The penultimate day of competition in Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines saw the conclusion of the Men’s Sprint competition and the start of the Women’s as well as the Women’s Omnium, Men’s Individual Pursuit and Men’s Points Races.

Women’s Sprint 200m TT
Qualifying

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Anastasiia Voinova was back to her best in Sprint qualifying

The first rider up in the Women’s Sprint qualifiers was Rachel James of Great Britain who set the benchmark at 11.175. That lasted until German teen sensation Pauline Grabosch took the track four heats later and recorded a time of 11.030.

Grabosch’s time would keep her at the head of affairs until the final three riders with Tania Calvo of Spain the first rider under 11 seconds – taking over the lead on 10.967. Simona Krupeckaite of Lithuania slotted in between Calvo and Grabosch with an 11.018 but it was Anastasiia Voinova – who had looked – by her high standards – out of sorts in the 500m Time Trial and Keirin – who ended up on top with a 10.951.

Result
1 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA 10.951
2 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN 10.967
3 KRUPECKAITE Simona LITHUANIA 11.018
4 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY 11.030
5 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA 11.042
6 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA 11.150
7 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN 11.175
8 DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM 11.257
9 LAMBERINK Kyra NETHERLANDS 11.281
10 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN 11.297
11 VAN DE WOUW Hetty NETHERLANDS 11.301
12 STARIKOVA Olena UKRAINE 11.378

Women’s Omnium I
Scratch Race

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 4
The Women’s Omnium Scratch Race

The biggest cheer of the day so far was reserved for Finland’s Pia Pensaari who broked away in the early stages of the Scratch race and got within 50 metres of the field before she started to fade. Another group containing Anita Steinberg of Norway, Ausrine Trebaite of Lithuania and Maryna Shmayankova of Belarus caught her and she tried to stay with them, but couldn’t.

They made the junction and Pensaari was stuck out in no man’s land – not being caught by the bunch but not really making any impression on it. She was determined to take the lap, though and kept plugging away. The bunch accelerated and she dropped off. The crowd politely applauded her efforts. Then the bunch slowed again and she kept plugging away until she eventually made it back to them. The crowd cheered – but this was an Omnium Scratch and even with four riders a lap up, every point counts and no sooner had she got on than the bunch was on the move again, with Katie Archibald and Kirsten Wild at the head.

As the last few laps ticked down it looked as though Pensaari might lose the lap again, but she held on – Steinberg taking the win from Trebaite and Shmayankova – with Archibald pipping Wild for fifth.

Result
1 STENBERG Anita NORWAY
2 TREBAITE Ausrine LITHUANIA
3 SHMAYANKOVA Maryna BELARUS
4 PENSAARI Pia FINLAND
5 ARCHIBALD Katie GREAT BRITAIN -1 lap
6 WILD Kirsten NETHERLANDS
7 BALSAMO Elisa ITALY
8 KOPECKY Lotte BELGIUM
9 KLIMCHENKO Tetyana UKRAINE
10 PAVLENDOVA Alzbeta SLOVAKIA

Men’s Individual pursuit
Qualifications

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Mark Stewart of Great Britain in the Men’s Individual Pursuit

The theme of this week’s championship has been youth – with some outstanding performance from Under 23 and even Junior Riders. For a while, though, it looked as though experience would be a factor in the Individual Pursuit with Sylvain Chavanel of France clocking 4:32.350 and Leif Lampeter of Germany 4:20.922. Both would ultimately be good enough for top ten finishes – Lampeter taking 6th overall, but it was youth that dominated in the end.

Reigning World and U23 European Champion Filippo Ganna was 13th after a kilometre and a half but then started taking a couple of tenths of a second a lap out of the field. With two to go he was in the lead and the gap was growing.

He finished on 4:17.298 – two seconds ahead of nearest rival Corentin Ermenault of France. Dion Beukeboom of the Netherlands was third fastest, another second back – and a few tenths quickert than Daniel Staniszewski of Poland.

Result
1 GANNA Filippo ITALY 4:17.298
2 ERMENAULT Corentin FRANCE 4:19.272
3 BEUKEBOOM Dion NETHERLANDS 4:20.298
4 STANISZEWSKI Daniel POLAND 4:20.585

5 OLIVEIRA Ivo PORTUGAL 4:20.629
6 LAMPATER Leif GERMANY 4:20.922
7 LARSEN Niklas DENMARK 4:22.421
8 SAJNOK Szymon POLAND 4:22.524
9 VON FOLSACH Casper DENMARK 4:22.643
10 CHAVANEL Sylvain FRANCE 4:23.350
Women’s Sprint
1/8 Final

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Tatiana Kiseleva of Russia edges out Rebecca James of Great Britain in the tightest of the 1/8 Finals

Five of the six heats reflected the performances in qualifying, with Voinova, Calvo, Krupeckaite, Grabosch and Degrendele all progressing. Tatiana Kiseleva of Russia and Rachel James of Great Britain were the closest qualifiers – just 0.025 seconds separated them – and it was the Russian who progressed. James could only manage second in the Repechages, Kaya Lamberink of the Netherlands taking one spot and Helena Casas of Spain the other.

Results
1 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA *
2 STARIKOVA Olena UKRAINE

1 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN *
2 VAN DE WOUW Hetty NETHERLANDS

1 KRUPECKAITE  Simona LITHUANIA *
2 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN

1 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY *
2 LAMBERINK Kyra NETHERLANDS

1 DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM *
2 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA

1 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA *
2 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN

Repechages
1 LAMBERINK Kyra NETHERLANDS
2 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN
3 STARIKOVA Olena UKRAINE

1 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN
2 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA
3 VAN DE WOUW Hetty NETHERLANDS

Women’s Omnium II
Tempo Race

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Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands and Lotte Kopecky of Belgium rack up the points in the Omnium Tempo Race

In yesterday’s Men’s Omnium, Alberto Torres of Spain dominated the Tempo race by breaking away and holding off the main bunch, racking up lap points before taking the lap. Britain’s Katie Archibald and Italy’s Elisa Balsamo did the same in the Women’s race – although sharing the points between them meant that by the time they took the lap they were on 8 and 6 points respectively.

Then, as the race passed half distance, Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands and Lotte Kopecky of Belgium took off to repeat the trick and kept it going almost to the end of the race – Wild taking enough points to secure the win with 12 and Kopecky second with 10.

Result
1 WILD Kirsten NED 12
2 KOPECKY Lotte BEL 10
3 ARCHIBALD Katie GBR 8
4 BALSAMO Elisa ITA 6
5 ROMANYUTA Evgenia 2
6 BOYLAN Lydia IRL 1
7 HOCHMANN Lucie CZE 1
8 FOURNIER Roxane FRA 1
9 STOCK Gudrun GER 1
10 SHMAYANKOVA Maryna BLR

Women’s Sprint
1/4 Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 4
Tania Calvo of Spain edges past Kyra Lamberink of the Netherlands

Voinova’s run continued as she despatched Casas without the need for a decider – indeed, all the quarter finals were settled in two rides with Casas’ compatriot Calvo making it past Lamberink, Krupeckaite seeing off Kiseleva and Degrendele progressing at the expense of Grabosch.

Results
1 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA **
2 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN

1 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN **
2 LAMBERINK Kyra NETHERLANDS

1 KRUPECKAITE Simona LITHUANIA **
2 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA

1 DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM **
2 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY

Men’s Sprint
1/2 Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 4
Eric Engler of Germany took the second match of his series with Roy van den Berg of the Netherlands to draw level, but it was the Dutch rider who progressed to the final

The Men’s Semis were a different story – Andriy Vynokoruv of the Ukraine continued his good run of form from yesterday, beating fastest qualifier Yakushevskiy in the first match, while Roy van den Berg of the Netherlands went one up in a lively encounter against Eric Engler of Germany. Engler had got to the Semi Finals the hard way, progressing through the Repechages twice – and he fought back to level up the tie – as did Yakushevskiy.

The Russian had the momentum, though and took the decider to progress to the final, while Engler’s luck finally gave out and he had to concede to the Dutch rider.

Results
1 YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel RUSSIA * *
2 VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE *

1 VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS * *
2 ENGLER Eric GERMANY Time:10.496 *

Women’s Omnium

III -Elimination race

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The Omnium Elimination saw one of the favourites for the overall title out relatively early on with Wild taking sixth place. That left her two closest rivals – Archibald and Kopecky – to fight out for top spot. The pair had dropped Stenberg as they headed to the final sprint, but Archibald simply kept that effort going and rode away from the Belgian.

Result
1 ARCHIBALD Katie GREAT BRITAIN
2 KOPECKY Lotte BELGIUM
3 STENBERG Anita NORWAY
4 BALSAMO Elisa ITALY
5 PAVLENDOVA Alzbeta SLOVAKIA
6 WILD Kirsten NETHERLANDS
7 HOCHMANN Lucie CZECH REPUBLIC
8 USABIAGA BALERDI Ana SPAIN
9 BORISSZA Johanna Kitti HUNGARY
10 FOURNIER Roxane FRANCE

Men’s Points race
Final

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Denmark’s Niklas Larsen was in a class of his own in the Men’s Points Race

Niklas Larsen of Denmark completely dominated the Men’s Points Race – taking three laps and four sprints en route to a resounding 30 point victory.

Kenny De Ketele of Belgium and Ollie Wood of Great Britain were within touching distance early on when they took a lap – and the Belgian took another and a handful of minor places in the sprints to consolidate the Silver medal spot.

Going in to the final sprint – with double points on offer – there were eight riders in contention for the Bronze medal – with Wood in pole position on 33 points. He failed to score – as did six of the other contenders – but the seventh, Raman Ramanau of Belarus – took the full ten points – leaping on to the podium by three points.

Result
GOLD
LARSEN Niklas DEN 83
SILVER DE KETELE Kenny BEL 53
BRONZE RAMANAU Raman BLR 36

4 WOOD Oliver GBR 33
5 GRAF Andreas AUT 32
6 VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem NED 31
7 PSZCZOLARSKI Wojciech POL 31
8 SCARTEZZINI Michele ITA 27
9 STRAKHOV Dmitry RUS 26
10 LISS Lucas GER 23

Men’s Sprint
Finals

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 4
After the slight hiccup in the Semis, normal service was resumed as Russia’s Pavel Yakushevskiy took Gold in the Men’s Sprint

The Finals were more straightforward affairs than the Semis. Yakushevskiy was having none of Van Den Berg’s spirited tactics and took the jersey in two matches with Vynokurov taking Bronze without the need for a decider against Engler.

Results
GOLD
YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel RUSSIA **
SILVER VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS

BRONZE VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE **
4 ENGLER Eric GERMANY

Women’s Sprint
Final 5 to 8 places

The consolation race in the Women’s Sprint went to German Junior Grabosch from Casas and Kiseleva.

Result
5 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY
6 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN
7 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA
8 LAMBERINK Kyra NETHERLANDS

Men’s Individual pursuit
Finals

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Corentin Ermenault of France holds on to the Gold medal despite a late charge from Italy’s Filippo Ganna

Filippo Ganna likes to keep the crowd on the edge of their seats, riding to a schedule that’s very biased towards the back end of the race. With 6 laps to go he was over four seconds behind Corentin Ermenault and the French crowd were out of their seats and on their feet cheering him on.

The gaps started to come down – and by big chunks. With two laps to go it was just over two seconds. With one lap to go it was a touch over one second. And by the finish… Ermenault still had three tenths in hand over the reigning World and European U23 Champion.

It was a fantastic rider from the Frenchman – although he was slowing noticeably at the end – and, we suspect, a lesson learned for Ganna.

Beukeboom took the Bronze for the Netherlands.

Results
GOLD
ERMENAULT Corentin FRANCE 4:18.778
SILVER GANNA Filippo ITALY 4:19.084

BRONZE BEUKEBOOM Dion NETHERLANDS 4:20.568
4 STANISZEWSKI Daniel POLAND 4:21.905

Women’s Omnium IV
Points race

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Katie Archibald of Great Britain takes her 

The Women’s Omnium was still relatively close at the start of the Points Race. Archibald on 108 points had a six point cushion over Kopecky with Wild just two points behind the Belgian and Balsomo on 96 and Stenberg on 94. A lap gained would put anyone down to Alzbeta Pavlendova of Slovakia in 8th place in contention.

Archibald was having none of that. She controlled the race without ever taking a sprint – when Kopecky and Wild took a lap, Archibald took a lap. When Wild won two sprints, Archibald was second. On paper, the race was wide open – on the track, nobody else had a look in.

Ride of the race was probably Lydia Boylan of Ireland who took two laps and a couple of sprints to move from 10th to 6th overall, but the Omnium belonged to Archibald.

Result
GOLD
ARCHIBALD Katie GREAT BRITAIN 141
SILVER WILD Kirsten NETHERLANDS 135
BRONZE KOPECKY Lotte BELGIUM 131

4 BALSAMO Elisa ITALY 122
5 STENBERG Anita NORWAY 118
6 BOYLAN Lydia IRELAND 110
7 FOURNIER Roxane FRANCE 89
8 HOCHMANN Lucie CZECH REPUBLIC 79
9 SHMAYANKOVA Maryn BELARUS 79
10 ROMANYUTA Evgenia RUSSIA 75

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