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Aussie sprinters continue winning form

By:
Mal Sawford in Ballarat
Published:
August 20, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:25 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for August 20, 2006

Dual Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Ryan Bayley, has claimed the 'Fastest Man on Wheels'...

Dual Olympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Ryan Bayley, has claimed the 'Fastest Man on Wheels' title at the Leigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania.

Bayley defeated American Gideon Massie in two straight rides, with team-mate Shane Perkins posting another solid performance to claim bronze in two straight heats from Canadian Travis Smith. In the quarter finals, Massie caused the upset of the meet when he defeated fastest qualifier Mark French. In the women's sprint, as was the case in Los Angeles last week, Queensland pair Anna Meares and Chloe McPherson again went head-to-head in the final.

"It was a strongly contested final between the two with some excellent tactical riding and very uncompromising racing," said Australian coach Martin Barras. "Chloe really took it to Anna but her experience won the day in two straight heats."

To cap off the night's racing, Meares won the scratch race, while the Australian trio of Perkins, French and Bayley downed the American national team with Canada third in the teams sprint.

The squad now heads to Germany, where they will be joined by junior riders Daniel Ellis and Scott Sunderland. The pair recently contested the junior world championships in Belgium, where Sunderland scored gold in the kilometre time trial and silver in the sprint, while Ellis claimed bronze in the sprint; both riders were also in the Australian trio that won silver in the teams sprint.

The next race for the squad will be the Cottbus International on Friday, August 25th.

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