Pendleton clears first hurdle in Keirin

Men's omnium underway, Clancy, Mertens, Phinney event winners

Men’s omnium

200m TT

Great Britain’s Ed Clancy took an early lead in the men’s omnium when he won the opening round, the 200m flying start. The Briton covered the distance in a time of 10.448 seconds, beating the 10.567 of closest challenger Tim Veldt (Netherlands). Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic) and Myron Simpson (New Zealand) were next, with the USA favourite Taylor Phinney in sixth.

Last year’s omnium winner Leigh Howard was back in eleventh. He was fourth in the same event last year.

Scratch race

Tim Mertens won a big sprint to take the omnium scratch race, the Belgian beating Robert Bartko (Germany) and Leigh Howard (Australia) at the end of the 40-lap event.

They were amongst the 10 riders who gained a lap or more on the rest of the field, with the aggressive race causing many splits.

The first serious move came from Vitaliy Shchedov, who powered clear very soon after the start and went a considerable way towards lapping the bunch. The Ukrainian go to within 50 metres but ran out of steam and started slipping back. At the same time, the chasing pack split and several riders found themselves in the wrong half. One of those was Taylor Phinney (USA) but he jumped back across.

At the halfway point the race broke apart again and a number of riders moved forwards. Amongst this group were David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain), Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia), Elia Viviani (Italy), Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong), Tim Maertens (Belgium), Phinney, Bartko and Howard. These lapped the field with about 15 laps to go.

Howard was prominent towards the end and with five laps to go, he went clear with Viviani and Muntaner, but they came back together. Mertens then proved quickest in the gallop, finishing ahead of Bartko and Howard.

Pursuit

As expected, double world champion Taylor Phinney (USA) was quickest in the pursuit which, for the purposes of the omnium, was run off under the reduced 3000 metre distance. His rivals, however, ran him close; David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain) was less than a second off Phinney’s 3:16.864, while both Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine) and Ed Clancy (Great Britain) limited their loss to under two seconds.

Robert Bartko (Germany) and Elia Viviani (Italy) had been joint first before the pursuit, but fell back somewhat when they placed tenth and twelfth. Muntaner Juaneda and Phinney moved into the first two places overall, ending the morning session on a high note.

Women’s Keirin

Heat 1: Australian rider Emily Rosemond took the opening heat of the women’s keirin, leading home yesterday’s sprint silver medallist Shuang Guo of China. The race saw the Italian Elisa Frisoni crash out, but fortunately she didn't appear to be badly hurt. No other riders came down in the incident.

Heat 2: Sprint winner Victoria Pendleton showed that she had no lingering after-effects of her fall in yesterday’s sprint final, winning ahead of Clara Sanchez (France) and Kaarle McCulloch (Australia). The latter led after the derny pulled off and remained in front heading towards the final lap. Sanchez jumped hard before the bell, but Pendleton got back to her and passed her relatively easily on the finishing straight.

Heat 3: 500 metre TT winner Anna Meares led the six riders into the final laps, then Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) burst past from a long way out. Dutchwoman Willy Kanis challenged her but cracked, slipping backwards. Meares recovered to take second behind Krupeckaite, while Renata Dabrowska (Poland) took third and went to the repechages with the others.

Repechages: Six riders had the chance to get back into the next round of the competition in the repechages. Willy Kanis (Netherlands) and Monique Sullivan (Canada) were the two riders who went through from the first of those, passing Britain’s Jessica Varnish who hit the front before the start of the final lap.

The second race saw Christin Muche (Germany) lead from a long way out, ramping up the speed with one lap to go and holding off a charge by Sandie Clair. Kaarle McCulloch came from fourth to second, nipping past Clair to progress to the next round.

The last two to go through were Olga Panarina (Belarus) and Miriam Welte (Germany).

Men's Omnium - 200m TT
1Edward Clancy (Great Britain)0:00:10.448 
2Tim Veldt (Netherlands)0:00:10.567 
3Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)0:00:10.581 
4Myron Simpson (New Zealand)0:00:10.647 
5Ghislain Boiron (France)0:00:10.756 
6Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:00:10.813 
7Elia Viviani (Italy)0:00:10.977 
8David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)0:00:10.979 
9Grzegorz Stepniak (Poland)0:00:10.990 
10Robert Bartko (Germany)0:00:11.018 
11Leigh Howard (Australia)0:00:11.038 
12Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)0:00:11.045 
13Tim Mertens (Belgium)0:00:11.057 
14Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)0:00:11.134 
15Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)0:00:11.145 
16Victor Manakov (Russian Federation)0:00:11.255 
17Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)0:00:11.418 
18Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)0:00:11.436 
Men's Omnium - Scratch Race
1Tim Mertens (Belgium)  
2Robert Bartko (Germany)  
3Leigh Howard (Australia)  
4Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)  
5Elia Viviani (Italy)  
6David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)  
7Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)  
8Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)  
9Victor Manakov (Russian Federation)  
10Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)  
11 -1lapMyron Simpson (New Zealand)  
12Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)  
13 -2lapsEdward Clancy (Great Britain)  
14Tim Veldt (Netherlands)  
15Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)  
16Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)  
17Grzegorz Stepniak (Poland)  
18Ghislain Boiron (France)  
Men's Omnium - Individual Pursuit
1Taylor Phinney (United States Of America)0:03:16.864 
2David Muntaner Juaneda (Spain)0:03:17.426 
3Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)0:03:18.075 
4Edward Clancy (Great Britain)0:03:18.448 
5Victor Manakov (Russian Federation)0:03:19.160 
6Leigh Howard (Australia)0:03:19.366 
7Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)0:03:19.461 
8Tim Veldt (Netherlands)0:03:20.178 
9Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)0:03:23.076 
10Robert Bartko (Germany)0:03:23.088 
11Myron Simpson (New Zealand)0:03:23.755 
12Elia Viviani (Italy)0:03:24.929 
13Tim Mertens (Belgium)0:03:25.425 
14Daniel Kreutzfeldt (Denmark)0:03:25.614 
15Grzegorz Stepniak (Poland)0:03:28.785 
16Ghislain Boiron (France)0:03:29.116 
17Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)0:03:31.363 
18Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)0:03:33.432 
Women's Keirin - Heat 1
1Emily Rosemond (Australia)  
2Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China)  
3Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)  
4Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
5Miriam Welte (Germany)  
6Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
DNFElisa Frisoni (Italy)  
Women's Keirin - Heat 2
2Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)  
2Clara Sanchez (France)  
3Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)  
4Christin Muche (Germany)  
5Monique Sullivan (Canada)  
6Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)  
7Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)  
Women's Keirin - Heat 3
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)  
2Anna Meares (Australia)  
3Renata Dabrowska (Poland)  
4Willy Kanis (Netherlands)  
5Sandie Clair (France)  
6Olga Panarina (Belarus)  
7Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)  
Women's Keirin - Repechage 1
1Willy Kanis (Netherlands)  
2Monique Sullivan (Canada)  
3Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)  
4Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine)  
5Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)  
Women's Keirin - Repechage 2
1Christin Muche (Germany)  
2Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)  
3Sandie Clair (France)  
4Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)  
5Elisa Frisoni (Italy)  
Women's Keirin - Repechage 3
1Olga Panarina (Belarus)  
2Miriam Welte (Germany)  
3Renata Dabrowska (Poland)  
4Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)  
5Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China)  
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