World Track Championships
Bordeaux, France - 15 - 17 April 2006
the ride for Gold, Tsylinskaya (BLR) dominated both heats. In the first run
she toyed with Pendleton (GBR) and powered her way over the line in a time
of 11.386. In the second ride Pendleton had geared up in the hope of holding
Tslinskaya’s wheel but the 2005 World Champion was not powerful enough to
catch the Belarus rider who took Gold in a time of 11.426.
Bronze medal ride off was a much closer affair, Sanchez (FRA) and Guo (CHN)
showed off their skills with track stands and tactical racing. Unfortunately
for Sanchez the home crowd could not get her over the line as Guo took both
heats to secure her first senior World Championship medal.
the Sprint semi-finals heats Tsylinskaya (BLR) did not looked troubled by
the French rider Sanchez. Despite the immense noise of the crowd in support
of the home rider, Tsylinskaya (BLR) held her composure and powered to the
line in a time of 11.445, breaking 62.909 km/h.
their second heat the two riders were almost at a stand still. Sanchez
forced Tsylinskaya in front by holding a track stand, although it did not
gain her any real benefit as Tsylinskaya again powered her way over the line
in a time of 11.648, a little slower at 61.813km/h. Tsylinskaya is the only
female rider in these championships to rider over 62 km/h a gold assured.
second heat between the young Chinese rider, Guo, and reigning World
Champion, Victoria Pendleton, was a much closer affair. The two riders
played cat and mouse for the first lap. At the bell however, it was Guo who
attacked early seeming to leave Pendleton. However the outgoing Champion
showed her class and caught Guo on the line to take the victory.
Heat two was over in a matter of seconds. Pendleton wasted no time in defeating the Chinese rider to put herself in the Gold/Silver medal ride.
Tsylinskaya (BLR) was
all smiles after winning her 8th World Championship Gold medal.
feels very good, it was not that easy but I am strong.” The first
time was easy but to win 8 times was hard. “I
am so happy I can go home with two medals to my husband and daughter.”
Asked if she intend to come back next year Natallia responded categorically
Pendleton (GBR) was gracious as out going Champion, when asked if there
was an element of disappointment she said “I
should be smiling I have a silver at the Worlds. Today was tough, if I want
to beat Natallia I have to get stronger and step up another level. I did
well to end up in the final having qualified in 6th.”
When asked how difficult it was coming up against Natallia given she
had been riding so well and had been the only woman in these championships
to clock over 62km/h. “when she is on form no one can
come close, I took half a second off her time for the two hundred so it
shows how much form she has. I have come close to that speed before but
it’s not something you can pick up over a year. Natallia trains on one of
the most difficult tracks in the world in Moscow so it has to put you in a
good position, she is so experienced and has ridden so many tracks in the
world, she is so strong.” Talking about the transition from
Australia back to Europe “its was tough coming back after the Commonwealth Games, going back to
Manchester where it was cold and wet was really difficult. It took a week to
pick myself up, a week of training then a week a tapering if we had another
week it would have been better.”
these Championships Victoria plans to do a series of Nationals back in the
UK including the Tandem, Derny and back to her roots with some grass track
racing. In the tandem she will be up against the men. She has a strong pilot
Ella who rode the Para-Olympics, who thinks they can do well with her power
in the back, so she is looking to be the first woman’s team on the podium.
Shuang Guo (CHN) was please with her performance and strong ride against the French Champion “I tried my best today so I am very happy.” Asked how difficult if was performing the two track stands in front of such a large crowd she added “I practice them a lot and so I did not find it difficult, although the crowd was making a lot of noise.”
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