World Track Championships
Bordeaux, France - 15 - 17 April 2006
Calle Williams from Columbia secured her first World championship Gold medal
with a superb ride in the Scratch race. It has to be said however that it
was the decisive attack from Gina Grain of Canada that created the winning
move of the race. That move resulted in Grain gaining her first ever
Championship silver medal. This was only Grainís 8th
International race since breaking onto the World stage last year. Olga
Slyusareva again showed her dominance by taking third medal of the
was dominated by a few riders who made a number of
attempts to get away from the bunch. Kate Bates (AUS), Adrie Visser (NED)
and the Russian Olga Slyusareva all pushed the pace at the front of the
race. Lap 36 saw the British rider Harris attack but this was quickly closed
down by Schnider (SUI), Slyusareva and Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL). Adrie
Visser attacked and managed to get half a lap, however Bates and Slyusareva
were quick to respond and close it down. With 27 laps to go Calle Williams
moved to the front, again the riders responded with the Jamaican Wynter
quickly closing down any attack.
The decisive move came with 17 laps to go. Canadian Grain attacked and left the bunch standing. She quickly gained half a lap and rode for two more laps keeping a half a lap gap on the bunch. Calle Williams was the only rider to react and joined Grain for the next 9 laps. The two riders worked well together and caught bunch with 5 laps to go. Calle Williams positioned herself well towards the front of the bunch while Grain showed her inexperience by catching her wind at the back. Unfortunately she realised too late and was unable to contest the finish as Slyusareva secured third place on the line followed by Calle Williams.
they lined up behind the Derny, Reed (USA) took the wheel followed by
Sanchez (FRA), Muche (GER), Mu and Guo (CHN) and the Columbian Garcia Orrego.
As the Derny pulled away with two laps to go Sanchez, attacked closely
followed by Reed, Muche and Mu. At the bell Sanchez was holding the inside
line, Reed had pushed up and the Columbian was on her inside as they rounded
the first bend. Reed switched down on the Columbian who lost control and
crashed. In the final bend it looked like Sanchez was about to take her 3rd
title but the young German Muche crept underneath her to take her first
Tsylinskaya showed her dominance to secure 7th place. She led
from the start despite the French rider Nivert trying to come round. Her
efforts were however wasted as she was passed with ease by the Italian
Frisoni and Abassova (RUS), Kerrie Meares (AUS) and
Simona Krupeckaite (LTU).
The semi-finals saw Tsylinskaya (BLR) was pushed out to fourth by the young Chinese rider Guo and missed the opportunity of getting a third medal in these championships. Sanchez (FRA) though secured her chance of a third title easily beating her group.
the top two riders from each of the first heats going through to the
semi-finals and the remaining riders left to fight it out in the repechage
in round two, the keirin turned out to be a tough challenge.
1 saw the current World Champion Sanchez (FRA) up against the in form
Tsylinskaya (BLR), the strong young Cuban Guerra Rodrigues and the
Australian Anna Meares. As they lined up, Nivert (FRA) had the derny wheel
followed by Sanchez (FRA), Meares (AUS), Welte (GER), Tsylinskaya (BLR) and
Guerra Rodrigues (CUB). As the Derny pulled away, the Cuban attacked taking
Meares (AUS) with her. However the World Champion was having none of that
and surged to the front with a lap and a half to go, Tsylinskaya (BLR) on
her wheel in a time of 11.41. The rest of the field could only watch as the
front two riders powered home and in to the semi-final.
2 included the young sprinter from China Shuang Guo, Italian Frisoni and
Abassova (RUS). The second heat has much closer. As the Derny pulled away
Gloess (GER) attached taking the Columbian Garcia Orrego with her. At the
bell however Guo (CHN) and Frisoni (ITA) powered their way to the front to
secure their places in the semi-final in a time of 11.679.
Heat 3 lined up with a group of power houses. Yvonne Hijgenaar who has struggled with her form so far in these championships took the Derny wheel followed by Muche (GER), Mu (CHN), Reed (USA), Pendleton (GBR) and Kerrie Meares (AUS). At the bell Reed (USA) was closely marked by Muche (GER) and Pendleton (GBR), they crossed the finish line in the same order in 12.071.
Ryan Bailey held up Kerrie Meares as she prepared for the race against her sister and 2005 World Sprint Champion Pendleton (GBR). An unfortunate turn of events saw Victoria Pendleton (GBR) muscled out of the race by Anna Meares (AUS). Meares switched Pendleton in the last lap and in doing so, caught the wheel of Pendleton with her leg. Pendleton almost crashed and it was through sheer skill that she managed to stay upright this resulted in relegation for Anna Meares. Lisandra Garcia Orrego was also relegated for not holding her line in the final 200m sprint. In the second heat Celine Nivert sprinted round the out side to beat the Chinese rider Mu.
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