Meares back on top in 500m TT

Day two finals see more gold for Britain, Australia

Meares tops Pendleton in 500m TT

Australia's Anna Meares conquered a truly world class field to win the Women's 500 metre time trial on Saturday night in Manchester. A two-time World Champion and Olympic gold medallist in the event, Meares started in the final pairing and stopped the clock in 33.632, to snatch victory from Victoria Pendleton (Sky+ HD) and Willy Kanis (Netherlands).

"I’m really happy. It’s nice to get a good ride as it’s been a while since I’ve raced internationally, since Beijing actually," said Meares, who was knocked out of the women's sprint final on Friday by China's Shuang Guo. "The sprint wasn’t the result I was looking for, but as it’s been so long I was quite nervous and very rusty so I was content to get in the top five."

Tension had built as times dropped steadily throughout the ten heats. Hong Kong's Wal Sze Lee was a popular early leader. She was the first to drop below 35 seconds, with 34.844. However, Lee's time wasn’t to stand for long, as China's Jinjie Gong (34.302) and Belorussian Olga Panarina (34.280) bumped one another down the timesheet.

But as expected it was the final two pairings that would decide the medals. Dutchwoman Willy Kanis was the only one of the final four riders who had missed out on a medal at the World Championships in March. Drawn against a heavily backed Pendleton, she led the Briton through the first lap, but slipped behind in the final 250 metres to record 33.984. Pendleton finished in 33.838 and had a short, but anxious wait to see whether her personal best time would be enough to keep her in the gold medal position.

Moments after Pendleton had completed her lap, Meares strode out on to the Manchester track. On the opposite side of the track would be Simona Krupeckaite, giving the Australian the opportunity to avenge her loss to the Lithuanian at this the World Championships.

Meares got off to a rapid start and quickly dismissed any international competition cobwebs to claim the fastest intermediate time checks of the evening. While Meares rode to a time two tenths faster than Pendleton's mark, Krupeckaite flattered to deceive and was only able to secure fourth place, with 34.066, almost a full second outside her own World record.

For Meares however, victory was a welcome return to winning form ahead of her team sprint final. "The more this tournament has moved on the more comfortable I’ve been getting. I love riding the team sprint and I’m looking forward to that later on this evening."

Pendleton, too, was satisfied with her silver medal performance. "That’s a personal best for me so I’m pleased. I did it on drops and that was a little less aerodynamic, but I thought that was best in practice."

Houvenaghel claims women's pursuit gold

Wendy Houvenaghel (Great Britain) won the women’s individual pursuit in Manchester, beating former junior world champion Josephine Tomic (Australia) into second. Vera Koedoorer (Netherlands) took the bronze, relegating Liere Olaberria (Spain) to fourth.

Houvenaghel set a blistering pace in the qualifying round of 3:30.800 and looked set to match that time over the opening laps as she set about catching her less experienced opponent.

“The ride was something that I hadn’t realty targeted for this World Cup bearing in mind the changes to the Olympic programme, so my main focus is tomorrow and the team pursuit. But today went well and it’s something that I’ve picked up from last year’s World Cup series. Our coaching programme is being revised and it will reflect the Olympic programme that will take place in London,” said Houvenaghel.

With a partisan crowd urging her on Houvenaghel gained time on each lap and caught a despairing Tomic within the final few laps. Despite pushing all the way to the finish Houvenaghel was unable to beat her qualifying time, finishing in 3:31.929.

“Wendy is much faster than me in qualifying and has a lot more experience than me. It’s only my second year doing this event. I was trying to do a personal best, but it didn’t happen. She was just too good for me tonight,” Tomic told Cyclingnews.

The race for the bronze should have been a much closer affair but Olaberria set off at a blistering pace but faded in the final laps just Koedoorer started to apply the pressure.

Belgium nabs gold in Men's Madison

The Belgian combination of Kenny De Ketele and Tim Mertens put on a demonstration of tactical Madison riding to take victory in front of an appreciative Manchester crowd. With no laps taken throughout the race, consistency was the key to the Belgian's victory as they finished one point clear of German pair of Roger Kluge and Robert Bartko. Russia's Sergey and Alexey Shmidt claimed bronze.

Australia's Leigh Howard and Glenn O'Shea were the most enthusiastic duo in the opening laps of the race and were rewarded with victory at the first sprint. Belgium was attentive and took second. The European teams appeared happy to allow the race to settle as the Australians traded blows with the Lokomotiv Russia (Kirill Yatsevich and Alexander Petrovskiy).

At the second sprint Russia (Sergey and Shmidt) chalked up their first points with the maximum available. They scored again at the next sprint, too, as Belgium nestled into second overall.

Germany came to the fore and collected points at each of the next three sprints, a tally that moved them into a joint lead with the Belgians. Despite determined efforts by the Spanish and Dutch teams to snatch a lap, it was the USA's Daniel Holloway and Colby Pearce who looked the most likely to succeed. The two Americans stretched out to a half a lap lead, but couldn't press hard enough before the sixth sprint.

The USA claimed the sprint, but the pressure exerted by the teams behind for the minor placings nullified the attack shortly thereafter. The Dutch and Spanish once again tried to move away, but by the time the race reached the penultimate opportunity for points, De Ketele had closed the gap and swung past to push his team into the outright lead.

With ten laps to go and Germany and Russia locked in a battle for silver and bronze, the impetus to take a lap fell out of the bunch. Germany took the final sprint, but fourth place for the Belgians gave them the point that they needed to seal their win.

Hoy claims another gold in men's sprint

Sir Chris (Sky) Hoy reigned supreme in the sprint final, providing the home crowd with a virtuoso display in sprinting as he took the gold medal ahead of Matthew Crampton (GBR). Hoy won both contests in their match up while Jason Kenny rounded out the podium for the home nation by beating Australia’s Shane Perkins in the bronze medal contest by two rounds to zero.

“I was trying to build on my performance at nationals but to do a 9:86 today was really pleasing. Other than in Beijing it was my fastest ever time and I think that Beijing is a faster track than Manchester for 200s.

"The team performance throughout the weekend has been brilliant and we have more events to come. I’ve said it before but we’re looking forward now and not looking back to the success we had in Beijing,” Hoy said, before praising his two young podium compatriots.

“Sometimes Matt and Jason are faster than me in training and if they weren’t around I wouldn’t be performing. They inspire me,” Hoy said.

In Race 1 of the final Hoy beat Crampton by a bike length, and repeated the feat in the second and decisive contest.

“There were a few big guns missing from this event but it was good,” Crampton said. “I’ll keep chipping away and if I can nip some time off it’ll be good. Chris is still the man to beat though."

Kenny won his first sprint against Shane Perkins (Australia). In the second heat the pair went shoulder to shoulder in the final lap with Kenny narrowly edging out Perkins, guaranteeing Great Britain a clean sweep of the medals.

Earlier in the evening Chris Hoy (Sky) powered through to the final beating Shane Perkins (AUS) in a one sided contest. In the first race Hoy left a large gap develop as he let Perkins dangle on the front before the manoeuvre of the World Cup so far as he dived down from the top of the banking with Perkins caught napping and unable to respond. In their second match up Hoy flipped tactics, dictating the action from the front and setting to out pace Perkins to the line.

The second semi final was a much tougher affair with Matthew Crampton eventually edging out compatriot and training partner Jason Kenny by two rounds to one. Crampton won Race 1, coming over the top of Kenny in the final meters. But Kenny fought back to take Race 2 before Crampton saw off Kenny with a powerful burst of speed that left him trailing home.

Meares doubles gold tally in women's team sprint

World Champion pairing Anna Meares and Kaarle Mcculloch won gold in the Women’s Team Sprint, beating the Dutch team of Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis into silver. Germany rounded out the medals to take bronze ahead of the British team of Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James.

Australia had qualified fastest and as World Champions went into the final as favourites before producing a time of 33:653 to take gold.

“My preparation was hampered by sickness but I’m pleased to take gold,” said McCulloch.

It was Meares’s second gold of the evening after winning the 500 meter time trial. “It’s been great but I’ve done a lot of work to get here. I wanted to get the season off to good note,” she said.

Women's Points race

Lizzie Armitstead closed the second night of competition at the Manchester World Cup with a stellar performance in the women's points race. In a comprehensive victory, Armitstead took the final two sprints, including the finale at the line, to win by a clear margin from Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba) and Evgeniya Romanyuta (Russia).

After a nervous start to the race Gonzalez opened the first of the eight sprints with a win. Russia's Romanyuta levelled with her Cuban colleague at the next opportunity, as Armitstead grabbed her first points with second in the sprint.

With nerves settled by the opening pair of sprints, Switzerland's Andrea Wolfer, France's Pascale Jeuland and World road race Champion Tatiana Guderzo (Italy) took their leave from the main pack. Wolfer and Guderzo stayed out in front long enough to secure a sprint each. However, their forays were brought to naught and Czech Jarmila Machacova scored in the fifth sprint to move into a narrow outright lead with seven points. Boxed in, Armitstead managed to nab third place, but was left in a gaggle of girls level on five points.

A concerted attack by Belorussian Tatsiana Sharakova pulled her into a share of the lead with Gonzalez, while Armitstead gained another point. With two sprints to race, the Briton played her cards. She chose to ride high on the banking to avoid the squeeze on the inside of the track, but needn't have worried as she moved into the lead for the first time.

With the partisan crowd brought to their feet by the penultimate sprint, Armitstead positioned herself once more for the final dash to the line. The order at the finish reflected the final podium as Armitstead left Gonzalez and Romanyuta mopped up the minor points.

With a clear points margin and a comfortable win in the final sprint, Armitstead had appeared to complete the race on her own terms. However a tired, though elated Armitstead admitted that the victory hadn't come easily. "I was talking to my coach and he was saying I was in second. I won [that second last] sprint and went into the lead," she said afterwards.

"Coming into this I wasn’t sure about my form though. It was one of the hardest points races I’ve ever done. They’re hard enough when you’ve got form but when you’re slightly off they’re just painful from beginning to end."

Women's 500m TT Final
1Anna Meares (Aus) Australia0.33.632 
2Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.33.838 
3Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands0.33.984 
4Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) Lithuania0.34.066 
5Olga Panarina (Blr) Belarus0.34.280 
6Jinjie Gong (Chn) People's Republic of China0.34.302 
7Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany0.34.359 
8Wai Sze Lee (HKg) Hong Kong0.34.844 
9Virginie Cueff (Fra) France0.35.191 
10Elisa Frisoni (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre0.35.506 
11Renata Dabrowska (Pol) Poland0.35.660 
12Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Catalunya0.35.770 
13Victoria Baranova (Rus) Russian Federation0.35.827 
14Angeliki Koutsonikoli (Gre) Greece0.36.865 
15Fatehah Mustapa (Mas) Malaysia0.36.942 
16Sumaia Ribeiro (Bra) Brazil0.37.381 
17Ainhoa Pagola Alvarez (Spa) Fullgasnutrition.net0.37.434 
18Pelin Cizgin (Aut) Austria0.37.854 
19Estefany Marisol Tinajero Cobos (Mex) Mexico0.39.012 
Women's Individual Pursuit Final
1Wendy Houvenaghel (GBr) Great Britain0:03:31.929 
2Josephine Tomic (Aus) Australia Lapped 
3Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands0:03:41.522 
4Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain0:03:42.255 
5Lada Kozlikova (Cze) Czech Republic  
6Verena Joos (Ger) Germany  
7Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
8Elissavet Chantzi (Gre) Greece  
9Victoria Kondel (Rus) Russian Federation  
10Edyta Jasinska (Pol) Poland  
11Kimberly Geist (USA) United States of America  
12Fiona Dutriaux (Fra) France  
13Jessie Daams (Bel) Belgium  
14Lotte Van  Hoek (Ned) Rodin  
15Olatz Ferran Zubilaga (Spa)  
16Ana Usabiaga  Balerdi (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi  
Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 1
1Chris Hoy (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.10.3130.10.523
2Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia  
Men's Sprint Semifinal Heat 2
1Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain0.10.5450.10.822
2Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain0.10.539 
Men's Sprint Final
1Chris Hoy (GBr) Team Sky + HD0.10.3400.10.259
2Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain  
3Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain0.10.6110.10.700
4Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia  
5Ross Edgar (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
6Damian Zielinski (Pol) Poland  
7Daniel Ellis (Aus) Team Jayco  
8Michaël D'Almeida (Fra) US Cretei  
9Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz  
10Lei Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China  
11Tobias Wachter (Ger) Germany  
12Maximilian Levy (Ger) Germany  
13Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) Japan  
14Scott Sunderland (Aus) Team Jayco  
15François Pervis (Fra) Cofidis  
16Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr) Ukraine  
17Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) Bike Technologies Australia  
18Adrian Teklinski (Pol) Alks Stal Grudziaduz  
19Qi Tang (Chn) People's Republic of China  
20Teun Mulder (Ned) Cofidis  
21Tomas Babek (Cze) Czech Republic  
22Denis Dmitriev (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
23Anton Lapshinau (Blr) Belarus  
24Adrien Doucet (Fra) France  
25Charlie Conord (Fra) US Cretei  
26Ilya Okunev (Rus) Russian Federation  
27Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland  
28Roy Van Den Berg (Ned) Netherlands  
29Filip Ditzel (Cze) Czech Republic  
30Zafeirios Volikakis (Gre) Greece  
31Vasileios Reppas (Gre) Greece  
32Sergey Kucherov (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
33Francesco Ceci (Ita) Italy  
34Edrus Md Yunos (Mas) Malaysia  
35Thomas Bonafos (Fra) France  
36Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation  
37Clemens Selzer (Aut) Austria  
38Tomokazu Sato (Jpn) Japan  
39Alfredo Moreno Cano (Spa) Catalunya  
40Yorrick Bos (Ned) Netherlands  
41Artem Frolov (Ukr) Ukraine  
42Sergio Aliaga Chivite (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra  
43Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa) Catalunya  
44Hariff Saleh (Mas) Malaysia  
45David Askurava (Geo) Georgia  
46Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) Calapie-Reyno de Navarra  
47Oscar Ezker Martin (Spa)  
48Velasquez Morales Santiago (Col) Colombia  
Women's Team Sprint Final
1Kaarle McCulloch / Anna Meares (Aus) Australia0.33.653 
2Yvonne Hijgenaar / Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands0.34.014 
3Dana Glöss / Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany0.34.390 
4Rebecca James / Jessica Varnish (GBr) Great Britain0.34.414 
9Hong Kong  
Men's Madison Final
1Kenny De Ketele / Tim Mertens (Bel) Belgium17pts
2Roger Kluge / Robert Bartko (Ger) Germany16 
3Sergey Kolesnikov / Alexey Shmidt (Rus) Russia11 
4Philip Nielsen / Michael Morkov (Den) Denmark9 
5Christophe Riblon / Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) France8 
6Antonio Tauler Llull / Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Spain6 
7Colby Pearce / Daniel Holloway (USA) United States5 
8Leigh Howard / Glenn O'shea (Aus) Australia5 
9Peter Schep / Danny Stam (Ned) Netherlands3 
10Andreas Graf / Andreas Muller (Aut) Austria2 
11Elia Viviani / Fabrizio Braggion (Ita) Italy1 
12Angelo Ciccone / Alex Buttazzoni (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme  
13Ho Ting Kwok / Ki Ho Choi (HKG) Hong Kong Pro Cycling  
14Shane Archbold / Thomas Scully (NZl) New Zealand -1 lap
DNFSilvan Dillier / Claudio Imhof (Swi) Switzerland  
DNFKirill Yatsevich / Alexander Petrovskiy (Rus) Katyusha  
Women's Points Race Final
1Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great Britain16pts
2Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub) Cuba11 
3Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) Russian Federation10 
4Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr) Belarus8 
5Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia7 
6Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic7 
7Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany5 
8Andrea Wolfer (Swi) Switzerland5 
9Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain5 
10Tatiana Guderzo (Ita) FFA5 
11Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France4 
12Barbara Guarischi (Ita) Italy2 
13Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) Belgium1 
14Heather Wilson (Irl) Ireland1 
15Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands1 
16Wan Yiu Jamie Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
17Monia Baccaille (Ita) FFA  
18Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) Poland  
19Valentina Scandolara (Ita) Italy  
20Penny Day (NZl) PHN  
21Ausrine Trebaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
22Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium  
DNFSkye Lee Armstrong (Aus) Rodin  
DNFElissavet Chantzi (Gre) Greece  


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