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By Agence France Presse
World sprint champion Theo Bos claimed his second win of the Sydney UCI World Cup track cycling meet in Sydney with victory over Australian Jobie Dajka in the sprint on Saturday.
Bos won his final 2-0 and led another night of Dutch success at the Dunc Gray Velodrome with compatriots Marlijn Binnendijk winning the women’s individual pursuit and Yvonne Hijgenaar claiming the 500m time trial.
Bos, who won the world title in Melbourne last May, beat eight-time world champion Laurent Gane of France for the keirin title on Friday’s opening night along with Levi Heimans win in the men’s 4km individual pursuit and Wim Stroetinga in the men’s 15km scratch race.
Bos maintained his form by overpowering Dajka in the second race in the best-of-three final, sprinting away in the back straight in the penultimate lap to steal the race from the Australian.
A two-time former world championship silver medalist in the sprint, Dajka was aiming to take the challenge to Bos this week while Australia’s Ryan Bayley, who beat Bos in the Olympic sprint final in Athens last year, recovers from rib, shoulder and hip injuries.
French pair Arnaud Tournant and Gregory Bauge fought out a tough battle for bronze with Tournant winning in a lunge on the line.
Ukraine’s Volodymyr Rybin won the men’s 30km points race from Ioannis Tamouridis of Greece.
Hijgenaar took out the women’s 500m individual time trial in 35.024, just ahead of Italy’s Elisa Frisoni in 35.204 with Canadian Olympic sprint champion Lori-Ann Muenzer third.
In the women’s 3km individual pursuit, Binnendijk beat Kiwi Dale Tye by almost three seconds in the final in 3:48.742.
Binnendijk did a personal best time in her first year on the senior circuit.
“I’m very happy to have my first senior major win and my real aim is Beijing (the 2008 Olympics),” the former speed skater said.
New Zealand led all the way to beat Britain by almost 1.7 seconds in the gold medal race in the 4km team pursuit, with Australia beating Russia for bronze.
The British team went into the race without injured teenager Thomas Geraint. The Welsh rider was badly hurt in a training accident on Thursday, falling heavily on his bike and spearing himself in the spleen, which was removed in hospital early Saturday, team officials said.
The Sydney World Cup finishes on Sunday with four finals ahead of next month’s world championships in Los Angeles.