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France continues team sprint tradition

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French team's riders Michael D'Almeida, Gregory Bauge and Kevin Sireau show their gold medal during the podium ceremony for the team sprint

French team's riders Michael D'Almeida, Gregory Bauge and Kevin Sireau show their gold medal during the podium ceremony for the team sprint
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The France team on the podium

The France team on the podium
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France won the team sprint world championship title, Germany took the silver medal

France won the team sprint world championship title, Germany took the silver medal
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Germany on thier way to a silver medal

Germany on thier way to a silver medal
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France won the team sprint world championship title, Germany took the silver medal

France won the team sprint world championship title, Germany took the silver medal
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Great Britain rode against Australia for the bronze medal

Great Britain rode against Australia for the bronze medal
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The Australians start their ride against Great Britain for the bronze medal

The Australians start their ride against Great Britain for the bronze medal
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Sir Chris Hoy (Great Britain) before the ride for bronze

Sir Chris Hoy (Great Britain) before the ride for bronze
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The team sprint podium - Germany, France, Great Britain

The team sprint podium - Germany, France, Great Britain
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Frenchman Kevin Sireau competes to take the gold medal during the team sprint

Frenchman Kevin Sireau competes to take the gold medal during the team sprint
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Frenchman Kevin Sireau celebrates with French flag after winning the gold medal during the team sprint

Frenchman Kevin Sireau celebrates with French flag after winning the gold medal during the team sprint
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The men's team sprint went the way one might have expected, with France continuing its season-long domination of the three-man, three-lap discipline. For Germany the gold medal final was frought with mistakes, while for the French it was another picture perfect performance at warp speed.

It was team sprint gold number five and the sixth rainbow jersey for 26-year-old Grégory Baugé, while for Kévin Sireau, it was the third rainbow jersey in the discipline. It was a special victory which Sireau dedicated to his young son, who was born while the 23-year-old was racing the World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Michaël d'Almeida, also 23, gained his first career rainbow jersey and became part of a continuing tradition of French sprint champions - the country has now claimed 6 of the last 10 team sprint titles.

The French set a 43.867 en route to gold, a solid wallop to the German's 44.483.

The win was especially sweet for d'Almeida after being part of the team that fell to Germany in the gold medal final last year. "Last year I had the fastest last lap, but our team still took second, and the other years when France won I was not on the team, so this is very satisfying," d'Almeida.

Germany's Max Levy was annoyed that he and his teammates Stefan Nimke and Rene Enders didn't live up to their potential to defend last year's world title. "We didn't show what our main strength is today - to ride as a team - everyone was riding alone so we're not so happy.

"The first lap was great, but I couldn't follow the way I should, and same as our guy in third position. Everyone did a single race, and it's a team sprint - not a single sprint.

"We have to ride as a team again - like we did last year. It's necessary to train together more, more, more. We need some more power training so we can go as a team and everyone can have the slipstream of the rider in front of him."

Sir Chris Hoy led the British squad with Jason Kenny and Matthew Crampton to its second world bronze medal in a row, but rather than show disappointment, the Scot saw the result as a progression and focused on the team's time (44.235 to Australia's 45.241), and looked toward defending the team's 2008 Olympic medal instead.

"I think it's encouraging. The gap [to the other teams] is coming down. Pre-Beijing we didn't win the world title - we haven't won a world title since 2005. I'd happily trade in any gold medals between now and London for the important one in the Olympics.

"I think Jason was a fraction down on the French and Germans at the start, but I think it's our best performance as a team since Beijing. We may have won the odd World Cup, but not been against the strongest opposition, so it's good to get a proper marker of where we are.

"There's a lot of work to be done, we're not unrealistic in that respect, but I think it's encouraging and we'll be looking for areas to improve."

France fastest in qualifying

France has been the fastest group of sprinters throughout the season, and they showed they're still on form by setting the quickest qualifying time in the team sprint, a 43.951.

The big surprise came from Germany, who pipped Great Britain by 27 thousandths of a second to enter the gold medal final. It is the second consecutive year the Olympic champions have failed to contend for the rainbow bands.

It was also Britain's second disappointment of the night after its men's pursuit team was knocked to the bronze medal final. They set a 44.128 to Germany's 44.101, while Australian was at a fairly distant 44.501 to nudge out Russia for the last spot in the final round.

Qualifying Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France0:00:43.951
Michaël D'Almeida
Gregory Bauge
Kévin Sireau
2Germany0:00:44.101
Rene Enders
Maximilian Levy
Stefan Nimke
3Great Britain0:00:44.128
Matthew Crampton
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
4Australia0:00:44.501
Jason Niblett
Scott Sunderland
Daniel Ellis
5Russian Federation0:00:44.805
Sergey Kucherov
Denis Dmitriev
Pavel Yakushevskiy
6New Zealand0:00:45.032
Sam Webster
Edward Dawkins
Ethan Mitchell
7Netherlands0:00:45.047
Hugo Haak
Roy Van Den Berg
Teun Mulder
8People's Republic of China0:00:45.112
Miao Zhang
Lei Zhang
Changsong Cheng
9Poland0:00:45.217
Kamil Kuczynski
Damian Zielinski
Maciej Bielecki
10Japan0:00:45.462
Kazuki Amagai
Yudai Nitta
Kazunari Watanabe
11Czech Republic0:00:45.913
Denis Spicka
Tomas Babek
Adam Ptacnik
12United States Of America0:00:46.190
Dean Tracy
Michael Blatchford
Giddeon Massie
13Spain0:00:46.294
Juan Peralta Gascon
Ruben Donet Gregori
Itmar Esteban Herraiz
14Venezuela0:00:46.309
Angel Ramiro Pulgar Araujo
Cesar Mervin Marcano Sanchez
Hersony Gadiel Canelon Vera
15Malaysia0:00:46.470
Josiah Ng Onn Lam
Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos
Mohd Rizal Tisin
16Colombia0:00:46.589
Christian Leandro Tamayo Saavedra
Ruben Dario Murillo Minota
Puerta Zapata Fabian Hernando
17Greece
Konstantinos Christodoulou
Zafeirios Volikakis
Christos Volikakis
18Canada
Scott Mulder
Hugo Barrette
Thomas Hums

Team sprint finals - Gold medal round
1France0:00:43.867
Michaël D'Almeida
Gregory Bauge
Kévin Sireau
2Germany0:00:44.483
Rene Enders
Maximilian Levy
Stefan Nimke

Team sprint finals - Bronze medal round
3Great Britain0:00:44.235
Matthew Crampton
Chris Hoy
Jason Kenny
4Australia0:00:45.241
Daniel Ellis
Matthew Glaetzer
Jason Niblett

 

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