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Team Toshiba on top

By:
Gregor Brown in Venice
Published:
December 15, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 19:46 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, December 15, 2008
There was fierce track racing in Colombia

There was fierce track racing in Colombia

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Australia's Team Toshiba has moved to the top of the team sprint standings after the third round of...

Australia's Team Toshiba has moved to the top of the team sprint standings after the third round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics raced in Cali, Colombia, over the weekend.

The Toshiba trio of Dan Ellis, Jason Niblett and Scott Sunderland posted a time of 45.072 seconds to claim the silver medal behind Germany, which won the race in 44.605 seconds. But with Toshiba's win last month in Melbourne the Australian team has now moved to the top of the World Cup standings on 22 points, two points clear of Germany. The French Cofidis team is ranked third with 18 points, after it finished third in Cali.

Niblett also lined up in the Keirin, where solid performances in the first and second rounds saw him go through to the final. Local Colombian rider Leonardo Narvaez Romero claimed the win. Niblett finished second and won the silver medal.

In the men's sprint Sunderland qualified sixth fastest, with 10.368 seconds, but he was unable to match 2008 World Championship and Olympic Games bronze medallist Mickael Bourgain (FRA - Cofidis) in the quarter finals. Sunderland made sure he scored the maximum points he could though, with a win in the ride-off for fifth to eighth places.

The full report, results and photos are here.

(Additional editorial assistance provided by Monika Prell.)

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