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Hammer to defend world title

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
March 09, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:15 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for March 9, 2007

2006 World Pursuit Champion Sarah Hammer will head up the USA's team for the UCI Track World...

2006 World Pursuit Champion Sarah Hammer will head up the USA's team for the UCI Track World Championships in Majorca at the end of this month. Hammer took the first American world track title since 1996 last year in Bordeaux, France, setting a time of 3:37.227 in the gold-medal final. Hammer gave another gold medal performance in January, where she rode a 3:32.058 to set the American and track record.

Joining Hammer on the women’s squad will be endurance riders Neva Day and Becky Quinn and sprinter Jennie Reed.

Only two men will compete for the US - Michael Creed and Brad Huff (Slipstream p/b Chipotle). Creed will compete in the men’s points race, while Huff will contest the scratch race and the newly added omnium competition, which makes its world championship revival this year. The omnium include the 200-meter time trial, a five-kilometer scratch race, a three-kilometer individual pursuit, a 15-kilometer points race and a kilometer time trial – all tied together with a cumulative points system.

USA team for the 2007 UCI Track World Championships
Women
Sarah Hammer – Individual Pursuit, Points Race
Neva Day – Individual Pursuit
Becky Quinn – Scratch Race
Jennie Reed – Sprint, Keirin
Men
Michael Creed - Points Race
Brad Huff - Points Race, Omnium

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