The second day of competition at the European Track Championships in Paris saw the conclusion of the Team Pursuit competitions, the Team Sprint – in the new three-round format – and the reverse of yesterday’s bunch races – the Women’s Scratch and the Men’s Elimination Race.
Women’s Team Pursuit
The first round of the Team Pursuit almost reflected qualifying with the two fastest teams – Italy and Poland – winning their heats and proceeding to the Gold Medal ride and third fastest team Great Britain setting the fastest time of the rest to qualify for the Bronze Medal ride.
The only ‘upset’ was seventh fastest qualifier France – spurred on by the home crowd and with Laurie Berthon in for Psaclae Jeuland – who took six seconds off their qualifying performance to set the next best time and join Great Britain in the race for Bronze.
1 FRANCE (DELZENNE Elise, DEMAY Coralie, FOURNIER Roxane, BERTHON Laurie) 4:30.306
2 RUSSIA (BADYKOVA Gulnaz, IAKOVENKO Anastasiia, OSHURKOVA Elizaveta, CHEKINA Aleksandra) 4:34.368
1 BELGIUM (CROKET Gilke, DOM Annelies, KOPECKY Lotte, DRUYTS Lenny) 4:33.589
2 IRELAND (BOYLAN Lydia, BURNS Eileen, GURLEY Lydia, TURVEY Anna) 4:43.802
1 POLAND (KACZKOWSKA Justyna, PIETRZAK Lucja, PIKULIK Daria, PLOSAJ Nikol) 4:26.119
2 GREAT BRITAIN (KAY Emily, KHAN Dannielle, LLOYD Manon, NELSON Emily) 4:27.298
1 ITALY (PATTARO Francesca, GUDERZO Tatiana, FRAPPORTI Simona, VALSECCHI Silvia) 4:25.479
2 BELARUS (SHMAYANKOVA Maryna, PIVOVAROVA Polina, SAVENKA Ina, SHARAKOVA Tatsiana) 4:31.809
Men’s Team Pursuit
France qualified fastest and narrowly won their heat against Russia to reach the Gold Medal final while Italy beat Denmark – who had out-qualified them by a tenth of a second – by two seconds to take the other slot.
Fifth fastest qualifier the Netherlands improved by four seconds to book a place in the Bronze Medal ride alongside sixth fastest qualifiers Great Britain who’d swapped Steven Burke for Ollie Wood and set the second fastest time of the round.
1 GREAT BRITAIN (BOSTOCK Matthew, WOOD Oliver, EMADI COFFIN Kian, STEWART Mark) 3:57.945
2 BELGIUM (DE KETELE Kenny, DE PAUW Moreno, DE VYLDER Lindsay, GHYS Robbe) 4:01.800
1 NETHERLANDS (BEUKEBOOM Dion, EEFTING Roy, PIETERS Roy, VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem) 3:58.465
2 POLAND (CZUBAK Dawid, SAJNOK Szymon, STANISZEWSKI Daniel, TEKLINSKI Adrian) 4:03.333
1 ITALY (BERTAZZO Liam, CONSONNI Simone, LAMON Francesco, SCARTEZZINI Michele) 3:57.564
2 DENMARK (LARSEN Niklas, MADSEN Frederik Rodenberg, PEDERSEN Casper Phillip, VON FOLSACH Casper) 3:59.334
1 FRANCE (DENIS Thomas, ERMENAULT Corentin, MAITRE Florian, CHAVANEL Sylvain) 3:59.334
2 RUSSIA (KURBATOV Alexey, MANAKOV Viktor, SHILOV Sergey, SOKOLOV Dmitry) 4:00.094
Women’s Team Sprint
There two minor surprises in qualifying for the Team Sprint were Spain’s second fastest time – just a couple of tenths behind favourites Russia – and Germany’s sixth. Fifth for a Junior (albeit a multiple Junior World Champion) and a team pursuit rider really wasn’t a bad performance, but after seeing Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel at or near the top of the leaderboard for so long, it did shuffle the order a little.
The new competition format also meant that the teams would have to do two more rides and nobody was certain how they would react to that.
1 RUSSIA (SHMELEVA Daria, VOINOVA Anastasiia) 33.811
2 SPAIN (CALVO BARBERO Tania, CASAS ROIGE Helena) 34.095
3 NETHERLANDS (BRASPENNINCX Shanne, LAMBERINK Kyra) 34.199
4 LITHUANIA (KRUPECKAITE Simona, MAROZAITE Migle) 34.202
5 GREAT BRITAIN (JAMES Rachel, RICHARDSON Eleanor) 34.681
6 GERMANY (GRABOSCH Pauline, STOCK Gudrun) 35.544
7 UKRAINE (BASOVA Liubov, ZALIZNA Valeriia) 35.634
8 ITALY (MANZONI Gloria, VECE Miriam) 35.856
Men’s Team Sprint
The Men’s qualification had a more familiar look to it with Germany top of the table on a 43.434 and Great Britain’s Under 23 European Champion trio in second just six hundredths behind. The more experienced French trio took third just under two tenths behind with Poland in fourth.
1 GERMANY (ENGLER Eric, FORSTEMANN Robert, MAY Jan) 43.434
2 GREAT BRITAIN (CARLIN Jack, OWENS Ryan, TRUMAN Joseph) 43.494
3 FRANCE (LAFARGUE Quentin, SIREAU Kevin, VIGIER Sebastien) 43.670
4 POLAND (BIELECKI Maciej, LIPA Mateusz, RUDYK Mateusz) 43.751
5 RUSSIA (SAMUSENKO Kirill, TKACHEV Alexey, YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel) 44.105
6 BELARUS (NOVIK Uladzislau, VERAMCHUK Yauhen, ZAITSAU Artsiom) 44.662
7 CZECH REPUBLIC (BABEK Tomas, JANOSEK Jiri, WAGNER Robin) 44.666
8 SPAIN (ALIAGA CHIVITE Sergio, MORENO SANCHEZ Jose, PERALTA GASCON Juan) 45.154
Women’s Team Sprint
The format for the first round of the Team Sprint is different to the first round of the Team Pursuit and – on one level – simpler to understand – and on another, more complicated! The simple part first – if you win your heat, which is seeded based on qualifying times – you get through to the finals. Which final you get through to, though, depends on the time you set.
Lithuania took the first finals spot with a 34.004. The Netherlands beat that with a 33.801 and then Spain clocked 33.289 – which put them into the Gold Medal ride and put Lithuania in the ride for Bronze. To nobody’s great surprise, Russia joined them with a 33.262 – meaning that the First Round had merely confirmed qualifying form – but would fatigue pay a part in the Finals?
1 LITHUANIA (KRUPECKAITE Simona, MAROZAITE Migle) 34.004
2 GREAT BRITAIN (JAMES Rachel, RICHARDSON Eleanor) 34.379
1 NETHERLANDS (BRASPENNINCX Shanne, LAMBERINK Kyra) 33.801
2 GERMANY (GRABOSCH Pauline, STOCK Gudrun) 35.558
1 SPAIN (CALVO BARBERO Tania, CASAS ROIGE Helena) 33.289
2 UKRAINE (BASOVA Liubov, ZALIZNA Valeriia) 35.785
1 RUSSIA (SHMELEVA Daria, VOINOVA Anastasiia) 33.262
2 ITALY (MANZONI Gloria, VECE Miriam) 35.331
Men’s Team Sprint
The Men, too, saw the top four from qualifying progress to the Finals, but with a twist. Poland who had drafted in the experienced Kamil Kuczynski for the second ride took the first spot with 43.358 and retained hopes of a spot in the final when France could only manage a 43.550. Great Britain booked a place in the final with a 43.311 and Germany went into their heat with Spain knowing that the 43.434 that they clocked in qualifying wouldn’t be enough to get the in to the Gold Medal final.
In the end, they couldn’t match their qualifying time and the First Round had produced it’s first ‘upset’ with Poland qualifying fourth and riding for Gold.
1 POLAND (BIELECKI Maciej, KUCZYNSKI Kamil, RUDYK Mateusz) 43.358
2 RUSSIA (SAMUSENKO Kirill, TKACHEV Alexey, YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel) 43.949
1 FRANCE (LAFARGUE Quentin, SIREAU Kevin, VIGIER Sebastien) 43.550
2 BELARUS (NOVIK Uladzislau, VERAMCHUK Yauhen, ZAITSAU Artsiom) 44.291
1 GREAT BRITAIN (CARLIN Jack, OWENS Ryan, TRUMAN Joseph) 43.311
2 CZECH REPUBLIC (BABEK Tomas, JANOSEK Jiri, WAGNER Robin) 44.404
1 GERMANY (ENGLER Eric, FORSTEMANN Robert, MAY Jan) 43.503
2 SPAIN (ALIAGA CHIVITE Sergio, MORENO SANCHEZ Jose, PERALTA GASCON Juan) 45.160
Women’s Team Pursuit
The Finals of the Women’s Team Pursuit were both rather one sided, with Italy storming to a four and a half second win over Poland and – despite encouragement from the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines crowd, France trailing home almost seven seconds behind the Great Britain quartet.
GOLD ITALY (BALSAMO Elisa, GUDERZO Tatiana, FRAPPORTI Simona), VALSECCHI Silvia) 4:22.314
SILVER POLAND (KACZKOWSKA Justyna, PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna, PIKULIK Daria, PLOSAJ Nikol) 4:27.845
BRONZE GREAT BRITAIN (KAY Emily, KHAN Dannielle, LLOYD Manon, NELSON Emily) 4:26.744
4 FRANCE DELZENNE Elise, DEMAY Coralie, FOURNIER Roxane, BERTHON Laurie) 4:33.427
Men’s Team Pursuit
The Gold Medal ride for the Men was a lot closer – and the crowd again played a part as the French quartet of Denis, Ermenault, Maitre and Thomas took on an Italian squad that included the current World and European Individual Pursuit Champion Ganna as all as Consonni, Lamon and Scartezzini.
The gap ebbed and flowed but it was France who were in control and finished a second up on their rivals. The Bronze medal ride was more clear cut – Great Britain catching the Netherlands with a lap and a half to go.
GOLD FRANCE 3:57.594 (DENIS Thomas, ERMENAULT Corentin, MAITRE Florian, THOMAS Benjamin)
SILVER ITALY 3:58.871 (GANNA Filippo, CONSONNI Simone, LAMON Francesco, SCARTEZZINI Michele)
BRONZE GREAT BRITAIN (BOSTOCK Matthew, WOOD Oliver, EMADI COFFIN Kian, STEWART Mark)
4 NETHERLANDS OVR (BEUKEBOOM Dion, EEFTING Roy, PIETERS Roy, VAN SCHIP Jan-Willem
Women’s Team Sprint
Tiredeness didn’t seem to play a part in the first Team Sprint Finals in the new format – the times were comparable with the earlier rides and the order was the same – Russia just a tenth down on their best time of the day to take Gold with Spain taking Silver and Lithuania Bronze.
GOLD RUSSIA 33.356 (SHMELEVA Daria, VOINOVA Anastasiia)
SILVER SPAIN 33.425 (CALVO BARBERO Tania, CASAS ROIGE Helena)
BRONZE LITHUANIA (KRUPECKAITE Simona, MAROZAITE Migle) 33.871
4 NETHERLANDS 33.955 (BRASPENNINCX Shanne, LAMBERINK Kyra)
Men’s Team Sprint
In the Men’s Finals, too, the times didn’t suggest fatigue was an issue – Germany went half a second quicker than they had done earlier to deny France the Bronze and Poland took the Gold with the second best time of the competition – 43.211 – two tenths off the Germans’ time. Great Britain’s 43.398 was between their two earlier times.
GOLD POLAND (BIELECKI Maciej, KUCZYNSKI Kamil, RUDYK Mateusz) 43.211
SILVER GREAT BRITAIN (CARLIN Jack, OWENS Ryan, TRUMAN Joseph) 43.398
BRONZE GERMANY (ENGLER Eric, FORSTEMANN Robert, MAY Jan) 43.083
4 FRANCE (LAFARGUE Quentin, SIREAU Kevin, VIGIER Sebastien) 43.546
Women’s Scratch Race
Final – 40 laps
Unlike the Men’s race the night before, there were no laps gained in the Women’s Scratch Race – but like the Men’s race it was won by a late, solo effort. Early breaks had seen Lydia Boylan of Ireland, Evgenia Romanyuta of Russia Kaat van der Meulen of Belgium and Viktoriya Bondar of the Ukraine get as much as half a lap ahead of the race before being pulled back but it was Ausrine Trebaite of Lithuania who went away in the closing stages and pull out a similar distance.
Several attempts to pull her back faltered and she cross the line alone while behind her Elinor Barker of Great Britain just pipped Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands for Silver.
GOLD TREBAITE Ausrine LITHUANIA
SILVER BARKER Elinor GREAT BRITAIN
BRONZE WILD Kirsten NETHERLANDS
4 BARBIERI Rachele ITALY
5 PAVLENDOVA Alzbeta SLOVAKIA
6 BERTHON Laurie FRANCE
7 EBERHARDT Verena AUSTRIA
8 STENBERG Anita NORWAY
9 SHMAYANKOVA Maryna BELARUS
10 GUTIERREZ RUIZ Sheyla SPAIN
A frantic Men’s Elimination Race saw France once again in contention for a medal with Morgan Kneisky in the hunt until the final four. Jiri Hochmann of the Czech Republic was next to go, eliminated in the knowledge that he’d be collecting a Bronze medal later in the evening.
But the sprint came down to Loic Perizzolo of Switzerland and… Christos Volikakis of Greece. The powerful sprinter just missed out on a Bronze medal in the Scratch yesterday and was now guaranteed at least a Silver in what was, effectively, a match sprint against the Swiss rider. Who would have bet against him?
To be fair, the Elimination is effectively 17 sprints with 17 rest lap in between and the Greek rider simply didn’t have another one left in him. Perizzolo took the in – on his birthday – to give Switzerland their second Gold of the week.
GOLD PERIZZOLO Loic SWITZERLAND
SILVER VOLIKAKIS Christos GREECE
BRONZE HOCHMANN Jiri CZECH REPUBLIC
4 KNEISKY Morgan FRANCE
5 MATIAS Joao PORTUGAL
6 TSISHKOU Raman BELARUS
7 PISKUNOV Maxim RUSSIA
8 RYAN Fintan IRELAND
9 WOTSCHKE Sebastian GERMANY
10 EMADI COFFIN Kian GREAT BRITAIN