Day 1: Australia defend team pursuit title

New Zealand, Germany and Belgium also claim gold medals

The Australian men's team pursuiters waged a come-from-behind victory over the Danish squad in the finals of the UCI Track World Championships in Cali, Colombia on the first day of competition. New Zealand won the bronze over Russia.

Reigning world champions Glenn O'Shea and Alex Edmondson and newcomers Mitchell Mulhern and Miles Scotson qualified second fastest in the morning for Australia, and in the final Luke Davison replaced Scotson to battle Denmark's Casper Von Folsach, Lasse Hansen, Rasmus Quaade and Alex Rasmussen for gold.

Denmark went out well in the final, building up nearly a half second lead at the halfway point, but the Australians rallied back, closing the gap over the next 500m and then surging to the gold medal, besting the Danes with a 3:57.91 over their 3:59.62 finish.

"We knew it was going to be hard and we got driven the whole way to the end by the Danes, they put up such an awesome fight so to come out on top is unbelievable," Edmondson said.

"We knew we had to ride our own race and we knew they were going to come out hard and we went out hard too, but at the end of the day it came down to the last kilometre and we just stuck to our plan, tried not to get rattled and held on."

The gold was O'Shea third after last year's team pursuit win and a title in the omnium, but he had to overcome jetlag and illness to get on the top step of the podium.

"That was pretty good wasn't it? A bit harder than last year I think, today we were a bit disappointed with the heat, we only just snuck into the final so we were pretty motivated," O'Shea said.

"It was a very tight race – only a couple of hundredths of a second separated us the whole way. It was Eddie that brought it home for us. He was the one that pulled the cat out of the bag and won the race for us."

Team Sprint

The New Zealand sprinters had an equally thrilling finale to the men's team sprint, with Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins claiming a narrow victory over last year's champions Germany (Rene Enders, Robert Forestermann and Max Levy) by just 0.045 seconds. France pushed Russia off the podium for bronze by an even closer margin of 0.024 seconds.

"It has been a hard few years for us," Mitchell said. "In 2012 we got bronze and we qualified first last year but couldn't capitalise on a good qualification. We've been working hard and it is a new year with a new coach, so to win gold this time means a lot to us.

"It was a very tight race – only a couple of hundredths of a second separated us the whole way. It was Eddie that brought it home for us. He was the one that pulled the cat out of the bag and won the race for us."

The German Olympic gold medalists Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte continued to post strong results in the women's team sprint, besting China's Junhong Lin and Tianshi Zhong by more than a second to defend their title.

Britain's Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James handed Russia yet another fourth place finish, taking a close victory for bronze.

Vogel was pleased to have kicked off the first day of racing with a rainbow jersey. "I only have one world to say – treble! I'm really proud of what we achieved tonight," she said. Welte was also delighted: "I can't believe we are world champions again."

First gold for Belgium

Kelly Druyts handed Belgium its first track world title since 2012, winning the women's scratch race in a solo escape over Poland's Katarzyna Pawlowska. Evgenia Romanyuta gave Russia it's first medal of the championships with a bronze.

Druyts called the result "a dream come true", saying that she had dreamed about winning a world title. "I won the bronze in 2012, and last year I did not race the track to become stronger on the road. And now this," she said to Sporza.

"I rode all for nothing. I went away with six laps to go with Ireland's [Caroline Ryan] and then went solo for the last three laps. It was the right decision."

Full Results

Men's Team Pursuit - Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Denmark0:04:00.176 
 Casper Von Folsach  
 Lasse Norman Hansen  
 Christian Rasmus Quaade  
 Alex Rasmussen  
2Australia0:04:01.516 
 Glenn O'Shea  
 Alexander Edmondson  
 Mitchell Mulhern  
 Miles Scotson  
3Russia0:04:01.615 
 Artur Ershov  
 Evgeny Kovalev  
 Ivan Kovalev  
 Alexander Serov  
4New Zealand0:04:02.056 
 Aaron Gate  
 Pieter Bulling  
 Dylan Kennett  
 Marc Ryan  
5Spain0:04:02.648 
 Eloy Teruel Rovira  
 Sebastian Mora Vedri  
 David Muntaner Juaneda  
 Albert Torres Barcelo  
6Switzerland0:04:02.934 
 Olivier Beer  
 Thery Schir  
 Tom Bohli  
 Stefan Kueng  
7Germany0:04:04.230 
 Theo Reinhardt  
 Maximilian Beyer  
 Nils Schomber  
 Kersten Thiele  
8Great Britain0:04:04.419 
 Edward Clancy  
 Owain Doull  
 Jonathan Dibben  
 Samuel Harrison  
9Belgium0:04:05.423 
 Jasper De Buyst  
 Kenny De Ketele  
 Moreno De Pauw  
 Jonas Rickaert  
10Colombia0:04:05.751 
 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal  
 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas  
 Arles Antonio Castro Laverde  
 Fernando Gaviria Rendon  
11Italy0:04:06.165 
 Elia Viviani  
 Liam Bertazzo  
 Marco Coledan  
 Paolo Simion  
12Belarus0:04:08.568 
 Raman Tsishkou  
 Aleh Ahiyevich  
 Yauheni Akhramenka  
 Siarhei Papok  
13Ukraine0:04:09.709 
 Volodymyr Dzhus  
 Vitaliy Popkov  
 Vitaliy Shchedov  
 Maksym Vasilyev  

Men's Team Pursuit Final - Gold Medal Round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Australia0:03:57.907 
 Luke Davison  
 Glenn O'Shea  
 Alexander Edmondson  
2Denmark0:03:59.623 
 Casper Von Folsach  
 Lasse Norman Hansen  
 Christian Rasmus Quaade  
 Alex Rasmussen  
Men's Team Pursuit Final - Bronze Medal Round
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3New Zealand0:03:58.989 
 Aaron Gate  
 Pieter Bulling  
 Dylan Kennett  
 Marc Ryan  
4Russia0:04:00.777 
 Artur Ershov  
 Evgeny Kovalev  
 Ivan Kovalev  
 Alexander Serov  
Men's Team Sprint -Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:43.065 
 Ethan Mitchell  
 Sam Webster  
 Edward Dawkins  
2Germany0:00:43.301 
 Rene Enders  
 Robert Forstemann  
 Maximilian Levy  
3Russia0:00:43.454 
 Pavel Yakushevskiy  
 Denis Dmitriev  
 Nikita Shurshin  
4France0:00:43.486 
 Gregory Bauge  
 Kevin Sireau  
 Michael D'almeida  
5Great Britain0:00:43.617 
 Philip Hindes  
 Jason Kenny  
 Kian Emadicoffin  
6Australia0:00:43.658 
 Daniel Ellis  
 Shane Perkins  
 Matthew Glaetzer  
7Poland0:00:43.885 
 Maciej Bielecki  
 Damian Zielinski  
 Krzysztof Maksel  
8Netherlands0:00:43.925 
 Jeffrey Hoogland  
 Hugo Haak  
 Matthijs Buchli  
9Spain0:00:44.753 
 Jose Moreno Sanchez  
 Juan Peralta Gascon  
 Hodei Mazquiaran Uria  
10Colombia0:00:44.924 
 Ruben Dario Murillo Minota  
 Leonardo Narvaez  
 Santiago Ramirez  
11Japan0:00:44.938 
 Tomoyuki Kawabata  
 Kazunari Watanabe  
 Seiichiro Nakagawa  
12China0:00:45.131 
 Ke Hu  
 Miao Zhang  
 Chao Xu  
Men's Team Sprint -Gold medal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1New Zealand0:00:42.840 
 Ethan Mitchell  
 Sam Webster  
 Edward Dawkins  
2Germany0:00:42.885 
 Rene Enders  
 Robert Forstemann  
 Maximilian Levy  
Men's Team Sprint -Bronze medal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3France0:00:43.285 
 Gregory Bauge  
 Kevin Sireau  
 Michael D'almeida  
4Russia0:00:43.309 
 Pavel Yakushevskiy  
 Denis Dmitriev  
 Nikita Shurshin  

Women's Team Sprint- Qualifying
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany0:00:32.575 
 Miriam Welte  
 Kristina Vogel  
2China0:00:32.941 
 Junhong Lin  
 Tianshi Zhong  
3Great Britain0:00:33.214 
 Jessica Varnish  
 Rebecca Angharad James  
4Russia0:00:33.441 
 Elena Brezhniva  
 Anastasiia Voinova  
5France0:00:33.443 
 Sandie Clair  
 Virginie Cueff  
6Spain0:00:33.913 
 Tania Calvo Barbero  
 Helena Casas Roige  
7Colombia0:00:34.185 
 Gaviria Juliana  
 Diana Maria Garcia Orrego  
8Ukraine0:00:34.961 
 Olena Tsos  
 Olena Starikova  
9Mexico0:00:35.003 
 Frany Maria Fong Echevarria  
 Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez Luz  
10Japan0:00:35.584 
 Takako Ishii  
10Netherlandsrelegated 
 Elis Ligtlee  
 Shanne Braspennincx  
Women's Team Sprint- Gold medal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Germany0:00:32.440 
 Miriam Welte  
 Kristina Vogel  
2China0:00:33.239 
 Junhong Lin  
 Tianshi Zhong  
Women's Team Sprint- Bronze medal
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Great Britain0:00:33.032 
 Jessica Varnish  
 Rebecca Angharad James  
4Russia0:00:33.154 
 Elena Brezhniva  
 Anastasiia Voinova  

Women's Scratch Race-40 laps (10km)
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kelly Druyts (Bel)  
2Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol)  
3Evgenia Romanyuta (Rus)  
4Jennifer Valente (USA)  
5Laurie Berthon (Fra)  
6Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp)  
7Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub)  
8Danielle King (GBr)  
9Giorgia Bronzini (Ita)  
10Katsiaryna Barazna (Blr)  
11Jarmila Machacova (Cze)  
12Xiao Juan Diao (Hkg)  
13Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk)  
14Caroline Ryan (Irl)  
15Stephanie Pohl (Ger)  
16Jannie Milena Zambrano Salcedo (Col)  
17Mayra Del Rocio Rocha (Mex)  
18Tetyana Klimchenko (Ukr)  
19Ashlee Ankudinoff (Aus)  
DNFJupha Somnet (Mas)  

 

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