Rule Brittania as Hoy and co. clean up

Australia dominant in opening endurance events

As rain pummelled the Victorian capital of Melbourne the opening day of the 2010/11 UCI Track World Cup Classics provided s storm of quality racing as two of track cycling's powerhouses - Australia and Great Britain - made their mark as the lead in to London began on Antipodean shores.

Advance Australia as local record tumbles

Having ridden an Australian all-comers record of 3.24.244 in qualifying - six tenths faster than second-placed Germany - the home trio of Josie Tomic, Kate Bates and Sarah Kent lowered that mark in the gold medal final with a time of 3.22.171.

It was an evenly-matched race for the first half of the 3,000m, with the Australians pulling away in the final kilometre to finish almost one second ahead of the German trio of Charlotte Becker, Lisa Brennauer and Madeleine Sandig. For Tomic and Kent, the win in Melbourne was proof to local fans that their world champion status in the event was no fluke.

Tomic told reporters that she was happy with the performance given the time of the season and that there "were good things to come for Worlds", adding that it was a good experienced to ride in the rainbow stripes in front of a home crowd.

Kent explained that the team had a target of around 3.22 or 3.23 and achieved that with a time of 3.22.171. The third - and newest - member of the team, Kate Bates, was a debutant in the event at the age of 28; she noticeably struggled with the distance given the amount of time she's spent away from the sport due to injury but said she was "absolutely stoked" with the ride.

It was a similar affair in the final for bronze, as pursuiting powerhouse New Zealand took on the relatively unheralded Canadian squad of Tara Whitten, Laura Brown and Stephanie Roorda.

New Zealand's trio of Kaytee Boyd, Lauren Ellis and Jaime Nielsen posted a time of 3.23.477, which was faster than the top qualifying mark

Chinese fortune reaps gold

China was a surprise winner in the women's team sprint, as Jinjie Gong and Lin Junhong beat the British duo of Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish in the gold medal final. Gong and Junhong were the fastest qualifiers but relied on a hint of good luck to secure the win.

Pendleton explained afterwards that her 'holder' at the start gate let go a little too early, causing her to slightly lose balance and begin the race on the back foot. Varnish came out of the blocks quickly and Pendleton had to work too hard to follow her young teammate's wheel, resulting in a time of 33.562, over three tenths of a second slower than the Chinese pair's winning mark.

The battle for bronze was a closely-fought affair as French duo Sandie Clair and Clara Sanchez edged out the Dutch pair of Willy Kanis and Yvonne Hijgenaar.

Howard and Meyer make them suffer in Madison

The class and quality of Australia's Leigh Howard and Cameron Meyer was again on show in the men's 40km Madison. Using their tried and tested 'shock and awe' tactics which have seen them win many plaudits in the last two years for their prowess and power in the Madison.

They used their innate ability to attack hard and sustain those forays to wreck maximum havoc on the opposition. They also demonstrated their maturity by hitting the field at the right times and sitting back in the pack when it was required.

This could be seen when Meyer attacked shortly after the fourth sprint of the 160-lap event; with 69 laps remaining they took their first lap, after which only three teams - Netherlands, New Zealand and Hong Kong - could regain parity.

With about 46 laps to go Howard and Meyer pinned their ears like a greyhound and took back the adscendancy 10 laps later when they put the result beyond doubt. From that point the two Australians only had to defend any dangerous moves - of which there were few - as the world champion pairing demoralised the opposition.

Hoy happy with GB team sprint progress

It could be argued that there was never any doubt about the result in the men's team sprint, with Great Britain setting a time of 43.939 in qualifying and 43.829 in gold medal final. The trio of Matthew Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny was the only team to ride below 44 seconds in the opening round of the World Cup, which was faster than their time in the European Track Championships.

New Zealand continued to impress with solid times of 44.278 and 44.339 in qualifying and the gold medal final, as Edward Dawkins, Ethan Mitchell and Sam Webster showed their continued improvement and potential as a medal contender for the London Olympics in two years' time.

In the race for third the Jayco-AIS team of Daniel Ellis, Shane Perkins and Jason Niblett outdid the German trio of Rene Enders, Stefan Nimke, Michael Seidenbecher with a 44.545 to end the night's racing.

Full results

Women's Team Sprint - Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1China0:00:33.320 
 Jinjie Gong (Chn) People's Republic of China  
 Lin Junhong (Chn) People's Republic of China  
2Greece0:00:33.443 
 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Great Britain  
 Jessica Varnish (GBr) Great Britain  
3France0:00:33.526 
 Sandie Clair (Fra) France  
 Clara Sanchez (Fra) France  
4Netherlands0:00:33.748 
 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned) Netherlands  
 Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands  
5Germany0:00:33.826 
 Kristina Vogel (Ger) Germany  
 Miriam Welte (Ger) Germany  
6TEAM JAYCO­AIS0:00:33.847 
 Kaarle Mcculloch (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
 Emily Rosemond (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
7Lithuania0:00:34.586 
 Gintare Gaivenyte (Ltu) Lithuania  
 Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
8Spain0:00:35.098 
 Tania Calvo Barbero (Spa) Spain  
 Helena Casas Roige (Spa) Spain  
9MOSCOW TRACK TEAM0:00:35.190 
 Olga Streltsova (Rus) MOSCOW TRACK TEAM  
 Anastasya Voinova (Rus) MOSCOW TRACK TEAM  
10Hong Kong0:00:35.452 
 Wai Sze Lee (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
 Zhao Juan Meng (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
11Greece0:00:35.464 
 Angeliki Koutsonikoli (Gre) Greece  
 Dimitra Patapi (Gre) Greece  
12New Zealand0:00:36.011 
 Stephanie Mckenzie (NZl) New Zealand  
 Henrietta Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand  
13Thailand0:00:36.075 
 Jutatip Maneephan (Tha) Thailand  
 Chanakan Sricha­Um (Tha) Thailand  
14TREADS.COM/DFT0:00:37.940 
 Megan Hottman (USA) TREADS.COM/DFT  
 Jessica Laws (Aus) TREADS.COM/DFT  
Women's Team Sprint - Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1China0:00:33.240 
 Jinjie Gong (Chn) People's Republic of China  
 Shuang Guo (Chn) People's Republic of China  
2Greece0:00:33.562 
 Victoria Pendleton (GBr) Great Britain  
 Jessica Varnish (GBr) Great Britain  
3France0:00:33.655 
 Sandie Clair (Fra) France  
 Clara Sanchez (Fra) France  
4Netherlands0:00:33.664 
 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned) Netherlands  
 Willy Kanis (Ned) Netherlands  
Men's Team Sprint - Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Greece0:00:43.939 
 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain  
 Chris Hoy (GBr) Great Britain  
 Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain  
2New Zealand0:00:44.278 
 Edward Dawkins (NZl) New Zealand  
 Ethan Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand  
 Sam Webster (NZl) New Zealand  
3Germany0:00:44.301 
 Rene Enders (Ger) Germany  
 Stefan Nimke (Ger) Germany  
 Michael Seidenbecher (Ger) Germany  
4TEAM JAYCO­AIS0:00:44.409 
 Daniel Ellis (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
 Jason Niblett (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
 Shane Perkins (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
5Japan0:00:44.731 
 Kazuki Amagai (Jpn) Japan  
 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Jpn) Japan  
 Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn) Japan  
6Netherlands0:00:44.740 
 Teun Mulder (Ned) Netherlands  
 Yondi Schmidt (Ned) Netherlands  
 Roy Van Den Berg (Ned) Netherlands  
7Team Erdgas.20120:00:44.842 
 Carsten Bergemann (Ger) Team Erdgas.2012  
 Joachim Eilers (Ger) Team Erdgas.2012  
 Robert Forstemann (Ger) Team Erdgas.2012  
8Australia0:00:44.856 
 Alex Bird (Aus) Australia  
 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus) Australia  
 Peter Lewis (Aus) Australia  
9China0:00:44.864 
 Changsong Cheng (Chn) People's Republic of China  
 Yong Feng (Chn) People's Republic of China  
 Miao Zhang (Chn) People's Republic of China  
10Poland0:00:44.948 
 Maciej Bielecki (Pol) Poland  
 Kamil Kuczynski (Pol) Poland  
 Damian Zielinski (Pol) Poland  
11MOSCOW TRACK TEAM0:00:44.992 
 Sergey Borisov (Rus) MOSCOW TRACK TEAM  
 Denis Dmitriev (Rus) MOSCOW TRACK TEAM  
 Sergey Kucherov (Rus) MOSCOW TRACK TEAM  
12YSD TRACK TEAM0:00:45.170 
 Mohd Rizal Tisin (Mas) YSD TRACK TEAM  
 Azizulhasni Awang (Mas) YSD TRACK TEAM  
 Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos (Mas) YSD TRACK TEAM  
13Canada0:00:45.210 
 Stéphane Cossette (Can) Canada  
 Travis Smith (Can) Canada  
 Joseph Veloce (Can) Canada  
14Czech Republic0:00:45.310 
 Tomas Babek (Cze) Czech Republic  
 Adam Ptacnik (Cze) Czech Republic  
 Denis Spicka (Cze) Czech Republic  
15Russia0:00:45.466 
 Sergey Polynskiy (Rus) Russian Federation  
 Valentin Savitskiy (Rus) Russian Federation  
 Pavel Yakushevskiy (Rus) Russian Federation  
16Ukraine0:00:46.027 
 Artem Frolov (Ukr) Ukraine  
 Sergiy Omelchenko (Ukr) Ukraine  
 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukr) Ukraine  
17Greece0:00:46.542 
 Sotirios Bretas (Gre) Greece  
 Christos Volikakis (Gre) Greece  
 Zafeiris Volikakis (Gre) Greece  
18Spain0:00:46.590 
 Sergio Aliaga Chivite (Spa) Spain  
 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spa) Spain  
 Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) Spain  
19Italy0:00:46.732 
 Valerio Catellini (Ita) Italy  
 Francesco Ceci (Ita) Italy  
 Luca Ceci (Ita) Italy  
DSQI. R. Iran  
 Farshid Farsi Nejadian (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran  
 Mohammad Parash (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran  
 Hassanali Varposhti (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran  
Men's Team Sprint - Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:00:43.829 
 Jason Kenny (GBr) Great Britain  
 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Great Britain  
 Chris Hoy (GBr) Great Britain  
2New Zealand0:00:44.339 
 Edward Dawkins (NZl) New Zealand  
 Ethan Mitchell (NZl) New Zealand  
 Sam Webster (NZl) New Zealand  
3TEAM JAYCO­AIS0:00:44.545 
 Daniel Ellis (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
 Jason Niblett (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
 Shane Perkins (Aus) TEAM JAYCO­AIS  
4Germany0:00:44.938 
 Rene Enders (Ger) Germany  
 Stefan Nimke (Ger) Germany  
 Michael Seidenbecher (Ger) Germany  
Women's Team Pursuit - Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:03:22.171 
 Katherine Bates (Aus) Australia  
 Sarah Kent (Aus) Australia  
 Josephine Tomic (Aus) Australia  
2Germany0:03:23.166 
 Charlotte Becker (Ger) Germany  
 Lisa Brennauer (Ger) Germany  
 Madeleine Sandig (Ger) Germany  
3New Zealand0:03:23.477 
 Kaytee Boyd (NZl) New Zealand  
 Lauren Ellis (NZl) New Zealand  
 Jaime Nielsen (NZl) New Zealand  
4Canada0:03:25.402 
 Tara Whitten (Can) Canada  
 Laura Brown (Can) Canada  
 Stephanie Roorda (Can) Canada  
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Veldt (Ned) Netherlands  
2Jan Dostal (Cze) Czech Republic  
3Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile  
4Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand  
5Julien Duval (Fra) France  
6Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain  
7Scott Law (Aus) Australia  
8Angelo Ciccone (Ita) Italy  
9Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain  
10Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan  
11Jan Keller (Swi) Switzerland  
12Marcel Kalz (Ger) Germany  
13Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland  
14Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Col) Colombia  
15Zachary Bell (Can) Canada  
16Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Ven) Venezuela  
17Niki Byrgesen (Den) Denmark  
18Sebastian Cancio (Arg) Argentina  
19Ivan Kovalev (Rus) Russian Federation  
20Behnam Khalili Khosroshahi (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran  
21Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong, China  
22Serhei Sakavets (Blr) Belarus  
23Andreas Graf (Aut) Austria  
DNSIngmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium  
Men's Madison
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cameron Meyer / Leigh Howard (Aus) Australia10 pts
2Aaron Gate / Myron Simpson (NZL) New Zealand14 
3Nick Stopler / Peter Schep (Ned) Netherlands10 
4Ki Ho Choi / King Lok Cheung (HKG) Hong Kong4 
5Eduardo Sepulveda / Gerardo Luis Fernandez (Arg) Argentina9 
6Alexander Khatuntsev / Valery Valynin (Rus) Russia4 
7Christian Ranneries / Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Denmark9 
8Nicky Cocquyt / Moreno De Pauw (Bel) Belgium8 
9Mykhaylo Radionov / Sergiy Lagkuti (Ukr) Ukraine5 
10Sergi Escobar Roure / David Muntaner Juaneda (Spa) Spain12 
11Luis Fernando Sepulveda / Gonzalo Miranda (Chi) Chile2 
12Iban Leanizbarrutia Cruz / Martzel Elorriaga Azpitarte (Spa) Cespa­Euskadi  
DNFAlex Buttazzoni / Omar Bertazzo (Ita) Italy  
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