Moscow - Round 1
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Fastest in the qualifying round, Tamilia Abassova (RUS) was only beaten across the line once in the whole sprint series and that was when fellow finalist, Fang Tian (CHN) deviated from her line in the last 200m of the first heat and received a warning for it. Abassova takes maximum points from this, the first World Cup Classic of 2004-2005 and well deserved they are too.
The final result produced a new name in 3rd place, Christin Muche (GER) came in ahead of Yvonne Hijgenaar (NED), Elisa Frisoni (ITA) and compatriot, Susann Panzer.
This sprinter's event, lacking the presence of the dual World Champion and Olympic Champion, Anna Meares was taken by Russian Tamilia Abassova.
The final shake-out confirmed the qualifying times of the top 4 - they finished in the top four positions, although the third and fourth placings were reversed. The time were nowhere near what the world has seen in 2004, on the fast tracks of Melbourne (World Champs) and Athens (Olympics), but to be fair, the World's best riders were not in Moscow either.
The Russian domination of this, their 'home' event continued with a win for Oxana Kostenko over Ukrainian Lyudmyla Vypyraylo.
The times and placings for the top 4 were :
Final placings :
It can be a heavy programme for riders in the World Cup Classic events. Over the period of a weekend, they may compete in as many as three or four events, with qualifying and heats within. The keirin is one of the sprinter's events and sees riders following a 'derny' (a special moped) for the initial laps of the tracks. The derny increases its pace with the riders in tow until it peels off and the riders fight out the final 2 laps to the finish.
The final was taken by German, Susann Panzer ahead of Tamilia Abassova (RUS) and Christin Muche (GER). Also in their race were Elisa Frisoni (ITA), 4th, Magdalena Sara (POL) 5th and Victoria Pendleton (GBR) 6th
The 10km scratch race was won by another 'home' rider, Russian Apolinaria Bakova, with her team-mate, Oxana Kostenko second. Italian Annalisa Cucinotta was third.
The overall positions were :
This, a 60 lap race contained sprints every 6 laps, with points awarded for the first four riders as 5pts, 3pts, 2pts, 1pt.
The final positions (with corresponding World Cup points) were :
Each event within the Round attracts points - up to 12 for the first 10 finishers - which are added together from all events (including the men's events) at the end of the Round and the winning country is declared at the end of the weekend. Points are accumulated throughout the World Cup and individual event rankings, plus the overall country ranking awarded after the final Round.
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