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Track World Championships

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24th - 27th March 2005

 

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                                                               Sprint 5th-8th   25km Points

 

Sprint Qualifying Round

The fastest 16 go through to the 1/8 finals. Times are used to decide which riders will face each other.

Position Name Country Time
1 Natallia Tsylinskaya BLR 11.278
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar NED 11.386
3 Shuang Guo CHN 11.494
4 Tamilia Abassova RUS 11.532
5 Lori-Ann Muenzer CAN 11.543
6 Willy Kanis NED 11.554
7 Clara Sanchez FRA 11.617
8 Kerrie Meares AUS 11.65
9 Elisa Frisoni ITA 11.66
10 Anna Meares AUS 11.686
11 Victoria Pendleton GBR 11.725
12 Simona Krupeckaite LTU 11.752
13 Jennie Reed USA 11.775
14 Tian Fang CHN 11.796
15 Oxana Grishina RUS 11.858
16 Celine Nivert FRA 11.933
17 Susann Panzer GER 11.957 Does not qualify
18 Rebecca Conzelman USA 11.985 Does not qualify
19 Ioulia Aroustamova RUS 12.301 Does not qualify
20 Alena Prudnikova RUS 12.318 Does not qualify
Christin Muche GER DNS Does not qualify

 

 

Sprint 1/8 Finals

The 1/8 finals are a one race heat. Winner goes through to the 1/4 finals.

 

Heats

Name Country Time
Heat
1 Natallia Tsylinskaya BLR 12.037
Celine Nivert FRA
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar NED 12.495
Oxana Grishina RUS
3 Tian Fang CHN
Shuang Guo CHN 12.396
4 Tamilia Abassova RUS 11.969
Jennie Reed USA
5 Lori-Ann Muenzer CAN 12.234
Simona Krupeckaite LTU
6 Willy Kanis NED 12.119
Victoria Pendleton GBR
7 Anna Meares AUS 12.11
Clara Sanchez FRA
8 Kerrie Meares AUS 12.529
Elisa Frisoni ITA

 

 

 

Sprint 1/4 Finals

Winners go through to the 1/2 finals (Saturday), losers go to 5th-8th place final

 

Kerrie Meares v Natallia Tsylinskaya, on the final lap Tsylinskaya moved out of her line forcing Meares to pull up, as a result Tsylinskaya was relegated.

Anna Meares v Yvonne Hijgenaar, Anna came through easy on the final lap, Hijgenaar tried hard in a last minute effort but could not match Anna Meares speed.

Shaung tried to go early before bell, she had had a 5m lead but Pendleton came round on the last bend and took it easily on the line

Muenzer v Abassova, Abassova went under Muenzer with a lap and a half to go forcing Muenzer up and out  

Heat
1 Natallia Tsylinskaya BLR Relegated
Kerrie Meares AUS
2 Yvonne Hijgenaar NED
Anna Meares AUS 12.208
3 Victoria Pendleton GBR 12.181
Shuang Guo CHN
4 Tamilia Abassova RUS 12.535
Lori-Ann Muenzer CAN

 

 

Sprint 5th-8th

 

In the fight off for the minor places Tsylinskaya showed her dominance over the other riders, although Muenzer tried to box in Tsylinskaya with one lap to go, but there was not way of stopping her. The young Chinese rider Shuang Guo, who had performed so well in the final round of the World Cup in Sydney earlier this year, did not show the same form at this event. 

 

Position       Name                         Country           Time

5                    Natallia Tsylinskaya   BLR                     11.968

6                    Yvonne Hijgenaar      NED        

7                    Lori-Ann Muenzer      CAN 

8                    Shuang Guo               CHN

 

 

25km Points

The 15 riders rolled out steadily, each rider was checking who was around them. There were a number of key riders to watch in the field, Joanne Kiesanowski NZL, Olga Slyusareva RUS, Katherine Bates AUS, Emma Davies GBR, Tatsiana Sharakova BLR, Mandy Poitras CAN, Erin Mirabella USA and Vera Carrara ITA.

On the approach to the first of the sprint points Adrie Visser NED attempted to get away with 1 lap to go but she was quickly covered by the chasing bunch lead by Slyusareva and Katherine Bates. The first of the sprints went to Bates AUS, closely followed by Visser, Sharakova and Kiesanowski. 

The paced steadied again but as the riders approached the second of the sprints Slyusareva moved to the front with 50m to go, followed by Bates who got squeezed into third by Lyudmyla Vypyraylo UKR on the line, Kiesanowski again took fourth.

As soon as they had crossed the line and started to ease up the Mexican Guerrero went off the front with the Chinese rider Meifang and Poitras CAN in tow. The bunch quickly pulled them back as the third sprint approached.

Emma Davies attempted to get away but was unable to open up more than a 5m gap on the bunch. The key riders positioned themselves well for the sprint; Davies tried to hold the lead to the line but Slyusareva was too strong, bringing Visser through on her wheel to take first and second in the sprint, relegating Davies to third. 

Davies tried again to take a flyer, but was unable to hold it, with 68 laps to go the Chinese rider Meifang tried to get away, managing to get a half lap on Bates who was chasing hard, Slyusareva was working hard on the front of the bunch to bring them back. She managed to hold on for third in the sprint, behind Meifang and Bates. 

Immediately after the sprint in what was the decisive move of the race, Carrara took a flyer off the front of the bunch and took the next sprint and within 4 laps she had caught the bunch and gained a valuable 20 points putting her in the lead.  

The remaining laps saw a number of riders attempt to get away, scoring some points on the 7th, 8th and 9th sprints including Davies GBR, Poitras CAN and Meifang CHN; however all were closed down by the bunch. The main points in the final sprints were shared between Slyusareva, Bates and Carrara as they battled it out for the podium places. With three laps to go, Emma Davies tried to take the lead but she was overtaken by Slyusareva who had to take the final sprint and Carrara had to be un-placed for her to win, Bates appeared to sit up as she realised that her third place was secure. On the line, Slyusareva took the final sprint, however Carrara managed to finish third to take the World Champions jersey. 

Post Race Comments

A number of riders spoke to Women’s Cycling.net after the race, thankyou to them. Here's what they said: 

Vera Carrara ITA seemed completely overwhelmed by her win “It was a very hard race, I am happy because my legs felt strong. It is fantastic” When asked at what point she knew she had the win, she responded “when I took the lap. It was my plan tonight to try to do that tonight and it worked. It was close in the end, I tried so hard to make sure that I scored points in the final sprint and it worked, I am so happy 

Olga Slyusareva RUS struggled initially to give an interview, feeling unwell after the effort of the race. However after the presentation ceremony she was happy to talk to Women’s Cycling.net. When asked if she was disappointed with the race and her second place, she commented through an interpretator “It was a good race as usual, I was well prepared for the event but it was not meant to be. It is a world championship race you always expect something unusual to happen”. When asked if she was surprised by Carrara taking a lap she added “I knew that she was strong and we expected someone to go, coming second means the future is interesting for me now

Kate Bates' AUS initial reactions to her third place were “I have to be happy with third, I gave it everything tonight, I felt untouchable in the first half, to a degree that’s great because it means the form’s there, I just have always been weaker in the second half but it means I’m getting stronger every year, give it a few more years and hopefully I will be in first place. I have two more races to focus on now lets see how they go

Adrie Visser NED talking after the race, “I am a little bit disappointed, I tried to get points and to get a lap but I could not have done any better. Tomorrow I am doing the pursuit and the scratch I hope to do well, although I had prepared specifically for the points race. 5th place is the best place for me in the Worlds; each year is getting better, so it’s good

Joanne Kiesanowski NZL missed out on the higher places, finishing 6th, “I am very disappointed I was hoping to get in the top three, coming 6th is not where I wanted to be. I missed out in the sprints; it was so frustrating, coming fourth, four times. If I had got third it would have made a huge difference. I prepared well, I have been racing in Australia and New Zealand and thought I had enough”. Looking forward to the rest of the year Women’s Cycling asked what Joanne’s plans were, “I am heading out to Europe to join my team (Nobili-Rubinetterie) to do the Tour of Flanders and the remaining World Cup events”. 

Emma Davies GBR, riding in her second choice event (the pursuit is her main event), was pleased with her performance.  Although after talking to her it appeared that her competition priority was changed in the days running up to the Championships. “It was a different race than I thought, it would be, I thought it would be a lot more aggressive, there were only a few riders trying to go out to takes laps. I thought that Olga (Slyusareva) rode a more conservative race than she has in the past. There were certainly a lot of riders looking to make it a sprinters race, rather than getting a break. With six days preparation I am actually please with my performance. I went in with a game plan that was very different to the type of race I would ride in a pursuit. I came out of the race pleased and with a lot of positives maybe with a lot more preparation I would have been up there. My focus has been on the pursuit for the last 6 months, however my programme changed in the last few weeks, I can relax in the pursuit tomorrow”.

 

 

Women's Points Race
Position Name Country Points
1 Vera Carrara ITA 31
2 Olga Slyusareva RUS 29
3 Katerine Bates AUS 21
4 Li Meifang CHN 10
5 Adrie Visser NED 10
6 Joanne Kiesanowski NZL 7
7 Mandy Poitras CAN 5
8 Emma Davies GBR 4
9 Charlotte Becker GER 4
10 Belem Guerrero MEX 4
11 Lyudmyla Vypyraylo UKR 3
12 Tatsiana Sharakova BLR 2
13 Erin Mirabella USA 0
14 Katarzyna Jagusiak POL 0
15 Wan Yiu Wong HKG -20

 

 

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