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World Cup 2018-19 Round 4 – London – Day 1, Session 1 – Report



Team Pursuit, Team Sprint, and a host of Para events for Session One at the 2018 Track World Cup London.


Women’s Team Pursuit Round 1

The first heat was taken comfortably by the team from Poland who were just metres from catching their opponents. They set a time of 4:25.299, with the Belgians posting 4:42.402.

Heat two saw a strong performance by Team Breeze. The British riders bested their qualifying time with 4:23.702 and in doing so booked themselves a place in the Bronze medal ride off. After expressing delight yesterday evening at qualifying for the first round, Ireland could only muster 4:34.535 but they will no doubt be happy with their performance in the competition.

The third heat saw a very closely matched pairing. For much of the 4km, the Italians led and it looked as though they would take it. However, despite not having Chloe Dygert here in London, the team from the USA showed their pedigree and came through to take the victory. The Americans clocked 4:20.353 with the team from Italy posting 4:23.148.

The fourth heat was a show of dominance by the Great Britain team. The quartet showed why they are European champions, stopping the clock in 4:18.344 – not quite as quick as their qualification but still the only team to go sub 4:20 in round one. Despite their best efforts, Korea could only do the distance in 4:26.200 and therefore missed out on a medal ride.

The finals will see Team Breeze go against Italy for Bronze, and Great Britain battle the USA for Gold and Silver.

Heat 1
1 Poland (KACZKOWSKA Justyna, PIETRZAK Lucja, PIKULIK Daria, PLOSAJ Nikol) 4:25.299
2 Belgium (KOPECKY Lotte, BOSSUYT Shari, CROKET Gilke, DOM Annelies) 4:42.402

Heat 2
1 Team Breeze (HOLL Jenny, KNIGHT Josie, RAYBOULD Rebecca, ROBERTS Jessica) 4:23.702 (QB)
2 Ireland (GRIFFIN Mia, MURPHY Kelly, SHARPE Alice, WALSH Orla) 4:34.535

Heat 3
1 United States of America (VALENTE Jennifer, GEIST Kimberly, CATLIN Kelly, WHITE Emma) 4:20.353 (QG)
2 Italy (BALSAMO Elisa, FRAPPORTI Simona, GUAZZINI Vittoria, VALSECCHI Silvia) 4:23.148 (QB)

Heat 4
1 Great Britain (EVANS Neah, ARCHIBALD Katie, DICKINSON Eleanor, KENNY Laura) 4:18.344 (QG)
2 Korea (KIM Hyunji, KIM Youri, LEE Jumi, NA Ahreum) 4:26.200

Women’s Team Sprint Qualifying

With 13 teams below 34 seconds, and 9 teams within a second of the winner, the Women’s Team Sprint Qualifying proved to be a very close affair. There were no major upsets, though, and it was China who finished on top of the pile with 32.732, the only sub-33 time. The Dutch pairing were second with a time of 33.044 and the Germans were the third fastest qualifiers, completing two laps in 33.090. Lithuania and France were fourth and fifth, with trade team Gazprom-RusVelo qualifying sixth. It was Russia and Mexico who bagged the final two qualification spots, with the team from Great Britain missing out by just 0.043.

1 People’s Republic of China (LIN Junhong, ZHONG Tianshi) 0:32.732 (Q)
2 Netherlands (van de WOUW Hetty, LAMBERINK Kyra) 0:33.044 (Q)
3 Germany (GRABOSCH Pauline Sophie, WELTE Miriam) 0:33.090 (Q)
4 Lithuania (KRUPECKAITE Simona, MAROZAITE Migle) 0:33.160 (Q)
5 France (CLAIR Sandie, GROS Mathilde) 0:33.300 (Q)
6 Gazprom-RusVelo (SHMELEVA Daria, ROGOVAYA Ekaterina) 0:33.342 (Q)
7 Russian Federation (GNIDENKO Ekaterina, ANTONOVA Natalia) 0:33.500 (Q)
8 Mexico (VERDUGO OSUNA Yuli Paola, SALAZAR VALLES Jessica) 0:33.563 (Q)
9 Great Britain (MARCHANT Katy, BATE Lauren) 0:33.606
10 Poland (LOS Urszula, KARWACKA Marlena) 0:33.737
11 Ukraine (BASOVA Liubov, STARIKOVA Olena) 0:33.759
12 Korea (KIM Soohyun, LEE Hyejin) 0:33.767
13 Spain (CALVO BARBERO Tania, CASAS ROIGE Helena) 0:33.771
14 Canada (GENEST Lauriane, WALSH Amelia) 0:34.319
15 Italy (BISSOLATI Elena, VECE Miriam) 0:34.652
16 Hong Kong, China (LI Yin Yin, LEE Hoi Yan Jessica) 0:35.097


Men’s Team Pursuit Round 1

It was unclear until right up until the last lap who would take the first heat of the Men’s Team Pursuit Round 1. The teams from Denmark and Poland were so evenly matched that it really could have gone either way. In the end, though, it was the Danes who crossed the line first, just ticking over to 4:00.475.

As in the women, the team from Great Britain delighted the home crowd with victory in their heat. With an average age of just 18, the young squad rode beyond their years to post a time of 3:58.626 and bag themselves a medal ride. The Germans managed to avoid getting caught but nevertheless posted the slowest time of the first round.

One would have expected the European champions from Italy to win their heat, but it wasn’t to be the case. The strong Belgian squad came out on top, completing the distance in 3:57.709, with the Italians just behind in 3:58.016.

Once again showing their prowess against the clock, the HUUB Wattbike Test Team won their heat and also posted the fastest time of the competition so far. The British trade team, known for their focus on aerodynamics, secured their place in the Gold medal ride off with a time of 3:57.363. The Korean men suffered a similar fate to their female compatriots, with their time of 4:02.255 nowhere near enough to get to a medal ride.

The finals will feature Great Britain vs Italy for Bronze, and HUUB Wattbike Test Team vs Belgium for Gold and Silver.

Heat 1
1 Denmark (von FOLSACH Casper, FREDERIKSEN Oliver Wulff, JOHANSEN Julius, MALMBERG Matias Gunnar) 4:00.475
2 Poland (KRAWCZYK Szymon, CZUBAK Dawid, KAISER Adrian, RUDYK Bartosz) 4:01.355

Heat 2
1 Great Britain (WALLS Matthew, VERNON Ethan, TIDBALL William, WRIGHT Fred) 3:58.626 (QB)
2 Germany (BANUSCH Richard, DIK Calvin, THIELE Kersten, WOLF Justin) 4:02.287

Heat 3
1 Belgium (de VYLDER Lindsay, de KETELE Kenny, GHYS Robbe, van den BOSSCHE Fabio) 3:57.709 (QG)
2 Italy (BERTAZZO Liam, LAMON Francesco, PLEBANI Davide, VIVIANI Elia) 3:58.016 (QB)

Heat 4
1 HUUB Wattbike Test Team (ARCHIBALD John, BIGHAM Daniel, LAMBIE Ashton, WALE Jonathan) 3:57.363 (QG)
2 Korea (IM Jaeyeon, MIN Kyeongho, PARK Keonwoo, SHIN Dongin) 4:02.255

Men’s Team Sprint Qualifying

World champions Netherlands showed why they deserve their rainbow stripes in the Men’s Team Sprint Qualifying. The Dutch riders clocked 42.650, an average of 63.306 km/h for the three laps. Great Britain qualified second with 43.607, much to the joy of the London crowd, and Germany came home in the third quickest time. Poland, early leaders Trinidad and Tobago, and China were fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. Spain and France scraped through to the next round, with Malaysia, Russia, Belarus, Venezuela and the Czech Republic missing out.

1 Netherlands (BUCHLI Matthijs, van den BERG Roy, LAVREYSEN Harrie) 0:42.650 (Q)
2 Great Britain (TRUMAN Joseph, HINDES Philip, OWENS Ryan) 0:43.607 (Q)
3 Germany (BICHLER Timo, LEVY Maximilian, EILERS Joachim) 0:43.796 (Q)
4 Poland (BIELECKI Maciej, MAKSEL Krzysztof, RUDYK Mateusz) 0:43.825 (Q)
5 Trinidad and Tobago (PHILLIP Njisane, BROWNE Kwesi, PAUL Nicholas) 0:44.225 (Q)
6 People’s Republic of China (XU Chao, ZHOU Yu, GUO Shuai) 0:44.332 (Q)
7 Spain (PERALTA GASCON Juan, MORENO SANCHEZ Jose, MARTINEZ CHORRO Alejandro) 0:44.496 (Q)
8 France (HELAL Rayan, LANDERNEAU Melvin, GRENGBO Florian) 0:44.565 (Q)
9 Malaysia (AWANG Mohd Azizulhasni, MOHD ZONIS Muhammad Fadhil, SAHROM Muhammad Shah Firdaus) 0:44.710
10 Russian Federation (SHARAPOV Alexander, TKACHEV Aleksei, DUBCHENKO Aleksandr) 0:44.715
11 Belarus (VERAMCHUK Yauhen, ZAITSAU Artsiom, NOVIK Uladzislau) 0:44.930
12 Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (QUINTERO MALDONADO Gabriel Angel, MARCANO Cesar, CANELON Hersony) 0:45.172
13 Czech Republic (SOJKA David, FANTA Jiri, STASTNY Jakub) 0:45.240


Mixed Para B Sprint Qualifying

True to their form, the powerful British duo of Neil Fachie MBE and Matt Rotherham stormed round the track to stop the clock in 9.797, the only team under 10 seconds. Irish pairing of Martin Gordon and Eamonn Byrne were second in 10.313, and Matthew Ellis and Barney Storey did the distance in 10.725 to qualify third.

1 FACHIE MBE Neil (Pilot: ROTHERHAM Matt) GBR 09.797
2 GORDON Martin (Pilot: BYRNE Eamonn) IRL 10.313
3 ELLIS Matthew (Pilot: STOREY Barney) GBR 10.725
4 THORNHILL MBE Sophie (Pilot: SCOTT Helen) GBR 10.837
5 POPE Alex (Pilot: GENEIX Albin) GBR 11.040
6 GARNER Jack (Pilot: DUNHAM Joshua) GBR 11.135
7 WYNISTORF Christof (Pilot: KREBS Herve) SUI 11.147

Mixed Para C1-5 Team Sprint Qualifying

Boasting two MBEs and a CBE, the British trio of Louis Rolfe, Jon-Allan Butterworth and Jody Cundy showed their class, posting a time of 49.925. The team from the USA weren’t too far behind in 51.248, which means we’ll be treated to a great battle in the finals.

1 Great Britain (ROLFE MBE Louis, BUTTERWORTH MBE Jon-Allan, CUNDY OBE Jody) 0:49.925
2 United States of America (KIMBALL Jason, BERENYI Joseph, MURPHY Christopher) 0:51.248
3 Great Britain (ROBERTSON Matthew, BJERGFELT William, GILDEA Jonathan) 0:54.272
4 Great Britain (GIGLIA MBE Megan, COX MBE Kadeena, GRAHAM Finlay) 0:56.793

Mixed Para B Sprint Quarterfinals

In the second heat, the Irish team once again put in a strong ride to beat the Swiss riders. The third and fourth heats featured all British riders, and it was Matthew Ellis & Barney Storey and Alex Pope & Albin Geneix who progressed to the Semifinals.

Heat 1

Heat 2
1 GORDON Martin (Pilot: BYRNE Eamonn) IRL
2 WYNISTORF Christof (Pilot: KREBS Herve) SUI

Heat 3
1 ELLIS Matthew (Pilot: STOREY Barney) GBR
2 GARNER Jack (Pilot: DUNHAM Joshua) GBR

Heat 4
1 POPE Alex (Pilot: GENEIX Albin) GBR
2 THORNHILL MBE Sophie (Pilot: SCOTT Helen) GBR

Mixed Para B Sprint Semifinals

Both semifinal heats were won in straight rides, with the winners going pretty much unchallenged. Neil Fachie MBE and his pilot Matt Rotherham beat Alex Pope & Albin Geneix, and Martin Gordon & Eamonn Byrne beat out Matthew Ellis & Barney Storey.

Heat 1
1 FACHIE MBE Neil (Pilot: ROTHERHAM Matt) GBR (A) (B)
2 POPE Alex (Pilot: GENEIX Albin) GBR

Heat 2
1 GORDON Martin (Pilot: BYRNE Eamonn) IRL (A) (B)
2 ELLIS Matthew (Pilot: STOREY Barney) GBR

Women’s Para C1-3 500m Time Trial Final

It was the world champion who triumphed in the Women’s Para C1-3 500m Time Trial. Alyda Norbruis from the Netherlands was clear of the field with a time of 39.492. Brits rounded out the podium with Megan Giglia MBE getting Silver and Katie Toft securing Bronze.

BRONZE TOFT Katie GBR 43.551
4 SCHINDLER Denise GER 43.577
5 RIBAULT Christelle FRA 47.058
6 CASS Amelia GBR 51.241

Women’s Para C4-5 500m Time Trial Final

Kadeena Cox MBE, famous for competing in both cycling and athletics at the Rio Paralympics, secured the Gold medal in the Women’s Para C4-5 500m Time Trial. 9-time Paralympic cycling champion Dame Sarah Storey finished second with Marie Patouillet of France getting the Bronze medal.

GOLD COX MBE Kadeena GBR 36.671
SILVER STOREY Dame Sarah GBR 38.309


Men’s Para C1-3 1km Time Trial Final

Joseph Berenyi of the USA was victorious in the Men’s Para C1-3 1km Time Trial. He completed the distance in 01:09.929 to just beat Finlay Graham of Great Britain to the Gold medal, while Louis Rolfe MBE was third with 01:11.834.

GOLD BERENYI Joseph USA 01:09.929
SILVER GRAHAM Finlay GBR 01:10.011
BRONZE ROLFE MBE Louis GBR 01:11.834
4 KIMBALL Jason USA 01:12.641
5 SENSKA Pierre GER 01:13.309
6 ROBERTSON Matthew GBR 01:14.574
7 BURNS Chris IRL 01:15.709
8 BOLLIGER Roger SUI 01:18.828
9 CROSSLEY James GBR 01:19.330
10 MUMUNI Alem GHA 01:36.612


Men’s Para C4-5 1Km Time Trial Final

Jody Cundy OBE stormed round the track in 1:03.414 to secure the Men’s Para C4-5 1Km Time Trial title by nearly two seconds over his nearest rival. It was American Christopher Murphy who finished in the Silver medal position with 01:05.336 and Jonathan Gildea claimed the Bronze for Great Britain.

GOLD CUNDY OBE Jody GBR 01:03.414
SILVER MURPHY Christopher USA 01:05.336
BRONZE GILDEA Jonathan GBR 01:06.537
4 van GASS Jaco GBR 01:07.618
5 BJERGFELT William GBR 01:10.976
6 IFANGER Patrik SUI 01:15.337
7 FAIRFIELD Nicholas GBR 01:23.761
8 SUMMERS Steve GBR 01:29.449


Alex Reed
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