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