Favourites advance through day of qualifying

Pendleton cruises through sprint qualifying and 1/8s, Hoy on-form in keirin, Thomas scorches individual pursuit

Women's Sprint

World and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton stormed into the semi-finals of the women’s sprint beating German Miriam Welte 2-0 in her quarter final heat. In her first outing as World Champion, Pendleton also set the fastest time in the morning's qualifying. The Briton will face Olga Panarina in the semis after the Belarussian knocked out World silver medallist Willy Kanis. In the other semi-final Shaung Guo (China) will face Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania). The Chinese athlete defeated Olympic silver medallist Anna Meares (Australia) in their match up.

Earlier in the morning Pendleton squeezed out Olympic silver medallist Shuang Guo (China) in the opening round of qualifying with a time of 10.998 with Olympic bronze medallist Anne Mears finishing down in seventh. Jinjie Gong (China) rounded out the top three.

In the 1/8s everything went to form with Pendleton outclassing Olga Streltsova (Russia) and both Chinese competitors winning their races. Willy Kanis beat her Dutch compatriot Yvonne Hijgenaar, while Britain’s other two competitors, Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James both lost.

Anna Mears's start to the World Cup season may not have got off to the start she hoped for, but the Australian made no mistakes as she wrapped up fifth place in the women's sprint.

In the four woman race, the Olympic silver medallist moved to the front of the quartet on the back straight of the Manchester velodrome and held off a late challenge from Germany's Miriam Welte. Silver medallist at the World Championship in March, Willy Kanis (Netherlands), and Jinjie Gong (China) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

The first of two close B Finals saw Rebecca James defeat her Great British teammate Jessica Varnish to seal ninth and tenth for the young British talents. In the second final Russia's Olga Streltsova inched out compatriot Victoria Baranova in the race for 11th and 12th place.

Men's Keirin qualifications

Chris Hoy answered any questions about his form on in his return to international competition in the men's Keirin at the World Cup in Manchester. The Sky + HD rider took a clear victory in his qualification heat, ahead of China's Qi Tang. It was Hoy's first World Cup race since his crash at the Copenhagen round of last year's series.

German Maximillian Levy opened the qualification rounds with victory over Jason Niblett of the newly formed Australian squad, Team Jayco. Heat 2 saw François Pervis (Cofidis) lead Francesco Ceci (Italy) through to the second round of the competition.

Australian Shane Perkins closed out the qualification round with a win from Dutch rider Yondi Schmidt. Perkins' qualification cleared the first hurdle of what appears to be an exciting potential match-up with Hoy in the later rounds.

Hoy's success came at the expense of his Olympic team sprint teammate Jason Kenny, who finished third and was forced to add an additional race to his programme through the repecharge rounds.

Men's Keirin Repechage rounds

Thrills and the first spills of the World Cup season as Christos Volikakis (Greece), Pole Adrian Teklinski (Alks Stal Grudziaduz), Jason Kenny (Team GB) and Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine) made amends to win their respective repechage rounds in the men's keirin.

Volikakis was the first to book his place in the second round. The Greek made got the better of Frenchman Michaël D'Almedia (US Creteil).

The second repechage saw Adrian Teklinski take what would turned out be an easy victory ahead of David Askurava (Georgia. Teklinski's task was made easy after Denis Spicka (Czech Republic) and Adrien Doucet (France) got tangled on the bank in the approach to the home straight. The duo limped gingerly away from their impromptu slide down the Manchester track, but both escaped serious injury.

In the third round Jason Kenny gave the Manchester crowd what they'd come to see as he restored status quo with victory in his second-chance race. The Olympic team sprint Gold medallist asserted his dominance to record a clear win ahead of Sergey Borisov (Moscow Track Team).

Ukrainian Andrii Vynokurov sealed the final second round spot as he held out Russia's Ilya Okunev. Vynokurov's win will now see him join Volikakis in the first of the second round match ups that will also include: Shane Perkins (Australia), Qi Tang (China), Maximilian Levy (Germany) and Francesco Ceci (Italy).

Teklinski and Kenny have secured an evening match up with François Pervis (Cofidis), Jason Niblett (Team Jayco), Yondi Schmidt (Netherlands) and Olympic Champion Chris Hoy (Sky+ HD).

Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit qualification

With their road season safely locked away Britain's Geraint Thomas and Belgium's Dominique Cornu stamped their firm authority on the men's individual pursuit. With the event's Olympic Champion Bradley Wiggins observing from the centre of the track, both Thomas and Cornu dominated their respective heats to set up a final between the respective Team Sky (nee Barloworld) and Quick Step professionals.

Thomas set a blistering pace to qualify fastest with a time of 4:15.015. The Welshman's time was .016 seconds faster than Wiggins's Olympic record time - set in Beijing last year - and less than four seconds adrift of Chris Boardman's elusive 1996 World record. The Welshman easily caught and passed his opponent, Lithuanian Gediminas Bagdonas.

"It was absolutely world class," said Thomas's coach Dan Hunt afterwards. "When we started working together back in June he said that the individual pursuit was one of his targets alongside the team pursuit. We came here off the back of three weeks of hard training and knew we could find a little bit more after he set 4:18s in practice, but to find three seconds is pretty good."

Like Thomas, Cornu was also able to catch the man on the opposite side of the track. He passed Dutchman Arno Van Der Zwet after 3000 metres, on his way to a time of 4:17.390. Riding in the final qualification pair, the Belgian was pleased with his hard fought result.

"It was very hard. I'm just over here to get enough points to do the Worlds in March. I didn't know I had this form as I had a long season on the road I'm here with just six weeks training. My best time in training was 4:19, so it's amazing I can do 4:17. I'm guaranteed a silver medal but I'll do my best in the final"

The coach of his opponent in final, Thomas, would also take a cautious approach to the showdown, scheduled for the evening session of the World Cup. "As for the final and what he can do it's tough to say. You're never quite sure of the damage the first ride can do to you. So it’s often hard to back it up, but he did it in [last week's] nationals. He’s on home turf and he’s motivated. We're hoping he can get a bit more out but he’s going to have to come out strong."

In the race for bronze Ukrainian Vitaly Shchedov qualified to race off against Spain's David Muntaner Juaneda. Shchdedov dispatched Jason Allen in his qualifier to record 4:21.669, while Muntaner beat Stefan Schäfer (Germany) to claim the last position in the finals with 4:24.689.

Women’s Scratch Race qualifying heats

World Champion Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cuba) and silver and bronze medallists Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain) and Belinda Goss (Australia) qualified for the women's scratch final after safely sailing through their respective heats.

Vera Koedooder (Netherlands) won the first heat after attacking the field and lapping the competition. Her heat was dominated by scrappy racing and was marred by a crash after the finish involving Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia) and Kelly Druyts (Belgium).

Valdivieso was present at the front of the field for most of the race and crossed the line in eighth place. Belinda Goss (Australia) also made it through, finishing in fourth.

"It was quite messy in places," said Goss. "The goal was just to make it through in the first twelve. I'm looking forward to tonight, but right now I'm just pleased to have the first one out of the way."

The second heat was won by Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus) after she gained a lap on the field with 19 laps to go. Pascale Jeuland (France) and Cari Higgins (Proman Racing Team) rounded out the top three, with Armitstead finishing in fourth. The second heat saw the British rider chase down several attacks.

Men's Points Race qualifying heats

Chris Newton (Great Britain) won the first heat in the men's points race ahead of Christophe Riblon (France) and Michael Morkov (Denmark). Newton broke clear with Riblon in the opening laps and took the maximum five points on offer after the first 10 laps. However, the pack was together again soon after, allowing for another three riders to break clear with 40 laps to go.

With fifteen laps remaining Newton, together with his earlier two escapees and Kazuhiro Mori (Japan) broke free to settle the top places. Newton finished with 33 points, five ahead of Riblon (28) and six in front of Morkov (27).

Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong Pro Cycling) won the second heat in the men's points race on Friday in Manchester. Kwok picked up points in three of the six sprints, gaining a lap on the field. He finished with 30 points, with Elroy Teruel of Spain (21) and Roger Kluge of Germany (20) finishing in second and third.

Kwok took the first five points in the opening laps but Kluge and Teruel broke free and gained a lap soon after. With three laps to go Kwok attacked again to gain his lap.

Women's sprint qualifying
1Victoria Pendleton  (GBr) Team Sky + HD0:00:10.998 
2Shuang Guo  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.098 
3Jinjie Gong  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.149 
4Olga Panarina  (Blr) Belarus0:00:11.193 
5Willy Kanis  (Ned) Netherlands0:00:11.289 
6Simona Krupeckaite  (Ltu) Lithuania0:00:11.337 
7Anna Meares  (Aus) Australia0:00:11.338 
8Kaarle Mcculloch  (Aus) Australia0:00:11.447 
9Miriam Welte  (Ger) Germany0:00:11.468 
10Victoria Baranova  (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:11.528 
11Jessica Varnish  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:11.536 
12Yvonne Hijgenaar  (Ned) Netherlands0:00:11.548 
13Rebecca James  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:11.569 
13Wai Sze Lee  (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:11.569 
15Virginie Cueff  (Fra) France0:00:11.583 
16Olga Streltsova  (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:11.626 
17Helena Casas Roige  (Spa) Catalunya0:00:11.709 
18Dana Glöss  (Ger) Germany0:00:11.758 
19Renata Dabrowska  (Pol) Poland0:00:11.805 
20Zhao  Juan Meng  (HKg) Hong Kong0:00:11.861 
21Olivia Montauban  (Fra) France0:00:11.965 
22Sumaia Ribeiro  (Bra) Brazil0:00:12.057 
23Fatehah Mustapa  (Mas) Malaysia0:00:12.138 
24Eleni Klapanara  (Gre) Greece0:00:12.266 
25Aleksandra Drejgier  (Pol) Poland0:00:12.312 
26Angeliki Koutsonikoli  (Gre) Greece0:00:12.366 
27Ainhoa Pagola Alvarez  (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net0:00:12.385 
28Gintare Gaivenyte  (Ltu) Lithuania0:00:12.522 
29Estefany Marisol Tinajero Cobos  (Mex) Mexico0:00:13.290 
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 1
1Victoria Pendleton  (GBr) Team Sky + HD0:00:11.982 
2Olga Streltsova  (Rus) Russian Federation  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 2
1Shuang Guo  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.834 
2Virginie Cueff  (Fra) France  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 3
1Jinjie Gong  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.813 
2Wai Sze Lee  (HKg) Hong Kong  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 4
1Olga Panarina  (Blr) Belarus0:00:11.722 
2Rebecca James  (GBr) Great Britain  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 5
1Willy Kanis  (Ned) Netherlands0:00:12.341 
2Yvonne Hijgenaar  (Ned) Netherlands  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 6
1Simona Krupeckaite  (Ltu) Lithuania0:00:11.757 
2Jessica Varnish  (GBr) Great Britain  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 7
1Anna Meares  (Aus) Australia0:00:11.722 
2Victoria Baranova  (Rus) Russian Federation  
Women's sprint 1/8 finals-Heat 8
1Miriam Welte  (Ger) Germany0:00:12.256 
2Kaarle Mcculloch  (Aus) Australia  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals B-Heat 1
1Olga Streltsova  (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:12.255 
2Kaarle Mcculloch  (Aus) Australia  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals B-Heat 2
1Victoria Baranova  (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:12.165 
2Virginie Cueff  (Fra) France  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals B-Heat 3
1Jessica Varnish  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:12.491 
2Wai Sze Lee  (HKg) Hong Kong  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals B-Heat 4
1Rebecca James  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:12.382 
2Yvonne Hijgenaar  (Ned) Netherlands  
Women's sprint semifinals B-Heat 1
1Rebecca James  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:11.915 
2Olga Streltsova  (Rus) Russian Federation  
Women's sprint semifinals B-Heat 2
1Jessica Varnish  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:12.314 
2Victoria Baranova  (Rus) Russian Federation  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 1-Race 1
1Victoria Pendleton  (GBr) Team Sky + HD0:00:11.798 
2Miriam Welte  (Ger) Germany  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 1-Race 2
1Victoria Pendleton  (GBr) Team Sky + HD0:00:11.997 
2Miriam Welte  (Ger) Germany  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 2-Race 1
1Shuang Guo  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.267 
2Anna Meares  (Aus) Australia  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 2-Race 2
1Shuang Guo  (Chn) People's Republic of China0:00:11.685 
2Anna Meares  (Aus) Australia  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 3-Race 1
1Simona Krupeckaite  (Ltu) Lithuania0:00:11.580 
2Jinjie Gong  (Chn) People's Republic of China  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 3-Race 2
1Simona Krupeckaite  (Ltu) Lithuania0:00:11.757 
2Jinjie Gong  (Chn) People's Republic of China  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 4-Race 1
1Olga Panarina  (Blr) Belarus0:00:13.898 
2Willy Kanis  (Ned) Netherlands  
Women's sprint 1/4 finals heat 4-Race 2
1Olga Panarina  (Blr) Belarus0:00:11.912 
2Willy Kanis  (Ned) Netherlands  
Women's sprint B finals heat 1-Race for 9th place
9Rebecca James  (GBr) Great Britain0:00:12.035 
10Jessica Varnish  (GBr) Great Britain  
Women's sprint B finals heat 2-Race for 11th place
11Olga Streltsova  (Rus) Russian Federation0:00:12.218 
12Victoria Baranova  (Rus) Russian Federation  
Women's sprint - 5th-8th place
5Anna Meares  (Aus) Australia0:00:11.892 
6Miriam Welte  (Ger) Germany  
7Willy Kanis  (Ned) Netherlands  
8Jinjie Gong  (Chn) People's Republic of China  
Men's keirin qualifying-Heat 1
1Maximilian Levy  (Ger) Germany  
2Jason Niblett  (Aus) Team Jayco  
3Tomokazu Sato  (Jpn) Japan  
4Juan Peralta Gascon  (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra  
5Hafiz Sufian  (Mas) Malaysia  
6Adrian Teklinski  (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz  
Men's keirin qualifying-Heat 2
1François Pervis  (Fra) Cofidis  
2Francesco Ceci  (Ita) Italy  
3Denis Spicka  (Cze) Czech Republic  
4Anton Lapshinau  (Blr) Belarus  
5David Askurava  (Geo) Georgia  
RELAzizulhasni Awang  (Mas) Bike Technologies Australia  
Men's keirin qualifying-Heat 3
1Chris Hoy  (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
2Qi Tang  (Chn) People's Republic of China  
3Jason Kenny  (GBr) Great Britain  
4Adrien Doucet  (Fra) France  
5Christos Volikakis  (Gre) Greece  
6Ilya Okunev  (Rus) Russian Federation  
7Velasquez Morales Santiago  (Col) Colombia  
Men's keirin qualifying-Heat 4
1Shane Perkins  (Aus) Australia  
2Yondi Schmidt  (Ned) Netherlands  
3Andrii Vynokurov  (Ukr) Ukraine  
4Michaël D'Almeida  (Fra) US Cretei  
5Itmar Esteban Herraiz  (Spa) Catalunya  
6Sergey Borisov  (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
7Oscar Ezker Martin  (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net  
Men's keirin first round repechage-Heat 1
1Christos Volikakis  (Gre) Greece  
2Michaël D'Almeida  (Fra) US Cretei  
3Azizulhasni Awang  (Mas) Bike Technologies Australia  
4Tomokazu Sato  (Jpn) Japan  
Men's keirin first round repechage-Heat 2
1Adrian Teklinski  (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz  
2David Askurava  (Geo) Georgia  
DNFDenis Spicka  (Cze) Czech Republic  
DNFAdrien Doucet  (Fra) France  
Men's keirin first round repechage-Heat 3
1Jason Kenny  (GBr) Great Britain  
2Sergey Borisov  (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
3Anton Lapshinau  (Blr) Belarus  
4Hafiz Sufian  (Mas) Malaysia  
5Velasquez Morales Santiago  (Col) Colombia  
Men's keirin first round repechage-Heat 4
1Andrii Vynokurov  (Ukr) Ukraine  
2Ilya Okunev  (Rus) Russian Federation  
3Juan Peralta Gascon  (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra  
4Itmar Esteban Herraiz  (Spa) Catalunya  
DNSOscar Ezker Martin  (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net  
Men's 4000m individual pursuit qualifying
1Geraint Thomas  (GBr) Great Britain0:04:15.015 
2Dominique Cornu  (Bel) Belgium0:04:17.390 
3Vitaliy Shchedov  (Ukr) Ukraine0:04:21.669 
4David Muntaner Juaneda  (Spa) Spain0:04:24.689 
5Artur Ershov  (Rus) Lokomotiv0:04:25.171 
6Arno Van Der Zwet  (Ned) Netherlands0:04:25.779 
7Marco Coledan  (Ita) Italy0:04:27.026 
8Michael Faerk Christensen  (Den) Denmark0:04:27.695 
9Stefan Schäfer  (Ger) Germany0:04:29.994 
10Gediminas Bagdonas  (Ltu) Lithuania0:04:31.443 
11Jason Allen  (NZl) New Zealand0:04:32.43 
12Konstantin Kuperasov  (Rus) Katyusha0:04:33.942 
13Claudio Imhof  (Swi) Switzerland0:04:35.554 
14David McCann  (Irl) Ireland0:04:36.885 
15Piotr Kasperkiewicz  (Pol) Poland0:04:38.808 
16King  Lok Cheung  (HKg) Hong Kong0:04:42.607 
17Thiago Nardin  (Bra) Brazil0:04:42.940 
18Michael Singer  (Aut) Austria0:04:44.396 
Women's scratch race-Heat 1
1Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands  
2Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic   -1 lap
3Shelley Olds (USA) Proman Racing Team  
4Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
5Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain  
6Ana Usabiaga  Balerdi (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi  
7Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) Slovakia  
8Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub) Cuba  
9Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium  
10Coryn Rivera (USA) United States of America  
11Monia Baccaille (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre  
12Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Russian Federation  
13Heather Wilson (Irl) Ireland  
14Rochelle Gilmore (Aus) Rodin  
15Aleksandra Sosenko (Ltu) Lithuania  
16Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy  
17Xiao  Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong  
18Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
19Penny Day (NZl) Posh of Holmwood, New Zealand  
20Elissavet Chantzi (Gre) Greece  
21Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) Poland  
22Jessica Fernanda Jurado (Mex) Mexico  
23Arantxa Garcia (Spa) Catalunya  
Women's scratch race-Heat 2
1Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr) Belarus  
2Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France   -1 lap
3Cari Higgins (USA) Proman Racing Team  
4Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great Britain  
5Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
6Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy  
7Jolien D'hoore (Bel) Belgium  
8Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) Hong Kong  
9Tess Downing (Aus) Australia  
10Alena Prudnikova (Rus) Russian Federation  
11Lada Kozlikova (Cze) Czech Republic  
12Skye Lee Armstrong (Aus) Rodin  
13Andrea Wolfer (Swi) Switzerland  
14Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands  
15Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Poland  
16Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre  
17Mary Costelloe (Irl) Ireland  
18Azucena Sanchez Benito (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra  
19Pelin Cizgin (Aut) Austria  
20Svetlana Pauliukaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
21Mayra Del Rocio Rocha (Mex) Mexico  
22Olatz Ferran Zubilaga (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net  
DNFAlba Diez (Spa) Catalunya  
Men's points race qualifying-Heat 1
1Chris Newton (GBr) Great Britain33pts
2Christophe Riblon (Fra) France28 
3Michael Morkov (Den) Denmark27 
4Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan22 
5Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Belarus21 
6Kam­Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong20 
7Ivan Kovalev (Rus) Russian Federation20 
8David Boily (Can) Canada8 
9Lukasz Bujko (Pol) Poland8 
10Ignacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Mexico7 
11Angelo Ciccone (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre6 
12Gediminas Bagdonas (Ltu) Lithuania3 
13Ryan Luttrell (USA) Black Dog Professional Cycling Team1 
14Damien Corthesy (Swi) Switzerland  
15Sergi Carrere (Spa) Catalunya  
16David O'loughlin (Irl) Ireland  
17Martzel Elorriaga Azpitarte (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi-18 
18Luciano Pagliarini (Bra) Brazil-20 
DNFSebastian Cancio (Arg) Argentina  
DNFJames Louter (RSA) South Africa  
Men's points race qualifying-Heat 2
1Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong Pro Cycling30pts
2Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain21 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany20 
4Thomas Scully (NZl) New Zealand20 
5Kenny De  Ketele (Bel) Belgium20 
6Milan Kadlec (Cze) Czech Republic20 
7Andreas Muller (Aut) Austria20 
8Peter Schep (Ned) Netherlands12 
9King Wai Cheung (HKg) Giant Pro Cycling10 
10Daniel Holloway (USA) United States of America7 
11Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Ukraine6 
12Javier Azkue Prieto (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net5 
13Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Cofidis5 
14Leonid Krasnov (Rus) Lokomotiv4 
15Glenn O'Shea (Aus) Australia3 
16Fabrizio Braggion (Ita) Italy2 
17Kirill Yatsevich (Rus) Katyusha  
DNFTigran Korkotyan (Arm) Armenia  
DNFAmir Rusli (Mas) Malaysia  
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