Track Worlds: Australia tops GB in team pursuit, Trott claims Britain's first gold

Double gold for Germany, USA break record in team pursuit

There was ample celebration for Australia day 2 of the UCI Track World Championships after the men's pursuit team claimed gold ahead of Great Britain. The British team of Bradley Wiggins, Ed Clancy, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull had been odds on favourites to take the title, but fell apart after a final-kilometer push to gain back time on Australia, who led for much of the race.

Great Britain did have something to cheer about with Laura Trott putting in a calculated ride to take the honours in the scratch race.

Germany was the big winner of the day with Kristina Vogel taking gold in the Keirin and Joachim Eliers putting in a blistering time to win the kilometre time trial.

Germany and Australia currently lead the way in terms of world champions crowned, with two apiece. There are four more gold medals up for grabs on day 3 of the World Championships, in the 500-metre time trial, the women’s team pursuit, the points race and the men’s individual pursuit.

The men’s omnium will also get underway with Mark Cavendish, Fernando Gaviria, Elia Viviani and Lasse Norman Hansen all set to star.

Not even Wiggins can stop Australian team pursuit train

Australia set a new national record to take home the victory in the team pursuit ahead of Great Britain. Australia’s time of 3:52.727 is the second fastest time ever set in the team pursuit, and was over a second quicker than Great Britain could do on the night.

It was set up to be the match-up of the evening session on day 2, and it didn’t disappoint. Both teams made a number of changes from their second round ride, where Australia put in the fastest time. Ed Clancy made his first appearance for Great Britain after recovering from back surgery, Jon Dibben returned after riding in the qualifiers while Steven Burke sat on the sidelines. For Australia, Miles Scotson came in to replace Luke Davidson.

Australia set off on a quick pace and held a 0.6 second advantage over Great Britain at the kilometre mark and held the advantage until the halfway point. Britain began bringing that back and didn’t falter when Dibben lost touch before the third kilometre. The Australians went behind for the first time at the 3,000-metre mark, and it looked like Britain were set to secure their second gold medal of the night until Clancy lost touch in the final half a lap. They would go from being almost half a second up to being over a second down.

Denmark took the bronze medal with an impressive ride off against Italy. With some serious pulling from Olympic omnium champion Lasse Norman Hansen, the Danish were already close to a second quicker than the Italians by the 1,000 metre mark. The gap would increase to more than two seconds with Denmark setting a time of 3:55.963 setting a new national record in the process.

Defending champions New Zealand would go home disappointed after managing just seventh place, despite going quicker than their gold winning ride a year ago.

The Australian men celebrate winning the team pursuit gold medal

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Trott gives Great Britain its first gold of the Worlds in Scratch Race

Laura Trott put the disappointment of the team pursuit qualification behind her to win Great Britain’s first gold medal of the World Championships with a perfectly timed ride in the scratch race. Trott made a late surge in the final half a lap to edge out defending champion Kirsten Wild (Netherlands) and Stephanie Roorda (Canada).

The 10-kilometre race got off to an aggressive start with multiple attacks coming off the front. However, it wasn’t until Lydia Boylan (Ireland) made a move after the halfway way point that the pack began to break up. Boylan made a good effort but after five laps out front she was already flagging and a group of three were able to bridge over to her.

Trott remained calm as more riders tried to bridge the gap and eventually brought the escapees back to heel. She hid in the group until they hit the back straight, moving off the wheel of Roorda in the final corner to surge ahead for victory. Wild tried to come over the top of the Briton but didn’t have the legs to overhaul her in the final run to the line.

Vogel goes gold in Keirin

Kristina Vogel continued her medal run at this year’s championships as she swapped her bronze in the team sprint for a gold in the women’s Keirin. Vogel had already shown her form with an impressive performance over the second lap in the team sprint on day one. The German made it through the heats comfortably and never looked in doubt as she hit the front in the final corner.

Behind her, defending champion Anna Meares came from behind to take the silver medal. Meares was the only one of the Australians to make it through to the final after they all ended up in the same heat in the second round.

Becky James added a second medal to Britain’s tally by taking the bronze medal, after outmanoeuvring the much favoured Shuang Guo (China). The result is an important one for James, who has struggled with injury and a cancer scare in recent seasons. She didn’t have the quickest route through, after having to book her place in the second round in the repechage.

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Eilers beats Bos in men’s 1km time trial

Joachim Eilers (Germany) denied Theo Bos (Netherlands) a seventh world title on the track in the men’s 1km time trial with a time of 1:00.042. However it took a new London velodrome record in the event do to so, with Quentin Lafargue (France) picking up bronze.

Bos, who started second out of the 15 competitors, stormed around the track in a time of 1:00.461, beating the track record in the process. Another dozen competitors tried but failed to beat the Dutchman with several riders starting quickly but tightening up in the final lap of their attempts.

Eilers set off last and the German quickly set about business and was over half a second faster than Bos over his first lap. Bos had ridden with a steady pace strategy, increasing his speed in the closing two laps but whereas other riders faltered in the second 500 meters, Eilers was able to hang on.

The German had a slower final lap that Bos but was a clear winner to take the rainbow jersey and the velodrome record. Home favourite Matthew Crampton finished fifth in a time of 1:01.669.

Joachim Eilers (Germany) celebrates victory

Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying

The United States qualified fastest in the women’s team pursuit at the UCI Track World Championships in London after setting the second fastest time in history at 4:16.180.

The US women, led by Sarah Hammer, beat Canada (4:20.664) into second by four clear seconds, while New Zealand and world record holders Australia rounded out the top four.

There was disaster for the British women’s team, as they fell apart in dramatic fashion in the closing stages of their ride. They were second throughout the opening 3,000 meters but when Ciara Horne began to struggle a gap was created. Joanna Rowsell attempted to close it but the leading pair of Laura Trott and Elinor Barker were too far clear and sat up as they came around the final bend. They finished with a 4:21.054, leaving them fifth after Australia closed the qualifying round.

The US camp were understandably pleased with their ride but refused to get carried away, well aware that the medals are yet to be decided.

“We broke the national record by five seconds and for us it is about Rio and continually making improvements. We all worked super hard and we’re just focusing on bringing this group together, and as close as we can,” said team coach Andy Sparks.

“There are a ton of strong teams here so that makes it more meaningful. The goal here is about getting the first gold medal in women’s track cycling.”

Great Britain, Australia to face off for gold in Men's Team Pursuit

Great Britain set up a mouthwatering gold medal final against arch rivals Australia in the men’s team pursuit after both teams won their semi-finals against Italy and defending world champions New Zealand, respectively.

Great Britain topped the qualifying round on Wednesday but it was Australia who set the fastest time in the semi-finals with a time of 3:54.029. Great Britain comfortably saw off the challenge from Italy with a time 3:54.267 but the Italians rode out of their skin for the second day running to set up a bronze medal ride against Denmark.

The Danes had been off the pace in qualifying but bounced back in their heat on Thursday to set a new national record with a time of 3:54.940. As for New Zealand, they were close to Australia for the first 3,000 meters but crumbled to finish in a time of 4:00.280, almost three seconds slower than their qualifying time.

Great Britain altered their line up for the round, replacing Jon Dibben with Andrew Tennant, and the four man-team that also included Bradley Wiggins, Owain Doull and Steven Burke made a blistering start, posting a first lap time of 1:02.3 that amazed their coach Heiko Salzwedel, before easing off in the later laps.

“I think that was the fastest ever first kilometre in my long coaching career,” Salzwedel told Cyclingnews after studying the data. “It was incredible.”

The team will make two changes for the final, with Jon Dibben coming back in along with Ed Clancy, who has only just made a return from a career threatening back injury.

“I have three solid riders so we do a risky thing, yes, but I think it’s a manageable risk,” said Salzwedel.

“The intention is for Ed Clancy to prove that he is still a part of the team. My mind is on the Olympic Games, and if he gets his rainbow jersey here that’s a nice thing to have on the way to Rio. It’s a manageable risk, but it is a risk.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1United States0:04:16.180 
 Sarah Hammer (United States)  
 Kelly Catlin (United States)  
 Chloe Dygert (United States)  
 Jennifer Valente (United States)  
 Allison Beveridge (Canada)  
 Jasmin Glaesser (Canada)  
 Kirsti Lay (Canada)  
 Georgia Simmerling (Canada)  
3New Zealand0:04:20.673 
 Lauren Ellis (New Zealand)  
 Rushlee Buchanan (New Zealand)  
 Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand)  
 Racquel Sheath (New Zealand)  
 Annette Edmondson (Australia)  
 Georgia Baker (Australia)  
 Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)  
 Amy Cure (Australia)  
5Great Britain0:04:21.054 
 Laura Trott (Great Britain)  
 Elinor Barker (Great Britain)  
 Ciara Horne (Great Britain)  
 Joanna Rowsell-Shand (Great Britain)  
 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)  
 Eugenia Bujak (Poland)  
 Edyta Jasinska (Poland)  
 Natalia Rutkowska (Poland)  
 Simona Frapporti (Italy)  
 Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)  
 Francesca Pattaro (Italy)  
 Silvia Valsecchi (Italy)  
 Dong Yan Huang (China)  
 Yali Jing (China)  
 Menglu Ma (China)  
 Baofang Zhao (China)  
 Caroline Ryan (Ireland)  
 Lydia Boylan (Ireland)  
 Josie Knight (Ireland)  
 Melanie Spath (Ireland)  
 Stephanie Pohl (Germany)  
 Charlotte Becker (Germany)  
 Mieke Kroger (Germany)  
 Gudrun Stock (Germany)  
 Ina Savenka (Belarus)  
 Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya (Belarus)  
 Polina Pivovarova (Belarus)  
 Marina Shmayankova (Belarus)  
 Tamara Balabolina (Russian Federation)  
 Gulnaz Badykova (Russian Federation)  
 Anastasia Chulkova (Russian Federation)  
 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)  
 Sakura Tsukagoshi (Japan)  
 Minami Uwano (Japan)  
 Yumi Kajihara (Japan)  
 Kisato Nakamura (Japan)  
Women's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Liubov Basova (Ukraine)  
2Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)  
3Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
4Olga Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)  
5Kayono Maeda (Japan)  
RELAnastasiia Voinova (Russian Federation)  
Women's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shuang Guo (China)  
2Hyejin Lee (Korea)  
3Rebecca James (Great Britain)  
4Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)  
5Monique Sullivan (Canada)  
6Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
Women's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
2Anna Meares (Australia)  
3Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)  
4Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)  
5Shannon Mccurley (Ireland)  
RELEkaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)  
Women's Keirin Qualifying - Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)  
2Lin Junhong (China)  
3Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)  
4Kate O'Brien (Canada)  
5Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)  
6Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)  
7Virginie Cueff (France)  
Men's Kilometer Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joachim Eilers (Germany)0:01:00.042 
2Theo Bos (Netherlands)0:01:00.461 
3Quentin Lafargue (France)0:01:01.581 
4Krzysztof Maksel (Poland)0:01:01.597 
5Matthew Crampton (Great Britain)0:01:01.669 
6Matthew Archibald (New Zealand)0:01:01.718 
7Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)0:01:01.962 
8Robin Wagner (Czech Republic)0:01:02.206 
9Santiago Ramirez Morales (Colombia)0:01:02.207 
10Maximilian Dornbach (Germany)0:01:02.425 
11Jose Moreno Sanchez (Spain)0:01:02.550 
12Chaebin Im (Korea)0:01:02.666 
13Mateusz Lipa (Poland)0:01:02.908 
14Kacio Freitas (Brazil)0:01:04.202 
15Mika Simola (Finland)0:01:04.641 
Men Team Pursuit Round 1 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Alexander Serov (Russian Federation)  
 Sergei Shilov (Russian Federation)  
 Dmitrii Sokolov (Russian Federation)  
 Kirill Sveshnikov (Russian Federation)  
 Theo Reinhardt (Germany)  
 Nils Schomber (Germany)  
 Kersten Thiele (Germany)  
 Domenic Weinstein (Germany)  
Men Team Pursuit Round 1 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1 (QB)Denmark0:03:54.940 
 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)  
 Niklas Larsen (Denmark)  
 Frederik Madsen (Denmark)  
 Casper Von Folsach (Denmark)  
 Dion Beukeboom (Netherlands)  
 Roy Eefting (Netherlands)  
 Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)  
 Jan-Willem Van Schip (Netherlands)  
Men Team Pursuit Round 1 Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1 (QG)Australia0:03:54.029 
 Sam Welsford (Australia)  
 Luke Davison (Australia)  
 Michael Hepburn (Australia)  
 Callum Scotson (Australia)  
2New Zealand0:04:00.280 
 Aaron Gate (New Zealand)  
 Pieter Bulling (New Zealand)  
 Dylan Kennett (New Zealand)  
 Marc Ryan (New Zealand)  
Men Team Pursuit Round 1 Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1 (QG)Great Britain0:03:54.267 
 Steven Burke (Great Britain)  
 Owain Doull (Great Britain)  
 Andrew Tennant (Great Britain)  
 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)  
2 (QB)Italy0:03:58.902 
 Liam Bertazzo (Italy)  
 Simone Consonni (Italy)  
 Francesco Lamon (Italy)  
 Michele Scartezzini (Italy)  
Women's Keirin Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
3Kate O'Brien (Canada)  
4Shannon Mccurley (Ireland)  
Women's Keirin Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rebecca James (Great Britain)  
2Anastasiia Voinova (Russian Federation)  
3Laurine Van Riessen (Netherlands)  
4Monique Sullivan (Canada)  
Women's Keirin Repechage Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)  
2Fatehah Mustapa (Malaysia)  
3Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)  
4Kayono Maeda (Japan)  
Women's Keirin Repechage Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Virginie Cueff (France)  
2Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)  
3Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)  
4Tania Calvo Barbero (Spain)  
5Olga Ismayilova (Azerbaijan)  
Women's Keirin Round 2 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)  
2Liubov Basova (Ukraine)  
3Hyejin Lee (Korea)  
4Virginie Cueff (France)  
5Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)  
6Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
Women's Keirin Rount 2 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shuang Guo (China)  
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
3Rebecca James (Great Britain)  
4Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)  
5Lin Junhong (China)  
6Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)  
Women's Scratch Race Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Trott (Great Britain)  
2Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)  
3Stephanie Roorda (Canada)  
4Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)  
5Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)  
6Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russian Federation)  
7Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cuba)  
8Qianyu Yang (Hong Kong)  
9Charlotte Becker (Germany)  
10Marina Shmayankova (Belarus)  
11Minami Uwano (Japan)  
12Yareli Salazar (Mexico)  
13Natalia Rutkowska (Poland)  
14Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Italy)  
15Pascale Jeuland (France)  
16Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)  
17Kimberly Geist (United States)  
18Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia)  
19Tetyana Klimchenko (Ukraine)  
20 (-1 lap)Lydia Boylan (Ireland)  
Women's Keirin Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
2Anna Meares (Australia)  
3Rebecca James (Great Britain)  
4Shuang Guo (China)  
5Liubov Basova (Ukraine)  
6Hyejin Lee (Korea)  
7Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
8Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)  
9Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)  
10Virginie Cueff (France)  
11Elis Ligtlee (Netherlands)  
12Lin Junhong (China)  
Men's Team Pursuit 7-8 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
7New Zealand0:03:55.875 
 Aaron Gate (New Zealand)  
 Pieter Bulling (New Zealand)  
 Dylan Kennett (New Zealand)  
 Nicholas Kergozou (New Zealand)  
 Roy Eefting (Netherlands)  
 Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)  
 Joost Van Der Burg (Netherlands)  
 Jan-Willem Van Schip (Netherlands)  
Men's Team Pursuit 5-6 Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Alexander Serov (Russian Federation)  
 Sergei Shilov (Russian Federation)  
 Dmitrii Sokolov (Russian Federation)  
 Kirill Sveshnikov (Russian Federation)  
 Leif Lampater (Germany)  
 Theo Reinhardt (Germany)  
 Nils Schomber (Germany)  
 Kersten Thiele (Germany)  
Men's Team Pursuit Bronze Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)  
 Niklas Larsen (Denmark)  
 Frederik Madsen (Denmark)  
 Casper Von Folsach (Denmark)  
 Elia Viviani (Italy)  
 Liam Bertazzo (Italy)  
 Simone Consonni (Italy)  
 Filippo Ganna (Italy)  
Men's Team Pursuit Gold Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
 Sam Welsford (Australia)  
 Michael Hepburn (Australia)  
 Callum Scotson (Australia)  
 Miles Scotson (Australia)  
2Great Britain0:03:53.856 
 Jonathan Dibben (Great Britain)  
 Edward Clancy (Great Britain)  
 Owain Doull (Great Britain)  
 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain)  


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