Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen wins gold in men's omnium

Bronze medal for Ed Clancy, plus Olympic qualifying record for Victoria Pendleton

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen put forth an impressive final night of racing to bring his country its first cycling gold medal in the inaugural edition of the men's omnium. After a gutsy effort to overcome a crash in the scratch race and chase down a breakaway of eight that had lapped the field, Hansen was able to ride the second fastest kilometer time trial to secure his overall victory by two points over Frenchman Bryan Coquard.

"It feels weird. I still cannot believe it," Hansen said afterward. "It's so unreal. It's the biggest thing that you can ever achieve for an omnium rider, so it's just a crazy feeling."

Great Britain's gold medal winning team pursuiter Ed Clancy (Great Britain) was the fastest against the clock in the final event, even touching the Olympic kilometer record with a remarkable time of 1:00.981, but it wasn't enough to make up for his relatively poor showings in the mass start events and he took the bronze.

Sitting in fifth place heading into the second half of the omnium, Hansen rode a spectacular individual pursuit to beat Clancy by a mere two-tenths of a second - a result that moved him into third overall behind Australian Glenn O'Shea and Clancy.

Great Britain's Ed Clancy secured a bronze medal overall

The critical race of the night proved to be the scratch race, where a dangerous group of eight riders escaped to lap the field, leaving O'Shea and Clancy behind. Hansen, ever attentive, was preparing to jump across when the breakaway was just being established, but crashed. He was allowed to restart, and then went on to solo away from the field as the breakaway was taking a lap.

That group included Coquard, Italian Elia Viviani and German Roger Kluge, and Hansen knew he could not afford to let them go and settle for ninth at best. He attacked away from the field and rode solo until he, too, gained a lap, pulling even with his foes. In the final sprint, Hansen took sixth place, good enough to take the lead heading into the final event, tied on points with Viviani and Coquard, with Kluge and Clancy three and four points in arrears.

The night came down to the race of truth: a lung-busting all-out four-lap effort against the clock that would separate the top contenders. Clancy and O'Shea were the third to last heat off, but by far the most intense race of the night.

The British rider crushed the time of all the rest, but the omnium is not about one race: it is all about consistency, and Hansen showed he can do it all. His time was good enough for second place, although he was nearly two seconds slower than Clancy.

Coquard's fourth place secured the silver, his individual pursuit his only weak point of the night.

Women's sprint qualifying

In the qualifying round of the women's sprint, home favourite Victoria Pendleton picked up where her compatriot Jason Kenny left off, coming in quickest with a new Olympic Record - 10.724 seconds for the 200m flying lap.

Victoria Pendleton preparing for her sprint qualifying heat

Anna Meares (Australia) came in second with a strong ride, having to face a wall of silence rather than the thunderous roar that Pendleton enjoyed. She topped Guo Shuang, with German Kristina Vogel coming in a close fourth.

Men's sprint quarter finals

The men's sprint quarter finals were decided in two races for each heat, with home favourtie Jason Kenny (Great Britain) easily advancing over Malaysian Awang Azizulhasni. Awang pushed Kenny hard, making the second race one of the fastest match sprints in Olympic history.

German Robert Forstemann was no match for the French world champion Gregory Bauge. It appeared to take far less than the maximum effort for Bauge to send Forstemann packing, and he cruised in after two matches to advance to the semifinal.

Shane Perkins similarly dispatched American Jimmy Watkins, but the matches between Russian Denis Dmitriyev and Njisane Phillip (Trinidad & Tobago) were far closer. Phillip's tactic to push the pace from the front and force the Russian to chase worked to perfection, although his margin of victory was razor thin each time.

Results

Men's omnium - Individual pursuit

1 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) 0:04:20.674  
2 Edward Clancy (Great Britain) 0:04:20.853  
3 Glenn O'Shea (Australia) 0:04:24.811  
4 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia) 0:04:25.477  
5 Roger Kluge (Germany) 0:04:25.554  
6 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 0:04:26.581  
7 Elia Viviani (Italy) 0:04:28.499  
8 Zachary Bell (Canada) 0:04:29.411  
9 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) 0:04:29.874  
10 Gijs Van Hoecke (Belgium) 0:04:29.992  
11 Bobby Lea (United States of America) 0:04:30.127  
12 Bryan Coquard (France) 0:04:30.780  
13 Hosung Cho (Republic of Korea) 0:04:32.382  
14 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) 0:04:32.948  
15 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 0:04:33.532  
16 Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela) 0:04:36.477  
17 Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong, China) 0:04:38.707  
18 Luis Mansilla (Chile) 0:04:53.230

Men's omnium - 15km scratch race

1 Zachary Bell (Canada)
2 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain)
3 Bryan Coquard (France)
4 Roger Kluge (Germany)
5 Elia Viviani (Italy)
6 Bobby Lea (United States of America)
7 Hosung Cho (Republic of Korea)
8 Martyn Irvine (Ireland)
9 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark)
10 Edward Clancy (Great Britain)
11 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia)
12 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina)
13 Shane Archbold (New Zealand)
14 Glenn O'Shea (Australia)
15 Gijs Hoecke (Belgium van)
16 Luis Mansilla (Chile)
17 Ki Ho Choi (Hong Kong, China)
18 Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela)

Men's omnium - 1km time trial

1 Edward Clancy (Great Britain) 0:01:00.981  
2 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) 0:01:02.314  
3 Glenn O'Shea (Australia) 0:01:02.513  
4 Bryan Coquard (France) 0:01:03.078  
5 Roger Kluge (Germany) 0:01:03.144  
6 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 0:01:03.290  
7 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia) 0:01:03.793  
8 Cho Hosung (Republic of Korea) 0:01:04.150  
9 Elia Viviani (Italy) 0:01:04.239  
10 Zachary Bell (Canada) 0:01:04.328  
11 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) 0:01:04.558  
12 Gijs van Hoecke (Belgium) 0:01:04.748  
13 Bobby Lea (United States of America) 0:01:04.853  
14 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) 0:01:05.463  
15 Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong, China) 0:01:06.071  
16 Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela) 0:01:06.773  
17 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 0:01:07.523  
18 Luis Mansilla (Chile) 0:01:08.517

Men's omnium - Final overall standings

1 Lasse Norman Hansen (Denmark) 27 pts
2 Bryan Coquard (France) 29  
3 Edward Clancy (Great Britain) 30  
4 Roger Kluge (Germany) 33  
5 Glenn O'Shea (Australia) 34  
6 Elia Viviani (Italy) 34  
7 Shane Archbold (New Zealand) 48  
8 Zachary Bell (Canada) 49  
9 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) 59  
10 Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal (Colombia) 60  
11 Cho Hosung (Republic of Korea) 60  
12 Bobby Lea (United States of America) 61  
13 Martyn Irvine (Ireland) 64  
14 Walter Fernando Perez (Argentina) 72  
15 Gijs van Hoecke (Belgium) 77  
16 Choi Ki Ho (Hong Kong, China) 89  
17 Carlos Daniel Linarez Zambrano (Venezuela) 96  
18 Luis Mansilla (Chile) 104  

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 1

1 Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 2

1 Gregory Bauge (France)
2 Robert Forstemann (Germany)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 3

1 Shane Perkins (Australia)
2 Jimmy Watkins (United States of America)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 1, heat 4

1 Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
2 Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 1

1 Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
2 Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 2

1 Gregory Bauge (France)
2 Robert Forstemann (Germany)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 3

1 Shane Perkins (Australia)
2 Jimmy Watkins (United States of America)

Men's sprint quarter final - Race 2, heat 4

1 Njisane Nicholas Phillip (Trinidad and Tobago)
2 Denis Dmitriev (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint final - Qualifying

1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:10.724
2 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:10.805
3 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China) 0:00:11.020
4 Kristina Vogel (Germany) 0:00:11.027
5 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:11.080
6 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0:00:11.109
7 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:11.203
8 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.234
9 Natasha Hansen (New Zealand) 0:00:11.241
10 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0:00:11.319
11 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:11.322
12 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 0:00:11.347
13 Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia) 0:00:11.376
14 Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea) 0:00:11.405
15 Virginie Cueff (France) 0:00:11.439
16 Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela) 0:00:11.569
17 Kayono Maeda (Japan) 0:00:11.600
18 Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation) 0:00:11.649

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 1

1 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) 0:00:11.775
2 Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 2

1 Anna Meares (Australia) 0:00:11.800
2 Kayono Maeda (Japan)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 3

1 Shuang Guo (People's Republic of China) 0:00:11.371
2 Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 4

1 Kristina Vogel (Germany) 0:00:11.605
2 Virginie Cueff (France)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 5

1 Olga Panarina (Belarus) 0:00:11.608
2 Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 6

1 Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez (Cuba) 0:00:11.390
2 Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 7

1 Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong, China) 0:00:11.300
2 Monique Sullivan (Canada)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 8

1 Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) 0:00:11.528
2 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)

Women's sprint 1/16 final - Heat 9

1 Lyubov Shulika (Ukraine) 0:00:11.808
2 Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 1

1 Natasha Hansen (New Zealand) 0:00:11.882
2 Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)
3 Ekaterina Gnidenko (Russian Federation)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 2

1 Monique Sullivan (Canada) 0:00:11.572
2 Hyejin Lee (Republic of Korea)
3 Kayono Maeda (Japan)

Women's sprint repechage - Heat 3

1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands) 0:00:11.643
2 Virginie Cueff (France)
3 Daniela Grelui Larreal (Venezuela)

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