By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
Americans Tanya Lindenmuth, Tammy Thomas and Jeff LaBauve all took care of business Saturday morning, moving out of the qualifying rounds of the match sprint. Also getting through was San Diego resident Josiah Ng (Malaysia), who has already won a bronze medal in the keirin here at the opening round of the UCI track World Cup in Monterrey, Mexico.
On the men’s side, LaBauve was the fourth fastest qualifier, posting a 10.779 on the 333.33-meter concrete track at the Nuevo Leon Velodromo. Germany’s Rene Wollf was the fastest man in the morning, clocking a 10.593. Fellow German Mathias John (10.661) and Cuba’s Julio Herrera (10.681) were second and third. Ng posted the seventh fastest time, 10.925. Canadian Steen Madsen was 14, with an 11.019.
U.S. team member Giddeon Massie missed the top-18 cut-off, ending up 21st (11.097).
The top 18 riders then moved onto round 1 where LaBauve and Ng were among the nine winners, who all stayed alive for the evening session. Canada’s Madsen lost his match with Spain’s Salvador Melia, but came back to win his repechage heat to stay alive as well.
All three North Americans now enter the 1/8 final. Loses in the 1/8 mean a trip to the repechage, where riders have one final chance to stay alive.
Lindenmuth was the top American female rider in the qualifying round. She posted an 11.863, good enough for fourth. The top spot went to Russian Svetlana Grankovskaia (11.693). Belarus’ Natallia Markaunichenka (11.703) was second, with Canada’s Lori Ann Muenzer (11.862) third.
Thomas ended up seventh (11.947). The top 12 women moved into the next round.
There Lindenmuth, Thomas and Canada’s Muenzer all won their heats, advancing to the quarterfinals. The women’s quarters is two out of three, with winners moving into the medal round.
Thomas won silver in this event at last year’s world’s. Muenzer won the bronze. Grankovskaia is the reigning world champion.
The morning’s other action saw qualifying in the team pursuit. Great Britain’s four-man squad of Russel Anderson, Tim Buckle, Stephen Cummings and Paul Manning posted the fastest time, 4:21.746. Belarus, the Netherlands and Spain also moved into the medal round, with Great Britain set to take on Belarus in the gold medal match.
Neither the U.S. or Canada fielded a team for the event.
Check back to VeloNews.com later for a report on the rest of the day’s racing, which includes two more sprint rounds, team pursuit finals, the men’s and women’s scratch races and the women’s 500-meter time trial.
The TT will be the highlight of the day, as homecountry hero and reigning world champion Nancy Contreras takes the track.