Pervis had warned his fans before the start: “I’m going for history.”
And the kilometre world champion was true to his word. Not only did he beat his compatriot Arnaud Tournant’s mark, set on October 10, 2001 in La Paz, but he literally smashed it by more than two seconds. Pervis made the right decision by skipping the keirin he had won in Manchester to focus on the event he had won at the world championships in Minsk last season.
Behind him, Germans Maximilian Levy and Joachim Eilers, while they both beat Tournant’s time in 57.949 and 57.980, were not in contention this time, two days after becoming the new world recordmen in the Teams Sprint event. 7 world records tumbled in the 1.887 metres high velodrome of Aguascalientes: men's 1km, men's 200m, men's team sprint, women's sprint, w's 500m TT, w's team sprint, w's team pursuit.
Since the kilometre was not on Manchester’s programme, Pervis took the discipline’s overall lead.
Men’s Keirin – Crampton seizes his chance
In the absence of Pervis, the door was open for his usual rivals to go for the keirin World Cup. Briton Matthew Crampton did not miss the chance, leaving Germany’s Tobias Waechter and Australian Shane Perkins 0.033 and 0.087 behind. The competition was marred by the huge crash involving France’s Michael D’Almeida (bruised left arm), Poland’s Kamil Kunczynski (broken collarbone) and Canada’s Hugo Barrette (bruised left leg). The most seriously injured was Malaysia’s Josiah Ng Onn Lam (lung and two ribs broken). Two spectators were also hurt in the process.
Overall – Waechter takes over Fifth in Manchester, Waechter is the most consistent of the lot and now leads the World Cup on 240 points ahead of Pervis and Crampton, both on 150. The German will hold the leader’s jersey in the last World Cup leg in Guadalajara next month.
Madison – Spain celebrate
Spain did not miss the last Madison race of the year. David Muntaner and Albert Torres, the world silver medalists, won ahead of Belgium’s pair De Buiys / De Ketele and Russia’s Ershov / Serov. The Spaniards lead the way overall as the event was not held in Manchester. Women’s sprint – Unstoppable Vogel
Vogel’s racing weekends are oddly similar. In Manchester last month, she left the track with three titles under her belt. The Team Erdgas German repeated the feat in the high altitude of Aguascalientes by adding the individual sprint to her victories in the team sprint and the keirin. She even set a new world mark in the heats in 10.383. A few hours after her 500 metres world record, Australia’s Anna Meares had enough strength left to finish second while Britain’s Rebecca James was third. “It was a difficult tournament and I’m glad it’s over. Now is the time to celebrate” Vogel said.
Overall –Comfortable Vogel
Vogel is ideally placed to sweep the overall titles in all three disciplines she enters. In the sprint, she is on 300 points, ahead of Wai Sze Lee from Hong Kong on 255 and Meares on 248 points.
Women’s Omnium – Revenge for Hammer
With three victories in the flying lap, the pursuit and the scratch, plus a third place in the points race, American Sarah Hammer was untouchable in the women’s Omnium. The former trainee of the UCI’s World Cycling Center won the all-rounder event on 19 points, taking her revenge on Laura Trott, who beat her at the London Olympics in 2012. The Briton was second on 26 points while third place went to Belgium’s Jolien D’Hoore on 27.
Overall – High hopes for Trott
Winner in Manchester, Olympic champion Trott retained the overall lead with 285 points. D’Hoore, who finished 4th last month lies second with 233 points while France’s Laure Berthon remains third on 210 points.
The next and final leg of the World Cup takes place between January 17 and 19 in Guadalajara (Mexico).
Photo: France’s François Pervis celebrates after bringing the world record of the kilometre to 56.303
Junior world champion in 2010, Australian Matthew Glaetzer scored a remarkable victory over Olympic champion Jason Kenny of Britain in the men’s sprint.
Fifth in the individual sprint last year at the world championships in Minsk, the 21-year-old rider is coming of age rapidly. Czech Pavel Kelemen took the third place final ahead of New-Zealander Edward Dawkins. The sprint competition saw Francois Pervis crush the 200 metres world record in an amazing 9.347 at 77 kph. But the Frenchman wants more: “Now I’m going to tackle a monument, the kilometre mark.”
Overall – A bad day for Foerstermann
Winner in November on the Manchester track, Germany’s Robert Foerstermann admitted the Mexican battls had worn him out. He finished a lowly 13th and lost ground in the overall standings, lying third on 199 points. Glaetzer is the new leader on 255 points ahead of Trinidad’s Njisane Nicholas Phillip, who is on 217.
Men’s Scratch – Doull on his own
Winner of the team pursuit in November in Manchester, Owain Doull clinched a fine individual victory this time in the Scratch. The Briton beat Hong Kong’s Lok Cheung while Ukraine’s Roman Lutsyshyn finished third.
Overall – A wide-open race
Crowned in Manchester but only 10th on the Mexican track, Austria’s Andreas Mueller still retained the overall lead on 216 points. But anything can happen in the final event in Guadalajara next month (Jan 17 to 19). Doull is only six points behind while Russia’s Ivan Kovalev is a distant third on 165 points.
Men’s Omnium – First for Davison
Bronze medallist in the Scratch last year in Minsk, Luke Davison bagged his first major victory by winning the Omnium. Starting well with a second place in the flying lap and third in the points race, the Australian struggled in the elimination race, finishing 11th. But he quickly recovered – 4th in the pursuit and the time trial, 6th in the scratch - to end up the most consistent rider of the field. He finally scored 30 points ahead of Belgium’s Jasper De Buyst (34) and Kazakh Artyom Zakharov (36)
Overall - De Buyst retains lead
Belgium’s De Buyst leads the way before the final showdown in Guadalaja. But is a close call as he is on 285 points, only 15 ahead of Davison while Dutchman Tim Veldt Ned is on 248.
Women’s pursuit – Wiasak avenges Australia
Upstaged by Britain in the opening leg of the World Cup, Australia lifted the gauntlet thanks to Rebecca Wiasak. The 29-year-old rider won in 3:28. 884, beating Britain’s Elinor Barker, who is ten years younger, on 3:31.070. Ireland’s Caroline Ryan took the bronze. Wiasak was over the moon on the podium: “It’s a very moving moment. It was the first time I heard the national anthem played for me. There’s no greater feeling,” she said.
Overall – Can Wiasak make it?
Second in Manchester and first in Aguasacalientes, Rebecca Wiasak now leads the World Cup on 285. She can now hope to lift the overall World Cup in Guadalajara as she comfortably leads Caroline Ryan and Poland’s Eugenia Bujak, who are on 225 and 218 points respectively.
Keirin – One more for Vogel
Kristina Vogel has had a perfect start to the season. The all-conquering German won three events in Manchester and is on her way to achieve the same feat in Mexico. After the team sprint, she won the keirin ahead of Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee who finished 0.102 behind while Britain’s Rebecca Angharad James was 0.222 off the pace.
Overall – Vogel of course
Winner of the first two races of the season, Vogel obviously leads the way on 300 points. To make up for lost time Rebecca James (255) must be exceptional next month in the final event. Wai Sze Lee lies third on 248 points.
500 metres – Meares under 33 seconds
In 32.836, at an average speed of 54.817 kph, Australia’s Anna Mares is the new holder of the 500 metres world record. Germany’s Miriam Welte, in 33.062 and world champion Wai Sze Lee of Hong Kong, in 33.296, could only concede the Australian’s superiority: “I’m so proud. It’s a great step forward not only for me but for the sport. I knew it was possible to go under 33 seconds on this track thanks to high altitude. I didn’t realise what a hell of an effort it meant,” she said. But it was a sweet hell in the end. There was no 500 metres in Manchester so the same three lead the World Cup.
Races are broadcast live on www.youtube.com/ucichannel Photo: Australia Anna Meares in action in Aguascalientes
Niki Terpstra will take aim at another Rotterdam Six-Day win. The Dutchman loves racing on the track and says the Six of Rotterdam, January 2 to 7, fits in perfectly with his Omega Pharma-Quick Step road programme.
"Every year during that time, there's a lot of snow, or it's raining or just nasty outside. If you're on the track for six to seven days, it's perfect for road racing," Terpstra said today. "The six-day is not just a preparation for me, though. I like to race in front, to compete in front, and I prefer to win it." Defending champion Terpstra won the six-day last season with Iljo Keisse, who also races for Omega Pharma-Quick Step. They took one lap on all their rivals, including Wim Stroetinga and Peter Schep in second place. "If I'm starting Rotterdam, I want to win," added Terpstra. "For sure, I'll aim for the podium, but my goal is to win." "I train in the Amsterdam Velodrome; it's one of the most beautiful 200-metre tracks in the world. There are not too many 200-metres tracks around and I live close by this one," Terpstra said. "I have many opportunities to train behind the motorbike and to do some Madison training. I'm lucky to be close by to Amsterdam and to be able to train there when I want." Terpstra gets rolling on the road with two winter training camps, one in December and another in January. He said that he wants to begin his season in the Tour of Qatar again. Combined with Rotterdam, it is a perfect start to the year for the classics rider who placed third this April in Paris-Roubaix. Teaming up with Keisse? The Rotterdam organizer is busy confirming its participants, which will be finalized and announced on November 26. Terpstra said that he wants to team with Belgium's Keisse again. "If I'm riding with Iljo I have to be in good shape and I can't let him down."
Glasgow's heart beat again on the penultimate day of competition at the world junior championships as the 238 riders from 32 countries put on a superb show in front of the track- cycling mad British crowd. Before the final curtain today, Australia added a sixth title to their harvest with the gold medal won by Jack Edwards in the omnium. Danielle Khan conquered the sprint after the 500 metres - the Chris Hoy track saw the blossoming of two exceptional talents.
Men's omnium - Edwards makes it two
The sixth rainbow jersey collected by Cycling Australia went to a pure jewel tailored by the Australian Federation - Jack Edwards. Crowned in the team pursuit on the opening night, the rider from down under made it two in one of cycling's trickiest event, omnium. He was joined on the podium by Germany's Marc Jurczyk and Denmark's Casper Pedersen. The Aussie with the golden legs could hardly believe his luck: "I'm so happy! It's just unbelievable to win two gold medals in the same championships. I never imagined it would be possible. After the joy of the team pursuit I can now enjoy a tittle that's entirely mine," he said.
Women's sprint - Khan greeted by James
Winner of the 500 metres, the brilliant Danielle Khan added a line to her record with the sprint title. In the final, the rider from Solihull upstaged Nicky Degreendele, who gave Belgium their first medal in the competition. Silver-medallist in the 500 metres, Melissandre Pain of France won the the third place final to clinch the bronze. After the medal ceremony, Khan received plaudits from world elite champion Rebecca James.
Women's points race - Narrow win for Fidanza
Sixth in the Junior European Road Championships and Italian time trial champion, Arianna Fidanza scored her best victory to date with world gold in the Points Race. But it was a close call for the daughter of former pro rider Giovanni Fidanza as she only beat Autralia's Elissa Wundersitz by one point - 39 to 38. Britain's Hayley Jones took the bronze in front of her home crowd.
Competition ends this Sunday with the women's omnium and keirin as well as the men's sprint and Madison. The events are shown live globally on UCI's Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/ucichannel). Broadcast starts at 2 pm local (13:00 GMT).
Thanks to Lauren Perry’s victory, Australia achieved a near-perfect sweep of pursuit titles, only the women’s team event having failed the Cycling Australia riders. On the third night of the championships, Benjamin Thomas put France back on the map when he won the Points Race. While Germany’s Maximilian Dornbach thrilled the connoisseur crowd in Glasgow’s Chris Hoy arena to snatch the kilometre, the weekend ahead already looks extremely exciting on a super fast track.
Men’s Points Race: Thomas brings a smile back on French faces After the sliver medal won by Melissandre Pain in the 500 metres the previous night, BenjaminThomas relieved France with gold in the men’s Points Race. The Frenchman won in commanding fashion, collecting 40 points to second-placed New-Zealander Laim Aitcheson’s 28. Portugal’s Ivi Emmanuel Alv Oliveira, on 27 points, brought his country their first medal of the competition with bronze. Men’s Kilometre: Dornbach takes his chance A day after his victory in the men’s individual pursuit, Australia’s Zachary Shaw was unable to retain the kilometre crown he won a year ago. He still salvaged some pride with the bronze medal in 1:03.288. Shaw had to leave the honours to European sprint champion Maximilian Dornbach of Germany, who snatched the rainbow jersey in 1:03.129. Third in the Keirin on Thursday, Russia’s Aleksandr Dubchenko made it one better on the kilometre by taking silver in 1:03.227. Women’s pursuit: high five for Perry Lauren Perry added a fifth title to Australia’s tally after both team sprints and both men’s pursuit golds when she won the women’s pursuit on Friday night. Third in the team event a day earlier, Perry covered the three kilometres in 2:27.1560. “I’m a little bit shocked. I can’t believe it. I couldn’t hold my tears on the podium,” she said. Russia’s Natalia Mozharova conquered silver in 2:28.6420 while Britain’s Josie Talbot won the third place match in 2:27.8600.
Saturday’s programme includes the men’s sprint and omnium as well as the women’s sprint, Points Race and omnium. The events are shown live on UCI’s Youtube channel worldwide (http://www.youtube.com/ucichannel). Broadcast starts at 7 pm local (18:00 GMT) and 2 pm (13:00 GMT) on Sunday.
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