Thursday that he had to be carried off the track and taken to hospital. Despite the health scare the 32-year-old Dutchman was back in action for Friday's fourth night of action.

    At the hospital, Schep was diagnosed with a kidney stone blocking his bladder. The problem was taken care of, and the rider returned to his hotel for the night. Schep vowed to return to the race, which he did last night.

    Going into Saturday night's action, Schep and his race partner Jeff Vermeulen are in sixth place, 3 laps behind leaders Iljo Keisse and Roger Kluge.

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  • Bartko abandons Gent Six Day

    De Ketele swings Robert Bartko in to do a turn.
    Article published:
    November 28, 2009, 21:24 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    De Ketele to continue with Schep

    German Robert Bartko has called an end to his participation in the Zesdaagse van Vlaanderen Gent just 11 minutes into the nights' first Madison after suffering through four days of racing with injured ribs.

    The two-time winner of the Gent Six Day crashed at the Munich Six Day earlier this month, and finally succumbed to the pain and breathing problems caused by his injuries.

    "I have put too much on the ribs after my serious fall," Bartko explained. "I cannot even give my teammate a respectable throw. It is better that I give him the reins. This injury will not mend if I continue to race."

    Barko's partner, Kenny De Ketele, will continue with Dutchman Peter Schep.

    Schep was himself taken from the race on Thursday to the hospital after falling ill. He was treated for a kidney stone and released, and continued racing through Saturday when his own partner, Jeff Vermeulen, had to abandon with tendonitis in the knee.

    The newly combined team placed fifth in the Madison.

    Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli won the Madison, and have claimed the overall lead for the first time this year. The Swiss pair gained a lap on bonus points, pulling ahead of the morning's leaders Iljo Keisse and Roger Kluge.

  • Australian pair claim Gent Six Day under-23 title

    Australian riders Scott Law (l) and Alex Carver took out the first night of UIV Cup racing.
    Article published:
    November 29, 2009, 15:54 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    Law and Carver dominate from start to finish

    Australians Scott Law and Alex Carver, one of the youngest teams to contest the Memorial Noël Foré, put in a stunning performance in Gent, Belgium to claim the under-23 Six Day event.

    Carver, who just turned 18 on November 25, was one half of the junior World Champion team in the Madison this summer with Luke Durbridge. He and Law used the expertise of Six Day legend Matthew Gilmore to secure the overall win in Gent, but even they were surprised with how well the race went for them.

    After the opening day, the pair had two laps on their competition, and spent the remainder of the week maintaining the lead. They finished three laps up on the next team, Frenchmen Morgan Kneisky and Julien Duval.

    The Australian duo wowed the crowds with record-breaking performances in the flying lap and 500m time trial. Their 8.94 second lap would have placed them fourth in the elites, and the 28.59 500m time would have also been competitive against the world's best.

    The two Aussies were mentored by Gilmore, a five-time elite Six Day winner at the Kuipke Velodrome. "His expertise was very important for us," said Law. "It was the first time we rode such a steep track, and because it was the first time we have raced a real Six Day."

    "We trained here for the first time only the day before the race ... Matthew was patient and gradually taught us how to race without wasting too much energy. It's really different than a 250m track, and without him it would have been harder, especially when we had our lead and had to consistently maintain it. "

    Law and Carver will have no time to celebrate their win in the medieval city, as they will fly immediately back to Australia to acclimate in time to contest their national Madison championships on December 18.

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  • Danes steal the show in Gent Six Day

    Alex Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv give one another a well deserved pat on the back.
    Article published:
    November 29, 2009, 20:13 GMT
    Cycling News

    Rasmussen and Mørkøv overtake hometown favourite Keisse and Kluge with bonus sprint

    The Madison World Champion pair Alex Rasmussen and Michael Mørkøv took home the biggest Six Day win of their careers in the Six Days of Flanders in Gent, Belgium on Sunday.

    The Saxo Bank riders overcame a three point deficit to hometown favourite Iljo Keisse and his German partner Roger Kluge on the night's final race to claim the overall victory.

    Both pairs pulled themselves onto the same lap as the morning's leaders Bruno Risi and Franco Marvulli , and the Dutch/German pair Danny Stam and Leif Lampater through the one bonus lap awarded for every 100 points gained. In doing so, they moved ahead thanks to a superior point tally.

    The World Champions then traded blows with Keisse and Kluge in the events leading up to the final Madison, heading into the last race in a near dead heat on points for the lead.

    The formidable sprinting of Kluge was no match for the Danes, who were able to accumulate 40 points to Keisse and Kluge's 32 to claim the overall victory. The winners of the final Madison, Kenny De Ketele and Peter Schep, were three laps down at the start of the last day of racing, and were no threat to those contending for the overall win.

    "By winning a bonus lap, we brought ourselves in a situation where we didn't need to worry about struggling to gain a lap," explained Mørkøv.

    "We raced a clever finale where the other couples were attacking one another. We could save our strength for the finale."

    The pair conserved their strength, contesting the intermediate sprints to gain a point here and there, but then putting all of their focus on the lucrative final sprint.

    "I would not say we were the strongest team, because Risi and Marvulli were incredibly strong. But we have a strong final sprint and that was our lucky break," Mørkøv said to Belga.

    The Danes have won the Grenoble Six Day twice, but the...

  • Track riders challenge Olympic changes in letter to UCI and IOC

    Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain) did not live up their expectations on the track in Beijing
    Article published:
    November 30, 2009, 23:42 GMT
    Les Clarke

    Riders continue fight against proposed Olympic changes, 'Loss of best track talent' a major concern

    A group of 24 current track riders has continued the fight against proposed changes to the Olympic track cycling program, sending correspondence to International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief Jacques Rogge and International Cycling Union (UCI) president Pat McQuaid in an attempt to illustrate why the modifications should not take place.

    Denmark's World Madison Champions Michael Mørkøv and Alex Rasmussen joined 22 of their fellow track riders - from seven different countries - in signing the open letter to the Olympic and cycling governing bodies.

    With a decision due on December 12, the IOC and UCI are proposing that the individual pursuit, men's points and Madison should be scrapped in order to add the men's omnium, while the women's team sprint, team pursuit and omnium would become part of the program for the London Games.

    The riders said that, "By taking the madison, points race and individual pursuit disciplines away, there will be a huge impact on endurance track cycling as the prestige in those events will be very low," and "The idea of bringing the omnium to the Olympic program is, as we see it, a compromise. If that is done, we are not going to have the world's best pursuiters and points race riders at the starting line in the future."

    The biggest problem facing the cause of those against the proposed changes is the number of medals made available for cycling events by the IOC. Cyclingnews recently learned from UCI Oceania President Mike Turtur that cycling cannot be granted more medal events; instead, events must be removed and replaced in the program rather than simply added upon.

    This is in contrast to swimming and track and field, which are classified as 'heritage' sports, and are consequently granted more medal events than other Olympic sports. The men's 1000m time trial and women's 500m time trial were axed from the Beijing Olympic program to make way for the debut of BMX and ocean...

  • Sergent satisfied with step up to the big leagues

    Jesse Sergent (New Zealand) enjoys the moment after winning the Men's Individual Pursuit.
    Article published:
    December 02, 2009, 0:41 GMT
    Les Clarke

    Trek-Livestrong's kiwi star anticipating the 2010 season

    The past 18 months have been a whirlwind for young New Zealander Jesse Sergent - an Olympic bronze medal and a season on the Trek-Livestrong team have catapulted the 21-year-old to prominence and he's aiming to use that momentum to continue the success for the folks from 'Aotearoa'.

    New Zealand's performance in the team pursuit at last year's Beijing Olympic came as a complete surprise to many observers - the men in black preferred it that way; the quiet confidence which surrounded them helped when it came to beating old rivals Australia for the bronze medal. "With the team pursuit, you know what kind of times you're doing in training and whether you're going to be in the mix or not; it's not like the points race, where you can't go and do a time and get an indication whether it's going to be up there," Sergent told Cyclingnews.

    "We kind of knew in the build up and it gave us so much confidence going into world championships and world cups this year but we need to make sure we keep progressing and keep moving forward," he added. What most fans didn't consider in their reckoning is the increasing youthful depth within the country's cycling stocks. The team of Hayden Roulston, Marc Ryan, Sam Bewley and Sergent had an average age of 23.5 in Beijing, an exciting prospect for the future of kiwi cycling.

    "The [team pursuit] times have come on quite quickly," said Sergent. "Going into the Olympics we set pretty high goals of getting a medal and most people thought it would be crazy for New Zealand to get a medal at the Olympics. Once we got the bronze it gave us so much confidence moving forward," he explained.

    For Sergent, his Olympic performance resulted in a ride for the Trek-Livestrong development squad, established under the guiding eye of Lance Armstrong and managed by former professional Axel Merckx. Sergent will continue riding for the outfit in 2010 and said he couldn't be happier with the team. "Life in Boulder is...