Sydney World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 1, Afternoon Session
Scratch Race Qualifying, three heats
field was so large it warranted 3 heats to get the 24 places for the
final. The first heat was very slow until Iona Wynter-Parks (JAM)
attacked with 10 to go to liven up the race. It ended in a mass sprint and
some very good positioning to secure a top 8 place. Russian Anastasia
Chulkova won ahead of Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL) and Giorgia Bronzini (SAF).
started at a much faster pace and Christy King (SBW) went to the front
with 7 to go. King’s attack
and managed to gain her a 50m gap ahead of Jianling Wang (CHN) and then
about 100m back the chasing bunch led by Azian Alias (MAS). Wang and Alias
were caught by the bunch. King held on to the end to win, followed by
Cuban Yoanka Gonzalez Perez and Rebecca Quinn (USA).
Heat 3 replicated
Heat 2 in terms of early speed and by 13 to go an attack from the Japanese
rider Satomi Wadami secured her the win ahead of Leire Olberria Dorronsoro
(EUS) with Tess Downing (DPC) who had done much of the work on the front
finishing in third.
was the initiator of the main action in the first of the women’s heats
and was very frustrated with the pace of the race hence the attack with 10
to go. Wynter said “I
need to be better about not losing patience with the pace when I am in a
negative field. I also need to play the game but I thought I would give it
a go. It didn’t even animate the race it went a little faster but then
slowed again everyone seemed happy for it to finish in a sprint
particularly given the big sprinters in the field. I am not disappointed
that I didn’t qualify for the final, my focus is the points so this was
great to get a feel for the track.”
Kiesanowski (NZL) qualified
relatively easy for the final. She chatted briefly after her heat.
“I had a decent break coming out of the road worlds and every week I am
getting stronger so I am happy to qualify.”
Goss (AUS) has
returned to track racing over the last month after a serious crash in
France at the end of the road season. Goss was asked is she is happy with
how her form is coming back. “I
wanted to make the final so I am happy. It wasn’t an ideal race, it a
bit ‘hairy’ at times when the paced slowed. It was the first race back
for a lot of the women so everyone seemed a bit nervous.”
is a lone rider representing her nation at these championships. Moriarty
was very active in her heat to secure her place in the final. She was
asked about coming to Australia to race. “I arrived on Monday last week, my bike turned up the next day but my
race wheels are still missing. Everyone here in Australia has been so nice
providing equipment for me. My aim was to make the final so I am happy.”
Downing (DRC) is
still a young rider but is showing some real talent at the senior level
she controlled her heat and spent much of the race at the front. “I felt good this morning so it
was good for my confidence, my form is coming on nicely.”
Gina Grain (CAN) secured her place in the final and was happy about her performance, “Bring it on” said Grain regarding the final. “I intend to roll with the bunches and save some for tomorrow’s points race as that is my focus”
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