Altitude helps world records tumble in the team sprint and women's team pursuit

World records tumbled and the major nations dominated the opening day of racing at the season's second track World Cup at Aguascalientes, taking advantage of the altitude of the Mexican velodrome to set super-fast times in the team pursuit and team sprint events.

Germany won both the men’s and the women’s team sprint events, confirming their current dominance in the sprinter disciplines. Great Britain’s Kian Emadi, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny set a new world record in qualifying with a time of 42.339 but the German trio of Rene Enders, Robert Forstemann and Joachim Eilers went below 42 seconds to set a new world record time of 41.871.

Great Britain brought in Matt Crampton but couldn’t match Germany in the final, who won in a time of 42.117.

The German women matched their compatriots by also smashing the world record thanks to a great ride at altitude. Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte set a new best time of 32.153 in qualifying and then comfortably beat Great Britain’s Becky James and Jess Varnish in the final. Russia beat China to take the bronze medal.

France had a nightmare ride in both events, with both the men’s and women’s teams disqualified for illegal changes.

Australia got revenge on their British rivals in the Men’s team pursuit, winning the event in an impressive time of 3:55.841, beating Denmark in the final. A young Great Britain team won the bronze ahead of New Zealand.

Great Britain dominated the women’s team pursuit, confirming they have mastered the new four-rider, four kilometre event. Katie Archibald replaced Laura Trott in the GB line-up and with Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker the four broke the world record twice on the way to their second successive World Cup gold medal. The quartet went half a second faster than their world record in the qualifying and then went even better in the final against Canada, stopping the clock in a time of 4:16.552. Canada finished a distant second in 4:23.172, with Australian beating the USA to win the ride-off for bronze in a time of 4:22.533.

Germany took a third gold medal on day thanks to Stephanie Pohl winning the women’s points race. She gained a lap to score 20 points and then finished safely in the main group. Jasmin Glaesser of Canada was second with 13 points and Jarmila Machacova of the Czech Republic was third with 12 points. Laura Trott of Great Britain finished 11th.

Friday’s day two of racing includes women’s individual pursuit, men’s sprint, men’s omnium, women’s omnium, men’s scratch and women’s keirin events.

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Men's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Round
1Australia0:03:55.841
Row 1 - Cell 0 Glenn O'Shea (Aus)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Alexander Edmondson (Aus)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Alexander Morgan (Aus)Row 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Mitchell Mulhern (Aus)Row 4 - Cell 2
2Denmark0:03:58.275
Row 6 - Cell 0 Alex Rasmussen (Den)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Casper Von Folsach (Den)Row 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Lasse Norman Hansen (Den)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Rasmus Christian Quaade (Den)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Pursuit - Bronze Medal Round
3Great Britain0:03:59.009
Row 1 - Cell 0 Owain Doull (GBr)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Steven Burke (GBr)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Jonathan Dibben (GBr)Row 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Samuel Harrison (GBr)Row 4 - Cell 2
4New ZealandOvertaken
Row 6 - Cell 0 Dylan Kennett (NZl)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Pieter Bulling (NZl)Row 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Aaron Gate (NZl)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Marc Ryan (NZl)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
1Germany0:00:42.117
Row 1 - Cell 0 Rene Enders (Ger)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Robert Förstemann (Ger)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Joachim Eilers (Ger)Row 3 - Cell 2
2Great  Britain0:00:43.325
Row 5 - Cell 0 Philip Hindes (GBr)Row 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Jason Kenny (GBr)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Matthew Crampton (GBr)Row 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
3Australia0:00:43.201
Row 1 - Cell 0 Nathan Hart (Aus)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Shane Perkins (Aus)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)Row 3 - Cell 2
4Netherlands0:00:43.246
Row 5 - Cell 0 Jeffrey Hoogland (Ned)Row 5 - Cell 2
Row 6 - Cell 0 Hugo Haak (Ned)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Matthijs Buchli (Ned)Row 7 - Cell 2
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Men's Omnium - Standings after 3 rounds
1Luke Davison (Aus) Australia16pts
2Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Belgium16Row 1 - Cell 3
3Raman Tsishkou (Blr) Belarus18Row 2 - Cell 3
4Sebastian Mora Vedri (Spa) Spain20Row 3 - Cell 3
5Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand21Row 4 - Cell 3
6Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Kazakhstan22Row 5 - Cell 3
7Mathias Møller Nielsen (Den) Denmark22Row 6 - Cell 3
8Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland26Row 7 - Cell 3
9Eiya Hashimoto (Jpn) Japan27Row 8 - Cell 3
10Thomas Boudat (Fra) France29Row 9 - Cell 3
11Edward Clancy (GBr) Great Britain30Row 10 - Cell 3
12Tim Veldt (Ned) Netherlands31Row 11 - Cell 3
13Ondrej Rybin (Cze) Czech Republic32Row 12 - Cell 3
14Simone Consonni (Ita) Italy33Row 13 - Cell 3
15Jacob Duehring (USA) United States38Row 14 - Cell 3
16Jose Alfredo Aguirre Infante (Mex) Mexico43Row 15 - Cell 3
17Leung Chun Wing (HKg) Hong Kong46Row 16 - Cell 3
18Varun Maharaj (Tri) Trinidad &Tobago49Row 17 - Cell 3
19Darren Matthews (Bar) Barbados58Row 18 - Cell 3
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Women's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Round
1Great Britain0:04:16.552
Row 1 - Cell 0 Katie Archibald (GBr)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Elinor Barker (GBr)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Danielle King (GBr)Row 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Joanna Rowsell (GBr)Row 4 - Cell 2
2Canada0:04:23.172
Row 6 - Cell 0 Gillian Carleton (Can)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Jasmin Glaesser (Can)Row 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Laura Brown (Can)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Stephanie Roorda (Can)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Women's Team Pursuit - Bronze Medal Round
3Australia0:04:22.533
Row 1 - Cell 0 Isabella King (Aus)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Amy Cure (Aus)Row 2 - Cell 2
Row 3 - Cell 0 Melissa Hoskins (Aus)Row 3 - Cell 2
Row 4 - Cell 0 Rebecca Wisiak (Aus)Row 4 - Cell 2
4United States0:04:24.483
Row 6 - Cell 0 Sarah Hammer (USA)Row 6 - Cell 2
Row 7 - Cell 0 Kimberly Geist (USA)Row 7 - Cell 2
Row 8 - Cell 0 Jennifer Valente (USA)Row 8 - Cell 2
Row 9 - Cell 0 Ruth Winder (USA)Row 9 - Cell 2
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Women's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
1Germany0:00:32.212
Row 1 - Cell 0 Miriam Welte (Ger)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Kristina Vogel (Ger)Row 2 - Cell 2
2Great Britain0:00:32.602
Row 4 - Cell 0 Jessica Varnish (GBr)Row 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Rebecca Angharad James (GBr)Row 5 - Cell 2
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Women's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
3Russia0:00:32.579
Row 1 - Cell 0 Elena Brejniva (Rus)Row 1 - Cell 2
Row 2 - Cell 0 Anastasiia Voinova (Rus)Row 2 - Cell 2
4China0:00:32.686
Row 4 - Cell 0 Lin Junhong (Chn)Row 4 - Cell 2
Row 5 - Cell 0 Zhong Tianshi (Chn)Row 5 - Cell 2
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Women's Points Race - Final
1Stephanie Pohl (Ger) Germany20pts
2Jasmin Glaesser (Can) Canada13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic12Row 2 - Cell 3
4Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia11Row 3 - Cell 3
5Wong Wan Yiu Jamie (HKg) Hong Kong9Row 4 - Cell 3
6Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mex) Mexico9Row 5 - Cell 3
7Yudelmis Dominguez Masague (Cub) Cuba8Row 6 - Cell 3
8Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium5Row 7 - Cell 3
9Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) Slovakia5Row 8 - Cell 3
10Julie Leth (Den) Denmark5Row 9 - Cell 3
11Laura Trott (GBr) Great Britain4Row 10 - Cell 3
12Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italy3Row 11 - Cell 3
13Caroline Ryan (Irl) Ireland3Row 12 - Cell 3
14Amy Cure (Aus) Australia1Row 13 - Cell 3
15Ana Usabiaga Balerdi (Spa) Eustrak­EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2 Row 14 - Cell 3
16Elizabeth Newell (USA) United StatesRow 15 - Cell 2 Row 15 - Cell 3
17Ainara El Busto Arteaga (Spa) Reyno De Navarra­Wrc­ConorRow 16 - Cell 2 Row 16 - Cell 3
18Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) SpainRow 17 - Cell 2 Row 17 - Cell 3
19Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) PolandRow 18 - Cell 2 Row 18 - Cell 3
20Valeriya Kononenko (Ukr) Ukraine-20Row 19 - Cell 3
DNFErica Peralta (Arg) ArgentinaRow 20 - Cell 2 Row 20 - Cell 3
DNFPolina Pivovarova (Blr) BelarusRow 21 - Cell 2 Row 21 - Cell 3

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