Australia win Sydney World Cup
Australia win the final round of the track World
Cup in Sydney, but overall victory goes to Holland
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM The Australian team has won the Sydney round of the World Cup Track Cycling Series which wrapped up today at the Dunc Gray Velodrome. The Australians ended the three-day event with 132 points to finish 12 points clear of Holland. But the Dutch still had cause to celebrate when they came out on top over the four-round series. British success during the weekend’s events was limited to a silver medal for a very young team pursuit squad and a bronze medal in the Madison. The British pursuit quartet of Matthew Brammeier, Mark Cavendish, Edward Clancy and Thomas White produced an excellent ride to qualify for the final, where they were beaten by New Zealand. The Kiwis clocked 4-09.049, with the Brits finishing in 4-10.735. Cavendish and White also put on a good showing in the Madison, finishing third behind more experienced riders from the Ukraine and Denmark. Ukrainian pair Dmytro Grabovskyy and Volodymyr Rybin lapped the field 52 laps from home and then defended their lead to the end, winning the gold on 5 points and a lap advantage over Denmark’s Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussen (23 points). Cavendish and Thomas scored 13 points. The good news in the velodrome was offset somewhat when junior Paris-Roubaix champion Geraint Thomas had to have his spleen removed after falling heavily when training on the road in Sydney. Thomas is expected to spend several days in hospital, but should recover fully from his injuries. In other events at the velodrome, Australia’s Anna Meares won her second gold of the meet when she attacked the field 350 metres from home for a dominant keirin victory. Her win also earned her the title of keirin World Cup Series champion. Silver for fellow Aussie Kathy Bates in the scratch race was enough to give her the World Cup Series crown for that event. France claimed gold and overall World Cup crown in the team sprint thanks to Gregory Bauge, Arnaud Tournant and Francois Pervis riding 44.837 to defeat Japan’s Kazuya Narita, Yusho Oikawa and Kazunari Watanabe (46.526) in the final. Australia beat China in the ride-off for bronze. The men’s sprint was won by Holland’s Theo Bos, who beat Australia’s Jobie Dajka in the final. Bos, who won the keirin on day one, won the first two legs of the three-race final series. Tournant beat team-mate Bauge for the bronze medal. The points race was won by Ukraine’s Rybin, with Greece’s Ioannis Tamouridis taking the silver medal and Australia’s Sean Finning the bronze. Holland’s Yvonne Hijgenaar clocked 35.024 in the women’s 500-metre time trial for gold ahead of Italian Elisa Frisoni, who finished in 35.204. The bronze went to Olympic sprint champion Lori-Ann Muenzer of Canada in 35.608. The other women’s final also went Holland’s way as Marlijn Binnendijk took the 3km individual pursuit in a time of 3-48.742, almost three seconds faster than the silver medal ride of New Zealand’s Dale Tye, who clocked 3-51.518. The bronze medal went to Tatsiana Sharakova in 3-52.661.