WORLD CHAMPS - Day 4 Preview

Awesome climax to the men’s Sprint tournament today as well as a breathtaking performance from Sarah Hammer in the Individual Performance. I’m ready for more track racing! Don’t forget, you can find FREE LIVE FEEDS over at Cycling Fans.


Men’s Keirin » Even though he didn’t get the sprint, Chris Hoy (Great Britain) truly is a force to be reckoned with in the Keirin. That’s why he’s the reigning World Champion. I see a lot of powerful legs on the starting list — i.e. Teun Mulder (Netherlands) and Shane Perkins (Australia) — but I think Hoy’s still got this one.


Women’s Match Sprint » The real question here is not who will win but who will lose to Anna Meares (Australia). She shouldn’t have much trouble taking care of current World Champ Vicky Pendleton (Great Britain) in the semi-final and then move on to face either Olga Panarina (Belarus) or Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) for the final. Even though Panarina had the fastest qualifying time (tied with Meares — now that would be a good match-up), I think Krupeckaite’s wealth of experience in this race will get her to the final with Meares. Should be a really exciting tournament!


Men’s Omnium » France’s boy wonder Bryan Coquard is on top after three events. There are still the Individual Pursuit, Scratch race and Kilo to be contested and it won’t be easy to hold off contenders like Shane Archbold (New Zealand) and Elia Viviani (Italy).


Women’s Scratch Race » Defending World Champion Pascale Jeuland (France) is scheduled for this race but I think she might hold something back to reserve strength for the Omnium. In any case, former Keirin champ Jennie Reed (USA) will probably take it with that powerful jump just waiting for the right moment to be unleashed. But watch out for Marianne Vos (Netherlands) and Giorgia Bronzini (Italy).


Women’s Omnium » Tara Whitten (Canada) is wearing the stripes right now and I don’t think she’s ready to give them up. Her main rival in the Omnium will probably be Sarah Hammer (USA). Tomorrow we’ll see the first three events: Flying Lap, Points Race and Elimination race.

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