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UEC European Championships – Day 3

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The third day of competition saw the first running at a major event of the new Omnium format – with four bunch races – Scratch, Tempo, Elimination and Points – all run on the same day. The crowd were also treated to the first half of the Men’s Sprint competition, and three Women’s finals – the Keirin, Individual Pursuit and Points Race.

More pictures to follow

Men’s Sprint 200m TT
Qualifying

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Pavel Yaskusheskiy topped Sprint qualifying with a 9.696

The seeding in the Sprint competition meant that the first four of the 32 riders to take to the track were among the non-qualifiers but the fifth – Anargyros Sotirakopolous of Greece – would just make it in to the Round of 16 with a 10.074. It’s not unusual these days for virtually all the qualifiers to go under 10 seconds and it would be 13 of the 18 today.

The first was Ryan Owens of Great Britain who travelled to Rio this summer as backup rider to the all-conquering British team on the back of Under 23 European Gold in the Team Sprint in Montichiari. His time of 9.752 kept him on top of the leaderboard for just five riders, with Russia’s Pavel Yakushevskiy clocking 9.696 to go top – and stay there.

Owens’ Team Sprint team mate Joseph Truman went third, briefly, with a 9.830 until Andriy Vynokurov of Ukraine put in a 9.822. Sebastien Vigier of France – U23 European Silver medallist this summer – slotting in to 3rd with a 9.816.

Results
1 YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel RUSSIA 9.696
2 OWENS Ryan GREAT BRITAIN 09.752
3 VIGIER Sebastien FRANCE 9.816
4 VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE 9.822
5 TRUMAN Joseph GREAT BRITAIN 9.830
6 VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS 9.841
7 ENGLER Eric GERMANY 9.864
8 KUCZYNSKI Kamil POLAND 9.892
9 RUDYK Mateusz POLAND 9.918
10 LAFARGUE Quentin  FRANCE 9.939
11 SAMUSENKO Kirill RUSSIA 9.948
12 LENDELIS Vasilijus LITHUANIA 9.949
13 MAY Jan GERMANY 9.999
14 PERALTA GASCON Juan SPAIN 10.000
15 WAGNER Robin CZECH 10.005
16 SZALONTAY Sandor HUNGARY 10.011
17 MORENO SANCHEZ Jose SPAIN 10.063
18 SOTIRAKOPOULOS Anargyros GREECE 10.074

Men’s Omnium I
Scratch Race

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Lucas Liss wins the Men’s Omnium Scratch Race

The opening race of the new format Omnium went smoothly enough with 2012 European Champion Lucas Liss taking the Scratch Race from Benjamin Thomas of France. Sergey Rostovtsev of Russia took third with Adrian Teklinski of Poland fourth.

Results
1 LISS Lucas GERMANY
2 THOMAS Benjamin FRANCE
3 ROSTOVTSEV Sergey RUSSIA
4 TEKLINSKI Adrian POLAND
5 PEDERSEN Casper Phillip DENMARK
6 KARALIOK Yauheni BELARUS
7 ODDLI Anders NORWAY
8 STEWART Mark GREAT BRITAIN
9 SUTER Gael SWITZERLAND
10 CONSONNI Simone ITALY

Women’s Keirin
1st round

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Liubov Basova of Ukraine wins the opening heat of the Women’s Keirin

In the opening round of the Women’s Keirin there was only really one upset with Anastasiia Voinova of Russia having to try her luck in the Repechages. Liubov Basova of Ukraine and Tanio Calvo of Spain progressed from the first heat, while former Junior Keirin World Champion Nicky Degrendele of Belgium and Shanne Braspennincx of the Netherlands made it through from the second. 2010 World Champion Simona Krupeckaite won the final heat with Helena Casas of Spain joining her in the second round.

Results
1 BASOVA Liubov UKRAINE
2 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN
3 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN
4 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY GER
5 STARIKOVA Olena UKRAINE
6 VECE Miriam ITALY

1 DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM
2 BRASPENNINCX Shanne NETHERLANDS
3 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA
4 MORAN Eimear IRELAND
5 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA
6 DUFOUR Marie FRANCE

1 KRUPECKAITE Simona LITHUANIA
2 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN
3 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA
4 MCCURLEY Shannon IRELAND
5 RICHARDSON Eleanor GREAT BRITAIN
6 VAN DE WOUW Hetty NETHERLANDS
7 MANZONI Gloria ITALY

Men’s Sprint
1/16 Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Ryan Owens of Great Britain wins his opening sprint against Jose Moreno of Spain

The 1/16th Finals were drawn using the ‘traditional’ seeding system so the top four didn’t get a bye into the 1/8th round this this time, nonetheless all nine of the top qualifiers safely made it through to the next round. Unusually, the European Sprint competition has Repechages which ensured that local hero Lafargue, Moreno and Wagner would also progress.

Results
1 YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel RUSSIA *
2 SOTIRAKOPOULOS Anargyro GREECE

1 OWENS Ryan GREAT BRITAIN *
2 MORENO SANCHEZ Jose SPAIN

1 VIGIER Sebastien FRANCE *
2 SZALONTAY Sandor HUNGARY

1 VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE *
2 WAGNER Robin CZECH REPUBLIC

1 TRUMAN Joseph GREAT BRITAIN *
2 PERALTA GASCON Juan SPAIN

1 VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS *
2 MAY Jan GERMANY

1 ENGLER Eric GERMANY *
2 LENDELIS Vasilijus LITHUANIA

1 KUCZYNSKI Kamil POLAND *
2 SAMUSENKO Kirill RUSSIA

1 RUDYK Mateusz POLAND *
2 LAFARGUE Quentin FRANCE REL

Women’s Keirin
1st round Repechages

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Migle Marozaite of Lithuania wins the first of the Keirin Repechages

Having failed to qualify by right in the first round, Voinova almost missed out in the Repechages, too – finishing third of the three qualifiers behind compatriot Tatiana Kiseleva and Germany’s Pauline Grabosch. Migle Margozaite of Lithuania joined team mate Krupeckaite in the Second Round – as did Shannon McCurley of Ireland and Rachel James of Great Britain.

Results
1 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA
2 MCCURLEY Shannon IRELAND
3 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN
4 VAN DE WOUW Hetty NETHERLANDS
5 VECE Miriam ITALY
REL MORAN Eimear IRELAND

1 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA
2 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY GER
3 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA
4 STARIKOVA Olena UKRAINE
5 MANZONI Gloria ITALY
6 DUFOUR Marie FRANCE
7 RICHARDSON Eleanor GREAT BRITAIN

Women’s Individual pursuit
Qualifications

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Surprise of the heat was Anna Turvey of Ireland who led for a long time and qualified for the Bronze Medal ride

Anna Turvey of Ireland set the early pace in the Women’s Individual Pursuit qualifying setting a personal best time of 3:36.017 in heat 2. It wasn’t until heat 9 – of 11 – that her time was beaten, Justyna Kaczkowska of Poland knocking five seconds off with a 3:31.736. That time stood until the final heat when six-time European Champion, World Champion and Olympic Gold medalist Katie Archibald clocked 3:28.345. Ina Savenka of Belarus set a time of 3:37.658 to join Turvey in the ride for Bronze.

Results
1 ARCHIBALD Katie GREAT BRITAIN 3:28.345
2 KACZKOWSKA Justyna POLAND 3:31.736
3 TURVEY Anna IRELAND 3:36.017
4 SAVENKA Ina BELARUS 3:37.658

5 DELZENNE Elise FRANCE 3:38.048
6 KOPECKY Lotte BELGIUM 3:38.575
7 STOCK Gudrun GERMANY 3:39.300
8 PATTARO Francesca ITALY 3:39.428
9 GUTIERREZ RUIZ Sheyla SPAIN 3:39.589
10 RODRIGUEZ SANCHEZ Gloria SPAIN 3:40.574

Men’s Sprint
1/8 Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Joe Truman of Great Britain edges out Kamil Kuczynski of Poland in the 1/8 Finals

Qualifying once again appeared to be a good indication of form with all eight heats of the 1/8th Finals won by the rider from the top half of the draw. That would have to change in the Quarter Finals as they started to be drawn against each other.

Results
1 YAKUSHEVSKIY  Pavel RUSSIA *
2 WAGNER Robin CZECH REPUBLIC

1 OWENS Ryan GREAT BRITAIN*
2 MORENO SANCHEZ Jose SPAIN

1 VIGIER Sebastien FRANCE *
2 LAFARGUE Quentin FRANCE

1 VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE *
2 RUDYK Mateusz POLAND

1 TRUMAN Joseph GREAT BRITAIN *
2 KUCZYNSKI Kamil POLAND

1 VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS *
2 ENGLER Eric GERMANY

Men’s Omnium II
Tempo Race

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Albert Torres of Spain destroyed the rest of the field of the Tempo Race with 8 laps in front en route to lapping the field

The Tempo race was a new one on many – but Alberto Torres of Spain had it sussed. The first five laps of forty are free, then the leader on each lap is awarded a single point. The last lap is a traditional ’points race’ sprint – with five, three, two and one points for the top four. Gaining a lap gets you four points and so, when Torres broke early a took three quarters of a lap, he slowed down to the pace of the bunch and just started racking up points. He took eight before he decided that the pressure from a chase group was sufficient that it was time to join the safety of the bunch. By then, though, he had 12 points and the race win in the bag.

That chase group also took a lap and sealed top four finishes for Simone Consonni of Italy, Gael Suter of Switzerland and Felix English of Ireland.

Result
1 TORRES BARCELO Albert SPAIN
2 CONSONNI Simone ITALY
3 SUTER Gael SWITZERLAND
4 ENGLISH Felix IRELAND
5 PEDERSEN Casper Phillip DENMARK
6 STEWART Mark GREAT BRITAIN
7 EEFTING Roy NETHERLANDS
8 THOMAS Benjamin FRANCE
9 LOVASSY Krisztian HUNGARY
10 DE PAUW Moreno BELGIUM

Men’s Sprint
1/8 Final Repechages

Lafargue is the darling of the crowd here, but he was certainly making life difficult for himself – progressing once again through the Repechages along with Engler of Germany.

Results
1 ENGLER Eric GERMANY
2 WAGNER Robin
3 RUDYK Mateusz

1 LAFARGUE Quentin FRANCE
2 KUCZYNSKI Kamil
3 MORENO SANCHEZ Jose

Men’s Sprint
Quarter Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Andriy Vynokurov of Ukraine beat Joe Truman of Great Britain to progress to the Semi Finals

Engler and Lafarge had both ridden two more races than anyone else in the draw and it wasn’t a huge shock to see Lafargue go out to fastest qualifier Yakushevskiy in two. It was a surprise when Engler’s momentum also took him past Owens In the second heat with the Briton also unable to take the match to a third ride.

Van Den Berg was the next to go through, dispatching Vigier while Truman lost out in the final heat to Vinokurov, who’d just pipped him in qualifying.

Results
1 YAKUSHEVSKIY Pavel RUSSIA **
2 LAFARGUE Quentin FRANCE

1 ENGLER Eric  GERMANY **
2 OWENS Ryan GREAT BRITAIN

1 VAN DEN BERG Roy NETHERLANDS **
2 VIGIER Sebastien FRANCE

1 VYNOKUROV Andriy UKRAINE **
2 TRUMAN Joseph GREAT BRITAIN

Women’s Keirin

Second Round

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Helena Casas of Spain wins the first of the Keirin ‘Semi Finals’

Voinova’s poor form continued as Casas, Kiseleva and Basova progressed to the final from the first Second Round heat – the Russian crowded out and finishing fifth. Krupeckaite, on the other hand, looked comfortable as she took the second heat ahead of Degrendele and James.

Results
1 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN
2 KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA
3 BASOVA Liubov UKRAINE
4 BRASPENNINCX  Shanne NETHERLANDS
5 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA
6 MCCURLEY  Shannon IRELAND

1 KRUPECKAITE Simona LITHUANIA
2 DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM
3 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN
4 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY
5 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA
6 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN

Women’s Individual pursuit
Finals

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As expected, the Bronze medal ride in the Women’s Individual Pursuit was close with Turvey’s time just outside her PB but over a second faster than Savenka. And, as expected, the Final was rather more one-sided with Archibald putting in another sub-3:30 ride to take the Gold by just over three seconds from Kaczkowska.

Results
GOLD
ARCHIBALD Katie 3:29.878
SILVER KACZKOWSKA Justyna 3:33.188

BRONZE TURVEY Anna 3:36.591
4 SAVENKA Ina 3:37.978

Men’s Omnium III
Elimination race

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Consonni of Italy edges out Suter of Switzerland in the Omnium Elimination

An entertaining – aren’t they always? – Elimination race saw Thomas hit the deck early on but recover to take third with Suter missing out to Consonni in the final sprint. With Torres in fourth we thought it probably set up a close Points Race to conclude the competition. We weren’t sure, though – the results from the Tempo race had been contested and hadn’t been published, so we were largely guessing, based on the starting order for the Elimination.

Results
1 CONSONNI Simone ITALY
2 SUTER Gael SWITZERLAND
3 THOMAS Benjamin FRANCE
4 TORRES BARCELO Albert SPAIN
5 ENGLISH Felix IRELAND
6 PEDERSEN Casper Phillip DENMARK
7 ROSTOVTSEV Sergey RUSSIA
8 KREMINSKYI Vladyslav UKRAINE
9 STEWART Mark GREAT BRITAIN
10 TEKLINSKI Adrian POLAND

Women’s Keirin
Finals

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Basova of Ukraine wins the Women’s Keirin

Basova was absolutely delighted with victory in the Final – holding off Degrendele and Krupeckaite on the line – while, behind her Kiseleva was relegated for causing a crash that took down James in the final sprint. Voinova, meanwhile, salvaged some pride – taking the minor final ahead of Calvo.

7-12
7 VOINOVA Anastasiia RUSSIA
8 CALVO BARBERO Tania SPAIN
9 BRASPENNINCX  Shanne NETHERLANDS
10 MCCURLEY  Shannon IRELAND
11 GRABOSCH Pauline GERMANY
12 MAROZAITE Migle LITHUANIA

Final
GOLD
BASOVA Liubov UKRAINE
SILVER DEGRENDELE Nicky BELGIUM
BRONZE KRUPECKAITE Simona LITHUANIA

4 CASAS ROIGE Helena SPAIN
5 JAMES Rachel GREAT BRITAIN
REL KISELEVA Tatiana RUSSIA

Women’s Points race
Final

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands en route to victory in the Women’s Points Race

We went into the Women’s Points Race expecting it to be the first to be run to the returning format with double points at the end – and it was nicely set up with Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands – having won three sprints and picked up a second and a fourth – on 19 points. D’Hoore in second place had fourteen from a single win in the opening sprint, two seconds, a third and a fourth, while Germany’s Charlotte Becker on 13 and Great Britain’s Elinor Barker in fourth on 11 could both, theoretically, still win – provided Wild and D’Hoore failed to score.

D’Hoore, on the other hand, needed to win and have Wild finish third or lower. The Belgian did her part and took the 10 points – but Wild followed her home to take second, six points and the Gold Medal.

Result
GOLD
WILD Kirsten NED 25
SILVER D’HOORE Jolien BEL 24
BRONZE PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL 14

4 BECKER Charlotte GER 13
5 BARKER Elinor GBR 11
6 SHARAKOVA Tatsiana BLR 10
7 CONFALONIERI MariaGiulia ITA 7 4 0
8 DELZENNE Elise FRA 7
9 NAHIRNA Anna UKR 2
10 MACHACOVA Jarmila CZE 2

Men’s Sprint
Final 5 to 8

Le Velodrome National, Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines Day 3
Sebastien Vigier of France takes fifth place in the Men’s Sprint

Quentin Lafargue received the biggest cheer of the night for following home teammate Sebastien Vigier in the 5th to 8th Final and, to be fair, he’d ridden more races than anyone else by that point. Owens headed home Truman in the British half of the race.

Result
1 VIGIER Sebastien FRANCE
2 LAFARGUE Quentin FRANCE
3 OWENS Ryan GREAT BRITAIN
4 TRUMAN Joseph GREAT BRITAIN

Men’s Omnium IV
Points race

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We’d suspected it was close going in to the Omnium Finale and we were right – Consonni and Thomas were tied for the lead on 100 points, with Suter on 98 and Torres on 94. With 20 points for taking a lap anyone down to Mark Stewart of Great Britain in 8th had a realistic chance of taking a podium.

And it was Stewart and Suter who took a lap with 40 to go which shaped the pattern of the race and moved Suter into the Gold medal position on 123 points – leapfrogging Thomas on 114. The man to watch, though, was Torres on 101. As the laps ticked down the Spaniard broke away and took first the penultimate Sprint and then, with less than ten laps to go, the lap – and the Gold medal.

Result & Overall
GOLD
TORRES BARCELO Albert ESP 126
SILVER SUTER Gael SUI 123
BRONZE THOMAS Benjamin FRA 114

4 CONSONNI Simone ITA 112
5 PEDERSEN Casper Phillip DEN 106
6 STEWART Mark GBR 104
7 ENGLISH Felix IRL 92
8 TEKLINSKI Adrian POL 85
9 ROSTOVTSEV Sergey RUS 83
10 LISS Lucas GER 68

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