Spaniard Joan Llaneras produced a stunning display of endurance and sprint riding here at the Laoshan velodrome to reclaim his Olympic

Beijing Olympic Track: Llaneras and Newton
Beijing Olympic Track: Llaneras and Newton

Photo: Graham Watson

Spaniard Joan Llaneras produced a stunning display of endurance and sprint riding here at the Laoshan velodrome to reclaim his Olympic crown in the men’s points race.

Germany’s Roger Kluge took the silver with Britain’s Christopher Newton taking the bronze.

Llaneras, 39, reclaimed the title he won at Sydney in 2000 after a stunning ride in the 160-lap race which he finished with 60 points.

Kluge, the halfway leader, finished on 58 with Newton on 56.

Llaneras was relatively quiet in the early stages of the race but made one of several decisive moves two laps ahead of the bell signaling the 10th of the race’s 16 sprints where the first four riders over the line can respectively win five, three, two and one point.

Llaneras shouted at Kam Po-wong of Hong Kong to move out of his way as he chased down Milton Wynants of Uruguay, and after taking five points he continued his ride to gain a lap on the peloton, thus picking up 20 points.

That moved him up to second place but Llaneras was joined in the top five of the leaderboard by Newton and Kluge, who had followed his lead and took 20 points each.

Beijing Olympic Track: Llaneras wins.
Beijing Olympic Track: Llaneras wins.

Photo: Graham Watson

Before the bell for the 13th sprint Llaneras and Newton then broke away together, the Spaniard taking five points to the Briton’s three.

Their pace then allowed them to gain a further 20 points each for gaining a lap on a tiring bunch, pushing Llaneras into first place ahead of Kluge with Newton moving up to second.

Kluge was pushed down into third place but the German picked up two points to Llaneras’s one when he burst ahead to take third place on the 14th sprint behind Vasili Kiryienka of Belarus and Greg Henderson of New Zealand.

Llaneras then went on to virtually secure his second Olympic gold when he held off Newton on the penultimate sprint, where he picked up two points to the Englishman’s one.

Points race – Final

1. Joan Llaneras (ESP), 60 pts
2. Roger Kluge (GER), 58
3. Chris Newton (GBR), 56
4. Cameron Meyer (AUS), 36
5. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), 34
6. Daniel Adelhard Kreutzfeldt (DEN), 29
7. Zach Bell (CAN), 27
8. Makoto Iijima (JPN), 23
9. Milan Kadlec (CZE), 22
10. Greg Henderson (NZL), 13
11. Rafal Ratajczyk (POL), 10
12. Iljo Keisse (BEL), 8
13. Angelo Ciccone (ITA), 8
14. Volodymyr Rybin (UKR), 8
15. Kam Po Wong (HKG), 5
16. Milton Ariel Wynants (URU), 5
17. Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS), 4
18. Juan Esteban Curuchet (ARG), 1
19. Marco Arriagada (CHI), 1
20. Peter Schep (NED), 0
21. Christophe Riblon (FRA), -17
Bobby Lea (USA), did not finish
Feng Chun-Kai (TPE), did not finish

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Results

Points race – Final

1. Joan Llaneras (ESP), 60 pts
2. Roger Kluge (GER), 58
3. Chris Newton (GBR), 56
4. Cameron Meyer (AUS), 36
5. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), 34
6. Daniel Adelhard Kreutzfeldt (DEN), 29
7. Zach Bell (CAN), 27
8. Makoto Iijima (JPN), 23
9. Milan Kadlec (CZE), 22
10. Greg Henderson (NZL), 13
11. Rafal Ratajczyk (POL), 10
12. Iljo Keisse (BEL), 8
13. Angelo Ciccone (ITA), 8
14. Volodymyr Rybin (UKR), 8
15. Kam Po Wong (HKG), 5
16. Milton Ariel Wynants (URU), 5
17. Mikhail Ignatyev (RUS), 4
18. Juan Esteban Curuchet (ARG), 1
19. Marco Arriagada (CHI), 1
20. Peter Schep (NED), 0
21. Christophe Riblon (FRA), -17
Bobby Lea (USA), did not finish
Feng Chun-Kai (TPE), did not finish