Archive for November, 2008

Australia’s emerging pursuit talent tonight staked their claim as the riders of the future with a dominant win over Spain in the 4km team pursuit final on day two of the Mellbourne round of the 2008-09 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics series.
Olympians Mark Jamieson, 24, and Jack Bobridge, 19, along with reigning junior World Champions Rohan Dennis, 18, and Luke Durbridge, 17 were the clear favourites after a strong qualifying round and they lived up to the expectation.
The Australians were fastest out of the gate and never looked in doubt as they increased their lead at every mark. With their rivals Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur, David Muntaner Juaneda, Toni Tauler Llull and Eloy Teruel Rovira in their sights in the same straight it was a matter of when and not if they would overtake the Spaniards. Just after the 3km mark they caught their prey to win the race.
“It’s Luke’s and Rohan’s first international (senior) competition and we are already riding low 4.03’s,” said Jamieson. “We are always improving and moving forward and getting stronger and faster.”
Bobridge, who took his second gold medal of the meet after his win in the individual pursuit last night, was surprised by the team’s pace.
“To have the younger guys ride the time they did was awesome and to come out and be on pace for a 4.01, was fantastic,” said Bobridge.
The Ukranian quartet of Roman Kononenko, Sergiy Lagkuti, Lyubomyr Polatayko and Vitaliy Shehedov (4:09.976) defeated New Zealand’s Jason Allen, Shane Archbold, Darren Shea and Thomas Scully (4:11.075) to take the bronze medal.
Team Toshiba’s Scott Sunderland rode a personal best time to take silver in the men’s kilometre time trial.
Sunderland, who won gold last night in the men’s team sprint, recorded a time of 1:02.492, just over two tenths of a second slower than 2008 World Championship silver medallist Michael D’Almeida of France (1:02.238).
“I am very happy with second, I went out there rode a PB and I wasn’t exactly feeling the best I have ever felt before as at the start I felt a bit crook in the guts,” said Sunderland.
The 19 year old recently had six pins and a plate inserted in his shoulder after a track racing accident in August.
“A month off for my collar bone and two weeks off with my hamstring, so I haven’t had the ideal preparation for the event, so to do a PB, I am rapt.”
Sunderland, who has finished eighth in the past two world championship kilometre finals, has set his sights firmly on the 2009 championships.
“To do these times at the start of the season is very exciting and just coming out of injury shows I can still improve quite a lot in the lead up to worlds,” he said. “I have some unfinished business in the kilo. I just feel like I am getting better and better so I hope third time’s a charm.”
China’s Li Wen Hao claimed the bronze medal in 1:03.189.
In the women’s team sprint final Dutch pair Yvonne Hijgenaar and Willy Kanis proved too strong for Australia’s Kerrie Meares and Emily Rosemond.
In times almost identical to the afternoon’s qualifying round, the Dutch duo were recorded 34.191sec, almost four tenths of a second faster than the time of the reigning Australian champions who covered the two laps in 34.621.
Meares, who won bronze in the women’s sprint last night, was happy with her performance so early in the track season.
“I’ve done personal bests, so I’m not that disappointed,” she said. “Knowing that I have a lot to improve on for the rest of the season I’m looking forward to seeing what I can bring out within myself.
“I’m just trying to get to that fastest standing lap possible and the right preparation leading up to the World Championships,” explained Meares. “There are several very fast Australian girls and it’s going to be interesting to see which combination can bring out the best times.”
Rosemond, a former winter Olympic speed skater, was very happy with her World Cup debut.
“I am quite elated actually, it has been a fairly full on year and Kerrie and I have been training really hard for this event,” said Rosemond. “Silver was great but gold would be even better, but a silver is much more than I could have ever asked for at my first World Cup event.”
The Korean pair of Jin Gu Hyon and Won Gyeong Kim (35.788) defeated Thailand’s Watinee Luekajorn and Jutatip Manneephan (37.114) to claim the bronze medal.
In the women’s points race, Team Toshiba’s Belinda Goss clinched the bronze medal on the final sprint launching a burst of speed across the line to clinch the five points and the medal.
The Tasmanian, who claimed the bronze medal in the scratch race at this year’s World Championships, was a little off the pace early but managed to score points in three other sprints to clinch her place on the podium.
With Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta (16 points) and Spain’s Dorronosoro Olaberria (15 points) cementing the gold and silver medals respectively on the second last sprint, Goss was one of five riders to remain in bronze medal contention. She attacked at the start of the final lap and held on to finish with 11 points, one clear of American Rebecca Quinn.
“I was happy with tonight’s race as I wasn’t feeling that great out there so it was good to come home and get the bronze early in the season, so looking to move on up from now,” said Goss. “It just didn’t happen for me in the start of the race, so thankfully I got it together in the end.”
Of Australia’s other starters Rochelle Gilmore (HP-Teschner) finished 14th and junior rider Ashlee Ankudinoff 21st. Reigning Australian individual pursuit champion Josephine Tomic did not start the final due to a bout of flu.
In the men’s keirin, Victorian Shane Perkins finished fourth as Melbourne based Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang claimed his first World Cup victory ahead of Ukraine’s Andriy Vynokurov and Cofidis’ Francois Pervis.
In the final event of the evening, Leigh Howard (Team Toshiba) ended up with the silver medal in the men’s scratch race final even though he originally thought he had won. However Hong Long’s Ho Ting Kwok had earlier caught the field napping and gained two laps on most of the field and a lap on Howard.
New Zealand’s Jason Christie won bronze.
Despite his error, Howard was already looking towards going one better in tomorrow’s Madison.
“I was happy with my kick at the finish and I’m pretty confident for the Madison tomorrow with Glenn (O’Shea),” said Howard.
The Melbourne World Cup is the second round of the 2008-2009 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics series and features around 180 cyclists from 31 nations in action in 17 events over three days of racing. For more details please visit the event website www.trackworldcup.com.au Results and official start lists are available at www.tissottiming.com.

Team Columbia’s Andre Greipel will return to the 2009 Tour Down Under to defend his title, bringing with him an experienced team. Tour Down Under Race Director Mike Turtur is thrilled that the reigning champion will hit the streets of Adelaide in January to defend his crown.

“In 2008 Andre Greipel had the best season of his career, all set on a solid foundation of victory at the 2008 Tour Down Under,” said Turtur. Andre Greipel went on to finish fifth overall in the UCI ProTour rider rankings this year.

“Team Columbia is sending a very strong line-up to compete at the 2009 Tour Down Under,” said Turtur. “The inclusion of an experienced rider such as George Hincapie, who is such a reliable and solid competitor, will really add to our world-class cycling spectacle.”

A thirteen-time Tour de France veteran, Hincapie was a former teammate of Lance Armstrong and played an important role in all of Lance’s seven Tour de France victories.

“The Tour Down Under will be the first time that Hincapie and Armstrong will compete against each other on opposing teams,” said Mike Turtur.

2002 Tour Down Under winner Michael Rogers will make his return to the event for the first time since 2005.

The Team Columbia (formerly called Team Highroad) roster for the 2009 Tour Down Under will be led by Team Manager, Alan Peiper (AUS) and include riders: Andre Greipel (GER), George Hincapie (USA), Michael Rogers (AUS), Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Greg Henderson (NZ) and Adam Hansen (AUS).

The 2009 Tour Down Under will be staged in South Australia from 18–25 January 2009. More rider and team announcements will be issued over the coming weeks.

For more information, race routes and results visit the official website at www.tourdownunder.com.au

Australia claimed three gold medals on the opening night of the 2008-09 UCI Track Cycling World Classic at Melbourne’s Hisense Arena with Great Britain claiming two and the Ukraine picking up the sixth medal decided.
Nineteen year old Australian ‘Cyclones’ talent Jack Bobdridge won the men’s 4km individual pursuit and Team Toshiba riders collected two more gold for Australia through Glenn O’Shea’s points race win and victory for Daniel Ellis, Jason Niblett and Scott Sunderland in the men’s team sprint.
South Australia’s Bobridge lined up against four time Olympian and dual Olympic medallist Alexei Markov of Russia but showed little regard for the experience of his opponent as he launched himself out of the gate and chased down the Russian. Bobridge lapped Markov at the 1750m mark and continued on with a view to gaining as much experience as possible over the four kilometre distance.
“I am stoked with my form at the moment, though it’s a bit of a shock really, didn’t think I would be going this well so early after having a break after the Games,” said Bobridge. “I think my good form is because of all the training we did pre-Olympics as I flogged myself pretty hard going into the Games, and the break since has really done me well.
“It’s all just still training for me here and getting the feel for things, I mean only last weekend I posted my first good time in the IP (to win Oceania Championship) so we are just trying a few things on my start and finish.”
O’Shea, the 2007 dual junior World Champion took a thrilling men’s 30km points race on a count back after finishing level on 59 points with Korea’s Joon Yong Seo at the end of the 120 lap race. The bronze medal went to Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain with 56 points.
“This is up there, as it’s my first win as a senior international level, so it’s quite high up there, especially in front of a home crowd it’s pretty special,” said O’Shea.
O’Shea, 19, came out firing early scoring in four of the first five sprints, and taking two laps on the field by the mid way mark. With only four riders having taken two laps, including Seo, it became a two man contest.
O’Shea, the home town favourite, collected points in the final four sprints and was awarded the win because he crossed the line ahead of Seo on the final lap.
“I used that freedom of having two early laps so I just tried to put on points the rest of the way,” said O’Shea. “I stuffed that second last sprint up, I got boxed in on the back straight but I came back at him as I had pretty good speed and I was pretty confident that I had the speed to come back and win or at least get past him on that last sprint.
O’Shea has another chance for glory on Saturday night when he pairs with fellow Victorian Leigh Howard in the Madison.
“The Madison is my main goal for this meet, so it’s a good way to start it off and hopefully it continues.”
In the men’s team sprint, Beijing Olympian Daniel Ellis led Team Toshiba out of the blocks with a blistering first lap, to put almost half a second into their Japanese opponents (Kazuya Narita, Yudai Nitta and Kazunari Watanabe).
Jason Niblett was solid in the second lap and Scott Sunderland brought it home strongly in the final lap to stop the clock in 44.744sec, seven tenths of a second faster than Japan (45.749).
“This is the start of the season and we are very happy with the time we have done here,” sid Niblett. “Though everyone has little improvements to make and we can make up half a second if we keep working on that.”
“We’ve come out of a few weeks preparation, so anything under 18 seconds, I was going to be happy with,” said Ellis who rode 17.7sec laps for both the qualifying and final ride. “We’re still a young group, so give us another couple of weeks, hopefully we can catch up on the Brits, maybe a few months.”
In the women’s individual pursuit, West Australia’s Josephine Tomic, 19, had to settle for behind Great Britain’s Joanna Rowsell.
The 2007 Junior World Champion over the 2km distance is in her first season riding in the senior ranks and went out fast to establish a lead of almost a second and a half midway through the race.
But having contested less than a handful of pursuits over the elite 3km distance Tomic faded in the final two laps to finish in a time of 3:42.692. Rowsell came home strongly to finish in 3:41.183 for gold. The bronze medal went to Czech rider Lada Kozlikova (3min40.793sec)
“(To go out fast) is my natural style of riding a pursuit. Having just come up from juniors only riding two kilometres, I am used to going out hard but I know that I have to work on that last bit now,” said Tomic. “I have got to be happy with a silver medal at a World Cup and it can only get better from here.”
In the women’s sprint it was an all Australian battle for bronze between veteran Kerrie Meares and rising star Kaarle McCulloch, with Meares outclassing her younger opponent in straight heats. The gold medal went to Lyubov Shulika of the Ukraine who beat Germany’s Christin Muche in two straight.
Of the Australian’s in the women’s scratch race Team Toshiba’s Belinda Goss finished seventh HP Teschner’s Rochelle Gilmore was ninth. Great Britain’s Elizabeth Armitstead ahead of Annalisa Cucinotta of Italy and Evgeniya Romanyuta of Russia.

Cycling Australia is pleased to announce the Australian ‘Cyclones’ team that will contest the Melbourne round of the 2008-09 UCI Track World Cup Classics being staged at Hisense Arena from 20 to 22 November.

Please visit www.cycling.org.au for more information.
Official site for the Melbourne World Cup.