BikeNZ’s sprint cyclists have beaten world champions Germany in the team sprint at the German Grand Prix in Cottbus over the weekend.
They completed their European campaign on a high note with Sam Webster finishing runner-up in the sprint final and Eddie Dawkins second in the keirin.
The squad have further training in Europe before heading to Adelaide for three more events in the International track series from the 10-14 July. These events carryall-important qualifying points for the World Cup and World Championships.
BikeNZ High Performance Director, Mark Elliott said the squad had achieved the key outcomes.
“Firstly they achieved the qualifying points that we need for points and keirin for the UCI World Cup events starting late this year which are the vital qualifiers for the world championships which then leads to the 2016 Olympics,” Elliott said.
“They have found some outstanding form and have worked really hard under the direction of BikeNZ coaching and support staff.
“I am delighted with their continued progress and that they can finish off this campaign with further good form in Adelaide. We have qualifying points in the bag now but the Australians are pinning all their hopes on these three meets next week so we expect them to be firing on all cylinders.”
The combination of Ethan Mitchell, Webster and Dawkins was fastest in qualifying for the team sprint in 1:00.40, more than a second ahead of the host national team on the 333m outdoor track.
Matthew Archibald subbed for his Southland teammate Dawkins for the final where the BikeNZ trio clocked a superb 1:00.14 to claim the victory as the German combination, featuring one of the world championship trio, an Olympic medallist and national kilo champion, faltered.
Webster was the fastest of the Kiwis in qualifying in the men’s sprint headed by huge German sprinter Robert Forstemann in a world class 9.846. Webster clocked 10.042 with Dawkins fourth fastest in 10.090, Archibald 10.249, Simon van Velthooven 10.397, Mitchell 10.435 and Southland’s Tim Beadle 10.697.
Van Velthooven, Webster and Archibald won their first two rounds to the quarterfinals, where Archibald was the only one to miss out, going down to London Olympic medallist and four-time world champion Maximilian Levy (GER).
Forstemann accounted for van Velthooven in two straight rides in the semifinal while Webster was impressive in accounting for Levy 2-1.
However the strength of Forstemann proved too much in winning the final over Webster 3-0.
Archibald won the ride-off for fifth.
It completes an outstanding effort by Webster who finished third in the Cottbus Sprint Cup as well.
Dawkins and van Velthooven qualified directly with opening wins in the men’s keirin with the Southlander following up with an excellent win in the semifinal, while the Olympic medallist made a tactical error and missed out.
Dawkins was outstanding in the final, pushing clear but was rolled on the line by Levy while van Velthooven won the B Final to finish seventh.
This follows his excellent form in the Sprint Cup from Dawkins where he qualified in a superb 9.980s in the 200m sprint.
The triple Adelaide International track series runs from 10 to 14 July.
Adelaide is about to play host to a new breed of competition. Three UCI events over five days, more than five nations with some of the world's best track riders. Omniums, Sprints, Keirins, Scratch Races and Points Races, no matter what type of track racing you like there is something for you to see.
This is a rare opportunity to see the Superdrome come alive again with the excitement of International Competition on home soil. There is also an opportunity for local U19 riders to take part in support events during the competition, so don't miss out on such a great chance to see the world's best at home.
This series of events named 'ITS ADELAIDE', is designed to promote the sport of Track cycling within Australia and to maximise the UCI points on offer for riders contesting the series. The three standalone events will see some of the best Australian and International track riders compete over 5 days of competition.
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July 10-11 - Adelaide Track Cup
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The International Track Series is happening at Adelaide on July.
This series of events named 'ITS ADELAIDE', is designed to promote the sport of Track cycling within Australia and to maximise the UCI points on offer for riders contesting the series.
The three standalone events will see some of the best Australian and International track riders compete over 5 days of competition.
Please click on the following link below to enter for this international event and to view the draft schedule for this event.
International Track Series Event Information
Southland’s Eddie Dawkins has continued his strong form with victory in the Grand Prix cycling meet in Paris.
Dawkins took out the final in the keirin in the UCI tier one event at the Stade de Saint-Denis, following on from his sprint win at Valencia two weeks ago.
He held off Frenchman Quentin Lafargue, the former junior world champion, and Dutchman Hugo Haak in the final.
The meet, on the 333m outdoor velodrome, was squeezed into the night programme after wet weather in Paris delayed racing.
Dawkins prevailed in his semifinal while teammate Sam Webster won the other semifinal. The big Invercargill rider was able to show his strength to good effect in the final to power away from the field for the win. Webster finished fifth.
Earlier the Kiwis finished out of the semifinal placings in the sprint, won by former French and European champion Michael D’Almeida who held off compatriot Charly Conord in two straight rides in the final.
The BikeNZ team now head to Germany for further training with further international competition at Cottbus on 22-23 June.
Meanwhile Christchurch rider Michael Vink remains in fifth place after the fifth stage of the International Thuringen Rundfahrt in Germany today.
Vink finished eighth in the 28km individual time trial in Streufdorf, with extremely windy conditions hampering riders.
The Kiwi, part of the BikeNZ endurance track squad training and racing on the road and track in Europe, finished 1m13.6s down on winner Campbell Flakemore ahead of Australian teammate Damien Howson.
Brilliant Dutch prospect Dylan van Baarle, who won the recent Olympia’s Tour, finished third to claim the yellow jersey by just three seconds from Olympic omnium gold medallist Lasse Norman Hansen (NOR). Vink remains in fifth place 49 seconds behind the leader.
Southland’s Pieter Bulling was the next best of the New Zealand team today in 38th, 2m47s down on the winner, Hayden McCormick at 2:57.96 back (45th), Hamish Schreurs at 3:32.42 (60th), Josh Atkins at 4:34.20 (79th) and Cameron Karwowski at 5:62.36 (86th).
Tomorrow's sixth stage is the second longest of this year's tour through the heart of the Thuringian Forest and is riddled with six climbs and sprints.
Image of Eddie Dawkins in action. (Copyright Guy Swarbrick)
Following on from the opening round in Kuala Lumpur last weekend, Australia's track sprinters continued their success at the second round of UCI Category 2 South-East Asian Grand Prix Series event in Malaysia.
In the Men's Sprint, Shane Perkins repeated his first round win this time ahead of Peter Lewis and Scott Sunderland.
In the women's sprint, Kaarle McCulloch took silver behind hometown favourite Fatehah Mustapa.
Men's Sprint FINAL results Shane Perkins AUS Peter Lewis AUS Scott Sunderland - AUS Dong Jin Kang KOR
Men's Sprint FINAL results Fatehah Mustapa MAS Kaarle McCulloch AUS Ulmi Hamimah Mohamad MAS Nurul Alissa Mohamad Azman MAS
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