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European Track Championships 2011

Date range:
October 21-23, 2011

October 21, Day 1: Men: Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, Points Race; Women: Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, Points Race

Great Britain tops men's team pursuit qualifying, France fastest in men's team sprint

By:
Sarah Connolly
Published:
October 21, 2011, 16:38 BST,
Updated:
October 22, 2011, 19:19 BST

Great Britain women set the standard in team pursuit, team sprint qualifying

Great Britain wrapped up the first day of competition with three gold medals at the European Track Championships. The women's team nabbed the top honours in the team pursuit and team sprint, while the men topped the team pursuit standings.

France fell to Germany in the men's team sprint final, while the eastern Europeans took gold in the points race, with Russian Evgeniya Romanyuta winning the women's race and Poland's Rafal Ratajczyk taking the men's.

Qualifying

In the run-up to the European Track Championships, which gives vital qualification points for the 2012 Olympic Games, British Cycling’s head coach, Shane Sutton, had been talking about his plans for Great Britain to dominate the competition – and in the first session of the first day, it looked like his plans were working – until the French fought back.

The competition kicked off with the women’s team pursuit, and the reigning world champions, Great Britain, were the clear favourites. Recently, their main rivals have been New Zealand, Australia and the USA – and with the team of Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Laura Trott all experienced in the art of winning, the only surprise was how fast they qualified – at 3:22.414, a second faster than their winning race at the world championships, raced on the same track. Germany was second at 3:27.778, and will face Great Britain in the final, while Ukraine will race Belarus for bronze. There was disappointment for the home nation as the Netherlands finished fifth, out of the medals.

In the men’s team pursuit, the pattern was repeated, as Great Britain once again qualified fastest and will face Denmark in the race for gold, while Spain and Russia will battle it out for bronze.

Next up on the track was the women’s team sprint, and once more, it was Great Britain’s pair of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish who qualified fastest, going through to the final against Ukraine's Lyobov Shulika and Olena Tsos, while Russia will ride against Germany for third place. Once again, the Netherlands team finished an unexpected 5th place, taking them out of the competition.

It seemed as though Sutton’s wish was on the way to coming true, until the men’s team sprint. France were racing without team sprint world champion, Gregory Baugé, but Mickael Bourgain, François Pervis and Kévin Sireau still finished fastest at 44.636, just fractions of a second ahead of Germany. The Netherlands regained some pride, finishing fourth fastest – they will be hoping to beat Poland and take at least one medal. Great Britain had appealed its fifth place result, after Jason Kenny’s wheel apparently was caught in the starting gate, but the appeal was denied, and the team will not be in the hunt for a medal.

The final races of the session were the qualifying rounds of the men’s points race – Spain’s David Muntaner Juaneder winning the first race, while in the second race, Ioannis Tamouridis of Greece was the only rider that morning to gain a lap, sending him straight through to the final. They’ll be joined by 18 other riders, but without any of this year’s world championship medallists – Colombia’s Edwin Alcibiades Avilá and Australia’s Cameron Meyer obviously not racing, while the bronze medallist, Morgan Kneisky of France choosing to ride the Amsterdam Six-Day instead – leaving the European Olympic qualifying points up for grabs.

The evening session will be interesting – can Great Britain live up to their qualifying success, or will their rivals leave them with silver? Is France unbeatable in the men’s team sprint? And with the men’s and women’s points races always good value for the spectators, will there be riders in Amsterdam wishing they were in Apeldoorn after all?

Final results

Women's points race final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation) 19  pts
2 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland) 14  
3 Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic) 13  
4 Aksana Papko (Belarus) 10  
5 Madeleine Sandig (Germany) 8  
6 Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland) 7  
7 Amy Pieters (Netherlands) 5  
8 Kelly Druyts (Belgium) 5  
9 Danielle King (Great Britain) 5  
10 Maaike Polspoel (Belgium) 5  
11 Elena Cecchini (Italy) 3  
12 Laura Van Der Kamp (Netherlands) 3  
13 Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia) 2  
14 Anna Nagirnaya (Ukraine) 2  
15 Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez (Spain) 2  
16 Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spain) 1  
17 Stephanie Pohl (Germany) 1  
18 Aleksandra Sosenko (Lithuania)    
19 Elena Lichmanova (Russian Federation)    
20 Alena Dylko (Belarus)    
21 Valentina Scandolara (Italy)    
22 Eugenia Bujak (Poland)    
DNF Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) -15  
DNS Elizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine)    
Men's points race final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 43  pts
2 Silvan Dillier (Switzerland) 39  
3 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) 36  
4 Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spain) 30  
5 Andreas Graf (Austria) 26  
6 Mykhaylo Radionov (Ukraine) 24  
7 Ivan Savitskiy (Russian Federation) 13  
8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 12  
9 Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 12  
10 Marcel Kalz (Germany) 11  
11 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain) 8  
12 Lucas Liss (Germany) 7  
13 Andreas Müller (Austria) 6  
14 David O'loughlin (Ireland) 5  
15 Kevin Labeque (France) 4  
16 Adam Stachowiak (Poland) 4  
17 Wouter Haan (Netherlands) 4  
18 Loic Perizzolo (Switzerland) 1  
DNF Moreno Depauw (Belgium) -10  
DNF Marek Mixa (Czech Republic) 1  
Women's team sprint final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 (Germany) 0:00:33.678  
  Kristina Vogel    
  Miriam Welte    
4 (Russian Federation) 0:00:33.820  
  Viktoria Baranova    
  Anastasia Voynova    
1 (Great Britain) 0:00:33.276  
  Victoria Pendleton    
  Jessica Varnish    
2 (Ukraine) 0:00:33.786  
  Lyubov Shulika    
  Olena Tsos    
Women's team pursuit final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 (Belarus) 0:03:26.864  
  Alena Dylko    
  Aksana Papko    
  Tatsiana Sharakova    
4 (Ukraine)    
  Elizaveta Bochkareva    
  Svitlana Galyuk    
  Lesya Kalitovska    
1 (Great Britain) 0:03:22.618  
  Danielle King    
  Joanna Rowsell    
  Laura Trott    
2 (Germany) 0:03:29.596  
  Charlotte Becker    
  Lisa Brennauer    
  Madeleine Sandig    
Men's team sprint final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 (Poland) 0:00:44.809  
  Maciej Bielecki    
  Kamil Kuczynski    
  Damian Zielinski    
4 (Netherlands) 0:00:44.900  
  Roy Van Den Berg    
  Hugo Haak    
  Teun Mulder    
1 (Germany) 0:00:44.022  
  Rene Enders    
  Robert Förstemann    
  Stefan Nimke    
2 (France) 0:00:44.415  
  Mickael Bourgain    
  François Pervis    
  Kévin Sireau    
Men's team pursuit final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 (Russian Federation) 0:04:04.508  
  Valery Kaykov    
  Ivan Kovalev    
  Evgeny Kovalev    
  Victor Manakov    
4 (Spain) 0:04:10.153  
  Sebastian Mora Vedri    
  David Muntaner Juaneda    
  Eloy Teruel Rovira    
  Albert Torres Barcelo    
1 (Great Britain) 0:04:00.008  
  Steven Burke    
  Edward Clancy    
  Peter Kennaugh    
  Geraint Thomas    
2 (Denmark) 0:04:06.787  
  Michael Mørkøv Christiansen    
  Casper Folsach    
  Lasse Norman Hansen    
  Rasmus Christia Quaade    

Qualifying results

Men - Team Pursuit qualifying
1 Great Britain 0:04:01.475  
  Steven Burke    
  Edward Clancy    
  Peter Kennaugh    
  Geraint Thomas    
2 Denmark 0:04:05.018  
  Michael Mørkøv Christiansen    
  Casper Folsach    
  Lasse Norman Hansen    
  Rasmus Christia Quaade    
3 Spain 0:04:06.644  
  Sebastian Mora Vedri    
  David Muntaner Juaneda    
  Eloy Teruel Rovira    
  Torres Barcelo    
4 Russian Federation 0:04:07.170  
  Valery Kaykov    
  Ivan Kovalev    
  Evgeny Kovalev    
  Victor Manakov    
5 Netherlands 0:04:07.932  
  Levi Heimans    
  Jenning Huizenga    
  Tim Veldt    
  Arno Van Der Zwet    
6 Ukraine 0:04:09.787  
  Oleksandr Lobov    
  Maksym Polishchuk    
  Vitaliy Popkov    
  Vitaliy Shchedov    
7 Belgium 0:04:10.122  
  Dominique Cornu    
  Moreno Depauw    
  Ingmar De Poortere    
  Gijs Van Hoecke    
8 Germany 0:04:11.198  
  Nikias Arndt    
  Henning Bommel    
  Stefan Schäfer    
  Jakob Steigmiller    
9 France 0:04:11.438  
  Vivien Brisse    
  Julien Duval    
  Julien Morice    
  Laurent Pichon    
10 Poland 0:04:11.679  
  Pawel Brylowski    
  Dawid Glowacki    
  Mateusz Nowaczek    
  Mateusz Nowak    
11 Czech Republic 0:04:12.296  
  Jiri Bares    
  Jan Kaduch    
  Alois Kankovsky    
  Ondrej Vendolsky    
12 Switzerland 0:04:12.591  
  Cyrille Thièry    
  Silvan Dillier    
  Claudio Imhof    
  Loic Perizzolo    
13 Italy 0:04:15.356  
  Omar Bertazzo    
  Alessandro De Marchi    
  Giairo Ermeti    
  Elia Viviani    
Men - Team Sprint qualifying
1 France 0:00:44.636  
  Mickael Bourgain    
  François Pervis    
  Kévin Sireau    
2 Germany 0:00:44.663  
  Rene Enders    
  Robert Förstemann    
  Stefan Nimke    
3 Poland 0:00:44.718  
  Maciej Bielecki    
  Kamil Kuczynski    
  Damian Zielinski    
4 Netherlands 0:00:44.816  
  Roy Van Den Berg    
  Hugo Haak    
  Teun Mulder    
5 Great Britain 0:00:44.933  
  Matthew Crampton    
  Christopher Hoy    
  Jason Kenny    
6 Russian Federation 0:00:45.090  
  Sergey Borisov    
  Denis Dmitriev    
  Sergey Kucherov    
7 Spain 0:00:45.541  
  David Alonso Castillo    
  Hodei Mazquiaran Uria    
  Juan Peralta Gascon    
8 Czech Republic 0:00:46.064  
  Filip Ditzel    
  Pavel Kelemen    
  Denis Spicka    
9 Ukraine 0:00:46.317  
  Artem Frolov    
  Andrii Kutsenko    
  Andrii Vynokurov    
10 Hungary 0:00:50.088  
  Balázs Juhász    
  Sándor Szalontay    
  Barnabás Tóth    
Men - Points Race qualifying: Heat 1
1 David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain) 9 pts
2 Kevin Labeque (France) 7  
3 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) 6  
4 Moreno Depauw (Belgium) 5  
5 Adam Stachowiak (Poland) 4  
6 Silvan Dillier (Switzerland) 2  
7 Andreas Graf (Austria) 2  
8 David O'Loughlin (Ireland) 1  
9 Wouter Haan (Netherlands) -6  
10 Lucas Lib (Germany) -8  
11 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Belarus) -9  
12 Mathias Møller Nielsen (Denmark) -12  
13 Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukraine) -14  
14 Michele Scartezzini (Italy) -19  
Men - Points Race qualifying: Heat 2
1 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 27 pts
2 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 8  
3 Ivan Savitskiy (Russian Federation) 7  
4 Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spain) 6  
5 Marcel Kalz (Germany) 6  
6 Loic Perizzolo (Switzerland) 5  
7 Mykhaylo Radionov (Ukraine) 4  
8 Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 3  
9 Andreas Müller (Austria) 1  
10 Marek Mixa (Czech Republic) -4  
11 Yauheni Shamsanou (Belarus) -9  
12 Justin Van Hoecke (Belgium) -11  
13 Roy Eefting (Netherlands) -15  
DNF Eerik Idarand (Estonia)    
Women - Team Pursuit qualifying
1 Great Britain 0:03:22.414  
  Danielle King    
  Joanna Rowsell    
  Laura Trott    
2 Germany 0:03:26.778  
  Charlotte Becker    
  Lisa Brennauer    
  Madeleine Sandig    
3 Belarus 0:03:26.864  
  Alena Dylko    
  Aksana Papko    
  Tatsiana Sharakova    
4 Ukraine 0:03:28.763  
  Elizaveta Bochkareva    
  Svitlana Galyuk    
  Lesya Kalitovska    
5 Netherlands 0:03:30.495  
  Ellen Dijk,Van    
  Vera Koedooder    
  Kirsten Wild    
6 Belgium 0:03:31.988  
  Jessie Daams    
  Jolien D'Hoore    
  Kelly Druyts    
7 Ireland 0:03:32.821  
  Ciara Horne    
  Sinead Jennings    
  Caroline Ryan    
8 Poland 0:03:33.030  
  Edyta Jasinska    
  Katarzyna Pawlowska    
  Malgorzata Wojtyra    
9 Lithuania 0:03:33.726  
  Vaida Pikauskaite    
  Aleksandra Sosenko    
  Ausrine Trebaite    
10 Spain 0:03:36.474  
  Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro    
  Gloria Rodriguez Sanchez    
  Ana Usabiaga Balerdi    
11 Russian Federation 0:03:36.607  
  Aleksandra Goncharova    
  Lidia Malakhova    
  Irina Molicheva    
12 Italy 0:03:37.400  
  Simona Frapporti    
  Gloria Presti    
  Silvia Valsecchi    
Women - Team Sprint qualifying
1 Great Britain 0:00:33.559  
  Victoria Pendleton    
  Jessica Varnish    
2 Ukraine 0:00:33.849  
  Lyubov Shulika    
  Olena Tsos    
3 Russian Federation 0:00:33.884  
  Viktoria Baranova    
  Anastasia Voynova    
4 Germany 0:00:33.973  
  Kristina Vogel    
  Miriam Welte    
5 Netherlands 0:00:34.507  
  Yvonne Hijgenaar    
  Willy Kanis    
6 France 0:00:34.553  
  Sandie Clair    
  Clara Sanchez    
7 Spain 0:00:34.656  
  Tania Calvo Barbero    
  Helena Casas Roige    
8 Lithuania 0:00:35.055  
  Gabriele Jankute    
  Simona Krupeckaite    
9 Greece 0:00:35.851  
  Angeliki Koutsonikoli    
  Dimitra Patapi    
10 Italy 0:00:36.168  
  Elisa Frisoni    
  Manuela Grillo    
11 Poland 0:00:36.325  
  Natalia Rutkowska    
  Malgorzata Wojtyra