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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