UCI Track Cycling World Championships

 

The 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships opened in St-Quentin-en-Yveline, France, on Wednesday with a new world record time in the Women’s Team sprint. Stephanie Pohl of Germany won the first world title of these Championships in the Women's Points Race, while China took the Women's Team Sprint title in world record time and the women’s Team Pursuit saw the favourites, GB qualify only second.

 

Points Race

 

Pohl was the dominant rider of the Points Race, taking a lap on the field and winning two intermediate sprints for a total of 38 points. Japan's Minami Uwano finished second with 28 points and Kimberly Geist of the United States won the bronze medal with 25 points after taking riding alone to take a lap on the field.

 

Pohl, who finished second at last year's world championships, said "I felt really good, much better than last year.  I was able to get a lap and then made sure no one else got away.  This year my family is here and I am so happy to win for them."

 

Results:

 

1 Stephanie Pohl (Ger) 38
2 Minami Uwano (Jpn) 28
3 Kimberly Geist (USA) 25
4 Elise Delzenne (Fra) 23
5 Giorgia Bronzini (Ita) 20
6 Sofia Arreola Navarro (Mex) 13
7 Kirsten Wild (Ned) 9
8 Arlenis Sierra Canadilla (Cub) 7
9 Evgeniya Romanyuta (Rus) 5
10 Maria Luisa Calle Williams (Col) 4
11 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp) 4
12 Kelly Druyts (Bel) 4
13 Ina Savenka (Blr) 4
14 Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) 2
15 Yao Pang (Hkg) 2
16 Tetyana Klimchenko (Ukr) 1
17 Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) 1
18 Jarmila Machacova (Cze)  

 

Team Sprint

 

China have been very consistent in the Team Sprint, winning four silver and two bronze medals in the past eight years, but this year was the one where they finally took gold.  After qualifying second to European champions Russia, the Chinese team of Jinjie Gong and Tianshi Zhong put together a world record run in the gold medal final, knocking 0.119 seconds off the time of defending champion Germany.

 

The Chinese pair beat the Russian team of Daria Shmeleva and Anastasia Voynova by a 0.404 seconds to win the title and the world record they set is the first one for this new track at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in south-west Paris.

 

Australia took the bronze medal ahead of Germany.

 

Results:

Gold China 00:32.0
  Tianshi Zhong  
  Jinjie Gong  
Silver Russia 00:32.4
  Daria Shmeleva  
 

Anastasia Voynova

 

 
Bronze Australia 00:32.7
  Kaarle McCulloch  
  Anna Meares  
4th Germany 00:32.8
  Miriam Welte  
  Kristina Vogel  

 

 

Team Pursuit Qualifying

 

The Women’s team pursuit qualifying was in fact the opening event for the champion with the British team of Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald heavily tipped to defend their title, but the Australian squad had put down a serious marker at the Australian National Champs the previous week recording a time of 4:20.999; just four seconds away from the altitude assisted world record, held by the British, of 4:16.552.

 

The first team to set a sub-4:30 time was the New Zealand team with 4:25.406. They were pushed into second by the Canada team who posted 4:20.699. 

 

The Australians responded by riding 4:18.135, bettering their own national record again and suggesting that the altitude record set by GB would not stand for very much longer.

 

As defending champions, GB had the honor of qualifying last and they were initially awarded a time of 4:18.130, five-thousandths of a second quicker than the Australians, but this was revised to 4:18.207 which put them in second place behind the Australians and setting up an edge of your seat final, assuming these two teams make it through the first round untroubled as they are expected to do.

 

Results:


1 Australia 04:18.1
2 Great Britain 04:18.2
3 Canada 04:20.7
4 New Zealand 04:25.4
5 China 04:27.6
6 United States 04:28.3
7 Germany 04:31.1
8 Italy 04:32.2
9 Russia 04:32.9
10 Poland 04:34.6
11 Belarus 04:35.5
12 Japan 04:35.9
13 Cuba 04:36.1
14 Hong Kong 04:37.8
15 France 04:37.8
16 Ireland 04:40.4

 

The action continues on Thursday, with the final round of the Team Pursuit for women and the Women's 500 metre Time Trial.

 

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