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Cali Track World Cup - 16th-18th Dec '10

Track cycling
by KP_Cov_Edi (U12369655) 16 December 2010
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The second round of this season's World Cup starts later today in Columbia.

GB have sent 4 men, with Clancy to concentrate on the Omnium and the sprint squad of Crampton, Hoy & Kenny and 5 women, the pursuit team of Colclough, Houvenaghel & Trott and the sprinters Pendleton and Varnish.

The French look like they mean business in the sprint competitions with Bauge, D'Almeida and Sireau.

I believe Cali is GMT - 5hours so the competition is due to start at 18.30 UK time tonight.

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posted Dec 18, 2010

There was a MASSIVE crash in the women's omnium qualifier - check out this crazy photo of bikes in the air - hope none of them were hurt

http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/uci-track-world-cup-ii-cdm/day-2/photos/152130

(The GB rider is Laura Trott)

current omnium standings after 3 rounds (3 to go)

1. Sarah Hammer (Ouch) 3
2. Jolien d'Hoore (Bel) 12
3. Tara Whitten (Can) 13
4. Tatsiana Sahrakova (Blr) 20
5. Pascale Jeuland (Fra) 23
6. Jarmila Machacova (Cze) 26
7. Laura Trott (GB) 30
8. Joanne Kiesanowski (NZ) 30
9. Yelizaveta Bochkarova (Ukr) 30
10. Malgorzata Wojtyra (Pol) 31

Hammer won 3/3 rounds, and was insanely good - but Whitten is an expert at this - so although Hammer looks unassailable, anything COULD happen. IP, scratch & 500m to go... but if Hammer won the 200m, points & elimination, she's a pretty good all-rounder

(In case you're wondering - in the World Cups, trade teams can enter as well as national teams - so Cofidis and Jayco are unofficial extra teams for France and Aus. GB used to enter a team Sky, but weirdly we haven't been doing... Sarah Hammer's OUCH! is the USA team in disguise, hence her jersey having more stars'n'stripes than you can shake a stick at...)

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posted Dec 18, 2010

There was a MASSIVE crash in the women's omnium qualifier - check out this crazy photo of bikes in the air - hope none of them were hurt

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Tony Gibb will be doing a little jig as we speak.

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Oooh, bad luck with the draw for the men's sprint quarterfinals, esp for the fact of Olympic qualifying points... but look at all those Frenchmen!

KÚvin Sireau (Fra) v Sam Webster (NZl)
Matt Crampton (GBr) v Chris Hoy (GBr)
Travis Smith (Can) v Gregory Bauge (Fra)
Franšois Pervis (Fra) v Tsubasa Kitatsuru (Jpn)

Men's team pursuit finals

For gold: New Zealand v Colombia
For bronze: Denmark v Spain

In the women's keirin, Shulika, Clair, Pendleton, Lee and Rosemond are all straight through, having won their rounds - Varnish rides in the repercharge, but she's against Vogel, who won the sprint yesterday & is in great form this year....






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posted Dec 18, 2010

oh, and Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez through too, sorry!

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Men's sprint semi-finals will be KÚvin Sireau v Tsubasa Kitatsuru and Gregory Bauge v Chris Hoy

Bauge v Hoy is always spectacular!

Women's keirin - Varnish didn't get through her repercharge

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Blimey! Hammer has won the 4th round of the omnium! 2 left, she'd have to have horrific luck to lose now!

Standings after 4 rounds:

1. Sarah Hammer 4
2. Tara Whitten 15
3. Jolien d'Hoore 18
4. Tatsiana Sharakova 25
5. Pascale Jeuland 32
6. Laura Trott 34
7. Jarmila Marchacova 37
8. Yelizaveta Bochkarova 40
9. Vilija Sereikaite 42
10. Joanne Kiesanowski 44

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Watching live on a stream in Spanish...

Sireau and Hoy through to the final, both in 2 wins (Hoy's 2nd one was a milimeter-win photo finish)

Sarah Hammer came 4th in the penultimate omnium round - still leads by a stupid amount, only 2 points between Whitten & Sharakova, lying in 2nd & 3rd - Trott still lying in 6th.

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Vicky Pendleton through to the keirin final, with Rosemond & Shulika from her heat, Cueff, Lee & Clair

Diana Garcia had a bad crash in the first heat, but seemed ok. Wai Sze Lee fell in the second - and Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez had a nastier crash

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posted Dec 18, 2010

Clearly I lied - it's either Lee or Di who crashed/went through

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posted Dec 19, 2010

So, that was a great night of racing! I'd bore you all with the details (Vicky Pendleton won the keirin!! Coming home with 2 golds and a silver from the three events she rode in! Fabulous meet for her!), Sarah Hammer won the omnium by a huge amount (she won 4 out of the 6 events, and her lowest placing was 7th), KÚvin Sireau beat Chris Hoy in the sprint final in 2 straight races - Hoy applauding as he crossed the line was very lovely to see - and I loved seeing Giorgia Bronzini, former points & current road race World Champion, win the points race & make it look easy. Happy, happy days!

You can see all the detail from the British Cycling reports:

http://www.britishcycling.org.uk/track/article/tra20101216-Track-World-Cup-Columbia-0

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