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Frenchman Tournant scores first stripes at track world’s

The first rainbow jersey of the 2001 World Track Championship went to Arnaud Tournant of France who won the kilometer time trial for the fourth straight year. Tournant, the final starter in the 21-rider field brought the event to a thrilling climax with a time 1 minute, 2.571 seconds, for a clear victory over last year’s silver medalist, German Soren Lausberg who clocked a 1:03.363 on Tuesday in Antwerp, Belgium. Tournant was the huge favorite, having dominated the event for the past four years since taking Australian Shane Kelly's title in 1998. But the Frenchman went one better than

By Martin Ayres, VeloNews Correspondent

The first rainbow jersey of the 2001 World Track Championship went to Arnaud Tournant of France who won the kilometer time trial for the fourth straight year. Tournant, the final starter in the 21-rider field brought the event to a thrilling climax with a time 1 minute, 2.571 seconds, for a clear victory over last year’s silver medalist, German Soren Lausberg who clocked a 1:03.363 on Tuesday in Antwerp, Belgium.

Tournant was the huge favorite, having dominated the event for the past four years since taking Australian Shane Kelly’s title in 1998. But the Frenchman went one better than three-time winner Kelly, joining East German Lothar Thoms (1977-1981) as the only other four-time world kilometer time-trial champion.

“I’m delighted. Now my name is a bit more engrained into the history books,” Tournant said. “But I’m a bit surprised at the gap between my time and that of Lausberg. I didn’t think it would be so important.

Surprise package of the championship was Poland’s Grzegorz Kreijner whose 1:03.567 for four laps of the indoor track saw him improve three places on last year to claim the bronze medal.

Meanwhile, America’s three sprinters plus Canada’s Lori-Ann Muenzer all qualified for the first round of the women’s match sprint.

Tanya Lindenmuth clocked fourth fastest time in the 200-meter qualifying time trial with 11.753; Jennie Reed placed sixth in 11.779 and Tammy Thomas was 15th fastest in 12.120.

Qualifying times counted for little in the first match sprint round however, as Thomas proved too fast for Lindenmuth in an all-American heat, while Reed lost out to Ukraine’s Iryna Yanovych. However Reed fought her way back into the competition by winning her three-up repechage, but Lindenmuth exited at this stage.

The eighth-finals saw last year’s silver medalist Munezer narrowly defeat Reed, while Thomas had an easier task in beating Venezuela’s Daniela Larreal.

The women’s sprint quarterfinals will be contested on Thursday night, with the finals slated for Friday.

America’s only entry in the men’s individual pursuit, Mike Tillman failed to qualify for the next round, after recording 15th fastest time of 4:39.131.

The highlight of the day was an appearance by Lance Armstrong. The three-time Tour de France winner with UCI president Hein Verbruggen at the track side restaurant before mingling informally with riders, officials and press in the teams’ enclosure.

AFP contributed to this report

Results

TRACK WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, Antwerp, Belgium. September 26-30; Men; Kilometer time trial final; 1. Arnaud Tournant (F), 1:02.571 (57.535 kph); 2. Soren Lausberg (G), 1:03.363; 3. Grzegorz Krejner (Pol), 1:03.567; 4. Herve Gane (F), 1:03.798; 5. Arnaud Duble (F), 1:03.815; 6. Stefan Nimke (G), 1:03.828; 7. Herve Thuet (F), 1:03.853; 8. Chris Hoy (GB), 1:03.980; 9. Theo Bos (Nl), 1:04.612; 10. Andrei Vynokurov (Ukr), 1:04.825; Pursuit qualification round (top eight qualify for 2nd round); 1. Alexandre Symonenko (Ukr), 4:26.098 (51.115 kph); 2. Jens Lehmann (G), 4:27.807; 3. Stefan Steinweg (G), 4:31.969; 4. Thomas Liese (G), 4:32.319; 5. Jerome Neuville (F), 4:32.883; 6. Sergi Escobar (Sp), 4:34.370; 7. Bradley Wiggins (GB), 4:34.861; 8. Franco Marvulli (Swi), 4:35.588; Second round (two best times qualify for final); 1. Alexandre Symonenko (Ukr), 4:25.813; 2. Jens Lehmann (G), 4:27.126; 3. Stefan Steinweg (G), 4:28.844; 4. Jerome Neuville (F), 4:31.081; 5. Sergi Escobar (Sp), 4:31.896; 6. Thomas Liese (G), 4:35.249; Brad Wiggins (GB) and Franco Marvulli (Swi) caught before end of race; Final for 1st place (Thursday); Symonenko vs. Lehmann; Final for 3rd place (Thursday); Steinweg vs. Neuville; Women; Sprint qualifications (first 18 qualify for last 16); 1. Svetlana Granvoskaia (Rus), 11.692 (61.581 kph); 2. Katrin Meinke (G), 11.710; 3. Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can), 11.728; 4. Tanya Lindenmuth (USA), 11.753; 5. Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr), 11.765; 6. Jennie Reed (USA), 11.779; 7. Magali Humbert (F), 11.849; 8. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr), 11.892; 9. Tamilia Abassova (Rus), 11.899; 10. Daniela Larreal (Ven), 11.958; 11. Susann Panzer (G), 11.959; 12. Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hun), 11.990; 13. Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr), 12.041; 14. Kerrie Meares (Aus), 12.061; 15. Tammy Thomas (USA), 12.120; 16. Celine Nivert (F), 12.129; 17. Elizabeth Williams (Nz), 12.204; 18. Daniela Claussnitzer (G), 12.253; Sprint last 16; Svetlana Granvoskaia (Rus), 12.685, def. Daniela Claussnitzer (G); Katrin Meinke (G), 12.946, def. Elizabeth Williams (Nz); Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can), 12.559, def. Celine Nivert (F); Tammy Thomas (USA), 12.630, def. Tanya Lindenmuth (USA); Kerrie Meares (Aus), 12.463, def. Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr); Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr), 12.468, def. Jennie Reed (USA); Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hun), 13.115, def. Magali Humbert (F); Susann Panzer (G), 12.434, def. Iryna Yanovych (Ukr); Daniela Larreal (Ven), 12.102, def. Tamilia Abassova (Rus); Last 16 repechages (winners qualify, losers eliminated); Jennie Reed (USA), 13.409, def. Daniela Claussnitzer (G) and Tamilia Abassova (Rus); Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr), 12.412, def. Elizabeth Williams (Nz) and Magali Humbert (F); Iryna Yanovych (Ukr), 13.004, def. Celine Nivert (F) and Tanya Lindenmuth (USA); Sprint (last 16 winners qualify for quarters, losers in repechages); Iryna Yanovych (Ukr),12.174, def. Svetlana Granvoskaia (Rus); Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr), 12.056, def. Katrin Meinke (G); Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can), 12.688, def. Jennie Reed (USA); Tammy Thomas (USA), 12.647, def. Daniela Larreal (Ven); Susann Panzer (G), 13.101, def. Kerrie Meares (Aus); Szilvia Szabolcsi (Hun), 12.614, def. Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr); Last 16 repechages (winners qualify for quarters, losers eliminated): Svetlana Granvoskaia (Rus), 12.508, def. Daniela Larreal (Ven) and Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr); Katrin Meinke (G), 12.582, def. Jennie Reed (USA) and Kerrie Meares (Aus)