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Aussies win track World Cup on home turf; Dutch take overall series title

The Netherlands emerged the overall winners of track cycling's World Cupafter finishing second to Australia in the fourth and final event in Sydneyon Sunday.The Australians ended the Sydney leg with 132 points after claimingfour gold, two silver and three bronze medals and six other top ten placingsto finish 12 points clear of the Netherlands.The Dutch came away from the final event with six gold medals and 120points but it was enough to crown them overall World Cup champion nationwith 360 points from Russia (324), Great Britain (297) and Australia (281).Australian Anna Meares won her

By Agence France Presse

The Netherlands emerged the overall winners of track cycling’s World Cupafter finishing second to Australia in the fourth and final event in Sydneyon Sunday.The Australians ended the Sydney leg with 132 points after claimingfour gold, two silver and three bronze medals and six other top ten placingsto finish 12 points clear of the Netherlands.The Dutch came away from the final event with six gold medals and 120points but it was enough to crown them overall World Cup champion nationwith 360 points from Russia (324), Great Britain (297) and Australia (281).Australian Anna Meares won her second gold of the Sydney meet Sundaywith victory in the keirin, which also earned her the title of keirin WorldCup Series champion.Italian teenager Annalisa Cucinotta sprinted strongly to claim the women’sscratch race ahead of Australian Katherine Bates and New Zealand’s CatherineSell.France claimed the gold — and overall World Cup crown for the event– in the team sprint final with Gregory Bauge, Arnaud Tournant and FrancoisPervis riding 44.837 seconds to defeat Japan’s Kazuya Narita, Yusho Oikawaand Kazunari Watanabe (46.526).Australia’s combination of Ben Kersten, Jobie Dajka and Joel Leonardposted 46.267 seconds to beat China in the ride off for third place.Ukraine pair Dmytro Grabovskyy and Volodymyr Rybin lapped the field52 laps from home and defended their lead to the finish to win gold inthe 160-lap (40km) Madison over Denmark’s Michael Morkov and Alex Rasmussenwith Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish and Thomas White third.The Los Angeles World Championships take on place on March 23-27.World Cup track cycling results Sunday
Men
Team Sprint
1. France
2. Japan
3. Australia

Madison
1. Ukraine
2. Denmark
3. Great Britain

Women
Scratch Race
1. Annalisa Cucinotta (ITA)
2. Katherine Bates (AUS)
3. Catherine Sell (NZL)

Keirin
1. Anna Meares (AUS)
2. Guo Shuang (CHN)
3. Jennie Reed (USA)

Final overall positions (after four World Cup events)
Teams
1. Netherlands 360
2. Russia 324
3. Great Britain 297
4. Australia 281
5. Germany 271
6. France 241
7. Italy 213
8. Ukraine 187
9. USA 165
10. New Zealand 129