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UCI Track Cycling World Championships 2018 – Day 4, Session 1 – Report



Action-packed racing and a new world record in the first session on day four.



500m Time Trial


Shmeleva looks set to defend her title

Defending champion Daria Shmeleva of Russia showed she was once again the strongest sprinter against the clock. She set a time of 33.239 over the two laps to qualify in first place. Two Germans, Welte and Grabosch, clocked the second and third fastest time with Dutch rider Elis Ligtlee in fourth. The top eight qualifiers will battle for the medals in the second session.

1 SHMELEVA Daria RUS 33.239 (Q)
2 WELTE Miriam GER 33.416 (Q)
3 GRABOSCH Pauline Sophie GER 33.523 (Q)
4 LIGTLEE Elis NED 33.557 (Q)
5 STARIKOVA Olena UKR 33.613 (Q)
6 LAMBERINK Kyra NED 33.888 (Q)
7 MARCHANT Katy GBR 33.893 (Q)
8 CALVO Tania ESP 33.924 (Q)


Individual Pursuit


Dygert is on fire

Chloe Dygert from the USA showed her dominance against the clock as she tore up the track and set a blistering new world record. Her time of 3:20.072 was two seconds quicker than the previous record and over nine seconds ahead of any of the other qualifiers. There is no doubt as to who will be donning the rainbow jersey after the finals in this evening’s session.

1 DYGERT Chloe USA 3:20.072 – WORLD RECORD – Qualify for Gold/Silver Final
2 van VLEUTEN Annemiek NED 3:29.319 – Qualify for Gold/Silver Final
3 BRENNAUER Lisa GER 3:32.485 – Qualify for Bronze Final
4 CATLIN Kelly USA 3:33.084 – Qualify for Bronze Final
5 KACZKOWSKA Justyna POL 3:33.675
6 JAMES Kirstie NZL 3:34.150



Scratch Race

Van Schip drew first blood in the Men’s Omnium

The bunch stayed together for the vast majority of the Men’s Omnium Scratch Race. There was an attack from Mexico’s Ignacio Prado at the 25 lap to go mark, but he was soon neutralised. Chun Wing Leung from Hong Kong tried a last ditch attempt to get away with 6 on the board but he barely got a 10 metre gap before he was brought back.

It all came down to the final sprint. With 2 to go, Jan Willem van Schip accelerated round the outside of the bunch. The Dutch rider’s incredible turn of speed could not be matched by any of the other riders and he claimed the win to a deafening roar from the crowd.

1 van SCHIP Jan Willem NED
5 IMHOF Claudio SUI

Tempo Race

Oliveira moved himself up the Omnium standings in the Tempo Race

The second event of the Men’s Omnium saw a jam-packed 40 laps.

Szymon Sajnok (POL), Mamyr Stash (RUS) and Maximilian Beyer (GER) were the first three riders to gain a lap after attacking early on. Just after they did, Campbell Stewart of New Zealand accelerated off the front and within no time he’d gained a lap of his own.

Raman Tsishkou (BLR) and Nicolas Pietrula (CZE), who had set off in pursuit of Stewart, were joined by Roman Gladysh (UKR) and the trio took a number of sprints and then gained a lap on the field.

In the closing stages of the race, and despite the pace increasing, Ivo Oliveira (POR) managed to get away and used his pursuiting prowess to gain the valuable lap. The Portugese rider scored in several sprints along the way and, in doing so, moved to the top of the leaderboard.

There were a number of riders who scored last minute points but it was to no avail as Oliveira took the win, ahead of Sajnok (POL) and Stewart (NZL). After two events, Simone Consonni of Italy lead the Omnium competition.

2 SAJNOK Szymon POL (25)
3 STEWART Campbell NZL (25)
4 PRADO Ignacio MEX (25)
5 CONSONNI Simone ITA (23)
6 STASH Mamyr RUS (22)

Omnium Standings after two events

1 CONSONNI Simone ITA (62)
3 SAJNOK Szymon POL (58)
4 VOLIKAKIS Christos GRE (54)
5 van SCHIP Jan Willem NED (54)




Owens (GBR) lost out to Levy (GER)

As in the women’s, all four of the men’s quarterfinal heats were decided in two rides. Defending champion Denis Dmitriev of Russia was knocked out by the powerful Australian Matthew Glaetzer.

In the semifinals, it will be Levy (GER) vs Carlin (GBR), and Glaetzer (AUS) vs Vigier (FRA).

Heat 1
1 LEVY Maximilian GER (Winner) (Winner)
2 OWENS Ryan GBR (+0.059) (+0.133)

Heat 2
1 GLAETZER Matthew AUS (Winner) (Winner)
2 DMITRIEV Denis RUS (+0.192) (+0.092)

Heat 3
1 VIGIER Sebastien FRA (Winner) (Winner)
2 RUDYK Mateusz POL (+0.102) (+0.038)

Heat 4
1 CARLIN Jack GBR (Winner) (Winner)
2 DAWKINS Edward NZL (+0.001) (+0.561)

Alex Reed
Alex Reed
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