UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Glaetzer gets the better of Kenny

UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Glaetzer gets the better of Kenny

UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Glaetzer gets the better of Kenny

Matthew Glaetzer (AUS) outsprints Jason Kenny (GBR) to win the individual sprint.
Matthew Glaetzer (AUS) outsprints Jason Kenny (GBR) to win the individual sprint.

Second in the keirin the day before, the Oceania Champion Matthew Glaetzer won the first individual sprint of the season, dominating Great Britain’s Jason Kenny, triple Olympic Champion (individual in 2008 and team sprint 2008 and 2012).  The Australian confided: “I knew it was going to be super tough to beat Kenny because he seems to keep improving through a sprint competition. So to beat him after he knocked me out of the sprint in Glasgow was great.”  Glaetzer will wear the UCI Track Cycling World Cup leader’s jersey in London December 5-7: “I am really satisfied with how I am racing at the moment. Each competition is growing me as an athlete and to have success at Oceanias and now this win here in Guadalajara, it is really encouraging for future competitions.”

Third in the keirin, the Colombian Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata occupies the same spot on the podium in the individual sprint.

Omnium: Liss is regular

Two years after Glasgow, the young Lucas Liss, aged 22, claimed another victory in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Omnium. Fourth in the Scratch, second in the individual pursuit, third in the elimination, winner of the kilometre and fourth in the flying start, the German athlete finished the Guadalajara event with 182 points. Australian Glen O’Shea finished second with 160 points, while Bobby Lea (USA) took third place, 10 points further back.  Not long graduated from the Junior ranks, Denmark’s Casper Philipp Pedersen finished fifth with 132 points.

Women

Keirin: Chinese double

Second the day before in the individual sprint, Guo Shuang (Team Max success Pro Cycling) won the keirin in Guadalajara. Ten years after her victory in Moscow, the 28-year-old Chinese athlete is still one of the major players on the circuit. Another Chinese Tianshi Zhong (China 361° Cycling Team) finished second while Australia’s Anna Meares (Team Jayco-AIS) took bronze.

Omnium: Leader’s jersey for D’hoore

Jolien D’hoore, silver medallist at the European Championships, tasted victory on the Guadalajara track. The Belgian took honours in the Omnium after finishing third in the Scratch, fourth in the pursuit and the elimination, and second in the 500 metres and flying start. She totalled 180 points, six points ahead of the Cuban Marlies Mejias Garcia. Poland’s Malgorzata Wojtyra finished third with 158 points. For her début in the Elite ranks, double UCI Junior Road World Champion and Omnium World Champion Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark) took fourth place with 124 points. She promises to quickly join the world’s best in the speciality.

The second round of the 2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup will take place in London (Great Britain) from December 5th to 7th.

2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Season opens in Guadalajara

2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Season opens in Guadalajara

2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Season opens in Guadalajara

2013-2014 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Guadalajara (MEX)
2013-2014 UCI Track Cycling World Cup, Guadalajara (MEX)

The 2014-2015 UCI Track Cycling World Cup gets underway in Guadalajara, Mexico, this weekend. The South American city, perched at 1561 metres in the west of Mexico, officially launches the first of the two pre-Olympic seasons. The World Cup will then continue in London, Great Britain (December 5-7) and Cali, Colombia (January 17 and 18), theatre of the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

For the strong track cycling nations, this season’s opener is significant: “This World Cup is really important for us,” explains Kevin Tabotta, National Performance Director of Cycling Australia. “It is the next, very important, step towards next year’s World Championships in France, and for Rio 2016.” He is confident going into the weekend’s competition: “We have started the season very strongly with a number of strong performances and encouraging results.”

The Australian contingent includes Glen O’Shea, a member of the victorious four-strong pursuit team at the last UCI Track Cycling World Championships, as well as Daniel Fitter, Juniors World Champion in the team pursuit in South Korea this summer, who makes his début in the Elite ranks.

Australia’s women’s team will be able to count on Anna Meares, eight times UCI Track Cycling World Champion and double Olympic Champion. Meares will have to face up to tough competition in the form of Germany’s Kristina Vogel, reigning World Champion in the individual sprint, team sprint and keirin.

After an incredible 2013-2014 season, the Great Britain’s women’s pursuit team will be the ones to beat in Guadalajara. Three of its members, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott remain the same, while Ciara Horne replaces Joanna Roswell.

In the absence of World Champion François Pervis, it could well be another French rider, Greg Baugé who dominates the men’s sprint. Baugé recently won his first European title and appears to be in good shape to rival the world’s best.

Meanwhile the public will be impatient to see their local star, Sofia Arreola, in action. The Mexican was world silver medallist in the points race and the scratch in 2013 in Minsk, Belarus.

Follow the competition live on www.youtube.com/ucichannel.

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Fifth title for Australia

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Fifth title for Australia

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Fifth title for Australia

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Fifth title for Australia

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Fifth title for Australia

Macey Stewart offered Australia its fifth title of the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships when she won the Omnium. After her success in the team pursuit, Stewart will be packing two rainbow jerseys in her bags when leaving South Korea. She had to wait for the last event of the Omnium, the points race, to know whether or not the title was hers. She finished with 205 points. Italy’s Martina Alzini had the same score, while Soline Lamboley (France) took bronze with 181 points.

Women’s keirin: Degrendele in rainbow stripes

After coming third in the sprint, Nicky Degrendele is now the first Belgian woman to take the keirin title at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. The silver medal went to Australia’s Courtney Field, who claimed her third medal of these Worlds after gold in the sprint and silver in the 500 metres. Germany’s Doreen Heinze finished third.

Men’s madison: Title for New Zealand

Regan Gough could well be one of the great track cycling names of the future. Second last year (with Liam Aitcheson) in the Madison, the New Zealander has built up an impressive collection at the Gwang Myeong velodrome. Silver in the individual pursuit before winning the World Juniors title in the points race, he finishes his South Korean appearance with the title in the Madison. The Kiwis (Gough and Luke Mudgway) beat the Germans (Jurczyk / Porzner) and the Portuguese (Oliveira / Oliveira Rui).

Men’s sprint: Jeone Park in front of his public

South Korea’s Jeone Park only needed two rounds to claim the junior sprint world title from Sébastien Vigier (France). After the team event (2nd), it was the fourth medal for the host nation of the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships. Australia’s Dean Braeden won his country’s 13th medal with his third place.

Full results

Photo: Macey Stewart wins the Omnium and Australia’s fifth title

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Pedersen takes over for Denmark

Third in Glasgow last year, Casper Pedersen was crowned UCI Juniors World Champion in the Omnium on the Gwang Myeong velodrome in South Korea on Monday. He scored 200 points to take the title in front of Australian Sam Welsford (181 points) and South Korea’s Jihun Kim Koree (175 points). It was a very close battle for the last podium spot, with the French athlete Valentin Madouas finishing on 173 points. Danish coach Martin Lollesgaard said: “He came go get gold. All season we have been concentrating on the World Championships Omnium. He was a bit nervous on the eve of the last day but he managed to sleep well. Then it was just a question of concluding….” Two years after Lasse Norman Hansen’s Olympic title, Denmark has demonstrated that it has an impressive pool of talent in this discipline.

Women’s sprint: Field after a long wait

Australia had been waiting 16 years for this moment. Since Rosealee Hubbard’s victory in 1998, no Australian woman had ever won the sprint at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. Only sixth in the qualifying rounds, Courtney Fields dominated the Russian Tatiana Kiseleva in three rounds to win the rainbow jersey. In doing so she clocked up a time of 11”635 (61.882km/h). Belgium’s Nicky Degrendele took the bronze medal after beating local athlete Jang Yeonhee.

Points race: title for Valbuena

Camila Valbuena is the first Colombian woman to win the points race at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. The young athlete from Bogota finished the competition with 49 points, compared to 41 points for the Japanese Yumi Kajihara. Australia’s Josie Talbot, who won gold with the pursuit team, claimed bronze with 22 points. Valbuena, a first-year junior, was almost at a loss for words after her victory: “It’s an honour to wear this jersey, a dream come true. I still can’t believe it and it will certainly take me some time. Now I need to keep working to win more medals…”

Full results

Tuesday will see the final day of competition of the UCI Juniors Track World Championships. Follow the action live (in Korean only)

Photo: Junior Men’s Omnium podium

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Double for Alexandra Manly

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Double for Alexandra Manly

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Double for Alexandra Manly

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Double for Alexandra Manly

UCI Juniors Track World Championships: Double for Alexandra Manly

The Australian national team has sent out a clear message: the pursuit is their domain. 24 hours after the junior women’s victory in the team event, Alexandra Manly added another rainbow jersey to her collection. It was Australia’s seventh individual pursuit title since 2007. Germany’s Mieke Kröger, junior World Champion in 2011, is the only young woman who has been capable of breaking their running streak. On Sunday, Manly recorded a time of 2’24”624 on the South Korean velodrome. Lisa Klein (Germany) was second in 2’27”877. Just like last year in Glasgow, another Australian claimed bronze (Lauren Perry in 2’28”543)

Men’s kilometre: Janosek on fire

Jiri Janosek will remember this summer for a long time. After his European title in Portugal last month, the Czech sprinter claimed the rainbow jersey on the track in Gwang Myeong. He won in 1’02”558, while Russia’s Alexey Nosov completed his kilometre in 1’04”005! The Malaysian Muhammad Modh Zonis took the third medal (1’04”161)

Men’s points race: the title for Gough

Second the day before in the individual pursuit, Regan Gough left his rivals with no chance in the points race. The New Zealander won the event with 42 points in front of Russia’s Nikolai Ilichev (38 points) and the American Edgar Stepanyan (32 points).

Full results

The UCI Juniors Track World Championships continue Monday. Watch the action live (in Korean only)

Photo: After the team pursuit, Alexandra Manly claims gold in the individual pursuit

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Aguascalientes at a glance

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Aguascalientes at a glance

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Aguascalientes at a glance

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Aguascalientes at a glance

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Aguascalientes at a glance

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Australia on top – Day #4
As on the previous day, Sarah Storey finished with a gold medal around her neck. The 36-year-old British girl – one of the outstanding riders in these Championships – triumphed in the scratch ahead of the Argentinian rider Mariela Analia Delgado. Storey thus came away, after four days of competition, with two wins (the 3km Pursuit and Scratch) and a bronze medal (in the 500m). The anthem of God Save the Queen set the tempo for this final day, with the successes in the tandems of Sophie Thornhill and Rachel James in the Women, and Neil Fachie and Peter Mitchell in the Men. Following on from the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Team GB and its 11 representatives logically finished these Championships in 2nd place in the country rankings, with 10 medals, of which 7 were gold.

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: Storey gets her revenge! – Day #3
She was able to give her little girl Louisa a kiss because this time she was on the highest step of the podium of the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships. Sarah Storey triumphed in the 3km Pursuit in the C5 category ahead of the Polish rider Anna Harkowska, and in style, since she won in a new world-record time of 3:32:050. A great come-back for the Brit, who had to be content with third place two days earlier in the 500m sprint event, with the Chinese rider Jufanj Zhou winning gold.

2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships: a very open day of racing – Day #2
Following on from the first day, Australia came out as the victor, with Michael Gallagher triumphing in the MC5 4km Pursuit category against the Ukrainian Yehor Dementiev in a record time of 4:24:057. The Aussie riders also excelled in the sprint events, with Brandie O’Connor and Breama Hargrave winning silver in the WB 1km, and an equivalent achievement in the Men’s event, with Kieran Modra and Jason Niblett, who made the second step of the podium.

Records fall thick and fast at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships – Day #1
Temperatures soared to near 40°C yesterday in Aguascalientes at the heart of Mexico and the first day’s competitions at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships were just as hot!

UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships arrive in Aguascalientes – Preview
Four months after the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, it is the turn of the best para-cyclists on the planet to battle for world titles. Competition gets underway Thursday (April 10) and runs through until Sunday (April 13) at the Bicentenary velodrome in Aguascalientes. A regular host of major international track competitions, the complex built in the state at the heart of the country also organised the National Para-athletics Championships in 2013.

Photo: Ruan Jianping (CHN) on the 3km pursuit