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UCI Track World Championships 2010

Date range:
March 24-28, 2010
  • UCI Track World Championships, Copenhagen - DEN, CM
  • Sessions. Expand the race menu
    • Session 1

      Location
      Men: Team Sprint, 40km Points Race; Women: 500mTT, Individual Pursuit
    • Session 2

      Location
      Men: Individual Pursuit Qualifying, Keirin Round 1; Women: Team Pursuit Qualifying
    • Session 3

      Location
      Men: 15km Scratch Race, Individual Pursuit, Keirin; Women: Team Sprint, Team Pursuit
    • Session 4

      Location
      Men: Team Pursuit Qualifying; Women: Sprint Qualifying-1/8 final
    • Session 5

      Location
      Men: 1km TT, Team Pursuit; Women: Sprint 1/4 final, B final, 10km Scratch Race
    • Session 6

      Location
      Men: Sprint Qualifying-1/8 final; Women: Omnium (200m, Scratch Race, 2km Individual Pursuit)
    • Session 7

      Location
      Men: Sprint 1/4-B final, Madison; Women: Sprint final, Omnium final (10k Points Race, 500m TT)
    • Session 8

      Location
      Men: Omnium (200m, Scratch Race, 3km Individual Pursuit), Women: Keirin Round 1
    • Session 9

      Location
      Men: Sprint final, Omnium final (15km Points Race, 1km TT); Women: Keirin Final, 25km Points Race

March 24, Session 1: Men: Team Sprint, 40km Points Race; Women: 500mTT, Individual Pursuit

Australia dominates opening night in Copenhagen

By:
Shane Stokes
Published:
March 24, 2010, 16:19,
Updated:
March 25, 2010, 14:37

Hammer takes a second as Germany surprises in team sprint

Cameron Meyer (Australia) repeats as points race world champion

Cameron Meyer (Australia) repeats as points race world champion

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Meyer dominates points race for repeat victory

Defending champion Cameron Meyer made the points race look almost easy this evening, doubling the points total of silver medallist, Peter Schep. He lapped the field twice, firstly with Schep (Netherlands), Milan Kadlec (Czechslovakia) and Ingmar de Poortere (Belgium) before sealing his second rainbow jersey by taking another lap later in the event.

As time passed, it became increasingly clear that the Australian was on another level. His final points total of 70 to Schep's 33 reflects that, but so too the calm, confident way that he rode the 40 kilometre event. Meyer never appeared to panic and long before the end of the race, it appeared clear that the gold was his.

"I had a really good night. I was very confident going into it," he said. "I had very good legs and kept to my tactic. I knew that in the second half of the bike race I was going to be one of the strongest there, and I knew I just had to be confident going into that second half. That's what I did.

"I didn't think the win would be quite so convincing. But I knew tonight would probably be won on laps. I knew the last two years when I rode - and when I won last year - no laps were taken, it was always won on sprints. But I thought tonight the track was quick and going into the second half of the race, a lot of guys were going to be so tired that it was going to break up."

Meyer bided his time right after the start, not placing in the first of 16 sprints and then netting fourth in the second. That started the ball rolling and he finished just behind Daniel Kreutzfeldt in the third, the Dane enjoying a massive cheer from the home crowd.

Others were wearing themselves out early on, with Roger Kluge (Germany) netting first, first and second early on but failing to take any more points after that. It was something that Schep commented on afterwards, saying that he deliberately held back before he and the other three tried - and succeeded - in gaining their lap.

"It was a tough race. The plan beforehand was to hope for a breakaway with three or four men," explained Schep. "Kluge is one of the best riders in the points, but he spent a lot of energy in the first two or three sprints. Then you get a hard moment."

The quartet clipped away with approximately 90 laps remaining and worked hard to lap the field. That gave them 20 points each and, unless other riders managed to do the same, ensured that the medals would almost certainly be shared between them.

Meyer continued to accumulate points after the effort and was clearly in pole position at the halfway mark. However, he had no intention of leaving anything to chance and decided to go for it again with 49 laps remaining. His rivals chased but he drew further ahead, succeeding in his move with 37 laps from the finish.

From that point on, all he had to do was monitor his key rivals in order to ensure the victory.

"I think second was the best place to hope for today," Schep admitted afterwards. "Cameron was the best, no doubt about it. So I am very happy with the silver. You could see he was the strongest well before halfway. Then, you look to your opponents for second and third. I think that was the best way to do it."

The Dutchman will do the Madison on Saturday and will target a podium place with Danny Stam. They took silver in 2007 and he believes it's possible to net a high finish once again.

Third today was Kadlec, who held off former world champion Chris Newton (Great Britain) by one point. The latter had a very strong race, winning four of the sprints and being placed in five others, but missed out when the others gained a lap. He fought hard to try to nab bronze, but hit the front too early in the push for the final sprint and had to make do with fourth.

Third world title for resurgent Hammer

Sarah Hammer bounced back from a long period of injury to take her third world title, dominating qualifying and the finals of the women's individual pursuit today.

The American rider was two and a half seconds quicker than Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) early this afternoon, recording a time of three minutes 27.826 seconds for the 3000 metres. She opened up a bigger gap in the finals, taking the lead after 500 metres and extending it to almost four full seconds by the finish.

Hammer topped the podium in 2006 and 2007, but then had a couple of years hampered by back problems. She's now back on top of things and said that it has made things all the more sweet.

"This is my third title, every one has been special in its own way," she told Cyclingnews immediately before receiving her new rainbow jersey. "But this one I feel like I enjoyed it from the start... I heard the gunshot, saw my name... I enjoyed it from the very beginning. That's about getting older, enjoying the process of getting to race in the final.

"This morning was just about getting into the top two and doing the fastest time possible. Tonight was about riding the best I could and hopefully winning."

Houvenaghel qualified fastest 12 months ago in Poland, but was beaten by Alison Shanks (New Zealand) in the final. She's taken her second consecutive silver medal and, prior to that, finished fourth twice.

Rather than being frustrated to lose out on gold, she said that she knew she got everything out today.

"After this morning I was really confident about the performance I had delivered, and I was hoping to back that up with another strong performance this evening," she said. "I went out and did my performance to the best of my ability, but it is just that Sarah was a little bit stronger today. She came away with the gold and I have got the silver. I am pleased with my performance, though - the outcome is out of my control, really."

Shanks and Vilija Sereikaite (Lituania) qualified third and fourth-fastest, and scrapped it out for bronze. Shanks was over half a second faster in the early session but never got ahead in the ride-off for the medal. Sereikaite thus ended up third, edging out last year's world champion.

Meares triumphs in her 'pet' event

 

Australian rider Anna Meares scorched to gold on today's opening leg of the track world championships in Ballerup, Copenhagen, winning the women's 500 metre time trial with a time of 33.381 seconds.

 

The former Olympic champion was just 0.085 seconds off the world record set by Simona Krupeckaite during last year's worlds in Pruszkow in Poland.

Her time was eight hundredths of a second faster than Krupeckaite today, meaning that the Lituanian had to be satisfied with the silver medal. Meares took revenge for her defeat 12 months ago, and was delighted with the result.

"I am really very happy with my ride, and the fact that it was good enough to get me a world championship," she enthused. "It is my fourth world title. I remember what it felt like to win my first one back in '04 in the 500 in Melbourne. This feels just as sweet, just as good.

"The race was very hard. I knew I had to be on top of my game to beat Simona, and it was close right down to the wire. She is an incredible competitor and to be able to come over the top of her and win - it's really sweet."

Krupeckaite might have been expected to be disappointed, but she was surprisingly upbeat. "I think it is a very good result for me. This year I haven't worked a lot for the 500 metres... this result is very, very good for me and is more than I expect," she said.

"I am also very happy with regards to Anna Meares as she was very close to my record... I am very, very, very happy that the world record is still mine."

Meares was philosophical about not reclaiming the record. "I'm not disappointed," she insisted. "I beat my PB by two tenths, so I can't expect more. Even though I'd like more. You can't take away the incredible ride that Simona did last year, and the world record of 33.2.

She'll go on to do the team sprint, the sprint and the keirin. The Australian said that the busy programme means that she is taking things one day at a time. Winning today took a big chunk of pressure off; she said afterwards that the race was her biggest goal heading into the championships. "This is the event that I love the most, and I have the most fun in" she said.

The bronze medal went to the Belarussian Olga Panarina, who started eleventh and remained in pole position right until the last two riders - Meares and Krupeckaite - went off. She clocked a time 0.4 off Meares' pace, improving considerably from her eighth place last year.

"I am exited by this; I wanted only to improve my world championship result of last year," she said. "I am 24 years old and I want to improve more.

Germany beats France to win team sprint final

Few would have expected the outcome in the team sprint final, with the victors Germany admitting afterwards that even they didn't think they would be standing on the top step of the podium on Wednesday evening.

The trio of Robert Förstemann, Maximilian Levy and Stefan Nimke were second quickest in the evening qualifiers, clocking 43.458 seconds to France's 43.373. They turned that around in the final, going .025 than their previous time and pulling off a surprise upset over Grégory Baugé, Michael d'Almeida and Kévin Sireau. The French riders, who have taken the past four world titles, had to be content with silver.

"Today was the last time I had my world champion jersey from the keirin because you are not allowed to wear it anymore when it gets to 24 hours before the worlds," said a beaming Levy after the race. "I thought it was gone, that I would never win a jersey again. But now, just five hours later, I have it again and I can wear it for one year more.

"For me, it was very hard beforehand to know how it would go. I came into the team just two weeks before, I was qualified. I always have problems with the start. It was very important that I closed the gap. I know when it is working, we go very fast. Today it worked two times. This morning, we thought that we could go for the bronze medal, and if everything is perfect maybe we could get silver. But now we have gold."

Levy said that he thought prior to the qualifiers that the French or British riders were most likely to triumph, but that he and his two team-mates decided to focus completely on their own race and not worry about others. That clearly paid off.

Great Britain was behind on the performance of recent years, qualifying only third fastest and then making do with a bronze against China. It was the first time in six years that they didn't make it into the gold/silver final. However, performance director Dave Brailsford insisted afterwards that he was pleased with the ride, given that Jamie Staff was out due to a back problem and Jason Kenny had to slot into the crucial man one position.

Hoy was also philosophical. While he was undoubtedly disappointed not to be in the final, he said that the trio did their utmost.

"It is nice to have targets, but you try to win every single race you enter. If you enter a few races, you try to win three gold medals," he said. "But maybe it just lets you realise that it is not a formality, that you are not just turning up and taking rainbow jerseys. Every colour of medal is hard-fought. We did the very best we did tonight and I am proud of my achievement."

 

Men's Team Sprint Final
1 Germany 0:00:43.433  
  Robert Förstemann (Germany)    
  Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
  Stefan Nimke (Germany)    
2 France 0:00:43.453  
  Gregory Bauge (France)    
  Michaël D'Almeida (France)    
  Kévin Sireau (France)    
3 Great Britain 0:00:43.590  
  Ross Edgar (Great Britain)    
  Chris Hoy (Great Britain)    
  Jason Kenny (Great Britain)    
4 China 0:00:44.002  
  Changsong Cheng (People's Republic of China)    
  Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
  Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
Women's Individual Pursuit Final
1 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 0:03:28.601  
2 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 0:03:32.496  
3 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 0:03:32.085  
4 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 0:03:32.733  
Women's 500m Time Trial - Final
1 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:33.381  
2 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:33.462  
3 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:33.779  
4 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:33.801  
5 Sandie Clair (France) 0:00:33.992  
6 Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia) 0:00:34.349  
7 Miriam Welte (Germany) 0:00:34.407  
8 Jinjie Gong (People's Republic of China) 0:00:34.538  
9 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0:00:34.674  
10 Junhong Lin (People's Republic of China) 0:00:34.803  
11 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:34.974  
12 Jessica Varnish (Great Britain) 0:00:34.992  
13 Virginie Cueff (France) 0:00:35.017  
14 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 0:00:35.334  
15 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands) 0:00:35.418  
16 Rebecca Angharad James (Great Britain) 0:00:35.515  
17 Olga Streltsova (Russian Federation) 0:00:35.601  
18 Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania) 0:00:35.603  
19 Helena Casas Roige (Spain) 0:00:35.778  
20 Renata Dabrowska (Poland) 0:00:35.864  
21 Elisa Frisoni (Italy) 0:00:36.255  
Men's Points Race Final
1 Cameron Meyer (Australia) 70 pts
2 Peter Schep (Netherlands) 33  
3 Milan Kadlec (Czech Republic) 27  
4 Chris Newton (Great Britain) 26  
5 Ingmar De Poortere (Belgium) 24  
6 Christophe Riblon (France) 17  
7 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 13  
8 Roger Kluge (Germany) 13  
9 Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark) 10  
10 Makoto Iijima (Japan) 8  
11 Andreas Müller (Austria) 8  
12 Carlos Torrent Tarres (Spain) 5  
13 Lukasz Bujko (Poland) 3  
14 Angelo Ciccone (Italy) 3  
15 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)    
16 Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)    
DNF Zachary Bell (Canada)    
DNF Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)    
DNF Thomas Scully (New Zealand)    
DNF Artur Ershov (Russian Federation)    
DNS José Ramon Infante Aguirre (Mexico)    
Men's Team Sprint - Qualifying
1 France 0:00:43.373  
  Gregory Bauge (France)    
  Michaël D'Almeida (France)    
  Kévin Sireau (France)    
2 Germany 0:00:43.458  
  Robert Förstemann (Germany)    
  Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
  Stefan Nimke (Germany)    
3 Great Britain 0:00:43.802  
  Ross Edgar (Great Britain)    
  Chris Hoy (Great Britain)    
  Jason Kenny (Great Britain)    
4 People's Republic of China 0:00:44.017  
  Changsong Cheng (People's Republic of China)    
  Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
  Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China)    
5 New Zealand 0:00:44.450  
  Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)    
  Adam Stewart (New Zealand)    
  Sam Webster (New Zealand)    
6 Russian Federation 0:00:44.498  
  Sergey Borisov (Russian Federation)    
  Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)    
  Sergey Kucherov (Russian Federation)    
7 Australia 0:00:44.578  
  Daniel Ellis (Australia)    
  Jason Niblett (Australia)    
  Scott Sunderland (Australia)    
8 Netherlands 0:00:44.630  
  Teun Mulder (Netherlands)    
  Yondi Schmidt (Netherlands)    
  Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)    
9 Poland 0:00:44.820  
  Maciej Bielecki (Poland)    
  Kamil Kuczynski (Poland)    
  Damian Zielinski (Poland)    
10 Japan 0:00:45.136  
  Kota Asai (Japan)    
  Yudai Nitta (Japan)    
  Kazunari Watanabe (Japan)    
11 Canada 0:00:45.523  
  Stephane Cossette (Canada)    
  Travis Smith (Canada)    
  Joseph Veloce (Canada)    
12 Czech Republic 0:00:45.674  
  Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)    
  Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)    
  Denis Spicka (Czech Republic)    
13 Greece 0:00:45.730  
  Vasileios Reppas (Greece)    
  Christos Volikakis (Greece)    
  Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece)    
14 Ukraine 0:00:45.795  
  Danylo Dutkevych (Ukraine)    
  Artem Frolov (Ukraine)    
  Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)    
15 Spain 0:00:46.071  
  David Alonso Castillo (Spain)    
  Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain)    
  Alfredo Moreno Cano (Spain)    
16 Italy 0:00:46.436  
  Valerio Catellini (Italy)    
  Francesco Ceci (Italy)    
  Luca Ceci (Italy)    
Women's Individual Pursuit - Qualifying
1 Sarah Hammer (United States Of America) 0:03:27.826  
2 Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) 0:03:30.377  
3 Alison Shanks (New Zealand) 0:03:31.259  
4 Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania) 0:03:31.905  
5 Ellen Van Dijk (Netherlands) 0:03:33.704  
6 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine) 0:03:36.159  
7 Jaime Nielsen (New Zealand) 0:03:37.212  
8 Vera Koedooder (Netherlands) 0:03:37.466  
9 Tara Whitten (Canada) 0:03:38.315  
10 Fan Jiang (People's Republic of China) 0:03:38.519  
11 Pascale Schnider (Switzerland) 0:03:39.111  
12 Ah Reum Na (Korea) 0:03:39.518  
13 Sarah Kent (Australia) 0:03:40.779  
14 Verena Joos (Germany) 0:03:41.092  
15 Dalila Rodriguez Hernandez (Cuba) 0:03:41.277  
16 Charlotte Becker (Germany) 0:03:42.068  
17 Elissavet Chantzi (Greece) 0:03:44.802  
18 Ausrine Trebaite (Lithuania) 0:03:45.286  
19 Vaida Pikauskaite (Lithuania) 0:03:45.782  
20 Debora Galvez Lopez (Spain) 0:03:46.051  
21 Nontasin Chanpeng (Thailand) 0:03:54.945  
22 Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (Hong Kong, China) 0:03:59.093  

 

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