UCI Track World Cup – Last surprises in Guadalajara
Men’s omnium – McManus on consistency
Australia’s Tirian McManus had to wait for the very last event to be crowned on the men’s omnium as three riders held the same total of 23 points before the final kilometre. Consistency finally paid off for the Sydney rider, who finished third in this ultimate race. Seventh in the flying lap, winner of the points race, fifth in the elimination race, second in the pursuit and 8th in the scratch race, the 19-year-old all-rounder said: “This after gold in the team’s pursuit, I don’t know what to say. It’s certainly the greatest win in my career.” Belgium’s Jasper de Buyst was second (27 points) while France’s Thomas Boudat was third on 30 points.
Final standings – De Buyst triumphs
Winner of the Manchester opener, Jasper De Buyst stayed on the podium by finishing second in Aguascalientes and Guadalajara. He took the overall title on 420 points, becoming the fourth man to win the specialty’s World Cup after Canada’s Zachary Bell, France’s Bryan Coquard and Swiss Loic Perizzolo. Dutchman Tim Veldt was second on 314 points and France’s Thomas Boudat third on 300 points.
Women’s omnium – Pawlowska by one point
After an unimpressive start on the flying lap (7th), Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska collected three wins on the points race, the elimination race and the individual pursuit. But the 500 metres nearly cost her victory. Only 7th while Australia’s Isabella King finished fourth, she was finally crowned by the slimmest margin. King finished on 21 points while France’s Laurie Berthon completed the podium on 25 points.
Third in Manchester, France’s Laurie Berthon had to be content with 7th in Aguascalientes. This new podium in Mexico handed her the discipline’s World Cup. “I really want to thank the whole of the French team who worked really well. Now for a little bit of rest before the worlds in March,” she said. The 22-year-old Frenchwoman totalled 330 points ahead of Spain’s Leire Olaberria on 309 points. Britain’s Laura Trott was third on 285 points.
Madison – Victory for New-Zealanders Bevin and Scully
Winners of the first, third and 8th sprints, New Zealand’s Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully won the Madison ahead of Belgians Jasper De Buyst and Kenny De Ketele. Third place went to Switzerland’s Stefen Kueng and Thery Schir.
Final standings – Belgium crowned
The Belgians, who managed their season well by twice finishing second, took their first World Cup crown on 270 points. Spain on 232 points and New-Zealand on 199 points took the other podium spots.
Men’s sprint – Flying Dutchman Haak
The lessons of the team sprint applied to the individual event. Crowned alongside Matthijs Buchli and Nils Van’t Hoenderdaal, Hugo Haak also took the individual honours. The solid Dutchman won in two legs ahead of Germany’s Max Niederlag. New Zealand’s Sam Webster won the third place final.
Final standings – The title for Dawkins
In the absence of some of the stars of world sprint, New Zealand’s Edward Dawkins stole the limelight, the first rider from his country to win the sprint World Cup. He finished on 292 points ahead of Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer on 255. Trinidad’s Nisjane Nicholas Philip clinched a medal spot on 217 points.
Women’s keirin – Sze takes all
Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze spent a great weekend in Guadalajara. Third in the 500 metres and in the sprint, she topped her overall performance with victory in the keirin. In Guadalajara, she upstaged Malaysian Fatehah Mustapa (YSD Track Team) and France’s Sandie Clair.
Final standings – Sze again
Fourth in Manchester and second in Aguascalientes, Lee Wai Sze progressed steadily to snatch the keirin World Cup for the second year in succession ahead of Fatehah Mustapa and Germany’s Kristina Vogel.
The UCI Track World championships take place in Cali, Colombia, between February 26 and March 2.
Photo: Victory for New Zealanders Patrick Bevin and Tom Scully in the Madison
UCI Track Cycling World Cup – The Dutch conquer Guadalajara
With the victories of Jenning Huizenga in the pursuit and Matthijs Buchli in the keirin, but also with the podium places of Hugo Haak on the kilometre, the Dutch stole the show on second day of racing on the Mexican track.
Men’s kilometre – Sunderland under the minute
Scott Sunderland will not leave Mexico empty-handed. After his victory in the team pursuit, he became the first Australian inside the minute on the kilometre, winning the event in 59.675. The previous Australian record was held by Shane Kelly. Poland’s Krzysztof Maksel (59.820) and Dutchman Hugo Haak (59.976) took the other podium spots in that order.
Final standings – A first for Poland
On 225 points, Krzysztof Maksel became the first Pole to bag the kilometre World Cup trophy. The 22-year-old rider from Paczkow finished level on points with Hugo Haak but was crowned thanks to his higher placing in the last race.
Simon Van Velthooven lies third on 195 points. In spite of his absence in Guadalajara, French world record holder Francois Pervis finished fourth.overall.
Men’s pursuit – Huizenga takes all
Jenning Huizenga continued the Dutch haul on Saturday by dominating the individual pursuit. Fastest in the qualifications, the Dutchman won in the final in 4:21.931 ahead of Argentine Mauro Agostini (4:25.708). In the third place final, Swiss Stefan Kueng clocked an excellent 4:19.542.
Final standings – Huizenga crowned
Fifth in the Manchester opener, Jenning Huizenga took the overall title on 255 points. It was the first UCI World Cup title for a Dutchman since Jens Mouris in 2006. Winner of the fist leg but only 5th in Mexico, Italy’s Marco Coledan had to be content with the runner-up spot, level on points with Huizenga. Argentina’s Mauro Agostini finished third on 209 points.
Women’s 500 metres – Voinova takes over
In the absence of Australia’s Anna Meares, who became the first woman under 33 seconds in the previous World cup leg in Aguascalientes, the half-kilometre was wide open and laurels finally went to Russia’s Anastasia Voinova in 33.645. Germany’s Miriam Welte finished second once again in 33.736 while third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze in 33.928.
Final standings – Consistency pays off for Welte
Consistency was rewarded for Germany’s Miriam Welte. Second in each stage of the World Cup, she finished top of the final standings on 270 points and became the first German crowned in the discipline. Anastasiia Voinova finished second with 255 points ahead of Lee Wai Sze on 240 points.
Men’s keirin – Buchli finishes in style
Guadalajara inspired the Dutch and especially Matthijs Buchli. After a disastrous start to the season, he won the keirin in style on the Mexican ring: “I won each of my rounds. What a great way to start 2014,” he said after his victory ahead of Colombia’s Santiago Ramirez and Welshman Lewis Alexander Oliva.
Final standings – Buchli retains his crown
Only 25th in the Manchester opening leg of the World Cup and fourth in Aguascalientes, the 21-year-old Buchli finished strong to retain his crown on 264 points ahead of Germany’s Tobias Waechter and Britain’s Lewis Alexander Oliva.
Women’s sprint – Triumph for Max Success Pro Cycling
With two girls in the final, Max Success Pro Cycling confirmed their domination in the women’s sprint, Lin Junhong winning ahead of team-mate Tianshi Zhong. The podium was entirely Asian since third place went to Hong Kong’s Lee Wai Sze.
Final – Sze crowned again
On the podium of the three World Cup stages, Lee Wai Sze retained her UCI World Cup title on 375 points ahead of Germany’s Kristina Vogel who missed the Guadalajara meet. Australia’s Anna Meares, who also shunned the last event to prepare for the world in Cali, finished third on 248 points.
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Photo: Victorious in the keirin, Matthijs Buchli takes one of the Netherlands’ two victories.
Men’s team pursuit: Australians from strength to strength
It has been an almost perfect season for the Australian quadruple. Second in the opening round in Manchester, the men from Cycling Australia lined up two consecutive victories in Aguascalientes and Guadalajara. At 1500m altitude, Trian McManus, Joshua Harrison, Callum Scotson and Scott Sunderland won in 4:01.494. The Australians have an incredible reserve of athletes in this discipline. Throughout the season, 10 different riders have taken part in this team. And, six months out from defending their world title won in Minsk, Cycling Australia is a strong candidate to succeed in doing so. In Guadalajara, the Swiss (winners in the qualifications) climbed onto the podium for the first time this season with a time of 4:06.312. Germany was third.
With two victories in three rounds, the Australians logically take the UCI Track Cycling World Cup title. It is their second overall win after the 2011/2012 season. They finish with 870 points, ahead of Denmark (706) and Great Britain (639).
Women’s team pursuit: Canada take advantage
The British left their rivals standing in the first two rounds of the season, lowering the world record on two occasions. Taking advantage of their absence in Guadalajara, the Canadians Allison Beveridge, Laura Brown, Jasmin Glaesser and Stéphanie Roorda took the honours in 3:17.085. It is their first victory of the season, in which they beat the United States (3:23.352) and Australia (4:30.668).
Second in Manchester and Aguascalientes, the Canadian team takes the overall World Cup thanks to its win in the last round. The North Americans, third in 2010/2011, win for the first time at this level. With 840 points they finish in front of the Australians (720 points) and the United States (706).
Men’s team sprint: No stopping the Dutch
Unbeaten until now this season, the Germans had to bow down to the Dutch team in the final. Nils Van’t Hoenderdaal, Hugo Haak and Matthijs Buchli pulled out a perfect copy of their victory in the qualifiers. They won in 43.311 in front of the Germans (43.465) and Great Britain (43.854). Third in the qualifications, the French team was disqualified for a faulty hand over between Baugé and Sireau.
Despite being defeated in the last round, the Germans take the overall title in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup, their second consecutive win. They finish the season with 652.5 points, compared with 562.5 for Great Britain and 517.5 for the Netherlands.
Women’s team sprint: Victory for Max Succes Pro Cycling
It was a day to remember for the private team Max Succes Pro Cycling. After two consecutive victories for Germany, in Guadalajara it was Junhong Lin and Tianshi Zhong who dominated proceedings in 33.016. The Russians completed the sprint in 33.269 and Great Britain in 33.569.
Without Kristina Vogel for this last team sprint of the World Cup season, Germany finished only 9th and failed to make the podium. Great Britain finished overall winners with 390 points, overtaking the Germans (374) and in front of Russia (368),
Women’s Scratch: Race of a lifetime for Xiao Juan Diao
The Hong Kong representative, 28 years old, produced the best race of her career so far. With Colombia’s Jannie Salcedo, the two women were a lap ahead of the rest of the peloton to fight it out in a two-way battle. Russia’s Evgeniya finished third.
Fourth in the final in Mexico, Spain’s Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro takes the overall win with 211 points. After two consistent rounds (5th in Manchester and 6th in Guadalajara), France’s Lauri Berthon finishes 2nd with 203 points. Poland’s Malgorzata, winner in Manchester is third (199).
Men’s points race: a first for Kiril Sveshnikov !
Third at the Worlds in Minsk last year, the Russian athlete Kiri Sveshnikov had never before won in a World Cup race. In Guadalajara he finally achieved that missing victory, finishing with a total of 40 points. New Zealand’s Thomas Scully was second with 38 points and the Ukraine’s Roman Lutsyshyn third (34 points).
Roman Lutsyshyn makes history for his country by coming the first Ukraine to take a UCI Track Cycling World Cup title. He finishes the season with 225 points, ahead of Sveshnikov (151) and Martyn Irvine (150 points).
Photo: A nearly perfect season for the Australian men’s pursuit team
In early December, the UCI Track World Cup stopped in Aguascalientes, in Mexico, at an altitude of 2,000 metres and saw seven world records beaten. Frenchman Francois Pervis, the new kilometre record holder in a fantastic 56.303 (down from 58.875 set in 2001 by Arnaud Tournant) or Australia’s Anna Meares, the first woman under 33 seconds in the sprint, stole the show. They will all be back in action, again in Mexico, for the last leg of the world series.
Will records fall again in Guadalajara?
Britain landed with strong ambitions and a team of eleven riders. British Cycling are taking the opportunity to launch new talent like Oliver Wood, 4th in the last Junior World Championships, in the team pursuit. “We’re in a good position in terms of qualification points.
It leaves us with the opportunity to test young athletes at World Cup level,” said British Cycling performance head Shane Sutton. While a few British stars are missing, Danni King will be here. The three times team pursuit World Champion and Olympic champion in the discipline will be one of the attractions in the endurance events.
In the first two stages of the World Cup, Germany dominated the sprints. Kristina Vogel is unbeaten in the keirin but also in the individual and team sprints. In the men’s squad, Rene Enders, Robert Foerstemann and Joachim Eilers have been peerless so far in the team sprint. Will the same happen again in Guadalajara? The Mexican city will also see the return to competition of former sprint World Champion Gregory Bauge of France, who missed the beginning of the season through injury.
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Reigning Olympic champion Laura Trott showed the Manchester fans she remained the queen of Omnium: “You only need to listen to the crowd to understand that you’re fast. On the 500 metres, they really helped me out, I won it for them!” she said.
After a cautious start and only the 6th fastest time on the flying lap and 7th in the points race, Trott crushed the opposition in the last events, coming second on the elimination and pursuit before winning both the scratch and 500 metres.
It was the second victory of the week-end for the 21-year-old after her part in the British world record in the team pursuit. Overall she collected 19 points, ahead of Canada’s Gillian Carleton (24) and France’s Laurie Berthon (26).
Points race – A first for Brown Third in the team pursuit last year at the worlds in Minsk, Laura Brown snatched her first World Cup laurels in the women’s points race. The 26-year-old Calgary-born Canadian scored 29 points to win ahead of American Elizabeth Newell (26) and Hong Kong rider Jamie Yiu Wan Pong, also on 26.
Women’s keirin – Hat-trick for Vogel
Winner of the team and individual sprints, Kristina Vogel will hold three leader’s jerseys in the next World Cup leg in Aguascalientes in Mexico on December 5 to 7. The 22-year-old German added the keirin to her collection, grabbing her second World Cup victory in the event after Glasgow last season. She won ahead of local favourite Rebecca James, who readily conceded defeat:
“She’s in another league right now. In these conditions, I’m glad to come second,” she said. France’s Sandie Clair took the other podium spot.
Men’s Scratch – Mueller on experience
At nearly 34, Austria’s Andreas Mueller confirmed on the last day of racing in Manchester that he remained one of the world’s best Scratch specialists. The Six-Days rider won ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani, already third in the points race, while Welshman Jonathan Mould was third.
Men’s sprint – Foerstemann’s power
Germany simply ruled the sprints in Manchester, winning all four events.
Robert Foerstemann’s victory in the men’s individual sprint was the icing on the cake, the burly German easily disposing of Trinidad’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip in the final. Australian Shane Perkins won the third place tie.
Photo: Laura Trott pleased the crowd with her second gold in the omnium event