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Track Cycling News & Racing Round-up, Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Date published:
February 02, 2011, 0:00 GMT
  • UCI spells out its case against Keisse

    Iljo Keisse and Kenny De Ketele
    Article published:
    January 07, 2011, 17:05 GMT
    Stephen Farrand

    Belgian track rider could be disqualified from the Rotterdam Six Day

    The UCI has issued a long press release reiterating its position regarding Iljo Keisse and his legal battle to compete in the Rotterdam Six Day.

    On Thursday afternoon, the Belgian rider won a last-minute appeal in a Dutch court and competed on the track with partner Kenny De Ketele. Keisse and De Ketele ended the first evening in third place behind early leaders Danny Stam and Leon Van Bon.

    The UCI and Keisse have been locked in a legal battle since the Belgian tested positive for the stimulant cathine and the masking agents chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide during the Ghent Six in 2008. He was suspended but then began a legal battle in Belgium, claiming there had been a breach of his rights of defence.

    A Belgian court has ruled he is free to compete until his case is fully resolved but the UCI and WADA insist his two-year ban is valid in the rest of the world.

    In a terse statement on Thursday, the UCI warned: “If the rider would take the start after all, the UCI Commissaires will completely ignore him and his team, (their names won’t appear on starting list and results of the race).”

    Today the UCI has moved to explain its view on Keisse's case, pointing how that he failed to appeal his ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and challenged the validity of the CAS in Belgium instead of Switzerland. The UCI said another hearing on the validity of that appeal will be held on April 11.

    Keisse now risks being disqualified from the Rotterdam Six as the legal battles continue.

    The full UCI statement:

    Situation concerning the rider Iljo Keisse: clarification by the UCI

    The Belgian cyclist Iljo Keisse tested positive during an International Cycling Union (UCI) doping control at the Six Days of Ghent in 2008.

    His urine sample contained two prohibited substances: a stimulant (cathine) and masking agents (chlorothiazide and hydrochlorothiazide)....

  • Bos out of Rotterdam Six Day

    Madison winners Theo Bos and Peter Schep.
    Article published:
    January 11, 2011, 20:28 GMT
    Cycling News

    Dutch rider struck with the flu while chasing race lead

    Dutch rider Theo Bos was forced to abandon the Rotterdam Six Day on the eve of the race's final night after falling ill.

    Bos and partner Peter Schep were in the lead after Sunday's racing, having taken a one-lap lead over the rest of the field.

    Bos began to feel unwell on Monday when the team fell to second place behind new leaders Iljo Keisse and Kenny De Ketele. Bos showed a high fever today, his team said.

    Bos is the second rider to drop out of the Rotterdam Six Day with illness. Swiss rider Franco Marvulli abandoned on the third night, while Wim Stroetinga dropped out after breaking his collarbone in a crash.

    Stroetinga is due to have surgery to repair his fractured clavicle, and will not participate as scheduled in the Beijing World Cup this month.

  • Keisse faces another court battle to race Bremen Six Day

    Iljo Keisse hand out ready to get slung back in to the thick of it.
    Article published:
    January 11, 2011, 22:25 GMT
    Cycling News

    Belgian ends Rotterdam Six Day in second

    Iljo Keisse and his partner Kenny De Ketele fell shy of the overall victory in the Rotterdam Six Day today, conceding the race in the final Madison to Dutch team Leon Van Bon and Danny Stam. After forcing his way into the race through the courts, Keisse will have to be content to be the "unofficial" runner-up of the event.

    In addition, he faces another last-minute legal battle to be at the start of the Six Day in Bremen, Germany this Thursday after the race informed him today that he was not welcome.

    The UCI has made it clear that it will not record the results of the Belgian, who received a temporary stay to his doping suspension by a Brussels court in October. The UCI say that Keisse is only allowed to race in his own country, but he took the case through the Dutch legal system, which allowed him to start in Rotterdam because of an existing contract between the rider and the race organization.

    "I knew my condition was good and we would be contenders for the podium," Keisse told "The UCI making my life miserable doesn't make me ride better or worse. I try to get distracted from the bike as little as possible. After all these years it is possible for me to switch it off."

    Keisse received the support of his fellow riders and the fans in Rotterdam, but that may not help him to take the start in Bremen. The German organizers are unwilling to risk the ire of the UCI who in July appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to ban Keisse for doping and won.

    The Belgian cycling federation refused to suspend Keisse in its 2009 hearing after he was found with two banned substances in his urine at the 2008 Six Day in Ghent, Belgium. He argued that the adverse analytical findings came as the result of cold medicine and a contaminated supplement.

    The UCI and WADA appealed to the CAS, which handed Keisse a two-year ban in July, 2010. Keisse was heard in October by the Brussels appeals court, which raised the...

  • Keisse voluntarily out of Bremen Six-Day race

    Iljo Keisse hand out ready to get slung back in to the thick of it.
    Article published:
    January 14, 2011, 11:12 GMT
    Cycling News

    Will also confine road racing to Belgium pending final court decision

    Iljo Keisse has voluntarily decided not to participate in the Bremen Six-Day race which started on Thursday night. He decided not to go to court again to force his way in, saying that it was becoming mentally and financially difficult to bear.

    In July, the Court of Arbitration for Sport issued him with a two-year ban for his positive control for two banned substances in November 2008. Later, the Belgian Court of Appeals overturned that ruling pending a final ruling this spring.

    The International Cycling Union says that the Belgian court action allows him to ride only in Belgium. When Keisse was prohibited from riding in the Rotterdam Six Day race, he went to court and given the right to start. He finished second, but the UCI does not list him in the official statistics.

    “The UCI doesn't have a leg to stand on, yet they continue to make life difficult for me,” Keisse told the Belga news agency. “After the Six Days of Rotterdam, I asked myself whether I would always need to go to court. Mentally and financially that is something very difficult to bear. The pressure on me is huge, and both the organisers and I obviously draw a lot of negative attention.”

    Even after the six-day race season, Keisse has decided to limit his riding to Belgium. The Quick Step rider plans to ride the Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen (March 4-6), Nokere Koerse (Mach 16) and the Handzame Classic (March 18).

    His attorney, Walter Van Steenbrugge, called it “an unprecedented situation. The UCI “wants to financially break Iljo, this is a total war situation.”

  • Two World Cup medals for Van Velthooven

    Simon Van Velthooven in action during training ahead of his World Cup win tonight.
    Article published:
    January 23, 2011, 21:46 GMT
    Cycling News

    Young Kiwi sprinter shines in Beijing

    22-year-old Simon Van Velthooven wrapped up a successful weekend of racing at the UCI Track World Cup in Beijing, coming home with his first career World Cup gold medal in the keirin and a bronze in the kilometre time trial.

    The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in the keirin showed he is on strong form by claiming the opening round, the semifinal and the final, topping more experienced riders such as Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) and Commonwealth Games kilo gold medallist Scott Sunderland (Australia).

    "Simon was untouchable tonight," said BikeNZ head coach Tim Carswell after the second night of racing. "He won the semifinal soft pedalling the whole front straight. And in the final he placed himself perfectly with a lap and a half to go and going through the bell he just unleashed over the top of them all.

    "This is just reward for a huge amount of hard work and with a string of fourth placings, it is fantastic to see him take the step up on to the top of the podium."

    The win pushed Van Velthooven to second overall in the World Cup standings behind Cali winner Awang.

    "It's been a good build-up. My race head was good today and it was finally good to get a medal at a world cup and even better to win a gold," Van Velthooven said. "I've had many keirin finals and it's always been bad luck so to fire up and get it today was relieving more than anything."

    Van Velthooven said his experience racing in the professional circuit in Japan has helped.

    "It has taught me to be patient but not hesitate when the move comes. The win gives me more confidence. My race times were good. I know I can race the best in the world.

    Van Velthooven followed up the performance with a third place overall in kilometre time...

  • USA's Olympic track qualification procedure announced

    American Sarah Hammer took the omnium points race win by lapping the field twice.
    Article published:
    January 25, 2011, 21:10 GMT
    Laura Weislo

    2011 world championships begin process for London Games

    USA Cycling announced today its qualification procedure for the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 2011 UCI Track World Cup events and the World Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, are the first cycling events being used to qualify riders for the Olympic long team, which will be announced December 15, 2011.

    The US can qualify up to seven women and nine men for the 2012 Olympic Games track program, which includes the omnium, team pursuit, team sprint, match sprint and keirin for both genders.

    To be considered for nomination to the long team, riders must place in the top three of the omnium, top eight in the match sprint or top six in the keirin, or be part of a team which meets a time standard in the team pursuit or team sprint at the world championships.

    For women, the team pursuit standard is 3:21.575, while for men it is 4:05.334. In the team sprint, the times are 34.182 for women or 44.651 for men.

    The same standards apply to the 2011 World Cup races (Beijing, Manchester and any 2011-2012 World Cup held before the end of the year), except riders just be top four in the sprint or top three in the keirin.

    For the Pan American Championships, held in Medellin, Colombia in May, riders must win the omnium, sprint or keirin, or be part of a gold or silver medal winning team and meet the above time standards in order to be considered for the Olympic long team.

    The women's team pursuit time standard will be difficult to obtain at the sea level Manchester World Cup or World Championships. No women's pursuit team has broken the mark in the World Cups this season. Sarah Hammer, Lauren Tamayo and Dotsie Bausch recorded a 3:23.917 in the qualifying round at the UCI World Cup in Cali, Colombia in December. The trio's world record 3:19.569 was set at altitude.

    The world record for the men's team pursuit, 3:53.314 set by Great Britain in Beijing in 2008 has not been approached so far this season. Only Australia...

  • British announce track team for Manchester World Cup

    The British track team has already been hugely successful
    Article published:
    January 29, 2011, 14:36 GMT
    Cycling News

    Eight Olympic gold medalists in season finale

    Eight Olympic champions will represent Great Britain in the finale of this season's UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester on February 18-20. Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton, Bradley Wiggins and Jason Queally are among the Olympic gold medalists who will race for Great Britain in its “home” meet. Two-time Paralympic gold medalist Sarah Storey and World BMX champion Shanaze Reade will also participate.

    "We have selected the strongest squad possible for the final round of the World Cup season, and we are looking to score as many qualification points as possible before we go to the World Championships next month, said British Cycling's Performance Manager Shane Sutton.

    "The Academy riders did us all proud out in Beijing and we're all happy with how we are performing at this stage in the Olympic cycle. The Manchester World Cup is an event that the riders really enjoy and the support of a sell-out home crowd is always appreciated."

    The World Championships will be held March 23-27 in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

    Team Great Britain for the Manchester World Cup

    Men's Sprint: Matt Crampton, Ross Edgar, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny

    Men's Endurance: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison, Peter Kennaugh, Jason Queally, Luke Rowe, Ben Swift, Andrew Tennant, Geraint Thomas, Bradley Wiggins

    Women's Sprint: Becky James, Victoria Pendleton, Shanaze Reade, Jess Varnish

    Women's Endurance. Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Claire Galloway, Wendy Houvenaghel, Dani King, Rebecca Romero. Joanna Rowsell, Sarah Storey, Laura Trott

  • Bobridge breaks Boardman's record

    Australia's Jack Bobridge qualified fastest in the men's 4000m individual pursuit and won a close final against Jesse Sergent (New Zealand).
    Article published:
    February 02, 2011, 5:48 GMT
    Les Clarke

    Australian rider goes under magical mark

    Australia's Jack Bobridge has broken Chris Boardman's 4000m individual pursuit world record of 4:11.114 today on Sydney's Dunc Gray Velodrome at the nation's elite track championships.

    Bobridge had previously held the fastest 'non-superman' individual pursuit time - set during last year's Australian National Track Championships - but after stopping the clock at 4.10.534 this afternoon he now holds the fastest mark ever.

    Boardman's time was set in 1996 using the now-banned 'superman' position at the Manchester velodrome and Bobridge's time of 4.14.427 set at the 2010 Australian track titles was considered the closest any rider would come to breaking the Englishman's record.

    But after 15 years of trying, a rider has broken the barrier previously thought untouchable.

    Bobridge, so shocked at the result had to check the time several times before his achievement started to sink in.
    "To come around and see that on the board, I was honestly quite shocked," he said.

    "I thought the clock had stopped a lap early, so I had to look at it a few times, but then I saw everyone going crazy, and then it started to get a little overwhelming."

    Before his record breaking ride, Bobridge was forced to watch as fellow South Australian Rohan Dennis posted the second fastest time in history with 4mins 13.399seconds during his heat.

    Dennis' time broke the Australian, Australian Championship and the All Comers record for fastest time on Australian soil, set by Bobridge in his gold medal ride in the pursuit final at the 2010 National Championships in Adelaide.

    "Today, when Rohan came out before me and pulled a 4.13, I was sitting in my seat and I was definitely scared," said Bobridge, adding "But I am quite a competitive bike rider and obviously I didn't want all my records to be taken."

    It's already been a productive summer for Bobridge, having been crowned Australian elite men's road race champion and finished...