Hammer continues Omnium domination

Britain's team pursuiters easily won gold in the World Cup meeting at Manchester, almost catching New Zealand in the final. But on crossing the line, glancing at the time and clocking that they'd just ridden the fifth fastest 4km team pursuit of all time - 3:55.438 - their first reaction was disappointment.

As Bradley Wiggins said, "It was slightly disappointing to see the time when we crossed the line. But in hindsight, it's mid-February, I rode two sessions with the guys before the Tour of Qatar, and I've done my final track sessions this week.

"We've had limited preparation time and we did a 3:55," Wiggins continued. "Had we done 3:55 before Beijing everyone would've been ecstatic. But it shows the level team pursuiting is at now: the four-minute barrier is now the minimum. It's fantastic for the event."

But the four British riders' disappointment also owed, perhaps, to another positive development for the team pursuit: the threat posed by Australia.

The Australians fielded an under-strength team in Manchester, but Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Ed Clancy - all veterans of the Olympic gold medal-winning team in Beijing - and Steven Burke are well aware that, when it comes to next year's London Games, the big danger to a successful defence of their title is likely to be an Australian "A" team including Jack Bobridge and Cameron Meyer.

Clancy explained that their ride in qualifying (a 3:57) suggested the world record could be on the cards in the final. "But it's a pretty good time," he said of their time there. It certainly was: the fifth best of all time, and marginally faster than the 3:55.476 set by a strong Australian quartet on their way to gold in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last October. The other three fastest times were all set by Great Britain, including the world record, 3:53.314, in Beijing.

Thomas joked that they were only riding at "50%" of capacity. "The Aussies have got some work to do," he said, before more seriously adding, "They're pushing us, but it makes for good racing."

While the team pursuit final was arguably the highlight of the final day's racing - certainly as far as the capactiy crowd was concerned - there were also victories for Sarah Hammer (USA) in the women's omnium, France in the men's team sprint and Shuang Guo (China) in the women's keirin, ahead of Clara Sanchez (France) and Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain).

The surprise was that Anna Meares couldn't add to her tally of two gold medals, and complete the clean sweep of sprint victories. Having sailed through to the keirin final, the Australian could only manage fifth behind Guo, upgrading the silver she won in the sprint.

Hammer wrapped up an impressive omnium series with third in the final event, the 500m time trial. That was her lowest position. Over the two days of competition she won the flying lap, the elimination race, the pursuit and scratch race, with her only other defeat coming in the points race, in which she was second.

Yet she insisted that there is still room for improvement after only her second Olympic-format omnium. "Everyone's going to get better because it's a new event," she said. "Everyone's learning.

"For me, the pursuiting comes naturally but the sprint events are something else," Hammer said. "With my physical make up the 500m is the most difficult for me. Riding that, and seeing the world record on the board, you think: god, I'm putting this event to shame!"

Despite her success, Hammer was opposed to the axing of the pursuit and its replacement with the omnium - and she remains to be convinced of the wisdom behind the change. "Do I think dropping the pursuit was a good move? No. But I'm adapting to it. These are the cards we were dealt. You can complain about it but then you've got to move on.

"But I'm having a great amount of fun," she said. "The individual pursuit was very stressful, because you'd have to be hyper focused all the time. You can't be at that intensity starting a points race, for example. But it's still tough: backing up the events, being consistent, and the mental aspect to the omnium is huge."

France ran out as overall winners of the World Cup, helped in no small part by their male sprinters. After Kevin Sireau's victory in the sprint on Friday, he joined Gregory Bauge and a new name, Michael D'Almeida, to qualify fastest and meet Germany in the final.

Great Britain, the Olympic champions - racing in Manchester as Sky Track Cycling - suffered a bad start when Jason Kenny appeared to stall at the gate, and they could only qualify third, to face Team Jayco-AIS in the ride-off for bronze.

And while France once again proved their domination, beating the world champions Germany in 43.534 seconds (to Germany's 43.715), Great Britain only managed a marginal improvement on their qualifying ride to claim bronze in 44.087. "It can be frustrating when it doesn't come together, but that's what team events are like," said Chris Hoy, who rode as second man, with Matt Crampton as anchor.

"We were beaten here by the French at the world championships in 2008, and we hardly beat them before the Olympics, so you don't know when it's going to come together. We'd have loved to win today, but the better team beat us. It doesn't mean that we can't do it when it really counts. Getting all three riders bang on is difficult. You just don't know when it's going to come together."

Women's Omnium - Individual Pursuit

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sarah Hammer (Ouch Racing Team)0:03:35.263
2Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)0:03:36.199
3Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:03:39.592
4Melissa Hoskins (Australia)0:03:40.509
5Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)0:03:41.775
6Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)0:03:43.127
7Lisa Brennauer (Germany)0:03:43.571
8Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)0:03:44.284
9Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)0:03:44.785
10Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)0:03:45.135
11Min Hye Lee (Korea)0:03:46.200
12Elizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine)0:03:47.300
13Julie Leth (Denmark)0:03:47.828
14Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)0:03:47.888
15Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)0:03:47.994
16Jennifer O'reilly (Ireland)0:03:48.381
17Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)0:03:50.327
18Pascale Jeuland (France)0:03:50.562
19Chao Mei Wu (Giant Pro Cycling)0:03:52.262
20Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)0:03:57.347
21Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)0:03:58.014
22Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mexico)0:04:05.761
23Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia)Row 22 - Cell 2

Men's Team Pursuit - Qualifying

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:57.471
2New Zealand0:04:01.347
3Spain0:04:03.674
4Denmark0:04:05.155
5Netherlands0:04:05.576
6Australia0:04:06.459
7Lokomotiv0:04:06.623
8Belgium0:04:06.718
9Colombia0:04:07.607
10Russia0:04:08.683
11France0:04:08.716
12Korea0:04:09.331
13Germany0:04:09.441
14Ukraine0:04:10.919
15Chile0:04:11.325
16Hong Kong0:04:12.582
17Switzerland0:04:12.590
18Poland0:04:12.919
19Greece0:04:14.213
20Italy0:04:15.249
21Ouch Pro Cycling0:04:18.656
22Max Success Pro Cycling0:04:22.579

Men's Team Sprint - Qualifying

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France43.633
2Germany43.847
3Sky Track Cycling44.049
4Jayco-AIS44.451
5Netherlands44.619
6Japan44.635
7New Zealand44.694
8China44.763
9Poland44.871
10United States45.017
11Czech Republic45.063
12Team Erdgas.201245.309
13Russia45.542
14Cyclo Channel Tokyo45.654
15Venezuela45.688
16Spain45.859
17Canada45.869
18Ukraine45.984
19Greece46.352
20Malaysia46.469
21DFT Cycling Team48.155

Women's Keirin - First Round

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Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Clara Sanchez (France)
2Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)
3Angeliki Koutsonikoli (Greece)
4Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)
5Mariasthela Vilera (Venezuela)
6Eun Ji Lee (Korea)
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Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Sandie Clair (France)
2Dimitra Patapi (Greece)
3Zhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong)
4Victoria Baranova (Russia)
5Fatehah Mustapa (Ysd)
6Jessica Laws (Dft Cycling Team)
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Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky)
2Miriam Welte (Germany)
3Olga Panarina (Belarus)
4Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez (Mexico)
5Ryoko Nakagawa (Japan)
RELMonique Sullivan (Canada)
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Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Jinjie Gong (China)
2Kanako Kase (Japan)
3Anna Meares (Australia)
4Anastasya Voinova (Russia)
5Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)
6Alba Diez Lopez (Catalunya Track Cycling)
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Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
3Elisa Frisoni (Italy)
4Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
5Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)
6Maryia Lohvinava (Belarus)
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Heat 6
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Shuang Guo (China)
2Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
3Rebecca James (Great Britain)
4Helena Casas Roige (Spain)
5Stella Tomassini (Italy)
6Won Gyeong Kim (Korea)
7Frany Maria Fong Echevarria (Mexico)

Women's Keirin - First Round Repechage

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Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Rebecca James (Great Britain)
2Monique Sullivan (Canada)
3Anastasya Voinova (Russian Federation)
4Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)
5Helena Casas Roige (Spain)
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Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)
2Yvonne Hijgenaar (Netherlands)
3Dimitra Patapi (Greece)
4Alba Diez Lopez (Catalunya Track Cycling)
RELZhao Juan Meng (Hong Kong)
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Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Mirima Welte (Germany)
2Stella Tomassini (Italy)
3Angeliki Koutsonikoli (Greece)
4Gintare Gaivenyte (Lithuania)
5Jessica Laws (DFT Cycling Team)
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Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Olga Panarina (Belarus)
2Victoria Baranova (Russian Federation)
3Won Gyeong Kim (Korea)
4Kanako Kase (Japan)
5Mariaesthela Vilera (Venezuela)
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Heat 5
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anna Meares (Australia)
2Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba)
3Eun Li Lee (Korea)
4Luz Daniela Gaxiola Gonzalez (Mexico)
RELFatehah Mustapa (YSD)
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6
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
2Jessica Varnish (Great Britain)
3Elisa Frisoni (Italy)
4Maryia Lohvinava (Belarus)
5Frany Maria Fong Echevarria (Mexico)
RELRyoko Nakagawa (Japan)

Men's Team Sprint - Final

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Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1France43.534
2Germany43.715
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Bronze Medal Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Sky Track Cycling44.087
4Jayco-AIS44.270

Women's Keirin - Second Round

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Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Anna Meares (Australia)
2Jinjie Gong (China)
3Clara Sanchez (France)
4Rebecca James (Great Britain)
5Kristina Vogel (Germany)
6Olga Panarina (Belarus)
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Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Victoria Pendleton (Sky)
2Kaarle Mcculloch (Australia)
3Shuang Guo (China)
4Sandie Clair (France)
5Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
6Miriam Welte (Germany)

Women's Keirin - Final

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Final
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Shuang Guo (China)
2Clara Sanchez (France)
3Victoria Pendleton (Sky)
4Jinjie Gong (China)
5Anna Meares (Australia)
6Kaarle McCulloch (Australia)
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Race For 7th-12th place
#Rider Name (Country) Team
7Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
8Olga Panarina (Belarus)
9Rebecca James (Great Britain)
10Miriam Welte (Germany)
11Kristina Vogel (Germany)
12Sandie Clair (France)

Women's Omnium - Scratch Race

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#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Sarah Hammer (Ouch Cycling Team)
2Pascale Jeuland (France)
3Melissa Hoskins (Australia)
4Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)
5Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)
6Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)
7Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)
8Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia)
9Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mexico)
10Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)
11Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)
12Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)
13Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)
14Julie Leth (Denmark)
15Lisa Brennauer (Germany)
16Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)
17Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)
18Jennifer O'Reilly (Ireland)
19Chao Mei Wu Gpc
20Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)
21Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)
RelElizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine)
RelMin Hye Lee (Korea)

Women's Omnium - Time Trial

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)35.746
2Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)35.833
3Sarah Hammer (Ouch Track Cycling)36.181
4Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)36.460
5Chao Mei Wu (Giant Pro Cycling)36.650
6Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)36.696
7Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)36.810
8Lisa Brennauer (Germany)36.868
9Min Hye Lee (Korea)37.018
10Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)37.106
11Melissa Hoskins (Australia)37.124
12Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)37.165
13Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)37.308
14Pascale Jeuland (France)37.593
15Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)37.735
16Jennifer O'Reilly (Ireland)37.774
17Elizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine)38.124
18Julie Leth (Denmark)38.239
19Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)38.452
20Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)38.577
21Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia)38.678
22Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mexico)39.297
23Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)39.586

Women's Omnium - Final Standings

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Sarah Hammer (Ouch Track Cycling)9pts
2Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)38Row 1 - Cell 3
3Malgorzata Wojtyra (Poland)42Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lisa Brennauer (Germany)51Row 3 - Cell 3
5Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)52Row 4 - Cell 3
6Joanne Kiesanowski (New Zealand)52Row 5 - Cell 3
7Elizabeth Armitstead (Great Britain)56Row 6 - Cell 3
8Melissa Hoskins (Australia)58Row 7 - Cell 3
9Angie Sabrina Gonzalez Garcia (Venezuela)62Row 8 - Cell 3
10Vilija Sereikaite (Lithuania)64Row 9 - Cell 3
11Jolien D'hoore (Belgium)65Row 10 - Cell 3
12Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)67Row 11 - Cell 3
13Pascale Jeuland (France)69Row 12 - Cell 3
14Chao Mei Wu (Giant Pro Cycling)72Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)78Row 14 - Cell 3
16Min Hye Lee (Korea)78Row 15 - Cell 3
17Julie Leth (Denmark)93Row 16 - Cell 3
18Alzbeta Pavlendova (Slovakia)104Row 17 - Cell 3
19Jennifer O'reilly (Ireland)105Row 18 - Cell 3
20Marta Tagliaferro (Italy)105Row 19 - Cell 3
21Elizaveta Bochkareva (Ukraine)106Row 20 - Cell 3
22Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mexico)118Row 21 - Cell 3
23Andrea Wolfer (Switzerland)119Row 22 - Cell 3
24Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong)Row 23 - Cell 2 Row 23 - Cell 3

Men's Team Pursuit - Final

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Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Great Britain0:03:55.438
2New Zealand0:04:00.314
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Bronze Medal Race
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Spain0:04:03.308
4Denmark0:04:05.477

Final World Cup Standings

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Men's Sprint - Final World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Kévin Sireau (France)42pts
2Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Japan)24Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jason Kenny (Great Britain)20Row 2 - Cell 3
4Chris Hoy (Great Britain)18Row 3 - Cell 3
5Teun Mulder (Netherlands)3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Shane Perkins (Jayco-Skins)12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sebastian Doehrer (Germany)10Row 6 - Cell 3
8Lei Zhang (People's Republic of China)9Row 7 - Cell 3
9Michaël D'Almeida (France)9Row 8 - Cell 3
10Matthew Crampton (Great Britain)9Row 9 - Cell 3
11Miao Zhang (People's Republic of China)8Row 10 - Cell 3
12Gregory Bauge (France)8Row 11 - Cell 3
13Maximilian Levy (Germany)7Row 12 - Cell 3
14Peter Mitchell (Great Britain)7Row 13 - Cell 3
15François Pervis (France)6Row 14 - Cell 3
16Mickaël Bourgain (France)5Row 15 - Cell 3
17Sam Webster (New Zealand)4Row 16 - Cell 3
18Damian Zielinski (Poland)4Row 17 - Cell 3
19Scott Sunderland (Australia)4Row 18 - Cell 3
20Roy Van Den Berg (Netherlands)3Row 19 - Cell 3
21Travis Smith (Canada)3Row 20 - Cell 3
22Jimmy Watkins (Ouch Racing Team)2Row 21 - Cell 3
23Stefan Nimke (Germany)2Row 22 - Cell 3
24Robert Forstemann (Germany)1Row 23 - Cell 3
25Azizulhasni Awang (YSD)1Row 24 - Cell 3
26Tobias Wachter (Germany)1Row 25 - Cell 3
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Men's Individual Pursuit - Final World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Rohan Dennis (Australia)12pts
2Geraint Thomas (Great Britain)10Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marc Ryan (New Zealand)8Row 2 - Cell 3
4Jenning Huizenga (Netherlands)7Row 3 - Cell 3
5Sergi Escobar Roure (Spain)6Row 4 - Cell 3
6Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukraine)5Row 5 - Cell 3
7Sergey Chernetskiy (Lokomotiv)4Row 6 - Cell 3
8Sun Jae Jang (Korea)3Row 7 - Cell 3
9Claudio Imhof (Switzerland)2Row 8 - Cell 3
10Julien Morice (France)1Row 9 - Cell 3
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Men's Team Sprint - Final World Cup Standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1France36pts
2Great Britain27Row 1 - Cell 3
3New Zealand22Row 2 - Cell 3
4Germany19Row 3 - Cell 3
5Japan18Row 4 - Cell 3
6Team Jaycoais15Row 5 - Cell 3