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UCI Track World Cup IV 2011

Date range:
February 18-20, 2011

February 18, Day1: Men: Sprint, Omnium, Individual pursuit - Women: Team pursuit, team sprint

Sireau quickest in qualifying for sprint gold

By:
Richard Moore
Published:
February 18, 2011, 10:47 GMT,
Updated:
March 11, 2011, 22:17 GMT

Meares, McCulloch and Dennis do Australia proud

The first night of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester offered a taste of what may become a theme in the build-up to - and at - the London Olympics, with Australia and Britain battling for supremacy.

Between them, they claimed three of the four gold medals on offer, with only Frenchman Kevin Sireau - clearly in impressive form after going under ten seconds in the 200m qualifying time trial - breaking the hegemony with his defeat of Britain's Jason Kenny in the sprint final.

But it was Australia, continuing its phenomenal recent form on the track, which ended up on top at the end of the opening session, with golds in the men's pursuit and women's team sprint, to Britain's one gold in the women's team pursuit.

And like so many other occasions, the rivalry between the two nations was symbolised by a thrilling men's pursuit final. Rohan Dennis, whose stunning performance at the recent Australian national championships was comprehensively overshadowed by Jack Bobridge's world record, faced Geraint Thomas in the final, having pipped him in qualifying.

With home support many fancied Thomas to claim gold and he went out fast to build a significant lead at half-distance. He then started to fade however, just as Dennis began to pile on the pressure in the final four laps. By the finish the Australian had prevailed by just over a second, though he admitted he'd been oblivious to where he was in relation to Thomas, especially as the crowd became more urgent, willing Thomas on as Dennis began to claw back.

"I wasn't sure where he was until half-distance," said Dennis, "and I didn't think he'd be that far ahead. I was hoping he'd slowly die off, then with four laps to go I attacked it. I just consistently held it until those last four laps, then I just gave it everything: it was all or nothing."

"I just went out too hard," said Thomas. "The team pursuit [on Sunday] is the main thing. I did this to have a good hit out, but I still like riding the individual and it's something I want to win the Worlds in."

Australia's second gold medal came in the women's team sprint, with Anna Meares overcoming jet lag to partner Kaarle McCulloch to victory over China. "I think we performed great under the circumstances," said Meares. "The jet lag's been difficult to deal with this week, so we can be very happy with that."

There was disappointment for Meares' big rival, Victoria Pendleton, when she and Shanaze Reade, riding for Sky Track Cycling, false-started and then failed to qualify for the medal rides. Instead, the top British duo was overshadowed by the young pairing of Becky James and Jess Varnish, riding in GB colours, who made it to the bronze medal ride; they had to be content with fourth however, as France claimed the third step on the podium.

There was a world class performance by the British women in the team pursuit as they defeated the world record holders, New Zealand, in a British record 3:19.757. In another exciting race GB led from the start, but with a cushion of no more than 0.3 seconds until the final four laps.

On the line the gap was a shade over a second, but it was enough for the British trio of Wendy Houvenaghel, Jo Rowsell and Sarah Storey, to claim gold.

Rowsell believes they'll have to go two seconds faster to win gold at next month's world championships. "I think it'll be a 3.17," she said. "Everyone raises their game for the worlds anyway, and the Australian ‘A' team wasn't here today.

"But I think we have a lot of room for improvement," added Rowsell, "and there are about eight or nine of us working to try and get in the team."

Storey, the former Paralympic gold medal-winning swimmer, said it had been "a team effort. I feel there were eight or nine people with us on the track today. It was a massive team effort. We've not ridden as a combination for more than two weeks, and we've trained with all sorts of different line-ups. But we feel we've got more to come at the worlds."

Sireau, meanwhile, was an impressive winner of the men's sprint, coming from a heat down to beat Kenny after also recording a rare sub-ten second (9.983) 200m in qualifying. In a re-run of the 2008 Olympic final, Kenny had defeated Sky Track Cycling teammate Sir Chris Hoy in his semi-final, with Hoy bouncing back to claim bronze against Germany's Maxamillian Levy.

At the half-way stage of the men's omnium New Zealand's Shane Archbold has a healthy lead having won the flying lap and finished joint first in the points race before ending the opening session with fourth in the elimination race.

Morning session

There were few surprises in the opening session of the track World Cup in Manchester. Day one of the meeting is dominated by the men’s sprint, and home favourites Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny (Sky) are safely through to the semi-finals, along with World Cup leader Kévin Sireau (France) and Germany’s Maximilian Levy.

Sireau was the only man to break 10 seconds in qualifying, as he clocked 9.983, and he followed that up with routine wins over Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa) and Teun Mulder (Netherlands) to make the last four, where he will face Levy.

The British duo of Hoy and Kenny will face off in the other semi-final. Hoy was a shade quicker in qualifying. Hoy faced a stiff challenge in Michael D'Almeida (France) in the semi-final, but came through 2-0, while Kenny accounted for Lei Zhang (China).

Australian talent Rohan Dennis had the quickest time in qualifying for the men’s pursuit (4.15.519) and is set for a tight battle with Geraint Thomas (Sky) for the honours.

In the women’s team pursuit, Great Britain delighted the Manchester crowds by being the fastest in qualifying, although they were pushed all the way by a strong New Zealand trio. The men’s omnium also got underway, with Shane Archbold (New Zealand) getting off to the best possible start in the flying lap. His time of 13.291 was enough to take an early lead in the competition.

Full Results

Men's Sprint Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kévin Sireau (France) 0:00:09.983  
2 Chris Hoy (Great Britain) 0:00:10.046  
3 Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 0:00:10.049  
4 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:10.144  
5 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 0:00:10.235  
6 Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China) 0:00:10.256  
7 Michaël D'Almeida (France) 0:00:10.258  
8 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 0:00:10.269  
9 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 0:00:10.293  
10 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) 0:00:10.310  
11 Carsten Bergemann (Germany) 0:00:10.315  
12 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) 0:00:10.325  
13 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine) 0:00:10.329  
14 Robert Forstemann (Germany) 0:00:10.333  
15 Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China) 0:00:10.363  
16 Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa) 0:00:10.386  
17 Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands) 0:00:10.391  
18 Daniel Ellis (Australia) 0:00:10.418  
19 Travis Smith (Canada) 0:00:10.424  
20 Denis Shurshin (Russian Federation) 0:00:10.450  
21 Sam Webster (New Zealand) 0:00:10.470  
22 Joseph Veloce (Canada) 0:00:10.479  
23 Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) 0:00:10.482  
24 Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)    
25 Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain) 0:00:10.486  
26 Yudai Nitta (Japan) 0:00:10.492  
27 Tobias Wachter (Germany) 0:00:10.500  
28 Christos Volikakis (Greece) 0:00:10.545  
29 Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)    
30 Jimmy Watkins (United States Of America) 0:00:10.566  
31 Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic) 0:00:10.567  
32 Vladimir Khozov (Russian Federation) 0:00:10.569  
33 Hersony Gadiel Canelon Vera (Venezuela) 0:00:10.589  
34 Maciej Bielecki (Poland) 0:00:10.651  
35 Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece) 0:00:10.660  
36 Muhamad Edrus Mdyunos (Malaysia) 0:00:10.676  
37 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain) 0:00:10.677  
38 Atsushi Shibasaki (Japan) 0:00:10.724  
39 Clemens Selzer (Austria) 0:00:10.730  
40 Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain) 0:00:10.744  
41 Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine) 0:00:10.806  
42 Angel Ramiro Pulgararaujo (Venezuela) 0:00:10.814  
43 Kazuya Narita (Japan) 0:00:10.934  
44 Francesco Ceci (Italy) 0:00:10.970  
45 Tomeu Gelabert Serra (Spain) 0:00:11.065  
46 Valerio Catellini (Italy) 0:00:11.120  
47 Miles Stovold (USA) 0:00:11.179  
48 Andrew Kelley (USA) 0:00:11.201  
49 Adria Sabate Masip (Spain) 0:00:11.359  
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tristan Marguet (Switzerland) 23  pts
2 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 21  
3 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) 20  
4 Bobby Lea (United States Of America) 20  
5 Bryan Coquard (France) 20  
6 Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia) 20  
7 Tim Veldt (Netherlands) 13  
8 Michael Freiberg (Australia) 12  
9 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 9  
10 Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium) 8  
11 Recep Ünalan (Turkey) 6  
12 Long Jin (China) 5  
13 Eerik Idarand (Estonia) 3  
14 Kazuhiro Mori (Japan) 3  
15 Mario Contreras Reyes (Mexico) -17  
DNF Christopher Imrek (Austria)    
DNF Jason Forde (Barbados)    
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 25  pts
2 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong) 23  
3 Erik Mohs (Germany) 22  
4 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 8  
5 Ben Swift (Great Britain) 8  
6 Elia Viviani (Italy) 7  
7 Ho Sung Cho (Korea) 6  
8 Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus) 5  
9 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain) 5  
10 Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic) 5  
11 Almonacid Mansilla (Chile) 4  
12 Niki Byrgesen (Denmark) 3  
13 Artur Ershov (Russia) 2  
14 Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania) 2  
15 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)    
16 Rémi Pelletierroy (Canada)    
DNF David Askurava (Georgia)    
DNF James Louter (South Africa)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireau (France) 0:00:10.842  
2 Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Hoy (Great Britain) 0:00:10.519  
2 Miao Zhang (China)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Kenny (Great Britain) 0:00:10.456  
2 Robert Forstemann (Germany)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:10.539  
2 Andrii Vynokuov (Ukraine)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 5
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) 0:00:10.358  
2 Scott Sunderland (Australia)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 6
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lei Zhang (China) 0:00:10.702  
2 Carsren Bergemann (Germany)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 7
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Michael D'Almeida (France) 0:00:10.702  
2 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)    
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 8
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Teun Mulder (Netherlands) 0:00:10.848  
2 Damian Zielinski (Poland)    
Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Great Britain 0:03:20.962  
2 New Zealand 0:03:20.988  
3 Ouch Pro Cycling 0:03:23.048  
4 Netherlands 0:03:23.179  
5 Team 100% Me 0:03:23.355  
6 Australia 0:03:24.444  
7 Germany 0:03:25.600  
8 Lithuania 0:03:27.958  
9 Belgium 0:03:28.443  
10 Korea 0:03:28.947  
11 United States 0:03:29.312  
12 Poland 0:03:29.403  
13 Belarus 0:03:29.653  
14 China 0:03:29.788  
15 Ireland 0:03:30.375  
16 Russia 0:03:31.437  
17 Giant Pro Cycling 0:03:31.832  
18 Spain 0:03:32.159  
19 Italy 0:03:38.318  
20 Mexico 0:03:44.456  
21 Dft Treads Com 0:03:51.908  
DSQ Reyno De Navarratelcocono    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 1, Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireau (France) 0:00:10.328  
2 Teun Mulder (Netherlands)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 1, Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireau (France) 0:00:10.696  
2 Teun Mulder (Netherlands)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 2, Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Hoy (Sky) 0:00:10.512  
2 Michael D'almeida (France)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 2, Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Hoy (Sky) 0:00:10.451  
2 Michael D'almeida (France)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3, Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Kenny (Sky) 0:00:10.388  
2 Lei Zhang (China)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3, Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Kenny (Sky) 0:00:10.651  
2 Lei Zhang (China)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3 - Heat 4, Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:10.579  
2 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)    
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 4, Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Maximilian Levy (Germany) 0:00:10.272  
2 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)    
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 0:00:10.814  
2 Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)    
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) 0:00:10.885  
2 Miao Zhang (China)    
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Forstemann (Germany) 0:00:10.741  
2 Carsten Bergemann (Germany)    
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 4
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 0:00:10.758  
2 Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)    
Men's Sprint B Semi-finals - Heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 0:00:10.784  
2 Damian Zielinski (Poland)    
Men's Sprint B Semi-finals - Heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Forstemann (Germany) 0:00:10.848  
2 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)    
Men's Omnium - Flying lap
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 0:00:13.291  
2 Bryan Coquard (France) 0:00:13.299  
3 Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic) 0:00:13.316  
4 Tim Veldt (Netherlands) 0:00:13.336  
5 Elia Viviani (Italy) 0:00:13.446  
6 Hosung Cho (Korea) 0:00:13.533  
7 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain) 0:00:13.537  
8 Bobby Lea (United States Of America) 0:00:13.566  
9 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) 0:00:13.576  
10 Tristan Marguet (Switzerland) 0:00:13.582  
11 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 0:00:13.584  
12 Ben Swift (Great Britain) 0:00:13.586  
13 Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia) 0:00:13.652  
14 Erik Mohs (Germany) 0:00:13.703  
15 Recep Ünalan (Turkey) 0:00:13.757  
16 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 0:00:13.786  
17 Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chile) 0:00:13.854  
18 Michael Freiberg (Australia) 0:00:13.893  
19 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:13.971  
20 Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)    
21 Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus) 0:00:14.044  
22 Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium) 0:00:14.138  
23 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 0:00:14.157  
24 Long Jin (China) 0:00:14.241  
Men's Sprint B finals
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
9 Scott Sunderland (Australia) 0:00:10.508  
10 Robert Forstemann (Germany)    
11 Damian Zielinski (Poland) 0:00:10.811  
12 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)    
Men's sprint - Race for 5th-8th place
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
5 Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan) 0:00:10.627  
6 Teun Mulder (Netherlands)    
7 Michael D'Almeida (France)    
8 Lei Zhang (China)    
Men's Omnium Points Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 13  pts
2 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland) 13  
3 Elia Viviani (Italy) 11  
4 Hosung Cho (Korea) 11  
5 Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium) 10  
6 Michael Freiberg (Australia) 9  
7 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain) 9  
8 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece) 6  
9 Mansilla Almonacid (Chile) 5  
10 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China) 5  
11 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 4  
12 Bobby Lea (United States Of America) 2  
13 Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia) -10  
14 Bryan Coquard (France) -12  
15 Ben Swift (Great Britain) -15  
16 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) -16  
17 Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus) -17  
18 Niki Byrgesen (Denmark) -18  
19 Tristan Marguet (Switzerland) -20  
20 Recep Ünalan (Turkey) -20  
21 Erik Mohs (Germany) -20  
22 Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic) -40  
DNF Tim Veldt (Netherlands)    
DNF Long Jin (China)    

     
Women's Team Pursuit Bronze medal race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ouch Pro Cycling 0:03:23.136  
2 Netherlands 0:03:23.804  
Women's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Great Britain 0:03:19.757  
2 New Zealand 0:03:20.828  
Men's Sprint semi-finals - Heat 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireau (France) 0:00:10.401  
2 Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
Men's Sprint semi-finals - Heat 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Kenny (Sky) 0:00:10.463  
2 Chris Hoy (Sky)    
Women's Team Sprint Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 China 0:00:33.140  
2 Australia 0:00:33.372  
3 France 0:00:33.517  
4 Great Britain 0:00:33.581  
5 Germany 0:00:33.731  
6 Netherlands 0:00:33.804  
7 Lithuania 0:00:33.876  
8 Sky Track Cycling 0:00:34.001  
9 Russia 0:00:34.787  
10 Spain 0:00:34.796  
11 Korea 0:00:35.449  
12 Venezuela 0:00:35.620  
13 Greece 0:00:35.632  
14 Hong Kong 0:00:35.796  
15 Cuba 0:00:35.927  
16 United States 0:00:36.047  
17 Mexico 0:00:36.639  
18 Japan 0:00:36.772  
19 Giant Pro Cycling 0:00:36.962  
20 Dft Cycling Team 0:00:37.384  
21 Reyno De Navarratelcocono 0:00:38.044  
Men's Pursuit Final - Gold Medal Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Rohan Dennis (Australia) 0:04:15.614  
2 Geraint Thomas (Great Britain) 0:04:16.477  
Men's Pursuit Final - Bronze Medal Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 Marc Ryan (New Zealand) 0:04:24.855  
4 Jenning Heizinga (Netherlands) 0:04:27.154  
Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Australia 0:00:33.017  
2 China 0:00:33.173  
Women's Team Sprint Bronze Medal Final
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 France 0:00:33.347  
4 Great Britain 0:00:33.651  
Men's Sprint Final - Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jason Kenny (Sky) 0:00:10.333  
2 Kevin Sireaud (France)    
Men's Sprint Final - Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireaud (France) 0:00:10.273  
2 Jason Kenny (Sky)    
Men's Sprint Final - Race 3
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Kevin Sireaud (France) 0:00:10.528  
2 Jason Kenny (Sky)    
Men's Sprint Bronze Final - Race 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Hoy (Sky) 0:00:10.477  
2 Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
Men's Sprint Bronze Final - Race 2
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Chris Hoy (Sky) 0:00:10.808  
2 Maximilian Levy (Germany)    
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Elia Viviani (Italy)    
2 Ben Swift (Great Britain)    
3 Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)    
4 Shane Archbold (New Zealand)    
5 Bryan Coquard (France)    
6 Michael Freiberg (Australia)    
7 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)    
8 Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)    
9 Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium)    
10 Bobby Lea (United States Of America)    
11 Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)    
12 Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)    
13 Recep Ünalan (Turkey)    
14 Hosung Cho (Korea)    
15 Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)    
16 Martyn Irvine (Ireland)    
17 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain)    
18 Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)    
19 Erik Mohs (Germany)    
20 Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chile)    
21 Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus)    
22 Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia)    
23 Long Jin (China)    
DNS Tim Ned Veldt (Netherlands)    
Men's Omnium - Standings after three events
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Shane Archbold 6  pts
2 Elia Viviani 9  
3 Rafal Ratajczyk 16  
4 Bryan Coquard 21  
5 Hosung Cho 24  
6 Ben Swift 29  
7 Bobby Lea 30  
8 Michael Freiberg 30  
9 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur 31  
10 Alois Kankovsky 33  
11 Ioannis Tamouridis 35  
12 Nicky Cocquyt 36  
13 Martyn Irvine 41  
14 Walter Fernando Perez 41  
15 Tristan Marguet 44  
16 Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid 46  
17 Ho Ting Kwok 47  
18 Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave 48  
19 Recep Ünalan 48  
20 Niki Byrgesen 50  
21 Erik Mohs 54  
22 Siarhei Sakavets 59  
23 Jin Long (China) 94