LA World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 2 Review
Team Sprint, Points Qualifying & Final and 500m TT
The Dutch World Cup series leaders, Willy Kanis and Yvonne Hijgenaar confirmed their status with the fastest qualifying ride. French pair, Sandie Clair and Virginie Cueff were second fastest and so set their place in the gold / silver final later in the evening against the Dutch. Australians Kaarle McCulloch and Kerrie Meares will race for bronze against the Germans, Jane Gerisch and Dana Glöss.
The finals went to form from earlier in the day. The Dutch pair of Kanis and Hijgenaar were never troubled in their winning ride over the French. The Dutch recorded a time of 34.03 against the French's 34.77. McCulloch and Meares beat the Germans 34.79 against 35.12
There were three points race heats, due to the number of riders chasing the 24 start places in the final on Sunday evening. Reigning World Champion, Kate Bates and World Cup leader, American, Becky Quinn made it through. So too, did relative novice on the track, Dutch fastwoman, Marianne Vos and her compatriot, Ellen van Dijk in the same heat.
Lauren Franges (USA) and Vera Carrara (Italy) lapped the field early in their heat, gaining 20 points. Another break, by Australian Belinda Goss and Debora Lopez (Spain) also gained a lap, meaning that the remaining riders were chasing just 4 places. Cuban, Yoanka Perez, made sure of her place by featuring in the intermediate sprints and gaining 10 points in total.
The points race final was ridden aggressively, with eventual winner, Jarmila Machacova (CZE), lapping the field with the help of Korean, Min Hye Lee. The pair went away after the third intermediate sprint and gained 20 points each when they made their one lap advantage.
A crash marred the race in the second part. Yoanka Perez (CUB) was taken away from the track centre by stretcher. Other fallers were able to remount and continue, although Shelley Olds (Proman) abandoned.
Lithuanian, Svetlana Pauliukaite, was active in the latter part of the race and managed to score some points by taking an intermediate sprint. Vera Carrara (ITA) and Charlotte Becker (GER) also scored. Kate Bates and Belinda Goss rode well, finishing fourth and eighth respectively, as did Marianne Vos, who finished sixth.
Lisandra Rodriguez (CUB) was another World Cup leader who confirmed her series position by winning the event she leads in. She actually recorded a 34.995 seconds for the two lap test, the only rider to go under 35 seconds at the event. The other rider proven capable of beating 35 seconds this season, is World Record holder Anna Meares, is not riding the '500' in LA, concentrating instead on Olympic events such as the sprint and keirin.
Young Dutch rider, Willy Kanis has been consistent throughout the World Cups and recorded 34.49 to take silver. Bronze went to Simona Krupeckaite (LTU) in 34.76.
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