UCI Track Cycling World Championships – the favourites deliver
Five world titles were awarded on the second day of competition of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia. Francois Pervis in the keirin and the British women’s pursuit team started as the arch-favourites and they were up to the challenge, both winning gold. Australia’s Alexander Edmondson clinched his first crown in the individual pursuit while the other rainbow jerseys went to Ivan Kovalev in the men’s Scratch and Miriame Welte on the 500 metres.
Men’s pursuit – Edmondson keeps Australia on top
Already crowned in the team pursuit the previous day, Alexander Edmondson made it two by taking the individual honours. In the final, the Australian won in 4:22.582 ahead of Swiss Stefan Kueng, timed in 4:22.995. New Zealand’s Marc Ryan was third in 4:22.895. After Jack Bobridge in 2011 and Michael Hepburn in 2012 and 2013, Edmondson continues the Australian domination in the event. “Well people who say dreams don’t come true are wrong. I proved tonight they do! What a magical moment!” said Edmondson. He also teased his younger sister Annette (bronze in the team pursuit) on social media: “I think I will win the Family Cup.”
Men’s Keirin – Pervis made it
Francois Pervis had made his ambitions clear in Cali. He was going for three golds: in the kilometre, the sprint and the keirin. Mission accomplished for the first of his three challenges. The Frenchman won the keirin’s first heat before dominating a tough semi-final ahead of Maximilian Levy and Jason Kenny. In the final, he beat local hero Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata while Dutchman Matthijs Buchli snatched the bronze. Since the victory of Laurent Gane in 2003, no Frenchman had been crowned in the discipline. “Francois was strong from start to finish. There were many crashes and tough races but he played it right all the time, perfectly gauging his rivals,” said French coach Justin Grace. Pervis now tackles the kilometre, the event in which he also holds the world record in 56.303.
Men’s scratch – Kovalev on top
Glory day for Ivan Kovalev, who gave Russia their first ever title in the Scratch. Since 2002, no Russian had even made it on the world podium. Kovalev finally had the upper hand over defending champion Martyn Irvine of Ireland while Hong Kong’s King Lok Cheung was third.
Women’s 500 metres – Miriam Welte can do it alone
A three times world and Olympic champion in the team sprint, Germany’s Miriam Welte showed she could do it on her own when she won the 500 metres for her first individual title. “I made it, I’m so happy! It’s one of the best days in my career. I have no words to describe this. I just want to thank my team,” said 27-year-old Welte. In 33.451, she beat world record holder and clear favourite Anna Meares. The Australian superstar, in 33.548, had to be content with silver but it was still her 21st world medal! Only Sir Chris Hoy did better with 25 medals. Russia’s Anastasia Voinova was third.
Women’s team pursuit – Unbeatable Brits
World record holders and arch-favourites, the British team pursuit perfectly delivered on the day. In 4:23.407, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell took their fourth title in succession. “Well we like to keep things exciting! Canada put up one hell of a fight. So happy to win my 4th TP World title,” wrote Trott on her Twitter account. Canada was second in 4:24.695. Winners of the World Cup and third last year, Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser, Allison Beveridge and Stephanie Roorda went one step higher. Australia was third.
Australia’s pursuit team and the German pair of Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel in the women’s team sprint remained on top of the world but there were newcomers as well in the first day of the World Championships in Cali with victories by New Zealand in the men’s team sprint and Belgium’s Kelly Druyts in the women’s Scratch.
Men’s pursuit – Australia still rules
Only second in the qualifications behind Denmark, the Aussies finally upstaged the Danes in the final. And even with a team reshuffled by half from last year’s worlds in Minsk, they still kept the upper hand. Luke Davison, Glenn O’Shea, Alexander Edmondson and Mitchell Mulhern triumphed in 3:57.907 to earn their country’s tenth crown in the discipline since 1993.
Edmonson, twice crowned at the age of 20, said: “We knew it would not be easy against the Danes but we rode our own race without watching the others. We needed to stay focused. We came here with a lot of experience and knowing we had done the right preparation.” Denmark, with Casper Von Folsach, Lasse Norman Hansen, Rasmus Christian Quaade and Alex Rasmussen clocked 3:59.623. In the third place final, New Zealand’s Aaron Gate, Pieter Bulling, Dylan Kennett and Ryan Marc beat the Russians to take the bronze in 3:58.989.
Women’s team sprint – Welte and Vogel keep their crown
Unbeaten this season and world champions since 2012, Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte were again too strong for the opposition. In the final, they outshone China’s Junhong Lin and Tianshi Zhong. Britain’s Jessica Varnish and Rebecca James took the best over Russia for the bronze. Vogel was over the moon and more confident than ever for the individual event: “I only have one world to say – treble! I’m really proud of what we achieved tonight,” she said. Welte was also delighted: “I can’t believe we are world champions again.” In the short history of women’s team sprint, which started in 2007, Germany are now on par with Australia, crowned between 2009 and 2011.
Men’s team sprint – New Zealand at last
After the bronze medal in 2012 and silver in 2013, New Zealand continued their steady progression to clinch the men’s team sprint world title in Cali. Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Edward Dawkins stopped favourites and title-holders Germany from a double. “It’s a childhood dream come true, I can’t stop smiling,” said Dawkins. Rene Enders, Robert Forstermann and Maximilian Levy had to be content with the runner-up spot. Third last year, France again finished on the last podium place with the Olympic silver medal trio of Gregory Beauge, Kevin Sireau and Michael D’Almeida.
Women’s scratch – The new queen is Belgian
Third in 2012, Kelly Druyts achieved a career high to seize the rainbow jersey in the Scratch. Thanks to the title, the first for Belgium, she prevented Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska from making it three in a row. The Pole, crowned in the last two editions, had to be content with silver this time. Russia’s Evgenia Romanyuta came third.
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When flipping through last years Enduro Word Series results one name certainly jumps out: Jérôme Clementz! No one dominated the Enduro World Series in 2013 like the friendly Frenchman.
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First watch teaser of Filip Polc´s Urban Downhill part of Signatures filmed in the historical centre of Prague.
During the summer months, Prague’s historical centre is flooded with tourists. That’s why we take advantage of the longest day of the year and start the shooting around five a.m. when even the greatest tourism enthusiasts are fast asleep.
Taking their dogs on a morning walk, first people show up around 7 a.m. It’s quite a surprise for them…
Stairs, stairs and even more stairs…
In the middle of September the shooting starts again, only this time in Bratislava. Filip takes us close to the Bratislava castle. There, in June 2013, he organized a race with some of the world’s best riders.
After a few emails and phone calls, we are granted the permission to shoot at the Bratislava castle and in the parks nearby. On the photo you can see Polcster right before the first turn on the track of Bratislava City Downhill.
A gap at the exit from the historical centre. There are few pubs nearby that are really worth checking out.
A short photo shoot at the end of the day on Slavin, a socialist monument.
Signatures is a mountain biking movie by Fullface Productions. Leading riders from around the europe present their best performances and immersing you into the amazing atmosphere of unique places around the globe – British Columbia, Livigno, historical centre of Prague and Bratislava, Indonesia or Austrian Alps.
Signatures is supported by Ghost Bikes and Red Bull