The men’s sprint kicked off the morning session of the Beijing World Cup as German Stefan Nimke qualified fastest ahead of Frenchman Kevin Sireau and world sprint champion Theo Bos of Holland. The top 16 qualifiers proceeded through to the knockout stages with Bos eventually coming out on top after defeating another Frenchman, Mickael Bourgain, 2-0 in the final. Nimke took care of Sireau by the same margin to earn bronze while Great Britain’s Chris Hoy won the race-off for fifth. Reigning Olympic champion Ryan Bayley failed to make it past the second round after losing to British youngster Ross Edgar.
Next up was the women’s 3000m team pursuit, a new event in the Track World Cup run for the first time last weekend in Sydney. The Ukrainian trio of Svetlana Galuk, Lesya Kalitovska and Lyubov Shulika qualified fastest, over a second quicker than Russia, winners of round one in Sydney. The final saw the same outcome, as despite a problem with the timing system, Ukraine topped the Russians to take gold and bolster their position at the top of the World Cup standings.
In the women’s keirin Dutchwoman Willy Kanis produced a wily performance to evade two last lap crashes and take gold from Germany’s Christin Muche. Of the four riders who fell, Ukrainian Natallia Tsylinskaya was the quickest to re-mount, and rolled across the line to take bronze. World keirin champion Victoria Pendleton was also brought down in the crash, but walked from the track after a brief medical examination. Not so lucky was Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite, who was carried away on a backboard and taken to hospital with a suspected arm injury.
The traditional Track World Cup finale, the men’s Madison, was a star-studded affair with teams eager to score early qualifying points for the world championships and Olympics. Only the top 13 UCI-ranked countries will get a ride in Beijing, with defending champions Australia still to gain a point after a disappointing performance today which saw Allan Davis crash out with a badly bruised right knee.
French pairing Jerome Neuville and Christophe Riblon took the Madison honours after a closely fought contest with Great Britain’s Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish, riding for their T-Mobile track team. Both pairs lapped the field but Neuville and Riblon had taken a single point in the first of eight sprints which proved decisive. In turn, Wiggins and Cavendish bettered Ukrainian duo Lyubomyr Polatayko and Volodymyry Rybin courtesy of a better position in the finishing sprint.
|1 Theo Bos (Netherlands)|
|2 Mickael Bourgain (France|Cofidis)|
|3 Stefan Nimke (Germany|www.Rad-Net.de)|
|4 Kevin Sireau (France|Cofidis)|
|Women’s 3000m team pursuit|
|3 Cuba||3:35.732 (50.062 km/h)|
|Yudelmis Dominguez Masague|
|Yoanka Gonzalez Perez|
|Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso|
|4 Italy||3:37.355 (49.688 km/h)|
|Silvia Castoldi (Italy)|
|Annalisa Cucinotta (Italy)|
|Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)|
|1 Jerome Neuville/Christophe Riblon (France)||1 pts|
|2 Mark Cavendish/Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain|T-Mobile)|
|3 Lyubomyr Polatayko/Volodymyry Rybin (Ukraine)|
|1 Willy Kanis (Netherlands)|
|2 Christin Muche (Germany)|
|3 Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus)|
|4 Swetlana Grankowskaja (Russia)|
|DNF Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)|
|DNF Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain|Scienceinsport.com)|