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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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WORLD CHAMPS - Day 3 Results

Men’s Points Race
The pace was fast but still Avila Edwin Alcibiades from Colombia was able to take a lap on the field. Not even Cam Meyer could answer to that.
1 - Avila Edwin Alcibiades (Colombia)
2 - Cameron Meyer (Australia)
3 - Morgan Kneisky (France)

Women’s Individual Pursuit
Sarah Hammer played it smart and counted on her Omnium training for a final surge in the last couple of laps to take the win.
1 - Sarah Hammer (USA)
2 - Alison Shanks (New Zealand)
3 - Vilija Sereikaie (Lithuania)

Men’s Sprint
Kenny beat Hoy in the semi-finals and then Bauge made Kenny look like a grandma pushing her walker to the Sunday matinee. Now that’s raw power.
1 - Gregory Bauge (France)
2 - Jason Kenny (Great Britain)
3 - Chris Hoy (Great Britain)

Find the complete results and times at Tissot Timing and see the video highlights from Universal Sports.


Congrats to Gregory Bauge who just won another World Champion title in the men’s Sprint.

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Congrats to Gregory Bauge who just won another World Champion title in the men’s Sprint.

See more photos at British Cycling.


Congrats to Gregory Bauge who just won another World Champion title in the men’s Sprint.

See more photos at British Cycling.


Highlights from yesterday’s events at the UCI World Championships.

WORLDS CHAMPS - Day 3 Preview

Lots of great performances delivered today at Apeldoorn Velodrome. The early rounds of the men’s Match Sprint tournament were insane and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds tomorrow. If you want to catch the FREE LIVE STREAMS, CLICK HERE. Coverage starts at around 11am Pacific Time.

Men’s Points Race » Last year Cameron Meyer (Australia) lapped the field twice in to take the World Champion title. What a beast. I don’t think he’ll have any trouble repeating the performance. His biggest threat from the field will probably be Peter Schep (Netherlands) who will be eager to impress his home crowd.

Women’s Individual Pursuit » Sarah Hammer (USA) is the current wearer of the stripes and she also holds the World Record which was set at the Pan American Games last year. Looking at the starting list, I’m not sure there’s anyone who could hold a candle to that. I think Hammer’s got this on in the bag.

Men’s Match Sprints » Kevin Sireau (France) was knocked out of the sprint tournament in a huge upset today in the 1/8 finals. He couldn’t even make it back in the repechage round. So we’re left with an interesting semi-final. In side of the tournament, the fastest of the French — Mickael Bourgain and reigning World Champ Gregory Bauge. On the other side, the Brits — Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny. Now this should be interesting! Will each country choose a man to go to the final or will the semi’s go fair-and-square? I’m predicting that Bauge and Hoy will face off in the final and if it comes to that, I’m not sure Hoy’s got what it takes.

Women’s Match Sprints » World Champion Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) might be the queen of the sprint but her rival Anna Meares (Australia) has made it clear that there’s a new lady in the house. Also watch out for Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania) and Shuang Guo (China). Tomorrow we’ll see who makes it to the semi-final round.

Men’s Omnium » With current World Champ Ed Clancy (Great Britain) out sick, the Omnium is up for grabs. Tomorrow we’ll see the first three rounds of the Omnium: the Flying Lap, Points Race and Elimination Race. I predict that the main contenders for the stripes will be Zach Bell (Canada), Shane Archbold (New Zealand) and the youngster Sam Harrison (Great Britain).


Sir Chris Hoy talks about his Bronze medal ride in the Team Sprint yesterday and what he’s expecting for the rest of the week. Today Hoy passed through to the semi-finals in the Match Sprints tournament which will be concluded tomorrow.

WORLD CHAMPS - Day 2 Results

Women’s Team Pursuit
I gotta say I did not see this coming. The British trio really shined today, clocking the best qualifying time and easily beating USA in the final.
1 - Great Britain (Laura Trott, Wendy Houvenaghel, Danielle King)
2 - United States (Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Jennie Reed)
3 - New Zealand (Kaytee Boyd, Jaime Nielsen, Alison Shanks)

Women’s Team Sprint
Meares and McCulloch looked so calm and collected during the final round compared to the huffing and puffing British sprinters.
1 - Australia (Anna Meares, Kaarle McCulloch)
2 - Great Britain (Victoria Pendleton, Jessica Varnish)
3 - China (Shuang Guo, Jinjie Gong)

Men’s Individual Pursuit
Jack Bobridge wins with a time of 4:21 which just goes to show how different velodromes can yield different results.
1 - Jack Bobridge (Australia)
2 - Jesse Sergent (New Zealand)
3 - Michael Hepburn (Australia)

Complete results and times are available here and check the video highlights from UCI Channel.

WORLD CHAMPS - Day 2 Preview

The first day of competition at the World Championships was a good warm-up for what’s to come. Tomorrow’s schedule features events that have each had new World Records set within the past year. Will records fall again?

Women’s Team Pursuit » Australia are the reigning World Champions in this event but if anyone can tear that title away from them it’s Sarah Hammer and the USA team who set a new World Record in this event during the Pan American Games in Mexico last year.

Women’s Team Sprint » Australia’s Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch set a new World Record at last year’s World Championships. They are the undisputed queens of the Team Sprint and the real question isn’t whether or not they’ll keep their stripes but if they’ll set a new World Record tomorrow.

Men’s Individual Pursuit » Last year’s World Champ Taylor Phinney (USA) is too busy with his road career to play around on the track. You can thank the International Olympic Committee and UCI for removing the Individual Pursuit from the Olympics program but that doesn’t mean this event has come to a stand-still by any means. Jack Bobridge (Australia) made huge headlines last month when he smashed the ultimate IP World Record and broke Chris Boardman’s 1996 Superman position record. Can anyone top that?

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