Glasgow Track World Cup: Day Three Wrap
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Glasgow Track World Cup: Day Three Wrap

by Ben Atkins at 3:38 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Track, Race Reports and Results
Germany takes the sprint spoils as an Olympic champion shines

glasgow world cupAfter their victories in the Men’s Team Sprint, the Men’s Keirin and the Women’s Sprint on the preceding days, the Germans would be the riders to beat in the Women’s Keirin and Men’s Sprint.

Meanwhile, her usual virtuoso performance in the previous evening’s Elimination Race, gave World and Olympic champion Laura Trott a good chance of taking another home nation triumph.

The Women’s Omnium comes down to a tense 500 metre race
Great Britain’s World and Olympic champion Laura Trott, having forced herself back into contention in the Elimination Race the previous evening, put herself into the lead with victory in the Individual Pursuit. Overnight leader Ashlee Ankudinoff of Australia finished second, meaning both riders were tied on 15 points, but Trott was ahead thanks to her lower accumulated time in the two events against the clock so far. Poland’s Katarzyna Pawlowska kept herself in touch, just one point behind, with third.

Ankudinoff retook the initiative in the Scratch Race however, as she took fifth - as the best of the rest behind a group of four that had lapped the field - when Trott could only manage seventh. The race was won by Russia’s Tamara Balabolina, which pulled her into overall contention, with Lithuanian Ausrine Trebaite second, and Mexico’s Sofia Arreola third.

With Trott now two places behind Ankudinoff the British rider merely had to beat the Australian by two or more places in the final 500 metre time trial event, thanks to her better accumulated time. A bad race from the two of them could still see Pawlowska or Balabolina take the title, however.

Balabolina and Pawlowska were up against one another, on opposite sides of the track, in the penultimate heat, and managed to post the two fastest times. Trott and Ankudinoff were in the final heat however, and, at the halfway point Trott was second fastest, with the Australian only eighth.

This was where Trott was to finish and, although Ankudinoff improved to fourth in the second lap she couldn’t quite overhaul the time of Pawlowska.

Trott and Ankudinoff finished the competition tied on 24 points, with Trott lifting the crowd with a home victory, while Balabolina managed to overtake Pawlowska to take the bronze.

Result Women’s Omnium Individual Pursuit
1. Laura Trott (Great Britain)
2. Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)
3. Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)
4. Caroline Ryan (Ireland)
5. Tamara Balabolina (Russia)

Result Women’s Omnium Scratch Race
1. Tamara Balabolina (Russia)
2. Ausrine Trebaite (Lithuania)
3. Sofia Arreola (Mexico)
4. Leire Olaberria (Spa) Fullgas.Org­Gipuzkoa
5. Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)

Result Women’s Omnium 500 metres
1. Tamara Balabolina (Russia)
2. Laura Trott (Great Britain)
3. Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)
4. Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia)
5. Ausrine Trebaite (Lithuania)

Women’s Omnium final overall standings
1. Laura Trott (Great Britain) 24pts
2. Ashlee Ankudinoff (Australia) 24
3. Tamara Balabolina (Russia) 26
4. Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland) 27
5. Ausrine Trebaite (Lithuania) 30

Kristina Vogel adds Women’s Keirin to Sprint Gold
Germany’s Kristina Vogel added the gold medal in the Women’s Keirin to the one she had taken the previous day in the Sprint. The German, who is one half of the World and Olympic Team Sprint champion team, managed to hold off Russian Ekaterina Gnidenko of Petroholding Leningrad, with Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee managing to go one better than her Sprint fourth place to take the bronze medal.

The Women’s Keirin qualifying went without the crashes, relegations and disqualifications as the men’s; Vogel cruised through her first and second rounds, taking first place each time, and was the rider to beat in the final where she took

Result Women’s Keirin
1. Kristina Vogel (Germany)
2. Ekaterina Gnidenko (Rus) Petroholding Leningrad
3. Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)
4. Olga Panarina (Belarus)
5. Rebecca James (Great Britain)

An all German final wraps up the Men’s Sprint
A final contest between two of Germany’s victorious Team Sprint trio, in Men’s Keirin winner Stefan Boetticher and Robert Forstemann in the Men’s Sprint, guaranteed the country a clean sweep of all the individual sprinting golds in Glasgow. Although Forstemann had been the slightly faster qualifier of the two, it was Boetticher that took the victory in just two legs, to take his own personal weekend victory tally to three.

With Great Britain’s Olympic champion Jason Kenny electing to sit out the Sprint after his crash in the previous day’s Keirin, both German’s had a relatively trouble free route to the final.

Forstemann made his way past RusVelo’s Denis Dmitriev in just two races, while Boetticher beat Spain’s Juan Peralta in a similar manner to set up their all-German final.

Dmitriev beat Peralta in a similar two-race fashion to take the bronze medal.

Result Men’s Sprint
1. Stefan Boetticher (Germany)
2. Robert Forstemann (Germany)
3. Denis Dmitriev (Rus) RusVelo
4. Juan Peralta (Spain)
5. Kevin Sireau (France)


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