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Germany top team in track World Cup

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Miriam Welte (Germany) waits for her start in the 500m TT.

Miriam Welte (Germany) waits for her start in the 500m TT.
(Image credit: Gerry McManus/www.splitsecondimages.co.uk)
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The Chinese women's sprint team powered to the gold medal.

The Chinese women's sprint team powered to the gold medal.
(Image credit: John Veage)
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Willy Kanis waits for a go in the women's team sprint

Willy Kanis waits for a go in the women's team sprint
(Image credit: Luis Enrique Barbosa)
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Germany were the champion team in Cali, Colombia

Germany were the champion team in Cali, Colombia
(Image credit: Luis Barbosa)

Germany closed the International Cycling Union's (UCI) Track Cycling World Cup Classics season as the top team throughout the four events of the 2009/2010 series. Despite claiming just two medals at the final round in Beijing, China, Germany finished safely clear of Australia with The Netherlands overtaking Great Britain for third after a late charge in China.

While the home nations performed strongly in each of their own World Cup rounds, the Germans' consistency through the first three events – Manchester, Melbourne and Cali – allowed them take their foot off the gas for the finale in Beijing. Miriam Welte and Joachim Eilers claimed silver medals in the women's keirin and men's kilo, respectively. A moderate success by their previous standards, it was enough to see Germany finish with a total of 342 points.

China and Australia dominated the final round, as the Chinese sprinters and Australian endurance riders saw results largely distributed between the two nations. With victory in both the men's and women's team pursuit finals, silver in both the men's and women's individual pursuit events and Megan Dunn's gold in the women's points race, Australia finished the World Cup season with a 325 point total.

China's dominance of the women's and men's sprints over the weekend boosted them to the top of the round standings, but wasn't enough to finish higher than fifth overall.

The absence of Great Britain's main track stars over the final three rounds showed as they slipped to fourth with 223 points, after what had been an auspicious start in Manchester in November. The Britons' relative inattention to the Cali and Beijing rounds allowed The Netherlands to leapfrog into third, just two points clear on 225. Vera Koedooder's gold in the women's scratch race and Willy Kanis' upstaging of the local hopes for the same result in the 500m time trial, was the basis for the Dutch squad's late ascension.

With the World Cup Classics now finished, the countries will have two months to regroup before the Track World Championship in Copenhagen, Denmark (March 24-28).

Team Jayco were the highest non-national team throughout the series, in tenth overall. With the trade teams to give way to national squads for the Worlds, Australia's sprinting stocks will be bolstered in time for the Championships, which are expected to be attended by a full-strength British squad.
 

UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics - Final overall team standings
1Germany342pts
2Australia325
3Netherlands225
4Great Britain223
5China208
6New Zealand183
7France160
8Lithuania140
9Ukraine132
10Team Jayco126
11Russia122
12Canada114
13Italy113
14Cofidis106
15Colombia98
16Spain95
17Team Sky + HD81
18Belgium80
19Poland79
20Greece75
21Belarus68
22Cuba66
23Czech Republic65
24Lokomotiv56
25United States55
26Japan55
27Denmark39
28Hong Kong Pro Cycling37
29Hong Kong37
30Austria30
31Max Success Pro Cycling30
32Switzerland29
33Argentina28
34Ireland23
35Bike Technologies Australia22
36Korea22
37Malaysia19
38Verducci Breakaway17
39Mexico16
40Moscow Track Team14
41Gruppo Sportivo Fiamme Azzurre11
42Azerbaijan10
43Rodin10
44Giant Pro Cycling10
45Alks Stal Grudziaduz10
46Katyusha9
47Catalunya9
48Proman Racing Team8
49Verducci Breakaway8
50Chile7
51South Africa6
52US Creteil4
53Grace Institute3
54Calapiereyno De Navarra3
55Chinese Taipei1