Track World Cup Classics 2009-2010
Keirin- Golden girl, Anna Meares dominated the Keirin
The final of the Keirin was probably the fastest final in a number of years. Anna Meares (AUS) came from behind with almost two laps to go and never looked back. The battle for the silver medal was behind and Shuang Guo (CHN) easily placed ahead of Christin Muche (GER.
The riders were jossling for position when the derny pulled away. Meares tried to get the front wheel, however the derny was too slow and allowed Clara Sanchez (FRA) to move into place. Anna Meares had to roll to the back of the group and showed real strength and determination to get round the bunch and
Anna Meares (AUS) was unstoppable in the Keirin final. Meares blasted the opposition and finished 10m clear on the line.Anna Meares took her week's tally of gold medals to three as she led the Australian team to the top of the standings after the second round of the UCI Track World Cup which ended in Melbourne tonight.
Australia's 'Queen of the track' kicked off the night by riding the second fastest time in history to win the 500 metre time trial in 33.583sec ahead of Sydney's Kaarle McCulloch who took the silver medal for Team Jayco in a time of 34.267sec. French rider Sandie Clair was third in 34.339sec.
But there was no time to celebrate in a program that had the women back on their bikes soon after for the second round of the women's keirin. Meares and McCulloch went one-two in the heat to both qualify for the final.
"I was a bit worried about the load with the program this evening," said an elated Meares. "Once the 500 was out of the way it was just straight up to the keirin. I was tired and I was hurting but bumped the gear up and I actually felt half decent."
A crash in the keirin at a World Cup round in January 2008 almost ended Meares' career and her fightback to an Olympic silver medal in Beijing inspired a nation. Tonight she demonstrated she is well and truly over that with a resounding win by more than two bike lengths to China's Shuang Guo with Christin Muche of Germany third. But Meares' win came after she was forced to readjust her race plan on the fly.
"I wanted the motorbike (the pace bike riders must stay behind until 750m to go) but the motorbike came through really slowly in the final as compared to the last two rounds and it stuffed me," said Meares who wasn't able to get to the front as planned. "I had to go to the back and (then)I just went for broke and pulled it off."
Meares admits that winning the keirin is significant for her."In a big way, it's really a matter of one, riding keirin to get comfortable and two, adapting, adapting to new gears new race styles and adapting when things don't go to plan like that one and that's somehting that's hard for me to do cause not always the most patient of people."
Shuang Guo (CHN) made some tactical errors in the final, but when it came down to it, Meares was just too fast. "I positioned myself badly at the start and could not react in time to catch Anna [Meares] when she attacked. I am happy with my form though, it is a long way to next year's worlds and I want to be ready," said Guo.
Christin Muche (GER) was very excited to have won the bronze medal. "I have been out for 12 months with a back injury and this is my first event back. I could not be happier," said Muche. Looking to the rest of the season Muche added, "I will win gold next year I am certain."
Kaarle McCulloch (AUS/JAYCO) finished 5th in the final but could not have been happier with her performance, "That was probably one of the toughest Keirin's I have ever ridden," said McCulloch. McCulloch added, "I nearly came down three times which was a bit scary. i got out of position when Anna attacked and could not get round Christin [Muche].
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