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Track Cycling News, March 30, 2008

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March 30, 2008, 0:00 GMT
  • European Masters Track Championships to go on

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    March 30, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    The first European Masters Track Cycling Championships will go ahead as planned at Manchester...

    The first European Masters Track Cycling Championships will go ahead as planned at Manchester Velodrome between Monday, July 28, and Saturday, August 2. Uncertainty surrounded the future of the championships following the sad and untimely death of organiser Brian Cossavella, but after discussion with many of the long time World Masters Championships officials, Martin Bridgwood will move over from Technical Manager to promote the championships as Cossavella and he had been planning.

    Riders and officials have shown overwhelming support for continuing on with the championships as a tribute to Cossavella. The championships are expected to be run along the lines of the World Masters that were promoted at Manchester for 12 years and will also include a scratch race finale on the last day of competition in honour of Cossavella.

    More information will be posted soon on www.cyclingmasters.com.

  • Australia with talent but work expected before Beijing

    Katie Mactier working hard for Australia
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    March 30, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Team Australia has work to do to rise to the level of Great Britain, who has dominated the...

    Team Australia has work to do to rise to the level of Great Britain, who has dominated the competition in the Olympic events at this week's track World Championships; however, National Performance Director Shayne Bannan believes the "talent is there" for his riders to perform well in Beijing.

    After day four of competition, all of the Olympic events had been contested with Australia claiming two bronze medals through the team pursuit and Katie Mactier in the individual pursuit, but the team has been off the mark – particularly compared with Great Britain, who have claimed nine gold medals (seven in Olympic events) and eclipsed Australia's team pursuit World Record mark.

    "We're not far out of the medals but we do realise and understand that we have a fair amount of work to do, a fair amount of commitment to take place to achieve medal status," said Bannan. "I believe we do have enough time, the talent is there, they've really worked hard up until this point.

    "[It's in] a few tactical areas and some riders are a little bit down on where they should be but the training that they've shown leading up to this has been world class so that tends to indicate that the possibility of them picking up is realistic."

    However, Bannan noted he's been impressed with several of the performances this week, including the team pursuit who took bronze with a promising time on day two.

    "On limited preparation and to get some of the older members back was quite pleasing with the time that they did," said Bannan. "We've had some good discussions with the team pursuit with regards to monitoring the preparation leading into the training camp prior to Beijing so I'm quite confident that can come together quite well."

    Bannan is also hopeful Brad McGee can continue to improve after he placed fifth in the individual pursuit this week, but in a time ten seconds faster than his World Cup performance in Los Angeles. While youngster Cameron Meyer again...

  • Pollack amazed with Madison

    Olaf Pollack on his way to silver with Roger Kluge
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    March 30, 2008, 0:00 GMT
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    Cycling News

    By Susan Westemeyer Olaf Pollack of Team Volksbank took a silver medal in the men's Madison for...

    By Susan Westemeyer

    Olaf Pollack of Team Volksbank took a silver medal in the men's Madison for Germany on Saturday at the World Track Championships in Manchester, England. "[It's] unbelievable that we were able to finish second in this chaotic race," he said. "It was fast and hard to know what was going on. Total craziness, or as the British say, 'it's amazing.'" Pollack and Roger Kluge finished behind Britain's Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins.

    Thomas Kofler, manager of the Austrian Professional Continental team, said, "Olaf worked hard for this World Championships. That is the payoff for his uncompromising preparations, and I am happy that he was able to turn his freedom with the team into a silver medal and so justify it. Now his whole concentration will be on the road again."

    Pollack will ride the Driedaagse van De Panne and then take a break before preparing for the Tour de Suisse and the Österreich Rundfahrt.

  • Great Britain wins record numbers of medals at Worlds

    Great Britain team-work wins record numbers of medals at Worlds; Cavendish (l) and Wiggins after Madison win
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    March 30, 2008, 0:00 GMT
    By:
    Susan Westemeyer

    Riding for Great Britain, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins won the men's Madison Title at the...

    Riding for Great Britain, Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins won the men's Madison Title at the World Track Championships on Saturday. The duo scored 16 points in the 50 kilometre race and clinched the gold medal by taking back a lap in the last part of the event. Germany finished with silver after taking 13 points, whilst Denmark were bronze with 11.

    For Wiggins, this is his third gold medal in the World Track Championships in Manchester, following victories in the team and individual pursuit races. The duo's victory converted Great Britain into all-time record holder of gold medals in a World Championships – with eight, one more than France's total in 1999. Great Britain's total was later increased on Saturday afternoon to nine when Chris Hoy won the keirin.

    "It's a massive relief." Wiggins said afterwards. "The pressure will be 10 times as great now at the Olympics but I'm very happy nevertheless. I wanted three wins, but I didn't know if it was going to happen. The Madison is always a lottery event."

    Wiggins dedicated the victory to his father, who died two months ago.

    "We were going perfectly throughout even though we'd taken a lot of flak over the winter," said Cavendish afterwards. "I got criticised during the Six Day racing because I was coming off a tough road campaign. Today we proved a point."

    Referring to the atmosphere in Manchester, Cavendish commented that it was "great, just brilliant. The support really kept us going throughout." Cavendish now returns to the road to ride the Classics for High Road, racing in the Three Days of De Panne, Gent-Wevelgem and the Scheldeprijs in Belgium. It was in Scheldeprijs last year where Cavendish took his first win as neo-professional.

  • Vos looks towards Beijing

    Marianne Vos (Netherlands), 20, making history by being the first woman to win World Championship titles for road competition, cyclo-cross and track
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    Shane Stokes in Manchester

    By Shane Stokes in Manchester Having made history on Saturday by being the first woman to win World...

    By Shane Stokes in Manchester

    Having made history on Saturday by being the first woman to win World Championship titles for road competition, cyclo-cross and track, 20 year-old Dutchwoman Marianne Vos has said that her points race victory has boosted her expectations for the Olympic Games.

    "This race gives me a lot of confidence," she stated. "It [the Olympics] won't be until August but I will do my best to be 100% there. I will ride both the road race and then track... the road race is a week before the points race, so I plan to compete in two of them and hope to do well in both."

    Vos' past victories plus her well-know talent meant that she went into the points race as one of the big favourites. She was closely watched by her rivals early on, but as the race progressed she proved too strong and ripped clear on two occasions. The first of these saw her collect maximum points for sprint five and then gain a full lap on the rest of the field. She then finished second in sprint eight, moving into the overall lead, and then went away from the bunch once more inside the final five laps, hitting the finish line alone and thus making sure of her win.

    "I felt good although in the first few sprints I didn't have enough speed to sprint with the best," she continued. "So I had to do it another way. That was to take a lap.

    "To win the race is great. After my cyclo-cross and road title, I couldn't imagine that I would do it on the track. But here it happened, I can't believe it."

    The Dutch team were also very happy with the success. The dominant Great Britain team has mopped up most of the gold medals on offer in Manchester but Vos' showing means that Netherlands is also on the scoreboard as having won a world title.

    "We have silver and bronze medals but didn't get a gold until now," she said, clearly happy to have helped relieve some of that pressure. "This is our first gold but I hope that there will be more....