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UCI Track World Championships 2014

Date range:
February 26 - March 2
  • UCI Track World Championships, Cali, COL, CM
  • Days Expand the race menu
    • Day 1

      Start location:
      Men: Team Pursuit; Team Sprint
      End location:
      Women: Scratch Race; Team Sprint
    • Day 2

      Start location:
      Men: Scratch Race; Individual Pursuit; Keirin
      End location:
      Women: 500m TT; Team Pursuit
    • Day 3

      Start location:
      Men: Omnium-Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination; 1000m TT; Points Race
      End location:
      Women: Sprint Qualifying; Individual Pursuit
    • Day 4

      Start location:
      Men: Sprint Qualifying; Omnium-Individual Pursuit, Scratch, 1000m TT
      End location:
      Women: Sprint Finals; Points Race; Omnium-Flying Lap, Points Race, Elimination
    • Day 5

      Start location:
      Men: Sprint Finals; Madison
      End location:
      Women: Keirin; Omnium-Individual Pursuit, Scratch, 500m TT

February 26, Day 1: Men: Team Pursuit; Team Sprint - Women: Scratch Race; Team Sprint

Day 1: Australia defend team pursuit title

By:
Cycling News
Published:
February 27, 2014, 4:04 GMT,
Updated:
February 27, 2014, 21:35 GMT

New Zealand, Germany and Belgium also claim gold medals

Team Australia celebrates during the Men's team pursuit race

Team Australia celebrates during the Men's team pursuit race

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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) Team Result
1 Denmark 0:04:00.176  
  Casper Von Folsach    
  Lasse Norman Hansen    
  Christian Rasmus Quaade    
  Alex Rasmussen    
2 Australia 0:04:01.516  
  Glenn O'Shea    
  Alexander Edmondson    
  Mitchell Mulhern    
  Miles Scotson    
3 Russia 0:04:01.615  
  Artur Ershov    
  Evgeny Kovalev    
  Ivan Kovalev    
  Alexander Serov    
4 New Zealand 0:04:02.056  
  Aaron Gate    
  Pieter Bulling    
  Dylan Kennett    
  Marc Ryan    
5 Spain 0:04:02.648  
  Eloy Teruel Rovira    
  Sebastian Mora Vedri    
  David Muntaner Juaneda    
  Albert Torres Barcelo    
6 Switzerland 0:04:02.934  
  Olivier Beer    
  Thery Schir    
  Tom Bohli    
  Stefan Kueng    
7 Germany 0:04:04.230  
  Theo Reinhardt    
  Maximilian Beyer    
  Nils Schomber    
  Kersten Thiele    
8 Great Britain 0:04:04.419  
  Edward Clancy    
  Owain Doull    
  Jonathan Dibben    
  Samuel Harrison    
9 Belgium 0:04:05.423  
  Jasper De Buyst    
  Kenny De Ketele    
  Moreno De Pauw    
  Jonas Rickaert    
10 Colombia 0:04:05.751  
  Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal    
  Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas    
  Arles Antonio Castro Laverde    
  Fernando Gaviria Rendon    
11 Italy 0:04:06.165  
  Elia Viviani    
  Liam Bertazzo    
  Marco Coledan    
  Paolo Simion    
12 Belarus 0:04:08.568  
  Raman Tsishkou    
  Aleh Ahiyevich    
  Yauheni Akhramenka    
  Siarhei Papok    
13 Ukraine 0:04:09.709  
  Volodymyr Dzhus    
  Vitaliy Popkov    
  Vitaliy Shchedov    
  Maksym Vasilyev    

Men's Team Pursuit Final - Gold Medal Round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Australia 0:03:57.907  
  Luke Davison    
  Glenn O'Shea    
  Alexander Edmondson    
2 Denmark 0:03:59.623  
  Casper Von Folsach    
  Lasse Norman Hansen    
  Christian Rasmus Quaade    
  Alex Rasmussen    
Men's Team Pursuit Final - Bronze Medal Round
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 New Zealand 0:03:58.989  
  Aaron Gate    
  Pieter Bulling    
  Dylan Kennett    
  Marc Ryan    
4 Russia 0:04:00.777  
  Artur Ershov    
  Evgeny Kovalev    
  Ivan Kovalev    
  Alexander Serov    
Men's Team Sprint -Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 New Zealand 0:00:43.065  
  Ethan Mitchell    
  Sam Webster    
  Edward Dawkins    
2 Germany 0:00:43.301  
  Rene Enders    
  Robert Forstemann    
  Maximilian Levy    
3 Russia 0:00:43.454  
  Pavel Yakushevskiy    
  Denis Dmitriev    
  Nikita Shurshin    
4 France 0:00:43.486  
  Gregory Bauge    
  Kevin Sireau    
  Michael D'almeida    
5 Great Britain 0:00:43.617  
  Philip Hindes    
  Jason Kenny    
  Kian Emadicoffin    
6 Australia 0:00:43.658  
  Daniel Ellis    
  Shane Perkins    
  Matthew Glaetzer    
7 Poland 0:00:43.885  
  Maciej Bielecki    
  Damian Zielinski    
  Krzysztof Maksel    
8 Netherlands 0:00:43.925  
  Jeffrey Hoogland    
  Hugo Haak    
  Matthijs Buchli    
9 Spain 0:00:44.753  
  Jose Moreno Sanchez    
  Juan Peralta Gascon    
  Hodei Mazquiaran Uria    
10 Colombia 0:00:44.924  
  Ruben Dario Murillo Minota    
  Leonardo Narvaez    
  Santiago Ramirez    
11 Japan 0:00:44.938  
  Tomoyuki Kawabata    
  Kazunari Watanabe    
  Seiichiro Nakagawa    
12 China 0:00:45.131  
  Ke Hu    
  Miao Zhang    
  Chao Xu    
Men's Team Sprint -Gold medal
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 New Zealand 0:00:42.840  
  Ethan Mitchell    
  Sam Webster    
  Edward Dawkins    
2 Germany 0:00:42.885  
  Rene Enders    
  Robert Forstemann    
  Maximilian Levy    
Men's Team Sprint -Bronze medal
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 France 0:00:43.285  
  Gregory Bauge    
  Kevin Sireau    
  Michael D'almeida    
4 Russia 0:00:43.309  
  Pavel Yakushevskiy    
  Denis Dmitriev    
  Nikita Shurshin    

Women's Team Sprint- Qualifying
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Germany 0:00:32.575  
  Miriam Welte    
  Kristina Vogel    
2 China 0:00:32.941  
  Junhong Lin    
  Tianshi Zhong    
3 Great Britain 0:00:33.214  
  Jessica Varnish    
  Rebecca Angharad James    
4 Russia 0:00:33.441  
  Elena Brezhniva    
  Anastasiia Voinova    
5 France 0:00:33.443  
  Sandie Clair    
  Virginie Cueff    
6 Spain 0:00:33.913  
  Tania Calvo Barbero    
  Helena Casas Roige    
7 Colombia 0:00:34.185  
  Gaviria Juliana    
  Diana Maria Garcia Orrego    
8 Ukraine 0:00:34.961  
  Olena Tsos    
  Olena Starikova    
9 Mexico 0:00:35.003  
  Frany Maria Fong Echevarria    
  Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez Luz    
10 Japan 0:00:35.584  
  Takako Ishii    
10 Netherlands relegated  
  Elis Ligtlee    
  Shanne Braspennincx    
Women's Team Sprint- Gold medal
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Germany 0:00:32.440  
  Miriam Welte    
  Kristina Vogel    
2 China 0:00:33.239  
  Junhong Lin    
  Tianshi Zhong    
Women's Team Sprint- Bronze medal
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
3 Great Britain 0:00:33.032  
  Jessica Varnish    
  Rebecca Angharad James    
4 Russia 0:00:33.154  
  Elena Brezhniva    
  Anastasiia Voinova    

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