World Track Championships 2007
Palma, Majorca, Spain
Yumari Gonzalez launched a last-lap break to storm to victory in the race.
Gonzalez raced away from the rest of the field on the back straight of the
final lap to take the title ahead of holder Maria Luisa Calle of Colombia.
American Rebecca Quinn crossed the line in third place but was relegated
to last for cutting into the sprinter's lane. The bronze was therefore
awarded to Dutch rider Adrie Visser.
from the start Iona Wynter (Jamaica) attacked and managed to get 50m on
the bunch before Gonzalez brought her back. Russian Olga Slyusareva was
also on had to chase back. She was actually one of the main riders to
control the race. Sitting at the front for most of the race, she closed
down attacks from Pascale Schnider (SUI) and Madeleine Sandig (Germany).
With 25 laps to go Wynter tried to get away again, this time it was the
young British rider who closed the break down. The bunch rolled round for
a further 10 laps before Cheatley (New Zealand) attacked. She managed to
gain a 10m gap on the bunch. Wynter jumped across with Lada Kozlikova (CZE).
This time it was Adrie Visser (NED) that brought them back.
10 laps to go, Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Columbia) tried to attack but
she was marked by Leire Olberria Dorronsoro (Spain). The pair managed to
get a 20m gap on the bunch led by Rebecca Quinn (USA).
bunch was tight and a crash was avoided as a result of superb handling by
Goss (AUS) who wobbled after she was cut up by another rider. Slyusareva
brought the break back again. With 2 to go Calle Williams moved to the
front but at the bell she could not hold onto the lead as Gonzalez
attacked on the back straight. At line, Gonzalez was clear of the bunch
that battled to the line.
Gonzalez (Cuba) was
pleased with her win, "The
plan was to do everything possible to win a medal and thanks to God it
turned out well," Gonzalez said. "I
felt good and strong all the way through, it was a very strong field and
the idea was to break clear so I didn't get involved in a mass sprint for
the line. It's great to win a first World
Luisa Calle Williams (Columbia) worked
hard all race and deserved a medal. She was disappointed not to repeat her
win from 2006 but recognized the fact that she was being watched. “It was very hard today, it was very fast and there were many attacks.
I tried hard to go but could not do it. I think I was being watched after
I attacked last year. I am very happy with a medal. “
chatted to WCN after being awarded the bronze ahead of Quinn. “I
knew that my legs were good this week. The world championship jersey is
hard to win, I hoped that I would do well and I am happy with a bronze.”
Quinn (USA) should
have been celebrating a third consecutive day of medals for the resurgent
U.S. track team. However, it turned into bitter disappointment when Quinn
was relegated in the women's 10km scratch race after sprinting to third.
Quinn made a spectacular finishing surge to squeeze between two riders
coming out of turn four to earn what most observers thought was a
well-deserved bronze medal. Moments after celebrating with her coaches,
however, a UCI official whispered to USA Cycling's athletic director Pat
McDonough the bad news. By the time, McDonough had a chance to review the
race video, Dutch rider Adrie Visser was already standing on the podium
with a bronze medal around her neck.
"It's the medal that
said Quinn. "I don't agree with the judges' decision. There was some contact,
but the rider I clipped was out of contention for a medal. She was being
passed by three riders vying for the third spot, I just happened to be the
closest to her. I've been relegated before, but not in a race this
big," she said. "It's kind of disappointing
when it's such a controversial call."
and other U.S. team officials thought she bumped a Czech rider, who they
insist was being passed by several riders and out of contention for a
medal. The results sheet, however, reveals that Lada Kozlikova was fifth
and later nudged to fourth. There might have been some confusion among the
team over which rider Quinn made contact with.
said it was a lane violation," McDonough said. "It
was a judgment call. There was some contact. The problem I have with the
call was the girl who she bumped was not going to win a medal."
was agreed among the American contingent was the contact was minimal and
that Quinn should have been allowed to keep her medal. "She
deserves that bronze medal," said U.S. endurance coach Colby
Pearce, who added the scratch race is typically a close-contact finish. "That's
what this race is all about. Maybe it's that Becky's bike handling skills
are too good versus the others." Quinn came into the scratch
race brimming with confidence. Twice fourth, in world championship
competition, the 35-year-old Trexlertown product said she was inspired by
the medal-winning performances this week by Brad Huff and Sarah Hammer.
Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand) tried hard to stir things up in the scratch race and ended up further back at the finish than she had hoped. “I tried to stir things up; it was really negative out there today. I knew that if it came down to a sprint I would not win so I tried to get away but it didn’t work. The race was really tight today, and I think we were lucky that there were no crashes. It is testament to the handling skills of the women; everyone was riding so deep which made it hard.” Cheatley will ride the point’s race in an attempt to medal at these championships.
Belinda Goss (Australia), was riding her first senior scratch race at a world championships. Despite riding well she finished in 12th place, she chatted after the race, “I got myself into trouble in the last few laps with bad positioning. This is my first world championships so I can put that down to experience. I would have hoped for a better position but I am happy.” Goss heads back to Australia before heading out to the US to road race.
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