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By VeloNews Interactive wire services , Copyright AFP2002
Britain’s Chris Hoy won the men’s kilometer time trial in dramatic fashion in Copenhagen on Thursday with a blistering time which left France’s world champion Arnaud Tournant in second place by the slimmest of margins.
The Scot clocked 1:01.893 – the first time of the evening under 1:02 – to relegate Australian Shane Kelly from top spot on the leader board.
Kelly, the former three-time world champion, had set the early pace with an impressive 1:02.18.
Tournant, the first kilo rider ever to break the minute barrier in a ride at altitude last October in La Paz, is considered the world’s authority in the event and was still tipped for the gold.
Indeed, the Frenchman looked like he was well on his way to claiming a record-setting fifth world title when he led Hoy by a few hundredths of a second at the halfway mark.
However, the 24-year-old Frenchman wavered on the final lap, finishing just one thousandth of a second outside Hoy’s time in 1:01.894 – equal to one and a half centimeters on Copenhagen’s super-fast 250-meter track. Former world champion Kelly finished third in 1:02.128.”It’s unbelievable. This is my seventh world championships and my first individual medal,” Hoy told AFP after ending his nervous wait to see Tournant finish in second place.
However the Scot immediately paid tribute to the man he beat.
“All credit to Arnaud. I mean he’s still an incredible rider who most people usually consider a machine; so to beat him is just incredible,” he said. “He won three world titles last year, and not many people do that in one championships, and he’s certainly not finished yet.”
Earlier in the day, Natallia Tsylinskaya of Belarus was crowned the new world 500-meter time trial champion.
Tsylinskaya, who recently dropped her married name, Markovnichenko, after her divorce, averaged 51.667kph over the two-lap event to clock the fastest time of 34.838sec from a field of 18 riders.
Mexico’s Nancy Contreras, the defending champion, came second in 34.898 with Kerrie Meares continuing Australia’s medals haul with a bronze medal taking third place in 34.964.
“It was a difficult race for me because I was one of the first riders to start so I was nervous right up until the end,” said Tsylinskaya, who has held the world sprint and 500m time trial titles under her married name.
Tsylinskaya had plenty of reason to worry as Contreras, the last rider to leave the rider’s starting block, was being urged on furiously by her coach.
“It was practically the only thing I could hear,” she said.
“I knew it was going to be a tough race,” Contreras said. “I was pretty sure the fight for the gold medal would come down to me and Tsylinskaya. But I’m pretty young and I think I can win the title back.”
Meares, said the bronze medal qualifies as the “highlight” of her blossoming senior career, was beaming with pride after adding Australia’s fifth medal to the pile after their four-medal haul on the first day.
“Yeah it’s great, especially now I can say I’m in the 34 (second) club,” she remarked, after bettering her personal best of 35.08 with a sub-35 second time of 34.964.
Tanya Lindenmuth finished a disappointed fifth in the women’s 500 metres time trial. Lindenmuth’s 34.838sec was a personal best and temporarily placed her second behind Natalia Tsylinskaya of Belarus. However, the American woman then had to endure a torrid few minutes as the last three starters all bettered her time.
Tsylinskaya’s 34.838 withstood all assaults. She remained in top spot and took the title. Defending champion Nancy Contreras-Reyes of Mexico won silver in 34.898 and Commonwealth champion Kerrie Meares of Australia placed third in 34.964.
“I can’t criticize my ride‚” Lindenmuth said. “I just want to go faster in future.”
Confusion reigns in men’s scratch race
Franco Marvulli of Switzerland won the men’s 15km scratch race – debuting as a World Championships medal event at these Games – amidst a flurry of controversy. The published race rules, which all racers and coaches adhered to, were changed during competition by race officials.
After a group of four riders lapped the field, officials fired the gun, signaling the other competitors to leave the track. Confused, the field of riders, all of whom expected to complete the entire 15km race distance, paused as they tried to understand what had happened. Officials then indicated that the group of four riders who lapped the field were to sprint for five laps to determine the medal placings.
Marvulli won the gold, with Tony Gibb of Great Britain winning silver and Stefan Steinweg of Germany taking bronze. USA’s Marty Nothstein (Trexlertown, Pa. – Navigators Cycling Team) finished a disappointing 21st.
“Clearly, what happened tonight is a different interpretation of the rules that were set this morning, this afternoon or even this evening,” said Nothstein. “So the race surprised a lot of people – it should never have ended – because the rules were that everyone had to do the full distance [15km]. And if anyone was lapped in the field, they would have to ride an additional five laps. Four guys lapped the field…and most of the riders, including myself, were waiting for our opportunity to try to get a lap at that point, but they stopped the race. I think a lot of guys feel like they were cheated, because you can’t make every break, and you can’t get in every move.
“To be honest with you, it’s a complete mess…a total debacle,” said Nothstein. “The officials didn’t even know what has happening, as you could tell by the reaction of the fans. It was an unfair race.
“There’s really no game plan in a race like this,” Nothstein continued. “It’s very hard and extremely fast…you pick and chose your moves. I chased really hard right before the break-away went, and the other guys slipped away. A lot of good guys missed a break, and were resting and waiting to make their move. But the officials fired the gun, and everybody was standing there, not knowing what happened. If you read the communiqué that they sent out [earlier in the day], it’s totally different than what happened out there. “
“This isn’t the way I wanted to race in the World Championships,” said Nothstein. “Nobody knew what was happening out there…this is the first time I’ve ever seen this happen. And it’s too bad, because my legs felt pretty good, and I was waiting for my turn to get a lap up on the field. I think a lot of guys were, and then they unexpectedly stopped the race.”
Race officials declared the results official, after protests were filed by a number of countries.
Four by four
Australia’s team pursuiters are on course to add the world title to their Commonwealth Games gold after an impressive display in the qualifying round at Copenhagen’s Ballerup track this morning.
Peter Dawson, Brett Lancaster, Mark Renshaw and Stephen Wooldridge clocked 4:02.633 to claim pole position, 3.427 seconds ahead of second-placed Great Britain.
Germany qualified in third place a further 2.162 seconds adrift, with defending champions Ukraine back in fourth spot.
The Australians rested individual pursuit silver medallist Luke Roberts. However he is set to return in Friday’s first round proper.
The stage is set for a repeat of the Manchester Commonwealth Games final, in which Australia defeated Britain in a world record 3:59.583.
American Erin Mirabella qualified for the women’s pursuit with a 3000-meter ride of 3:40.667, which left her in seventh place.
Mirabella was no match for world points race champion Olga Slioussareva in the next round and went out of the competition. Russia’s Slioussareva will meet World and Olympic champion Leontien Zijlaard Van Moorsel in Friday’s final.
Women’s Individual pursuit
Qualifying (first eight qualify for second round.)
1. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel (Ned) 3min 31.944sec
2. Olga Slusareva (Rus) 3:35.683
3. Katherine Bates (Aus) 3:35.969
4. Emma Davies (Gbr) 3:38.148
5. Maria Luisa Calle (Col) 3:38.728
6. Elena Tchalykh (Rus) 3:38.853
7. Erin Mirabella (USA) 3:40.667
8. Sara Symington (Gbr) 3:41.256
9. Cathy Moncassin (Fra) 3:41.672
10. Anouska van der See (Ned) 3:41.783,
11. Vera Koedooder (Ned) 3:43.524
12. Christina Becker (Ger) 3:43.990
13. Lada Kozlikova (Cze) 3:44.930,
14. Gemma Pascual (Spa) 3:46.084,
15. Pernille Jakobsen (Den) 3:49.952
16. Rasa Mazeikyte (Ltu) 3:50.817
17. Vera Carrera (Ita) 3:51.897
18. Evelyn Garcia (Salvador) 3:56.928
Belem Guerrero Mendez (Mex)
Ju Hai Zhao (Chn)
1. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel (Ned) 3min 32.365
2. Olga Slusareva (Rus)3:35.669
3. Katherine Bates (Aus) 3:35.857
4. Emma Davies (Gbr) 3:38.530
5. Elena Tchalykh (Rus) 3:38.588
6. Maria Luisa Calle (Col) 3:42.045
7. Sara Symington (Gbr) 3:42.289
8. Erin Mirabella (USA) 3:44.225
Final scheduled for Friday evening
Women’s 500-meter time trial
1. Natallia Tsylinskaya (Blr) 34.838
2. Nancy Contreras (Mex) 34.898
3. Kerrie Meares (Aus) 34.964
4. Katrin Meinke (Ger) 35.180
5. Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) 35.185
6. Kathrin Freitag (Ger) 35.365
7. Julie Paulding (Gbr) 35.542
8. Tamilla Abbassova (Rus) 35.556
9. Celine Nivert (Fra) 35.590
10. Anna Meares (Aus) 35.610
11. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr) 36.025
12. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned) 36.048
13. Tatiana Malianova (Rus) 36.109
14. Rebecca Conzelman (USA) 36.230
15. Yumari Gonzalez (Cub) 36.391
16. Tatiana Makarova (Rus) 36.668,
17. Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hun) 36.7786,
18. Laura Yoisten (Can) 38.187
Men’s Kilometre time trial – Final
1. Chris Hoy (Gbr) 1min 01.893sec
2. Arnaud Tournant (Fra) 1:01.894,
3. Shane Kelly (Aus) 1:02.128,
4. Soren Lausberg (Ger) 1:02.164,
5. Jamie Staff (Gbr) 1:20.780,
6. Ben Kersten (Aus) 1:02.831,
7. Theo Bos (Ned) 1:02.959,
8. Mattieu Mandard (Fra) 1:03.587
9. Grzegorz Krejner (Pol) 1:03.600
10. Arnaud Duble (Fra) 1:03.809
11. Herve Gane (Fra) 1:03.976
12. Teun Mulder (Ned) 1:04.041
13. Ahmed Lopez (Cub) 1:04.156
14. Masaki Inoue (Jpn) 1:04.353
15. Keiichi Omori (Jpn) 1:04.500
16. David Cabrero (Spa) 1:04.568
17. Carsten Bergemann (Ger) 1:04.461
18. Grzegorz Trebski (Pol) 1:04.869
19. Ruben Donet (Spa) 1:05.106
20. Wilson Meneses (Col) 1:05.357
21. Athanasios Mantzouranis (Gre) 1:05.648
22. Benjamin Martinez (Bol) 1:05.747
23. Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) 1:06.158,
24. Andriy Vynokurov (Ukr) 1:06.537
Team pursuit (4000m)
Qualifying (eight best times qualify for 2nd round)
1. Australia (Peter Dawson, Brett Lancaster, Mark Renshaw, Stephen
Wooldridge) 4min 02.633sec
2. Britain (Stephen Cummings, Chris Newton, Brian Steel, Bradley Wiggins)
3. Germany (Christian Bach, Guido Fulst, Christian Lademann, Jens Lehmann)
4. Ukraine (Sergiy Chernyavskyy, Roman Kononenko, Vataliy Popkov, Alexander
5. France (Philippe Gaumont, Fabien Merciris, Franck Perque, Fabien
6. Colombia (Arles Castro Laverde, Leonardo Duque, Alexander Petta
Gonzalez, Jose Serpa Perez) 4:09.257,
7. Netherlands (Jens Mouris, Peter Schep, Robert Slippens, Wilco Zuijderwijk)
8. Russia (Sergey Klimov, Alexei Markov, Alexander Serov, Denis Smyslov)
9. Spain (Sergi Escobar, Guillermo Ferrer, Cristobal Forcadell, Asier
10. Poland (Robert Karsnicki, Marcin Mientki, Jaroslaw Rebiewski, Pawel
11. Belarus (Dzmitry Aulasenka, Vasil Kiryienka, Viktar Rapinski, Yauhen
12. Czech Republic (Martin Blaha, Libor Hlavac, Milan Kadlec, Petr
13. Italy (Angelo Ciccone, Alessandro Mazzolani, Massimo Strazzer,
Maicol Valgiusti) 4:15.871
14. Lithuania (Sergejus Apionkinas, Linas Balciunas, Aivaras Baranauskas,
Raimondas Vilcinskas) 4:16.094
15. Greece (Aggelos Armenatgzoglou, Basileios Gianniosis, Elpidoforos
Potouridis, Kostantinos Rodopoulos) 4:21.701
16. Denmark (Morten Christiansen, Jimmy Hansen, Jens-Erik Madsen, Denis
Final scheduled for Friday
Scratch final (15km)
1. Franco Marvulli (Swi)
2. Tony Gibb (Gbr)
3. Stefan Steinweg (Ger)
4. Volodymyr Rybin (Ukr)
5. Juan De La Rosa (Mex)
6. Noriyuki Iijima (Jpn)
7.Jukka Heinikainen (Fin)
8. Roland Garber (Ned)
9. Jos Pronk (Ned)
10. Matthew Gilmore (Bel)
11. Alex Rasmussen (Den)
12. Leonardo Duque (Col)
13. Graeme Brown (Aus)
14. Miguel Rieira (Spa)
15. Ivan Vrba (Cze)
16. Marcin Mientki (Pol)
17. Alexei Chmidt (Rus)
18. Ruben Bongiorno (Arg)
19. Martin Liska (Svk)
20. Robert Slippens