British kick off championships on positive note

Team pursuit victories go to British men and women

Day 1 - morning session

The British national team, including Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, Jason Queally and Andrew Tennant, won the men's team pursuit qualifying with a time of 4:01.953. The four Brits will take on the runner-up team of Russia, including Ivan Kovalev, Evgeny Kovalev, Alexei Markov and Alexander Serov, who clocked a 4:03.690. Holland and Spain fought their way through to the bronze medal match, with the times of 4:06.693 and 4:07.865 respectively.

In men's team sprint qualifying, the German national team got the best time and will face off against France in the finals. The German riders Robert Förstemann, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Nimke stopped the clock in 43.968 seconds while the French team was represented by Michael Almeida, Francois Pervis and Kevin Sireau, who qualified with a 44.102-second time. The British and Polish national teams will race for third place.

In the women's team sprint qualifying, British riders Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish finished in 33.381 and moved onto the finals along with Frenchwomen Sandie Clair and Clara Sanchez, who qualified in 33.521. Germany and Holland will face off for the bronze.

British female riders followed in their male colleagues' footsteps and won the qualifications in the women's team pursuit.  The British team included Katie Colclough, Wendy Houvenaghel and Laura Trott, and they recorded a 3:24.916. Lithuanian cyclists Vaida Pikauskaite, Vilija Sereikaite and Ausrine Trebaite qualified second in 3:28.011. The Belorussian and German teams will face off for the bronze.

Day 1 - evening session

The British quartet of Steven Burke, Edward Clancy, Jason Queally and Andrew Tennant powered to glory in the men’s team pursuit with a solid win over Russia in the final. After recording the quickest time in qualifying, the Great Britain team was faster again in the final, clocking 4:00.482 to beat the Russians by almost four seconds.

The time gaps were tight in the opening laps before the class of the British four told and they pulled away to victory over the Russians Ivan Kovalev, Evgeny Kovalev, Alexei Markov and Alexander Serov. “The Russians were looking alright and we knew we had a good fight ahead of us,” Britain’s Ed Clancy explained. “Fortunately, they cracked before we did and I think we rode better in the final there.”

Meanwhile, the Netherlands pipped Spain for the bronze medal with a steady 4km on the boards at Pruszkow.

Great Britain underlined its dominance of European pursuiting with a dominant victory in the women’s team pursuit. The trio of Katie Colcough, Wendy Houvenghel and Laura Trott put over 6.5 seconds into Lithuania’s Vaida Pikauskaite, Vilija Sereikaite and Ausrine Trebaite over the 3,000 metres in a race that was never in doubt from the first pedal strokes.

“Technically, it felt spot on,” Laura Trott said of her senior gold medal-winning ride. “We got our changes right and the finish was good. I can’t wait for the next two days now.”

The bronze medal match-up was a far closer-run affair, however. The German team of Lisa Brennauer, Verena Jooss and Madeleine Sandig just edged out Belarus by a little under three tenths of a second.

While the pursuit finals were dominated by Britain, the team sprint gold medals were to go elsewhere. In the women’s event, Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish were edged out by the French duo of Sandi Clair and Clara Sanchez in a tight race. Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte took the bronze ahead of the Dutch duo Willy Kanis and Yvonne Higenaar.

Pendleton felt that, technically, the British performance left a little to be desired. “We didn’t quite have as slick a performance in the final than we did this morning,” she said. “My change was awful, it was amateur and that probably cost a tenth or so. Jess did a fantastic job and I think she paid for the false start a little bit.”

In the men’s team sprint, Germany and France faced off in a thrilling final. Ultimately, it was the German team of Robert Forstemann, Max Levy and Stefan Nimke who took the win ahead of Michaël D’Almeida, François Pervis and Kevin Sireau. Great Britain’s team of Matt Crampton, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny edged out Poland for the final step on the podium.
 

Results

Men team sprint qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany0:00:43.968 
 Robert Förstemann  
 Maximilian Levy  
 Stefan Nimke  
1France0:00:44.102 
 Michael D'almeida  
 François Pervis  
 Kevin Sireau  
3Great Britain0:00:44.149 
 Matthew Crampton  
 Chris Hoy  
 Jason Kenny  
4Poland0:00:44.428 
 Maciej Bielecki  
 Kamil Kuczynski  
 Damian Zielinski  
5Russia0:00:44.918 
 Sergey Borisov  
 Denis Dmitriev  
 Sergey Kucherov  
6Netherlands0:00:45.254 
 Hugo Haak  
 Teun Mulder  
 Roy Van Den Berg  
7Czech Republic0:00:45.415 
 Tomáš Bábek  
 Martin Feiferlík  
 Denis Špicka  
8Spain0:00:46.256 
 David Alonso Castillo  
 Itmar Esteban Herraiz  
 Juan Peralta Gascon  
9Italy0:00:46.517 
 Valerio Catellini  
 Luca Ceci  
 Francesco Ceci  
10Ukraine0:00:46.715 
 Artem Frolov  
 Sergiy Omelchenko  
 Andriy Vynokurov  
11Austria0:00:48.450 
 Daniel Baldauf  
 Clemens Selzer  
 Georg Tazreiter  
Men's 4km team pursuit qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:04:01.953 
 Steven Burke  
 Edward Clancy  
 Jason Queally  
 Andrew Tennant  
2Russia0:04:03.690 
 Ivan Kovalev  
 Evgeny Kovalev  
 Alexei Markov  
 Alexander Serov  
3Netherlands0:04:06.693 
 Levi Heimans  
 Arno Van Der Zwet  
 Tim Veldt  
 Sipke Zijlstra  
4Spain0:04:07.865 
 Pablo Aitor Bernal Rosique  
 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur  
 Asier Maeztu Billalabeitia  
 David Muntaner Juaneda  
5Italy0:04:08.726 
 Angelo Ciccone  
 Marco Coledan  
 Alessandro De Marchi  
 Elia Viviani  
6France0:04:08.839 
 Vivien Brisse  
 Julien Duval  
 Nicolas Giulia  
 Julien Morice  
7Switzerland0:04:10.681 
 Claudio Imhof  
 Kilian Moser  
 Loïc Perizzolo  
 Cyrille Thiéry  
8Ukraine0:04:11.039 
 Volodymyr Diudia  
 Maksym Polishchuk  
 Mykhaylo Radionov  
 Vitaliy Shchedov  
9Germany0:04:11.374 
 Robert Bengsch  
 Henning Bommel  
 Marcel Kalz  
 Stefan Schäfer  
10Poland0:04:11.567 
 Dawid Glowacki  
 Adrian Kurek  
 Rafal Ratajczyk  
 Grzeogorz Stepniak  
11Belgium0:04:12.253 
 Jonathan Breyne  
 Moreno De Pauw  
 Ingmar De Poortere  
 Gijs Van Hoecke  
12Czech Republic0:04:12.742 
 Martin Blaha  
 Jiri Hochmann  
 Milan Kadlec  
 Alois Kankovsky  
Women's Team Sprint Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:00:33.381 
 Victoria Pendleton  
 Jessica Varnish  
2France0:00:33.521 
 Sandie Clair  
 Clara Sanchez  
3Germany0:00:33.676 
 Kristina Vogel  
 Miriam Welte  
4Netherlands0:00:34.061 
 Yvonne Hijgenaar  
 Willy Kanis  
5Lithuania0:00:34.485 
 Gintare Gaivenyte  
 Simona Krupeckaite  
6Poland0:00:34.860 
 Marta Janowiak  
 Malgorzata Wojtyra  
8Russia0:00:35.159 
 Viktoria Baranova  
 Ekaterina Gnidenko  
8Spain0:00:35.178 
 Tania Calvo Barbero  
 Helena Casas Roige  
9Ukraine0:00:35.420 
 Lyubov Shulika  
 Olena Tsyos  
10Greece0:00:35.660 
 Angeliki Koutsonikoli  
 Dimitra Patapi  
Women's 3km Team Pursuit Qualification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:24.916 
 Katie Colclough  
 Wendy Houvenaghel  
 Laura Trott  
2Lithuania0:03:28.011 
 Vaida Pikauskaite  
 Vilija Sereikaite  
 Aušrine Trebaite  
3Belarus0:03:28.534 
 Irina Kruchkova  
 Aksana Papko  
 Tatsiana Sharakova  
4Germany0:03:28.720 
 Lisa Brennauer  
 Verena Jooss  
 Madeleine Sandig  
5Belgium0:03:29.630 
 Jessie Daams  
 Jolien D'hoore  
 Kelly Druyts  
6Poland0:03:29.870 
 Edyta Jasinska  
 Katarzyna Pawlowska  
 Malgorzata Wojtyra  
7Russia0:03:30.558 
 Anastasiya Chulkova  
 Viktoria Kondel  
 Evgenia Romanyuta  
8Ukraine0:03:31.203 
 Svitlana Galyuk  
 Lesya Kalitovska  
 Ganna Solovey  
9Netherlands0:03:31.903 
 Amy Pieters  
 Laura Van Der Kamp  
 Ellen Van Dijk  
10Spain0:03:33.438 
 Leire Esp 19770217 Olaberria Dorronsoro  
 Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez  
 Ana Usabiaga Balerdi  
11France0:03:35.189 
 Sophie Creux  
 Fiona Dutriaux  
 Pascale Jeuland  
12Ireland0:03:37.072 
 Ciara Horne  
 Jennifer O'reilly  
 Caroline Ryan  
13Italy0:03:39.380 
 Rossella Callovi  
 Giulia Donato  
 Tatiana Guderzo  
14Czech Republic0:03:39.750 
 Dagmar Labakova  
 Jarmila Machacova  
 Lucie Zaleska  
Men's 4km team pursuit finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:04:00.482 
 Steven Burke  
 Edward Clancy  
 Jason Queally  
 Andrew Tennant  
2Russia0:04:04.274 
 Ivan Kovalev  
 Evgeny Kovalev  
 Alexei Markov  
 Alexander Serov  
3Netherlands0:04:06.049 
 Levi Heimans  
 Arno Van Der Zwet  
 Tim Veldt  
 Sipke Zijlstra  
4Spain0:04:08.099 
 Pablo Bernal Rosique  
 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur  
 A. Maeztu Billalabeitia  
 David Muntaner Juaneda  
Women's 3km team pursuit finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:23.435 
 Katie Colclough  
 Wendy Houvenaghel  
 Laura Trott  
2Lithuania0:03:29.992 
 Vaida Pikauskaite  
 Vilija Sereikaite  
 Aušrine Trebaite  
3Germany0:03:28.127 
 Lisa Brennauer  
 Verena Jooss  
 Madeleine Sandig  
4Belarus0:03:28.410 
 Irina Kruchkova  
 Aksana Papko  
 Tatsiana Sharakova  

Men's Team Sprint finals

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany0:00:44.066 
 Robert Forstemann  
 Maximilian Levy  
 Stefan Nimke  
2France0:00:44.281 
 Michaël D'Almeida  
 François Pervis  
 Kévin Sireau  
3Great Britain0:00:43.968 
 Matthew Crampton  
 Chris Hoy  
 Jason Kenny  
4Poland0:00:44.495 
 Maciej Bielecki  
 Kamil Kuczynski  
 Damian Zielinski  

Women's Team Sprint Finals

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France0:00:33.478 
 Sandie Clair  
 Clara Sanchez  
2Great Britain0:00:34.586 
 Victoria Pendleton  
 Jessica Varnish  
3Germany0:00:33.708 
 Kristina Vogel  
 Miriam Welte  
4Netherlands0:00:34.212 
 Yvonne Hijgenaar  
 Willy Kanis  

 

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