LA World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 1 review
Pursuit qualifying and finals, Sprint qualifying and finals, Scratch qualifying and final
Lesya Kalitovska (UKR) qualified fastest for the pursuit in the morning session and sent a strong message to her opponents. She was the woman to beat. In the gold / silver final, she rode against Maria Calle (COL) and beat the Colombian by just under 2 seconds. Sarah Hammer (Ouch) rode against Lada Kozlikova (CZE) for bronze and rode the fastest pursuit of the event with a time of 3.38.00. Hammer's ride beat Kozlikova by over 2 seconds.
Reigning World Cup leader, Natalya Tsilynskaya (BLR) won the sprint, beating American, Jennie Reed (MOM) in two heats. Willy Kanis (NED) needed three rides to beat Clara Sanchez (FRA) in the ride for bronze.
Due to the number of riders entered in the Scratch Race, three heats were needed. Marianne Vos (NED) acted as she had in Beijing and attacked in the first heat. She was caught before the line, but managed to hang on for second place behind Rodriguez (Cuba). In the second heat, Eleonara van Dijk (NED) beat Inga Cilvinaite (LTU) and American Becky Quinn in the sprint. the final heat saw three riders gain a lap on the rest of the field. Of the three, Elena Tchalykh (RUS) was fastest at the end, ahead of Lauren Franges (USA) and Seon Ha Ha (KOR).
In the final, Germany's Charlotte Becker beat Russians, Evgeniya Romanyuta and Elena Tchalykh to the top step of the podium.
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Photos courtesy Mitch Friedman www.mitchophoto.com
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