Sireau quickest in qualifying for sprint gold

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) TeamResult
1Kévin Sireau (France)0:00:09.983 
2Chris Hoy (Great Britain)0:00:10.046 
3Jason Kenny (Great Britain)0:00:10.049 
4Maximilian Levy (Germany)0:00:10.144 
5Scott Sunderland (Australia)0:00:10.235 
6Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)0:00:10.256 
7Michaël D'Almeida (France)0:00:10.258 
8Damian Zielinski (Poland)0:00:10.269 
9Teun Mulder (Netherlands)0:00:10.293 
10Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)0:00:10.310 
11Carsten Bergemann (Germany)0:00:10.315 
12Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)0:00:10.325 
13Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)0:00:10.329 
14Robert Forstemann (Germany)0:00:10.333 
15Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China)0:00:10.363 
16Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)0:00:10.386 
17Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)0:00:10.391 
18Daniel Ellis (Australia)0:00:10.418 
19Travis Smith (Canada)0:00:10.424 
20Denis Shurshin (Russian Federation)0:00:10.450 
21Sam Webster (New Zealand)0:00:10.470 
22Joseph Veloce (Canada)0:00:10.479 
23Tomas Babek (Czech Republic)0:00:10.482 
24Ethan Mitchell (New Zealand)  
25Juan Peralta Gascon (Spain)0:00:10.486 
26Yudai Nitta (Japan)0:00:10.492 
27Tobias Wachter (Germany)0:00:10.500 
28Christos Volikakis (Greece)0:00:10.545 
29Josiah Ng Onn Lam (Malaysia)  
30Jimmy Watkins (United States Of America)0:00:10.566 
31Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)0:00:10.567 
32Vladimir Khozov (Russian Federation)0:00:10.569 
33Hersony Gadiel Canelon Vera (Venezuela)0:00:10.589 
34Maciej Bielecki (Poland)0:00:10.651 
35Zafeirios Volikakis (Greece)0:00:10.660 
36Muhamad Edrus Mdyunos (Malaysia)0:00:10.676 
37Hodei Mazquiaran Uria (Spain)0:00:10.677 
38Atsushi Shibasaki (Japan)0:00:10.724 
39Clemens Selzer (Austria)0:00:10.730 
40Itmar Esteban Herraiz (Spain)0:00:10.744 
41Yuriy Tsyupyk (Ukraine)0:00:10.806 
42Angel Ramiro Pulgararaujo (Venezuela)0:00:10.814 
43Kazuya Narita (Japan)0:00:10.934 
44Francesco Ceci (Italy)0:00:10.970 
45Tomeu Gelabert Serra (Spain)0:00:11.065 
46Valerio Catellini (Italy)0:00:11.120 
47Miles Stovold (USA)0:00:11.179 
48Andrew Kelley (USA)0:00:11.201 
49Adria Sabate Masip (Spain)0:00:11.359 
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)23 pts
2Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)21 
3Martyn Irvine (Ireland)20 
4Bobby Lea (United States Of America)20 
5Bryan Coquard (France)20 
6Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia)20 
7Tim Veldt (Netherlands)13 
8Michael Freiberg (Australia)12 
9Shane Archbold (New Zealand)9 
10Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium)8 
11Recep Ünalan (Turkey)6 
12Long Jin (China)5 
13Eerik Idarand (Estonia)3 
14Kazuhiro Mori (Japan)3 
15Mario Contreras Reyes (Mexico)-17 
DNFChristopher Imrek (Austria)  
DNFJason Forde (Barbados)  
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)25 pts
2Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong)23 
3Erik Mohs (Germany)22 
4Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)8 
5Ben Swift (Great Britain)8 
6Elia Viviani (Italy)7 
7Ho Sung Cho (Korea)6 
8Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus)5 
9Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain)5 
10Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)5 
11Almonacid Mansilla (Chile)4 
12Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)3 
13Artur Ershov (Russia)2 
14Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)2 
15Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan)  
16Rémi Pelletierroy (Canada)  
DNFDavid Askurava (Georgia)  
DNFJames Louter (South Africa)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireau (France)0:00:10.842 
2Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Great Britain)0:00:10.519 
2Miao Zhang (China)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Great Britain)0:00:10.456 
2Robert Forstemann (Germany)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)0:00:10.539 
2Andrii Vynokuov (Ukraine)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)0:00:10.358 
2Scott Sunderland (Australia)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lei Zhang (China)0:00:10.702 
2Carsren Bergemann (Germany)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael D'Almeida (France)0:00:10.702 
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
Men's Sprint 1/8 finals - Heat 8
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Teun Mulder (Netherlands)0:00:10.848 
2Damian Zielinski (Poland)  
Women's Team Pursuit Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:20.962 
2New Zealand0:03:20.988 
3Ouch Pro Cycling0:03:23.048 
5Team 100% Me0:03:23.355 
11United States0:03:29.312 
17Giant Pro Cycling0:03:31.832 
21Dft Treads Com0:03:51.908 
DSQReyno De Navarratelcocono  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 1, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireau (France)0:00:10.328 
2Teun Mulder (Netherlands)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 1, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireau (France)0:00:10.696 
2Teun Mulder (Netherlands)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 2, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Sky)0:00:10.512 
2Michael D'almeida (France)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 2, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Sky)0:00:10.451 
2Michael D'almeida (France)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Sky)0:00:10.388 
2Lei Zhang (China)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Sky)0:00:10.651 
2Lei Zhang (China)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 3 - Heat 4, Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)0:00:10.579 
2Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)  
Men's Sprint Quarterfinals - Heat 4, Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)0:00:10.272 
2Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)  
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Damian Zielinski (Poland)0:00:10.814 
2Bernard Esterhuizen (South Africa)  
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)0:00:10.885 
2Miao Zhang (China)  
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Forstemann (Germany)0:00:10.741 
2Carsten Bergemann (Germany)  
Men's Sprint B Quarter finals - Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Sunderland (Australia)0:00:10.758 
2Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)  
Men's Sprint B Semi-finals - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Scott Sunderland (Australia)0:00:10.784 
2Damian Zielinski (Poland)  
Men's Sprint B Semi-finals - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Robert Forstemann (Germany)0:00:10.848 
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
Men's Omnium - Flying lap
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Archbold (New Zealand)0:00:13.291 
2Bryan Coquard (France)0:00:13.299 
3Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)0:00:13.316 
4Tim Veldt (Netherlands)0:00:13.336 
5Elia Viviani (Italy)0:00:13.446 
6Hosung Cho (Korea)0:00:13.533 
7Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain)0:00:13.537 
8Bobby Lea (United States Of America)0:00:13.566 
9Martyn Irvine (Ireland)0:00:13.576 
10Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)0:00:13.582 
11Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)0:00:13.584 
12Ben Swift (Great Britain)0:00:13.586 
13Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia)0:00:13.652 
14Erik Mohs (Germany)0:00:13.703 
15Recep Ünalan (Turkey)0:00:13.757 
16Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)0:00:13.786 
17Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chile)0:00:13.854 
18Michael Freiberg (Australia)0:00:13.893 
19Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)0:00:13.971 
20Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)  
21Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus)0:00:14.044 
22Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium)0:00:14.138 
23Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)0:00:14.157 
24Long Jin (China)0:00:14.241 
Men's Sprint B finals
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
9Scott Sunderland (Australia)0:00:10.508 
10Robert Forstemann (Germany)  
11Damian Zielinski (Poland)0:00:10.811 
12Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
Men's sprint - Race for 5th-8th place
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)0:00:10.627 
6Teun Mulder (Netherlands)  
7Michael D'Almeida (France)  
8Lei Zhang (China)  
Men's Omnium Points Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Archbold (New Zealand)13 pts
2Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)13 
3Elia Viviani (Italy)11 
4Hosung Cho (Korea)11 
5Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium)10 
6Michael Freiberg (Australia)9 
7Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain)9 
8Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)6 
9Mansilla Almonacid (Chile)5 
10Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)5 
11Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)4 
12Bobby Lea (United States Of America)2 
13Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia)-10 
14Bryan Coquard (France)-12 
15Ben Swift (Great Britain)-15 
16Martyn Irvine (Ireland)-16 
17Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus)-17 
18Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)-18 
19Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)-20 
20Recep Ünalan (Turkey)-20 
21Erik Mohs (Germany)-20 
22Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)-40 
DNFTim Veldt (Netherlands)  
DNFLong Jin (China)  

Women's Team Pursuit Bronze medal race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ouch Pro Cycling0:03:23.136 
Women's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:19.757 
2New Zealand0:03:20.828 
Men's Sprint semi-finals - Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireau (France)0:00:10.401 
2Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
Men's Sprint semi-finals - Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Sky)0:00:10.463 
2Chris Hoy (Sky)  
Women's Team Sprint Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
4Great Britain0:00:33.581 
8Sky Track Cycling0:00:34.001 
14Hong Kong0:00:35.796 
16United States0:00:36.047 
19Giant Pro Cycling0:00:36.962 
20Dft Cycling Team0:00:37.384 
21Reyno De Navarratelcocono0:00:38.044 
Men's Pursuit Final - Gold Medal Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rohan Dennis (Australia)0:04:15.614 
2Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)0:04:16.477 
Men's Pursuit Final - Bronze Medal Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Marc Ryan (New Zealand)0:04:24.855 
4Jenning Heizinga (Netherlands)0:04:27.154 
Women's Team Sprint Gold Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
Women's Team Sprint Bronze Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
4Great Britain0:00:33.651 
Men's Sprint Final - Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jason Kenny (Sky)0:00:10.333 
2Kevin Sireaud (France)  
Men's Sprint Final - Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireaud (France)0:00:10.273 
2Jason Kenny (Sky)  
Men's Sprint Final - Race 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kevin Sireaud (France)0:00:10.528 
2Jason Kenny (Sky)  
Men's Sprint Bronze Final - Race 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Sky)0:00:10.477 
2Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
Men's Sprint Bronze Final - Race 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Hoy (Sky)0:00:10.808 
2Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Elia Viviani (Italy)  
2Ben Swift (Great Britain)  
3Rafal Ratajczyk (Poland)  
4Shane Archbold (New Zealand)  
5Bryan Coquard (France)  
6Michael Freiberg (Australia)  
7Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)  
8Alois Kankovsky (Czech Republic)  
9Nicky Cocquyt (Belgium)  
10Bobby Lea (United States Of America)  
11Ioannis Tamouridis (Greece)  
12Niki Byrgesen (Denmark)  
13Recep Ünalan (Turkey)  
14Hosung Cho (Korea)  
15Tristan Marguet (Switzerland)  
16Martyn Irvine (Ireland)  
17Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spain)  
18Ho Ting Kwok (Hong Kong, China)  
19Erik Mohs (Germany)  
20Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid (Chile)  
21Siarhei Sakavets (Belarus)  
22Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave (Colombia)  
23Long Jin (China)  
DNSTim Ned Veldt (Netherlands)  
Men's Omnium - Standings after three events
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Shane Archbold6 pts
2Elia Viviani9 
3Rafal Ratajczyk16 
4Bryan Coquard21 
5Hosung Cho24 
6Ben Swift29 
7Bobby Lea30 
8Michael Freiberg30 
9Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur31 
10Alois Kankovsky33 
11Ioannis Tamouridis35 
12Nicky Cocquyt36 
13Martyn Irvine41 
14Walter Fernando Perez41 
15Tristan Marguet44 
16Cristopher Mansilla Almonacid46 
17Ho Ting Kwok47 
18Carlos Alberto Uran Arroyave48 
19Recep Ünalan48 
20Niki Byrgesen50 
21Erik Mohs54 
22Siarhei Sakavets59 
23Jin Long (China)94 
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