UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Alyda Norbruis Earns Third World Title In Front of Dutch Crowd

Alyda Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race

 

Alyda Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race

 

Dutch paracyclist Alyda Norbruis stole the show yet again Sunday, in Apeldoorn (NED), with her third victory at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. British Men’s and Women’s tandem teams rocketed Great Britain to the top of the final standings.

Already having been crowned queen of the Time Trail and Pursuit Races earlier in the competition, Norbruis once more drew the Apeldoorn velodrome’s crowd to its feet with her thrilling win in the C2-3 Scratch Race. American athlete Jamie Whitmore-Cardenas came in for the silver medal, while Germany’s Denise Schindler took the bronze.

In the C4-5 class, American Greta Neimanas took home the rainbow jersey and top honours. Poland’s Anna Harkowska and Britain’s Crystal Lane finished second and third, respectively.

“Towards the end of the race, I realized that I could get the win. The last ten laps were the longest of my life! My teammate Sam was phenomenal making sure others weren’t able to attack. I don’t think I could have done it alone,” acknowledged Neimanas, for whom this victory is the third World Championships title of her career.

In men’s racing, Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford won the gold in the 15 kilometer Scratch Race in the C1-3 category. American Joseph Berenyi earned the silver medal, while Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio took the bronze.

In the C4-5 class, Australia’s Alistair Donohoe was the first over the line after 60 laps. Brazil’s Soelito Gohr – former Scratch Race World Champion – finished with the silver medal, ahead of Australia’s Michael Gallagher.

Speed-based races for Blind or Vision-Impaired athletes also took place Sunday. Briton Sophie Thornhill and pilot Helen Scott retained their World Championships title in the tandem race, crossing the line before Australian duo Brandie O’Connor and pilot Breanna Hargrave, who last year earned the same silver medal honours in 2014 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

This marked Thornhill and Scott’s second win on the Apeldoorn track, where they also won in the 1 kilometer Time Trial Race. “We had a great day and a brilliant week. It’s really fantastic to have won against the Australian duo and keep the rainbow jersey. My pilot and I did a great job tactically today; I am extremely happy,” commented Thornhill, who at 19 years of age has a bright future indeed.

Japan’s tandem team of Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka (pilot) were proud recipients of the bronze medal, dominating New Zealand’s Emma Foy and Laura Fairweather (pilot) for the third place.

In men’s racing, Great Britain’s Neil Fachie and Peter Mitchell (pilot) retained their Sprint Race World Championships rainbow jerseys by defeating Spain’s Jose Enrique Porto Lareo and Jose Antonio Villanueva Trinidad (pilot) in the final.

“It was a great competition for Peter and I. It’s always difficult when you’re defending a World Championship title, but with the Paralympic Games around the corner, we were able to show that we’re still very much in the running and we can still be a medal threat. Overall, we’re really pleased,” analyzed Fachie, who also tasted victory Thursday with Mitchell in the Time Trial Race.

Dutch athletes Tristan Bangma and Teun Mulder (pilot) got the better of Gemany’s Kai-Kristian Kruse and Stefan Nimke in the battle for third place.

In the Mixed Team Sprint final, China’s Chinois Xie Hao, Wei Guoping and Duan Baobin took gold over 2014 World Champions, Spain’s Eduardo Santas Asensio, Amador Granados Alkorta and Alfonso Cabello Llamas, who had to settle for silver.

Russians Nikita Nagnibedov, Sergey Batukov and Sergey Ustinov stepped onto the remaining spot of the podium after a victory against Americans Jennifer Schuble, Joseph Berenyi, and Christopher Murphy in the bronze medal final.

In the final rankings, Great Britain finished at the head of the proverbial class with nine medals, comprising seven gold. China was close behind in second with ten medals, six of which were gold, while the United States of America occupied third with twelve medals, four of which were gold.

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Porte strengthens lead in UCI WorldTour with Volta Ciclista a Catalunya victory

Porte strengthens lead in UCI WorldTour with Volta Ciclista a Catalunya victory

Porte strengthens lead in UCI WorldTour with Volta Ciclista a Catalunya victory

Luca Paolini (ITA) attacks in the 2015 Gent-Wevelgem (BEL)

 

Luca Paolini (ITA) attacks in the 2015 Gent-Wevelgem (BEL)

 

Richie Porte (Team Sky) has gained yet more ground on his rivals in the UCI WorldTour after an impressive ride to victory in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, which saw the Australian clinch his second top stage race of the 2015 season.

Following the completion of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in Spain early on Sunday afternoon, a few hours later the UCI WorldTour Classic in Belgium, Gent-Wevelgem, was won in a sole move by veteran Luca Paolini (Team Katusha) ahead of Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step) and Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas.

But despite Paolini’s success Porte, already a winner in the 2015 Paris-Nice race, remains firmly in control of the UCI WorldTour after fending off a late challenge in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), who took second overall in Spain.

Valverde nonetheless captured no less than three stage wins, the last on Sunday in Barcelona, and finished the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya just four seconds behind Porte. In a tightly packed general classification, Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) claimed third, five seconds back. The Italian now moves into third place overall in the UCI WorldTour.

Porte though has amassed 303 points and is well ahead of his team mate Geraint Thomas, second overall with 184 points after his podium finish in Belgium’s Gent-Wevelgem. It is an impressive total this early in the season for the Australian, who pointed out that an unexpectedly successful breakaway of three riders in the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya had made his outright victory an uphill struggle.

“I didn’t expect to win after the catastrophe of the first stage,” Porte said after finally capturing the lead on stage five, “and it’s a dream result to get this.”

“I was very motivated and prepared to defend the lead, but you never know what can happen with Alejandro, he’s such a fighter. All credit to the team, we had the numbers there in the final and that’s what saved the race for me.”

Meanwhile in Gent-Wevelgem, Paolini moves into 13th place in the UCI WorldTour after Italy’s first victory in the Belgian cobbled Classic in 22 years.

After heavy rain and galeforce winds battered the Belgian Classic all day, Paolini broke away six kilometres from the finish from a group of half a dozen riders for an impressive solo win.

“This is a surprise but I’m so happy to have won,Paolini said. I don’t think I was the strongest but I played my cards. I knew they’d be waiting for the sprint and so I tried to get away before.

“It was a very difficult day out there. I crashed twice and changed my bike. But I knew the route and could stay up front. We’re up in the north and this is real cycling. The strongest survived today.”

Overall in the UCI WorldTour nations ranking both Australia and Italy reinforced their top two placings overall, largely thanks to Porte’s victory in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and Paolini’s win in Gent-Wevelgem.

Australia now have totalled 578 points, whilst Italy have 359 points, with Spain moving up from fifth to third, close behind with 337 points. The other important advance in the top ten classification comes for Belgium, who gain seven spots and move into seventh overall, pushing Norway down to eighth.

With two of their riders in the top two spots in the UCI WorldTour individual ranking, Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas, it is hardly surprising that Team Sky are currently heading the teams classification, with 525 points. Etixx-Quick Step remain in second place overall, although what was a gap of 90 points between the British and the Belgian squads has now stretched to 131 points.

On the plus side for Etixx-Quick Step, with total of 394 points, their advantage on third-placed Katusha has now increased, even though the Russian squad’s total has jumped significantly, too, to 301 points. Movistar Team remain in fourth place, too, with BMC Racing Team continuing in fifth.

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Lizzie Armitstead wins the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and takes the overall UCI Women Road World Cup lead

Lizzie Armitstead wins the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and takes the overall UCI Women Road World Cup lead

Lizzie Armitstead wins the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda and takes the overall UCI Women Road World Cup lead

Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) wins the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio (ITA)

 

Lizzie Armitstead (GBR) wins the 2015 Trofeo Alfredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio (ITA)

 

138 riders took the start of the second round of the UCI Women Road World Cup in Cittiglio, under the northern Italian sunshine.

It was UCI World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot’s first road race in 2015, and wearing her brand new rainbow jersey meant she was going to be marked from the start.

Simona Frapporti (Ale Cipollini) initiated the first attack of the day. She built up a 42 second gap before being reeled back in by the peloton at the start of the first climb.

The field started lining out on the 4-km Cunardo climb, dropping riders at the back. This was the first real test of the day for the field, with a 6% average gradient. Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans Cycling Team) was determined to ride the climb at the front, winning the first QOM of the day.

As suspected, the ascent of the Cunardo split the bunch and created a lead group of 20 riders. This was the moment which Katrin Garfoot (Orica AIS) chose to attack on the downhill creating a 1 minute gap on the chasing leaders.
The chasing front group was soon caught up by the next chasing groups on the road to create a big peloton once again.

Although the Boels Dolmans Cycling Team were pushing the pace at the front, Garfoot was able to maintain her gap as the race entered the local 17km circuit. But staying away for the four ascents of the Orino was not going to be easy.

As the peloton started the second ascent of the Orino, the speed picked up. Attack after attack from the bunch meant Garfoot was reeled back in after her fantastic 25-km solo effort.

The Boels Dolmans Cycling Team were clearly dominating today and Lizzie Armitstead was first up the second Orino ascent. Her attack was sufficient to create a 20 rider lead group at the start of the second last 17-km lap.

Lucinda Brand (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team) attempted to escape out of the front group, but Boels Dolmans Cycling Team counter attacked on the third ascent of the Orino.

It was Anna van der Breggen’s turn to lead the group uphill. Her effort created a 6-leader group including all the favourites: Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Liv Women Cycling Team), van der Breggen (Rabo Liv), Longo Borghini (Wiggle Honda), Lizzie Armitstead, Neff (Swiss National Team) and Amialiusik (Velocio-Sram).

After several attempts, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot was able to distance herself from her 5 breakaway mates. She was caught on the last ascent of the Orino by Armitstead, Longo Borghini and van der Breggen. Amialiusik and Neff soon caught back up.

At this stage, it was clear that today’s winner was going to be decided in a 6-up sprint. It was Ferrand-Prévot who initiated the sprint with teammate van der Breggen in her wheel, but Armitstead was not goingto let her chance go.
Lizzie Armitstead won Trofeo Afredo Binda-Comune di Cittiglio and now leads the UCI Women Road World Cup standings.

For highlights of the day including interviews, please log on to the UCI YouTube channel at tv.uci.ch.

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UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Five Champions Hang On to Their Crowns

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Five Champions Hang On to Their Crowns

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Five Champions Hang On to Their Crowns

Slovakia’s Jozef Metelka ensured himself of gold in the Men’s 4000 meter Pursuit Race final in the C4 class.

 

Slovakia’s Jozef Metelka ensured himself of gold in the Men’s 4000 meter Pursuit Race final in the C4 class.

 

Numerous athletes who took to the velodrome Saturday, at the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands), were able to hang on to championship crowns earned at the 2014 World Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Emma Foy (New Zealand), Susan Powell (Australia), Sarah Storey (Great Britain), Jozef Metelka (Slovakia), and Michael Gallagher (Australia) all once again donned the rainbow jersey for a second consecutive year.

In the Women’s 3000 meter Pursuit Race in the Blind or Vision-Impaired category, New Zealand’s Emma Foy and her pilot Laura Fairweather defeated Japan’s duo of Yurie Kanuma and Mai Tanaka (pilot). “It was our goal and we achieved it – we’re incredibly happy!” enthused Foy.

In the battle for third place, Ireland’s Katie-George Dunlevy and pilot Eve McCrystal beat out Britons Lora Turnham and Lauryn Therin (pilot) by a mere 0.101 of a second.

Australia’s Susan Powell – current World Record holder in the C4 class in the Women’s 300 meter Pursuit Race – vigorously defended her title and jersey, trouncing American athlete Megan Fisher by a wide margin of over 4 seconds. Fellow American Shawn Morelli earned herself the bronze medal.

Still in women’s competition but in the C5 category, British athlete Sarah Storey continued making her presence known on the Apeldoorn track. Just days ago on Thursday, Storey climbed to the top of the podium in the 500 meter Time Trial event. Saturday, Storey – World Record holder in the 3000 meter Pursuit event – hunted down Poland’s Anna Harkowska before they reached the finish line, handing the British athlete the victory. The same strategy repeated itself in the bronze medal final with American athletes Greta Neimanas and her teammate Jennifer Schuble.

Metelka and Gallagher Remain on Top

Slovakia’s Jozef Metelka (photo) laid down the proverbial law in the Men’s 4000 meter Pursuit Race final in the C4 class. Metelka ensured himself of gold when he caught eventual silver medallist, Romania’s Carol-Eduard Novak; Metelka also will keep his rainbow jersey and title for another year. Rounding out the podium was Colombia’s Diego German Duenas Gomez.

“This is fantastic! In Mexico, I was maybe a bit lucky to earn the World Championships title. Today (Saturday), I confirmed that I could still be on top of the podium here, and I hope to continue my successes,” explained Metelka, current World Record holder in the distance, who was also quoted as saying he was surprised to have caught his competitor.

In an all-Australia final, Michael Gallagher won over fellow countryman Alistair Donohoe in the C5 4000 meter Pursuit Race. The Ukraine’s Yehor Dementyev earned the bronze medal.

“Alistair is a great friend and roommate. We were assured gold and silver medals, so we didn’t feel too much pressure in the finals,” said gold medallist Gallagher.

The Netherland’s tandem team of Stephen De Vries and pilot Patrick Bos thrilled the crowd not only by being the fastest in qualifications, but also in the gold medal round. De Vries and Bos bested Australia’s Matt Formston and Michael Curran (pilot), with the winners maintaining an average speed of 55.107 km/h during the 4000 meter race.

In the bronze medal final, Poland’s tandem team of Marcin Polak and pilot Michal Ladosz defeated Spain’s duo of Ignacio Avila Rodriguez and Joan Font Bertoli (pilot).

The UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will come to an end Sunday. Events are broadcast live from 11.25 GMT on the web at tv.uci.ch

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UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: China’s Para-cyclists Impress

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: China’s Para-cyclists Impress

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: China’s Para-cyclists Impress

In Men’s C1 racing, China’s Zhang Yu Li earned his second gold medal in as many days

 

In Men’s C1 racing, China’s Zhang Yu Li earned his second gold medal in as many days

 

China’s athletes made their presence known, Friday, on Day Two of the UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships taking place in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. China took home a total of four medals – three golds and one silver – over six 3km Individual Time Trial events held today.

In men’s C1 racing, China’s Zhang Yu Li (photo) earned his second gold medal in as many days; after his win in the Kilo Race Thursday, he bested Canada’s Ross Wilson in today’s ITT final. Argentina’s Rodrigo Fernand Lopez rounded out the podium for third place, beating out Germany’s Erich Winkler.

Guihua Liang, racing in the C2 category and Zhang Yu Li’s teammate, also earned his second medal since arriving in Apeldoorn. Liang won a silver yesterday in the Kilo Race, and today out-raced Columbia’s Alvaro Galvis Becerra in the ITT. Russia’s Arslan Gilmutdinov finished ahead of Ireland’s Colin Lynch in the bronze medal final for the event.

In the C3 category, American Joseph Berenyi won the race for the gold medal against Japan’s Masaki Fujita who settled for silver. As was the case in the C2 class, the bronze medal C3 final saw a show down between Russian and Irish athletes. This time, the medal went to an Ireland’s Eoghan Clifford in an emotional victory over Russia’s Sergey Ustinov.

“The team supported me in a brilliant and professional way today. After this morning’s disappointment, the team really boosted my spirits, enabling me to be in the best possible shape to compete for and win this bronze medal,” commented Clifford after his last race of the day.

Alyda Norbruis Wows Again!

Local favourite – the Netherland’s own Alyda Norbruis – once more electrified the crowd today. Gold medallist in the Time Trial held yesterday, Norbruis added another rainbow jersey to her collection, defeating China’s Sini Zeng in the C2 gold medal final. American Allison Jones bettered China’s Zhenling Song in the bronze medal round.

In the women’s C3 final, Germany’s Denise Schindler upset with her win against 2014 World Record holder and World Champion, American Jamie Whitmore-Cardenas. Yesterday roles were reversed, with Whitmore-Cardenas defeating Schindler in the 500 meter Race.

Australia’s Simone Kennedy got the better of Britain’s Megan Giglia in the race for the remaining third step on the podium; Kennedy got to take home the bronze today.

Lastly, China’s Jieli Li was the only athlete registered for the C1 3km Women’s Pursuit race.

Other Individual Pursuit Races will take place during the day, Saturday, at the Apeldoorn velodrome, where athletes from the C4, C5, and tandem categories will be riding the wooden slats.

The UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will conclude Sunday March 29, 2015.