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Sky HD, British team top men's team sprint

Men's Team Sprint

Sky+ HD's Chris Hoy completed a clean sweep in his return to World Cup competition as he, Ross Edgar and Jamie Staff defeated Team GB's Matthew Crampton, Jason Kenny and David Daniell in an all-British team sprint final in Manchester.

An upset looked likely as Team GB finished the first lap with a narrow lead, but Edgar steadied the Sky ship in time for Hoy to seal the win. Sky's 43.423 knocked a further tenth of a second off their qualification time. In contrast, Team GB finished a shade outside their qualification time.

For Hoy, the win was his third gold medal of the weekend. He said he had made the decision to withdraw from the exhibition JKA Keirin races in order to focus on the team sprint. "I wanted to show the same commitment to the team sprint as my other events and it's an Olympic medal event," he said. "I felt that doing the Japanese Keirin as well would compromise our performance in the team sprint today and I wanted to give it 100 percent."

Hoy and his Sky teammates were rewarded for their commitment to the task; Their victory was taken in a time over a second faster than France's winning time at the World Championships in March.

"I don't think I could have expected anymore and when I woke up this morning with sore legs, struggling to get out of bed, I didn't expect us to got that quick today," said Hoy, after anchoring the Sky effort. "That last lap there was a 13.02 and I believe that's the fastest time ever for that leg of a team sprint, so I'm delighted."

In the bronze medal race Germany's Robert Forstemann, Tobias Wachter and Stefan Nimke improved on their heat time to defeat Sergey Borizov, Denis Dmitriev and Sergey Kucherov of the Moscow Track Team.

Earlier, Sky had combined to set the fastest time in qualification. Great Britain's sprint armada sailed on into the finals as the Sky and Team GB (Matthew Crampton, Jason Kenny and David Daniell) clocked times below the 34 second barrier, the only teams able to do so.

Moscow Track Team were the first to set a stable time. Their 44.621 stood up to pressure from Team Jayco's 44.689 (Daniel Ellis, Jason Niblett and Scott Sunderland) Japan's 44.721(Kazuya Narita, Yudai Nitta and Kazunari Wanatabe) and China's 44.900 (Qi Tang, Chongyong Wang and Lei Zhang).

But with the favourites yet to start and the French teams unable to match their country's World Championship performance, Moscow's position looked precarious. Team GB were the first to make their claim with 43.804. The time caused rapid movement in the British camp as coaches scrambled to relay final instructions to the Sky team on the opposite side of the velodrome.

Whatever they had to say worked. Staff, Edgar and Hoy stopping the clock only half a second outside the World record established by Great Britain at last year's Olympics. Their opponents in the heat, Germany, mustered 44.157, enough to ensure that they would race Moscow for the bronze medal final.

Men's Scratch Race

Ivan Kovalev (Russia) won the Men's Scratch Race at the World Cup in Manchester with a commanding display of tactics and strength. Lukasz Bujko (Poland) finished second with Sergiy Laguti (Ukraine) in third.

The trio formed part of a six man group midway through the race with Matthew Brammeier (Ireland), Kazuhio Mori (Japan) and Robson Dias (Brazil). The group worked well together, before Dias was shelled out the back just as the leaders gained a lap on the field with 35 laps to go.

It sparked the pack into life as the chance of winning a medal began to slip away. Among those who tried to break clear were Chris Newton (Great Britain), Howard (Australia) and Colby Pearce (USA). But they were all reeled in with less than twenty laps remaining.

Shane Archbold (New Zealand) tried to go solo, briefly joined by Howard but with less than ten laps to go Elia Viviani (Italy) tore off the front. As the pack hesitated Kovalev seized his opportunity, and in a fine display of strength caught the Italian and sprinted to victory. Behind him Newton led home the rest of the bunch.

"I can't believe it," Kovalev told Cyclingnews. "I came here to win and I knew I was strong but do attack like that, it felt incredible."

Second placed Bujko was just as happy with his silver medal. "It's the first Polish medal of the weekend so it means a lot to both me and the team. I came fourth in the Points race so still had something to prove coming into this race."

Men's Team Pursuit

Britain's men returned to the top of the World's team pursuit tree to win the opening round of the World Cup over Spain on Sunday afternoon, narrowly outside their own World record.

The quartet of Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy, Andrew Tennant and Steven Burke caught their opponents in the final, Spain, after 3000 metres, but pressed on to complete their 4 kilometre test in 3:54.395, a shade over one second behind the World mark established in Beijing last year.

It was one-way traffic for the Britons as their race plan saw them move to an early lead over Spain's Sergi Escobar, David Muntaner, Antonio Tauler and Eloy Teruel. The British team reel in their opponents at an average of three seconds for each of the first three kilometres.

Spain lost a rider and shortly afterwards the British quartet rolled smoothly past the trio that remained. Clancy, Thomas, Tennant and Burke settled in for their final laps on the now clear track. As the four crossed the line side-by-side, agonisingly close to the World mark British Cycling's principal Dave Brailsford could be seen to throw his hands up in mock exasperation, before his face cracked into a wry grin.

The team's performance was a demonstration of the seemingly never-ending depth of the British pursuit ranks. Ben Swift, who had earlier helped the team to set the fastest time in qualification, made way in the final for World Cup debutant, 22-year-old Andrew Tennant.

"I’m pleased with that for the first World Cup," said Tennant afterwards. "We planned to catch them at the end of our second turn and it worked out perfectly. The exciting thing about is that not everyone is on top form. I think the world record is going to go in the next couple of years, hopefully to us."

Despite an admission of nerves before the final, British team pursuit stalwart Ed Clancy echoed the prediction of his younger colleague; an ominous indication for Britain's future opponents.

"We were nervous going into it, but we rode pretty well. Geraint has been stomping around and you saw him in the individual pursuit and how strong he is. We can definitely go quicker."

 In the race for third, the Ukrainian combination of Maksym Fonrabe, Maksym Polishchuk, Vitaliy Shchedov and Roman Kononenko were gifted bronze after their German opponents failed to finish.

Robert Bartko, Henning Bommel, Stefan Shäfer and late addition Roger Kluge fell behind the Ukrainians, but any chance of a late rally exploded, literally, as they suffered a puncture in the final 1000 metres.

Women's Team pursuit

Wendy Houvenagel, Lizzie Armitstead and Jo Rowsell did what their male counterparts had only narrowly been unable to accomplish, as their British team pursuit squad set a new World record on the way to victory over Germany at the World Cup in Manchester on Sunday afternoon.

They finished in 3:21.875, knocking almost half a second of the record established on the Manchester track at the 2008 World Championships.

A pleased British Cycling team manager, Dave Brailsford, said the result had been part of the team's strategy for what was the final event of the World Cup's programme. "They set out the break the record and that’s what they did. It’s a fantastic way to end a fantastic weekend," he said.

"The rest of the world got a bit chipper last year so it was important that we put our marker down and showed them that we’re still in the business of winning. For the girls I’m really proud though. There is still more to come from them."

The trio build a steady two second lead over the German trio throughout the opening two kilometres of the race, before pushing home their advantage in the final thousand metres to win by five seconds and eclipse the world mark.

"We were really keen to break it today," said Rowsell. "We knew we had it in us from our times in training but it’s about getting the right conditions on the day. It makes a lot of difference having another team on the track to drag you around and we could see them with three laps to go. Obviously Wendy and Lizzie were tired from two other races so we weren’t certain."

The result showed that Armitstead is a worthy replacement for Rebecca Romero in the team pursuit formation. The final completed a busy, but successful weekend as she took her second gold medal after Saturday's points race victory.

"It’s hard work having so many races, but it’s easier when it’s a team responsibility," Armistead said. "It’s just not about me, it’s about the other girls so it’s there's no question about backing up, even when you’re tired."

Germany's Lisa Brennauer, Verena Joos and Madeline Sandig claimed silver with in 3:26.403. Aware of the strength of their opposition, the Germans were satisfied with second place and had approached the final with the aim of breaking their national record, a goal they only narrowly missed out on.

"The heats themselves were hard, so getting to the final was an achievement," said Brennauer after the final. "The British team were strong, so we wanted to ride our own race and post as good a time as possible. For the first 2000 metres we were fine and after that we just wanted to give it everything for a personal best. We just missed it but we’re going to work harder next time."

Australia wrapped up the bronze medal, with a three second victory over The Netherlands in their contest. Belinda Goss, Tess Downing and Josephine Tomic established a two second lead over Vera Koedooder, Amy Pieters and Ellen Van Dijk in the first kilometre before taking a relatively comfortable victory.

For Goss, the result added a bronze to her gold medal in the scratch race. Like most observers, she was quick to acknowledge the work that will be required in order to close the now even bigger gap to the British squad.

"I guess it’s a good start [to the World Cup season], but looking at the Brit’s time we’ve certainly got a bit of work to do there in the pursuit," said Goss. "We’ll continue to work on it. We’ve got to look back, watch our performance to see where we can find those eight or so seconds. On a personal level I’ve had a good weekend with two medals and I’m looking forward to progressing."

Women's Keirin

Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) took Gold in the Women's Keirin final ahead of Shuang Guo (China) and Anna Meares (Australia) in a thrilling final. It was Meares who moved to the front at the start of the race with World Champion Guo glued to her wheel and Victoria Pendleton (Sky) tucked in at the back of the six-strong field.

With two laps to go Meares turned to watch the opposition, just as Guo let a small gap develop ahead of her, before accelerating by Meares. Krupeckaite had to battle through the repechages to make the final after losing in her first heat this morning.

Krupeckaite latched onto the Chinese rider in the final and swooped past with a lap to go and despite leading out from so far, held on for the win.

"It was a very hard race with very strong girls," said Krupeckaite. "It was a huge task but I made it through. Coming into the final two laps I was slightly too far back against such good opposition. I was worried but I dug it out and once on the front I wasn't going to let it slip."

As for Meares, it was her third medal of the World Cup after picking up a Gold in the 500m Time Trial and the Team Sprint.

"I was looking forward to the Keirin so much and I'm really pleased to get another medal. I tried a couple of new things and I wanted to go out there and be as pro-active as possible, which I did. The key is to try different things until something works for you."

In the 7-11th place final Elisa Frisoni (Italy) took win ahead of Virginie Cueff (France).

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
1Team Sky + Hd0.43.598 
 Ross Edgar (GBr)  
 Chris Hoy (GBr)  
 Jamie Staff  
2Great Britain0.43.804 
 Matthew Crampton (GBr)  
 David Daniell (GBr)  
 Jason Kenny (GBr)  
 Robert Forstemann  
 Stefan Nimke (Ger)  
 Tobias Wachter (Ger)  
4Moscow Track Team0.44.621 
 Sergey Borisov (Rus)  
 Denis Dmitriev (Rus)  
 Sergey Kucherov (Rus)  
5Team Jayco0.44.689 
 Daniel Ellis (Aus)  
 Jason Niblett (Aus)  
 Scott Sunderland (Aus)  
 Kazuya Narita  
 Yudai Nitta (Jpn)  
 Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn)  
 Tang (Chn)  
 Chongyang Wang (Chn)  
 Lei Zhang (Chn)  
8Alks Stal Grudziaduz0.45.035 
 Lukasz Kwiatkowski (Pol)  
 Krzysztof Szymanek  
 Adrian Teklinski (Pol)  
 Quentin Lafargue (Fra)  
 Teun Mulder (Ned)  
 François Pervis (Fra)  
10Creteil Us0.45.179 
 Cretei Charlie Conord (Fra)  
 Cretei Michaël D'almeida (Fra)  
 Thierry Jollet  
 Ilya Okunev (Rus)  
 Valentin Sauitsky  
 Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus)  
 Maciej Bielecki (Pol)  
 Damian Zielinski (Pol)  
 Konrad Dabkowski  
 Vasileios Reppas (Gre)  
 Christos Volikakis (Gre)  
 Zafeirios Volikakis (Gre)  
 Yevhen Bolibrukh (Ukr)  
 Artem Frolov (Ukr)  
 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr)  
 Yorrick Bos (Ned)  
 Yondi Schmidt (Ned)  
 Roy Van Den Berg (Ned)  
 Edrus Md Yunos (Mas)  
 Hafiz Sufian (Mas)  
 Hariff Saleh (Mas)  
 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa)  
 Alfredo Moreno Cano (Spa)  
 Adria Sabate Masip (Spa)  
DNSCzech Republic  
 Tomas Babek (Cze)  
 Filip Ditzel (Cze)  
 Denis Spicka (Cze)  
Women's Keirin Round 2 Heat 1
1Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
2Olga Panarina (Blr) Belarus  
3Shuang Guo (Chn) China  
4Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany  
5Kaarle Mcculloch (Aus) Australia  
DSQVictoria Baranova (Rus) Russia  
Women's Keirin Round 2 Heat 2
1Anna Meares (Aus) Australia  
2Agnes Ronner (Ned) Netherlands  
3Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
4Virginie Cueff (Fra) France  
5Elisa Frisoni (Ita) FFA  
6Olivia Montauban (Fra) France  
Women's Keirin Final 1­6th
1Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
2Shuang Guo (Chn) People's Republic of China  
3Anna Meares (Aus) Australia  
4Agnes Ronner (Ned) Netherlands  
5Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
6Olga Panarina (Blr) Belarus  
Women'sn Keirin Final 7­11th
7Elisa Frisoni (Ita) Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre  
8Virginie Cueff (Fra) France  
9Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany  
10Olivia Montauban (Fra) France  
11Kaarle Mcculloch (Aus) Australia  
Men's Scratch Race Final
1Ivan Kovalev (Rus) Russia  
2Lukasz Bujko (Pol) Poland  
3Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Ukraine  
4Matthew Brammeier (Irl) Ireland  
5Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan  
6Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
7Chris Newton (GBr) Great Britain  
8Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany  
9Petr Lazar (Cze) Czech Republic  
10Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand  
11Adiq Husainie Othman (Mas) Malaysia  
12Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) France  
13Fabio Masotti (Ita) FFA  
14Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Spain  
15Angel Dario Colla (Arg) Argentina  
16Michael Vingerling (Ned) Netherlands  
17David Boily (Can) Canada  
18Kam­Po Wong (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
19Loïc Perizzolo (Swi) Switzerland  
20Werner Riebenbauer (Aut) Austria  
21Leigh Howard (Aus) Australia  
22Colby Pearce (USA) United States Of America  
23Javier Azkue Prieto (Spa) FGN  
DNFRobson Dias (Bra) Brazil  
Men's Team Sprint Final
1Team Sky + HD0.43.423 
 Ross Edgar (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
 Chris Hoy (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
 Jamie Staff (GBr)  
2Great Britain0.43.818 
 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain  
 David Daniell (GBr) Great Britain  
 Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain  
 Robert Forstemann (Ger)  
 Stefan Nimke (Ger) Germany  
 Tobias Wachter (Ger) Germany  
4Moscow Track Team0.44.732 
 Sergey Borisov (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
 Denis Dmitriev (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
 Sergey Kucherov (Rus) Moscow Track Team  
Men's Team Pursuit Final
1Great Britain0:03:54.395 
 Steven Burke  
 Edward Clancy  
 Andrew Tennant  
 Geraint Thomas  
 Sergi Escobar Roure  
 David Muntaner Juaneda  
 Antonio Tauler Llull  
 Eloy Teruel Rovira  
 Maksym Fonrabe  
 Maksym Polishchuk  
 Vitaliy Shchedov  
 Roman Kononenko  
 Robert Bartko  
 Henning Bommel  
 Roger Kluge  
 Stefan Schäfer  
Women's Team Pursuit Final
1Great Britain0:03:21.875 
 Elizabeth Armitstead (GBr) Great Britain  
 Wendy Houvenaghel (GBr) Great Britain  
 Joanna Roswell (GBr) Great Britain  
 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
 Verena Joos (Ger) Germany  
 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
 Tess Downing (Aus) Australia  
 Belinda Goss (Aus) Australia  
 Josephine Tomic (Aus) Australia  
 Vera Koedooder (Ned) Netherlands  
 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands  
 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned) Netherlands  
Men's International Keirin 1-6th Final
1Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain  
2Christos Volikakis (Gre) Greece  
3Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) BTA  
4David Daniell (GBr) Great Britain  
5Shane Perkins (Aus) Australia  
6Tomas Babek (Cze) Czech Republic  
Men's International Keirin 7-12th Final
7Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain  
8Maximilian Levy (Ger) Germany  
9Ross Edgar (GBr) Team Sky + HD  
10Jason Niblett (Aus) Team Jayco  
11Carten Bergemann (Ger) Germany  
12Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr) Ukraine  
13François Pervis (Fra) Cofidis  
13Teun Mulder (Ned) Cofidis  
13Kazuya Narita (Jpn) Japan  
16Makoto Yoshikawa (Jpn) Japan  
16Tomokazu Sato (Jpn) Japan  
16Yudai Nitta (Jpn) Japan  
19Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) Japan  


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