Track World Cup Classics 2009-2010
Points Qualifying - Bronzini, 2008 World Champion safely into final
The Australian, Josie Tomic, secured her place in the final by winning two of the four sprints.
It was the Belgian, D'Hoore who stirred things up first. D'Hoore, attacked just before the first sprint and strung the bunch out. Italian, Marta Tagiaferro, secured the second place ahead of the Olympic bronze medalist, Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (ESP) and Evgeniya Romanyuta (RUS).
With 27 of the 40 laps to go, Lauren Franges (USA) attacked to push the pace to the next sprint. She went a little too early and was swamped by the chase from Tomic, Ellen van Dijk (NED), Elke Gebhardt (GER) and the russian Romanyuta again.
Franges attacked again, this time she was immediately chased by Tomic. The pace remained high, tight to the third sprint. Again, it was Tomic who took maximum points ahead of Ausrine Trebaite (LTU), Van Dijk and Skye-Lee Armstrong (RND).
In the race to the finish line there was only three places left to chase for the final, Pascale Schnider (SUI), positioned herself well to make sure she gained some points. The final sprint was won by Olaberria Dorronsoro, ahead of Armstrong, Romanyuta and Schnider.
In the second heat, the attacks started right after the first sprint. The 2008 World Champion Giorgia Bronzini (ITA) showed off her champions jersey and won the first sprint. Belinda Goss (AUS) secured second place ahead of Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA/VBR).
Laura McCaughey (AUS/SAL) immediately attacked after the first sprint and held on right to the line to get maximum points. Andrea Wolfer (SUI) crossed the line second ahead of Cliff-Ryan and Verena Absalyamova (RUS).
With 18 laps to go, Madeleine Sandig (GER) attacked and managed to lap the field. The Korean Min Hye Lee, went with her. At the third sprint, Sandig took maximum points, Lee took second and caught the field. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZL) managed to secure third place ahead of McCaughey.
At the bell, Bronzini led the bunch across the line, Goss was on her wheel. Shelly Olds (USA) had not scored any points and needed to position well for the sprint. Olds moved round the outside. Goss and Kiesanowski reacted and crossed the line in first and second respectively. Anna Nagirna (UKR) managed to get third with Olds, just managing to secure the last point and her place in the final.
Josie Tomic (AUS) was very happy with her points qualifying ride. "I am happy i made it through" said Tomic. "it got a bit scary out there towards the end, everyone was fighting for the last couple of spots, so I got myself out of the way," she added.
Jolien D'Hoore (BEL) was one of two Belgians to make it through to the final. "I am very happy to make it, and to be there with my team mate will be cool," said D'Hoore.
Pascale Schnider (SUI) just managed to qualify for the final, "That was tight," said Schnider. "I had to try really had to get up for the final sprint. I tried to attack earlier but it did not work. I knew I had to make sure I was up there at the finish," she added.
Lauren Franges (USA) has been away from track racing for a few years. she is one of many women combining the track and road disciplines and qualified by virtue of her place in the final sprint to make the final. "That was a relief. I tried to attack a couple of time but could not get away. Everyone was moving around trying to get into position. I am glad I made the final," said Franges
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