The Dutch were the strongest nation on the opening day of the second track World Cup in Beijing, China. The Netherlands took gold medals in the team sprint and women’s scratch race – two of the six events that were decided on Friday.
The three man Dutch team of Theo Bos, Teun Mulder and Tim Veldt qualified second behind France in the team sprint in a time of 44.35 seconds, with the French clocking 44.22 seconds. But in the final, the Dutch managed to record exactly the same time as in qualifying to beat the French squad of Gregory Bauge, Francois Pervis and Arnaud Tournant, who lost their edge with a 44.41 second time. Third place went to Great Britain, who relied on the experienced Chris Hoy, Craig Maclean and Jason Queally to bring home the bronze ahead of the Australians.
In the women’s scratch race, the multi-talented Marianne Vos kept things low key for her qualifying ride, saving it for the final where she beat Australian Belinda Goss and Cuban Yumari Gonzales Valdivieso.
The other events were shared between four nations. Britain’s Brad Wiggins won gold in the men’s individual pursuit, posting the quickest qualifying time of 4.22.69 before meeting and defeating the Ukraine’s Volodymyr Dyudya in the final. In the men’s points race, Spain’s Juan Llaneras triumphed over Chris Newton (Great Britain) and Cameron Meyer (Australia).
the women’s sprint, Natalia Tsylinkskaya (Belarus) beat Britain’s Victoria Pendleton in the final, while in the women’s pursuit, it was Australian Katie Mactier backing up with gold after her success in Sydney last week. Mactier qualified in 3:35.18 and made light work of Britain’s Rebecca Romero in the final. Sarah Hammer (USA) took bronze.
|Men’s Individual pursuit|
|1 Bradley Wiggins (Great Britain|Team High Road)||4:25.316|
|2 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukraine)||4:25.847|
|3 Alexander Serov (Russia)||4:26.240|
|Men’s Team Sprint|
|3 Great Britain||44.840|
|Men’s Points Race|
|1 Juan Llaneras (Spain)||60||pts|
|2 Chris Newton (Great Britain)||54|
|3 Cameron Meyer (Australia)||53|
|1 Natalia Tsylinkskaya (Belarus)|
|2 Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain)|
|3 Clara Sanchez (France)|
|Women’s Individual Pursuit|
|1 Katie Mactier (Australia)||3:37.620|
|2 Rebecca Romero (Great Britain)||3:40.530|
|3 Sarah Hammer (USA)||3:37.110|
|Women’s Scratch Race|
|1 Marianne Vos (Netherlands)|
|2 Belinda Goss (Australia)|
|3 Yumari Gonzales Valdivieso (Cuba)|