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By Martin Ayres , VeloNews correspondent
Swiss six-day star Bruno Risi took the world points race title for the fourth time in nine years at the Antwerp Sportpaleis on Saturday evening. Risi controlled the race throughout. He led a nine-man group that lapped the field just before half distance and built an unbeatable points score.
Argentina’s Juan Curuchet took the silver after finishing the 40-kilometer race in the same lap as Risi but with six fewer sprint points. Franz Stocher of Austria placed third, a further six points in arrears.
America’s only rider, Jame Carney, led the race on points in the early stages but missed the decisive move. Carney continue to shine in the sprints and built the third highest points score. But it was all to no avail, because he remained a prisoner in the bunch one lap down on the medalists.
“It was so frustrating, but I’ll be back to tomorrow to give it everything in the Madison,” said Carney.
The men’s match sprint turned into a French benefit as Arnaud Tournant beat compatriot Laurent Gane 2-1 in the best-of-three final, to add the sprint to the kilometer time trial title he won earlier.
Florian Rousseau defeated Germany’s Jens Fiedler to complete a French clean sweep of the medals.
Men’s points race final (40km);
1. Bruno Risi (Swi) 29 pts.; 2. Juan Esteban Curuchet (Arg) 23; 3. Franz Stocher (Aut) 17; 4. Milton Wynants (URU) 13; 5. Gregory Henderson (NZ) 10; 6. Robert Sassone (F) 6; 7. Milan Kadlec (Cz) 6; 8. Noriyuki Iijima (Jp) 6; 9. Juan Rossello Llaneras (Sp) 1; 10. Jame Carney (USA) 21; (one lap behind); 11. Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) 10 (olb);
Men’s sprint semifinals;
Laurent Gane (F) 10.993 beat Arnaud Tournant (F);
Tournant 10.892 beat Gane;
Tournant 10.572 beat Gane;
1. Arnaud Tournant (F);
2. Laurent Gane (F);
3. Florian Rousseau (F)