World Cup Track 2010/2011
Team Pursuit - Australians win Gold on home soil
Australia won Gold on home soil to prove their dominance in the Team Pursuit. The Australians won in a time of 3 minutes 22.171 seconds, despite making changes to the World Championship winning team, due injury for Ashlee Ankudinoff, Kate Bates (2007 Points Race World Champion) made her return to track racing and proved that she can deliver. Having spent the last couple of years recovering from a hip injury, Bates looked comfortable in her new role to help the team to Gold.
The German team started fast and led through the first 1000m. The home crowd lifted and it seemed to inspire the Australians to go faster. The quickened and finished just .619 seconds off the world record time set by New Zealand in Copenhagen earlier this year.
In the ride for Bronze, Canada started fast but the New Zealanders came back strong to win bronze.
The Australian team, posted a new Australian all-comers record to qualify fastest in qualifying to secure their place in the Gold medal final against the newly established German team.
In the ride off for Bronze, the Canadians were the surprise third place qualifiers ahead of the New Zealand team.
The German team of Charlotte Becker, Lisa Brennauer and Madeleine Sandig set the fastest time early on and had to wait until the Australians to know who they would ride against for Gold.
The Canadian team, of Tara Whitten, Laura Brown and Stephanie Roorda have been training hard since the Commonwealth Games and rode a great ride to qualify for the Bronze medal ride.
Tomic (Australia) enjoyed wearing her world championship jersey on
home soil, “I was a little nervous riding on home soil but it was
a great feeling out there. That time at this time of the year is pretty
good," said Tomic. "We were quite a few seconds
ahead of where we have ever been at this time so that shows there are
really good things to come for next year and the world
championships," added Tomic.
a way this is like my first World Cup, a new event and a new feeling after
a little bit of time away so I am a bit reborn, but my birth certificate
doesn't say that though," said Bates, who took gold in the
scratch race at last week's Oceania Championships in Adelaide.
a whole new skills base and I have the world's best to learn from so I am
really looking forward at what is to come and even though they are eight
or nine years younger I can't have better people teaching me.
the incredible depth we have in Australia, tonight I am taking the place
of a current world champion in Ashlee, so I certainly need to keep on my
toes not just fitness wise but skills wise."
Lisa Brennaeur (Germany) was very happy with the teams performance, "I can't believe how fast we went. The crowds were cheering for Australia but I just believed they were shouting for us. We set another German record and I believe we can go faster," said Brennaeur.
Jamie Nielsen (New Zealand) was very happy with their bronze medal, "We could not be happier. We know we have some room for improvement and we are on the right track for the rest of the world cups," said Nielsen..
Charlotte Becker (Germany) was extremely happy with teams qualifying time. They qualified second and set a new German record time. “We are so happy. We really didn’t think that we would go so well. It was 2 seconds faster than the German record. It is a real surprise for all of us. We had not really train that much together until the last week. It is a new composition. They rode the Europeans with a different rider, so for me to come here and qualify to ride for gold is very good,” said Becker.
Tara Whitten (Canada) with her team mates Laura Brown and Stephanie Roorda exceeded their expectation in qualifying for the bronze medal ride against New Zealand. “We really didn’t get a lot of time to train. I had a really full road programme, with World and Commonwealth Games. These girls [Brown and Roorda] have been training really hard and today it was up to me to step up. I need to make sure I could slot into my changes and drive hard on the front,” said Whitten.
Bates (Australia), the 2007 points race world champion, marked her
return to international track cycling with a gold medal ride. After the
Beijing Olympic Games she focussed on road cycling until a crash in 2009
almost ended her career. But she fought back from a serious hip injury and
decided to return to the track when the teams pursuit for women was
included in the program for 2012 Olympic Games.
back on the track, Bates showed why she is a world class cyclist, by
joining, her team mates Josie Tomic and Sarah Kent (2010 World Team
Pursuit Champions) in delivering the fastest time in the qualifying round.
“I am very happy. I still feel like a beginner out there today.
This was my third time riding withthis team. The first time we did a 3:29,
then a 3:26 and today we did a 3:24 today. I like th progress,”
"It is not just about how I go, it is about how the team performs together. I think westill have a long way to in this event. It is pretty exciting after so many years of racing to find something new and exciting to take part in.,” added Bates.
reflected on the difference between the Individual Pursuit and the team
event, “Team pursuit is so dynamic and so much depends on how the
other girls are going. It they are struggling it is just as difficult if
they are going strong. Individual pursuit depends so much on mental
strength, this is all about the team.
have had a tough couple of year and have set lots of mini goalsand kept
everthing relevant to getting back to the National team. I am on my way
and hopefully there is more to come.”
Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand)
was the only member of the pursuit team to have competed in the world
record time in Copenhagen. Reflecting on the new combination Boyd said, “We
have five riders who have been switching in and out of the team. This team
have been training together for a while now and we are really happy with
how we are going. It is the fastest time we have gone without Alison
[Shanks] in the team so it is great to be riding off for Bronze.”
Kaytee Boyd (New Zealand) was the only member of the pursuit team to have competed in the world record time in Copenhagen. Reflecting on the new combination Boyd said, “We have five riders who have been switching in and out of the team. This team have been training together for a while now and we are really happy with how we are going. It is the fastest time we have gone without Alison [Shanks] in the team so it is great to be riding off for Bronze.”
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