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U.S. sending small squad to track worlds

Just nine American track racers will journey to the 2008 UCI track world championships, held March 26-30 in Manchester, Great Britain. USA Cycling will send sprinters Jennie Reed, Michael Blatchford and Adam Duvendeck as well as endurance riders Sarah Hammer, Michael Friedman, Bobby Lea, Colby Pearce and Taylor Phinney. Reed races endurance and sprint events.

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Track News and Notes: United States, Australia name national track teams for worlds

By Fred Dreier

At 17, Phinney may be on top of many a podium in years to come.

At 17, Phinney may be on top of many a podium in years to come.

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

Just nine American track racers will journey to the 2008 UCI track world championships, held March 26-30 in Manchester, Great Britain. USA Cycling will send sprinters Jennie Reed, Michael Blatchford and Adam Duvendeck as well as endurance riders Sarah Hammer, Michael Friedman, Bobby Lea, Colby Pearce and Taylor Phinney. Reed races endurance and sprint events.

The small squad is in line with USA Cycling’s pledge to bring only athletes with chances of earning medals to track cycling’s biggest annual gatherings. In 2007 the national governing body brought six riders to worlds, held in Mallorca.

Jenny Reed

Jenny Reed

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

“In the past we would bring enough riders for every bike race, even though we’d bring people that everybody knew weren’t going to be competitive,” said Pat McDonough, USA Cycling’s director of athletics. “That’s expensive. Last year we went to the world championships with only six people. Of the team we had, it was a very competitive team, and that is the goal.”

Hammer cranking it up

Hammer cranking it up

Photo: Casey B. Gibson

The U.S. earned two medals at last year’s world championships: Brad Huff’s bronze in the Men’s Omnium and Sarah Hammer’s repeat gold medal in the Individual Pursuit.

The world championships stand as the last chance American athletes will have to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

2008 U.S. team for the UCI World Track Championships

Men
Michael Blatchford (sprint)
Adam Duvendeck (sprint)
Michael Friedman (scratch race, madison)
Bobby Lea (omnium)
Colby Pearce (points race, madison)
Taylor Phinney (individual pursuit)

Women
Sarah Hammer (individual pursuit)
Becky Quinn (scratch race, points race)
Jennie Reed (sprint, keirin)

Aussies Name Track Worlds Squad

Cycling Australia is close to naming its full squad for the 2008 UCI world championships. Australia took a disappointing six medals at the 2007 world championships while its primary rival, Great Britain, grabbed a whopping 11.

Headlining Australia’s sprint squad is reigning world 500-meter sprint champion Anna Meares. The 25-year-old suffered a vertebrae fracture in a crash in the Keirin finals at the Los Angeles World Cup January 20, and was believed to be done for the season. Meares missed the February’s final World Cup in Copenhagen, while recovering from her injury, but is on-track to start in Manchester.

Australia will also bring 2008 individual pursuit World Cup winner Katie Mactier, reigning points race world champion Katherine Bates and men’s sprint stars Ryan Bayley, Ben Kersten and Mark French.

Australia’s men’s endurance squad is still not finalized. However coaches have narrowed the field down to a long team. The team will hold a training camp in Bordeaux, France, from March 10-22 to determine the final selection.

2008 Cycling Australia team for the UCI World Track Championships

Men – Sprint Team
Ryan Bayley
Daniel Ellis
Mark French
Shane Kelly
Ben Kersten
Shane Perkins
Scott Sunderland

Women – Sprint Team
Kaarle McCulloch
Anna Meares

Women – Endurance Team
Katherine Bates
Belinda Goss
Katie Mactier

Men – Endurance Long Team
Jack Bobridge
Graeme Brown
Matthew Goss
Leigh Howard
Mark Jamieson
Brett Lancaster
Bradley McGee
Cameron Meyer
Luke Roberts
Phillip Thuaux

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