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Race Overview

Track World Cup Classics - Sydney - Round 4

18 - 20 February 2005

 

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Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Rochelle Gilmore Interview

 

Event Overview

Sydney provides the final round of the 2004, 2005 Track World Cup Classics. There are titles at stake for those performing most consistently in each of the events over the series and also for the overall best performing nation. On top of that, with the World Championships just over a month away, this round of the TWC provides riders with a crucial barometer to their own and their competitor's form.

Click here to go to results from Day 1 events on this page >>     Sprint    20km Points Race   Photos

 

Sprint 

Qualifying

Fourteen of the top women in the world battled it out for the sprint event, the early results not really giving any indication of form. Yvonne Hijgenaar NED and Shusng Guo CHN got a bye through to the quarter finals due to withdrawals, given the out come this may have benefited them.

 

Place

No

Name

 

Country

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

0

Race 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

Shusng

Guo

CHN

0

Race 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

Lori-Ann

Muenzer

CAN

12.821

Race 3

 

14

Chrysoula

Zachsrioudaki

GRE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

12.84

Race 4

 

17

Annalisa

Cucinotta

ITA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18

Elisa

Frisoni

ITA

12.204

Race 5

 

29

Magdalena

Sara

POL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

34

Jennie

Reed

USA

12.605

Race 6

 

8

Yawei

Gao

CHN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

13

Dana

Glöss

GER

12.194

Race 7

 

27

Elisabeth

Williams

NZL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24

Willy

Kanis

NED

12.444

Race 8

 

4

Kerrie

Meares

AUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Finals

After the lunch break the successful eight fought it out for the top placings. Yvonne Hijgenaar NED had a comfortable win against her team mate, Willy Kanis NED

Shusng Guo CHN, in her first year as a senior, showed her talent against the German Dana Glöss

Lori-Ann Muenzer's CAN coach was shouting from the pit area "floor it, floor it" on her way to a close run QF win against Jennie Reed USA

Anna Meares AUS had a tough run against Italian Elisa Frisoni but her strength won through on the final 5 m

Placing

No

Name

 

Country

Time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

13.808

52.144

 2

24

Willy

Kanis

NED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

9

Shusng

Guo

CHN

11.95

60.251

 2

13

Dana

Glöss

GER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

7

Lori-Ann

Muenzer

CAN

12.39

58.111

 2

34

Jennie

Reed

USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

12.079

59.608

 2

18

Elisa

Frisoni

ITA

 

 

In the battle for the top places Shusng Guo CHN again showed that she was on form, winning through again to secure her place in the final show down with the home favourite Anna Meares who also made it through, toughing it out against the Canadian.

Semi-Finals 

Anna Meares showed her form again in the placing heats, although the dutch woman took her to three. In the second heat Hijgenaar lead out strong getting some space between her and Anna, the final heat secured Anna’s place in the fight for the gold medal. Shusng Guo, much to Lori-Anne’s diapointment only took two attempts to secure her place. Guo had a great lead into the bell lap of the second heat and never looked like she was struggling.

 

Semi Final 1st Heat

Placing

No

Name

 

Country

Time

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

11.855

 2

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

7

Lori-Ann

Muenzer

CAN

 

 2

9

Shusng

Guo

CHN

11.998

 

Womens Sprint

Semi Final 2nd Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placing

No

Name

 

Country

Time

 1

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

 

 2

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

12.076

 

 

 

 

 

 

 1

7

Lori-Ann

Muenzer

CAN

 

 2

9

Shusng

Guo

CHN

11.96 2

 

Womens Sprint

Semi Final 3rd Heat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placing

No

Name

 

Country

Time

 1

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

12.307

 2

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

 

 

In the fight off for the 5-8th places, a great race unfortunately ended with a crash just after the finish line. Frisoni ITA, fell hard after the finish line as she and Glöss were driving hard, Frisoni leant on Glöss and came off worse  

 

 

5th to 8th Places

 

Place

Name

 

Country

Time

 

 

 

 

 

5

Jennie

Reed

USA

12.459

6

Dana

Glöss

GER

 

7

Elisa

Frisoni

ITA

 

8

Willy

Kanis

NED

 

 

 

 

Medals Races 

The fight for the medals was a battle to the end, the bronze medal fight going to three heats. Anna Meares road strong with a convincing 1st win then a close chase to take the second heat, after the win she had this to say I’m exhaustedthe Chinese rider made her work hard , this is what she had to say about her she has an awful lot of talent, I think we are going to see a lot more of her in the future, it really good that they come down to competitions in Australia, to throw a few new riders into the race”. When asked if this gives an indication of where her form is she had this to say “I feel a bit flat after the week of nationals we’ve just had, but based on form of the other riders at the event, I just need to do some speed work leading up to the World Championships and I am looking forward to it”.

Speaking directly to WomensCycling Anna was candid about how hard she had to work in the last race, she said that she took the front off me very well and disguised it pretty well, I thought she was going to slow down and play a bit more because we were still a way out and then I thought, she’s not even looking at where I am, she’s actually gone, I thought this is going to be painful but here we go, I didn’t think I was going to get there but I did . Planning a few days rest at home road riding before she starts to prepare for the Worlds, WomensCycling asked about having (sister) Kerrie back to team up with in Los Angeles, Anna said she is a great competitor and a fun travel buddy so its good to have her back”.  

Gold / Silver ride-off

Place

No

Name

 

Country

Heat 1

Heat 2

  1

3

Anna

Meares

AUS

12.116  

11.866  

  2

9

Shusng

Guo

CHN

 

 

Bronze ride-off

 

Place

No

Name

 

Country

Heat 1

Heat 2 Heat 3

7

Lori-Ann

Muenzer

CAN

12.217

  4

23

Yvonne

Hijgenaar

NED

 

12.18  

12.111

 

 

20km Points Race

 

Leading out the bunch, Australia’s Rochelle Gilmore looked relaxed and confident. The pace was steady then the first attack of the day came from Marlijn Binnendijk NED, the bunch chased her down, because of the first sprint coming up, this was lead-out and won easily by Rochelle. The bunch split after the first sprint led by Katarzyna Jagusiak of Poland and Alias Norazian of Malaysia again the break was chased down by bunch. However a small break was started by Yunmei Wu CHN,  she managed to get half a lap up, but again as the second sprint approached the bunch reacted. The second sprint was won, like the first, byGilmore, sorting out the lesser places was down to the judges, Marshall GBR finished 3rd but was relegated for not holding her line during the sprint. 

The Chinese rider Wu, broke away, getting a half lap gap, she was chased by a small group of three riders Prudnikova, Wong, and Sell. Wu was caught and they worked well as a group, but off the front of the following bunch was Belinda Goss AUS, who made a spirited charge to chase them down. The third sprint fell to the strong Chinese rider Wu. The pace picked up, led by the New Zealand rider Catherine Sell, who was consistent in her attempts to get into the points but she was closely marked by the Goss and Gilmore.

With the race at the half way stage, the two Italian riders attempted to get off the front but again the bunch reacted. Then with 10 laps to go two riders managed to go off the front, they were Wu and Bronzini. The bunch did not respond, no one really wanted to chase as Gilmore already had the win. However as the two riders came close to lapping the bunch and getting the 20 points that would have been on offer, which could have upset the Australia’s placing, the bunch picked up their pace impressively and with urgency. This was led by the Australian double act of Gilmore and Goss.  Gilmore crossed the line in the bunch, but was easily identified with her arms aloft in a victory salute. Her celebrations lasted for two or three victory laps – she was clearly overjoyed with the win – she acknowledged the crowd and gave thumbs-up to the gathered press and team staff.

 WomensCycling caught up with the British rider Marshall briefly, Jackie said that she was pleased with her performance, as she had not had good form recently Speaking after the win Rochelle Gilmore said I felt on good form tonight in the warm up, her heart rate showed the right signs”. When asked about the slow pace of the race, Gilmore said I thought it would be a lot harder, there were a lot of names she did not know, making it difficult to know who to chase. I also had my  team mate (Goss) in the bunch who also wanted to have a good ride”. Asked if this was a confidence boost  definitely was the answer. Rochelle said this whole series was about getting a ride at the Worlds, to prove Ian Mackenzie of the AIS that I can have a good ride when I am in good form  Gilmore was only told last Monday that she was going to get a ride at the event, the World Championships had not really been in her mind. She said that being given the chance to prove myself once more, I dashed back from Noosa where I was having a holiday and got my butt into gear”. Gilmore finished by saying that things are looking good and I feel confident now

Name Country Sprint 

1

 

2

 

3

 

4

 

5

 

6

 

7

 

8

Total Points Place
Points
70 60 50 40 30 20 10 F
Rochelle Gilmore AUS 5 5 5 5 1 3 24 1
Giorgia Bronzini ITA 1 0 1 5 5 12 2
Yunmei Wu CHN 5 5 10 3
Catherine Sell NZL 2 2 2 3 9 4
Belinda Goss AUS 3 3 2 8 5
Marlijn Binnendijk NED 2 2 2 6 6
Jackie Marshall GBR 3 2 0 1 6 7
Wan Yiu Wong HKG 1 1 3 5 8
Alena Prudnikova RUS 3 0 0 1 4 9
Leow Hoay Sim Uracca MAs 1 0 1 10
Anna Webb USA 0 0 0 11
Katarzyna Jagusiak POL 0 12
Alias Norazian MAS 0 13
Annalisa Cucinotta ITA 0 3 DNF 3 14

 

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