Sydney World Cup Track
(World Cup Classics 2007 - 2008)
Day 2, Afternoon
Team Sprint & Points Qualifying
team sprint was a new addition to the World Championships in 2007 and is a
great opportunity for the sprinters to work together. In the heats it was
the Dutch pairing of Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis who delivered the
best time ahead of the Australian paid of Kerrie Meares and Kaarle
McCulloch. The Australians had to fight back from being 22/100th
of a second down in their heat to win just 2/100th of a second
The Dutch are the reigning silver medallist from Majorca 2007 and the
Australians the 2007 Oceania champions having taken that title just a few
Kanis went 4/10ths faster in the heat than their time in Majorca and will
make it a great final against the home team of Meares and McCulloch.
a chance to ride for Bronze were the French pair Sandie Clair and Virgine
Cueff against the German pair of Dana Glöss and Miriam Welte. They
qualified 3rd and
4th respectively in the heat to have a chance to ride for a
Kanis and Yvonne Hijgenaar
(NED) we’re very
happy with their performance “It was the fastest first lap”
said Kanis who was very fast out of the blocks. Yvonne Hijgenaar
who had been sick earlier in the week pulled a great second lap.
“I am very happy with our time, it was a great finishing time”
Meares and Kaarle McCulloch (AUS) were very happy with their
qualification ride. “We are rapt” said Meares. McCulloch was all smiles too, “it
was a PB for me and I think I still have time in the gate, I didn’t get
such a good start and I feel I have more in my legs so I am happy with
Australians are keen to qualify for the Worlds, “it is very exciting for us” added Meares, “I
have not ridden a team sprint in the World Championships before and I am
really looking forward to it.”
Results - Team Sprint Qualifying
race heats saw Kate Bates (TMP) wearing the World Championship jersey for
the first time since her victory in March. With Bates in the first heat
with 19 riders and 20 in each of the last two this was always set to be a
tough race. The only other medalist from the World Championships was
Catherine Cheatley (NZL) who secured the bronze in March.
number of attacks no rider managed to get away for a lap in the first
heat. Everyone had an eye on the World Champion Bates’ jersey. Leire
Olaberria Dorronsoro (EUS) tried to attack constantly throughout the race,
but it was the Chinese rider Jianling Wang who secured her place in the
final in top place taking the last sprint.
rider Catherine Cheatley attacked right from the bell but could not hold
her pace as the first sprint approached. Sarah Hammer (OUC) powered to the
front to secure the first 5 points. Immediately 3 riders attacked Marlijn
Binnendijk (NED), Inge Cilivnaite (AGS) and Christy King (SBW)
managed gain a lap on the bunch. Trine Schmidt (DEN) jumped off the front
with 24 laps to go managing to secure a lap too. The final big attack came
from Malaysian Uracca Leow who jumped with 9 to go and managed to just get
to the back of the bunch before the final attack for the last points. The
final sprint was won by Eugeniya Romanyuta (RUS).
were determined to another rider into the final, with that in mind Azian
Alias attacked at 38 laps to go and managed to hold on to win the first 5
sprint points. Unfortunately for her she could not keep the pace and got
lapped by the bunch
Moncassin Prime (FRA) attacked with 17 laps to go and managed to secure a
lap on the bunch and a place in the final. Immediately as Three riders
Moncassin Prime had reached the bunch she moved through and attacked
again, this time Korean Hin Hye Lee, Mandy Poitras (CAN) and Josephine
Tomic (AUS) jumped. This caused a reaction in the bunch and they closed
the gap. With 2 to go it was Iona Wynter (JAM) who attacked in a last
ditch attempt to secure a place in the final. The bunch reacted and
Giorgia Bronzini (SAF) and Olga Slyusareva (RUS) powered by with the bunch
on their wheels to deny Wynter a place in the final.
On the way
Points Race Photos Click on any image to enlarge >>
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