UCI Track World Cup/UCI- Coupe du Monde- Piste- 1998
#3- Berlin, GER- 12-14.6.98
DAY THREE BERLIN, GERMANY- JUNE 12TH - 14TH |
HOME WIN GIVES GERMANS THE WORLD CUP LEAD
After the three days of racing in Berlin, the host nation, Germany,
led by sprinter Jens Fiedler and women's pursuiter Judith Arndt, won the
country classification ahead of France and Australia.
Cheered on by several hundred fans, as rain poured down outside, Germany
won five of the 12 disciplines. Thanks to the points gained here, Germany
now leads the race for the World Cup, ahead of 1997 World Cup winners
France, and the USA and Australian teams.
SUNDAY'S RACING - SUMMARY
In Sunday's finals, Felicia Ballanger of France took her second win
of the weekend when she won the 500m time trial. Just as in
the sprint, the double world champion for the past three years was
unbeatable, winning by almost a second.
Judith Arndt had the crowd cheering when she won the women's 20km
points race ahead of Antonella Bellutti of Italy and Lucy
Tyler-Sharman of Australia. In the men's madison, Italians
Silvio Martinello and Andrea Collinelli won ahead of the Belgian and
German teams, and the fancied duo of Betschart and Risi of Switzerland.
In the men's short distance events, Jens Fiedler of Germany won a
breathtaking Kierin ahead of Darren Hill of Australia, and Germany
won the Olympic Sprint just a few hundredths seconds faster than
GERMANY LEAD WORLD CUP CLASSIFICATION
After three days of racing and twelve different disciplines, Germany won
the nations classification at Berlin. The host nation scored 120 points.
Second was France with 91 points and third was Australia with 67 points.
In the overall World Cup Classification after three of the four meetings,
Germany now leads with 285 points, ahead of 1997 winners France, with 242
points and the USA with 193 points.
FINAL ROUND NEXT WEEK IN HYERES, FRANCE
The fourth and final round of the UCI Track World Cup will take place next
weekend in Hyeres, France. As usual, full reports from all the events will
appear on the UCI website, as riders fight not only for the World Cup, but
also for a place at the World Championships in Bordeaux, France at the end
Women's 500m Time Trial
After dominating the Women's Sprint competition on Friday and Saturday,
Felicia Ballenger of France also won the 500m time trial on Sunday.
Covering two laps of the 250m track from a standing start, Ballanger set a
time of 35.081 seconds, an average of over 50km/h. Second was Katerine
Frietag of Germany with a time of 35.943, and third was Cuihua Giang of
China with 36.171.
For Ballanger the time was almost a second slower than her world record
of 34.017, set at altitude in Bogotà, Colombia in 1995. But she was still
clearly stronger than any of her rivals.
Women's 20km Points Race
- Felicia Ballanger (Fra) 35.081
- Katerine Frietag (Ger) 35.943
- Cuihua Giang (Cna) 36.171
Judith Arndt made up for her disappointing third place in
the individual pursuit on Saturday, when she won the women's 20km
In a close race decided by the sprints every ten laps, Arndt scored 22
points, just five ahead of Antonella Bellutti of Italy, who scored 17
points, and niine points ahead of Lucy Tyler-Sharman of Australia, who
socred 14 points. Fourth was Karen Dunne of the USA with 10 points.
Men's Olympic Sprint
- Judith Arndt (Ger) 22 points
- Antonella Bellutti (Ita) 17 points
- Lucy Tyler-Sharman (Aus) 14 points
- Karen Dunne (USA) 10 points
The Germany team pulled off a surprise in the Men's Olympic Sprint,
when they beat current World Champions France.
For the three lap race, where each rider leads for a lap before pulling
off, Germany set a time of 45.535, just beating France who set 45.662.
Third was Poland with 46.258.
The German team of Jens Fiedler, Eyk Pokorney and Soren Lausberg
displayed a combination of power, speed and great riding skills. They held
a tight formation one behind the other, and so gained those decisive
hundredths of a second which made the difference between first and second.
1. Germany 45.535
- Jens Fiedler
- Soren Lausberg
- Eyk Pokorney
2. France 45.662
3. Poland 46.258
- Frederic Magnè
- Florian Rousseau
- Arnaud Tourant
Men's 40km Madison
- Marcin Mientki
- Grezgorz Krenjener
- Grezgorz Trebski
With Olympic champion Silvio Martinello and his new partner Andrea
Collinelli -the Olympic individual pursuit champion, Italy won the Men's
40km Madison event. This duo overwhelmed the Belgian pairing of Etienne De
Wilde and Matthew Gilmore, and Germans Guido Furst and Stefan Steinweg.
Fourth was the Swiss pair Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart.
- Italy -Silvio Martinello and Andrea Collinelli
- Belgium -Etienne De Wilde and Matthew Gilmore
- Germany -Guido Furst and Stefan Steinweg
- Switzerland -Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart
In the last event of the Berlin meet, Jens Fiedler of Germany won his
second discipline, when he out-sprinted Australian Darren Hill and John
Gonzalez of Colombia in the keirin. After being led out by the derney
motorcycle for the opening laps, Fiedler was clearly the fastest in the
six rider final and managed to hold-off Hill and Gonzalez at the line.
UCI WORLD CUP
- Jens Fiedler (Ger)
- Darren Hill (Aus)
- John Gonzalez (Col)
COUNTRY CLASSIFICATION BERLIN, GERMANY
OVERALL TRACK WORLD CUP CLASSIFICATION
- Germany 120
- France 91
- Australia 67
- Italy 56
- Russia 46
- Britain 33
- Poland 31
- Ukraine 29
- USA 23
- Japan 19
AFTER THREE OF FOUR MEETINGS
Source: Stephen Farrand
- Germany 285 points
- France 242
- USA 193
- Australia 190
- Russia 152
- Spain 113
- Britain 107
- Italy 100
- Poland 90
- N.Zealand 73
DAY TWO BERLIN, GERMANY- JUNE 12TH - 14TH |
Day two of the UCI Track World Cup, on the covered Berlin track,
produced stunning race action with superbly fast times.
In the men's team pursuit and the women's individual pursuit, times
were close to world record speed, and in the men's points race an
audacious but winning attack produced a great race and a surprise
Lucy Tyler-Sharman of Australia caused the biggest news of the day. She
dominated the 3000m women's individual pursuit after setting the fastest
time of the year (3:31.670) in the qualifiying ride in the morning. In
the final she calmly defeated Natalia Karimova of Russia by a formidable
In the men's 4000m team pursuit, the young German team lead by Robert
Bartko were the fastest, dazzling double world champions Italy with a
winning time of 4:05.664.
Micheal Sandstod of Denmark was the surprise of the day, when he won the
men's points race with a late attack. The talented, but wily Stanstod had
been hiding in the middle of the pack all race, but when the end drew near
he attacked with awesome speed and took a decisive lap advantage over the
rest of the field.
The men's and women's match sprints produced fewer surprises, but
some great racing took place as current world champions Florian
Rousseau and Felicia Ballanger of France showed just why they wear
their rainbow jerseys.
France now lead the nations classification ahead of Germany
and Australia, after winning three of the six finals so far
contested. Germany is second with two wins, followed by Australia.
Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit
Lucy Tyler Sharman of Australia dominated the Women's 3000m Individual
Pursuit competition, winning the final against Natalia Karimova of Russia.
Yet the Australian's qualification ride was the great ride of the day. In
setting a time of 3:31:670, the great Australian rider was more than five
seconds faster than her rivals, Germany's Judith Arndt and Karimova. By
the final, Sharaman had gone off the boil, but although not quite as fast
as in the qualifying rounds she still won easily in a time of 3:35.069,
six seconds faster than Karimova's 3:41.552.
In the ride-off for third and fourth place, Arndt beat Olympic Champion
Antonella Bellutti of Italy. Arndt recorded 3:36.002 compared to
1. Lucy Tyler-Sharman (Aus) 3:35:069
2. Natalia Karimova (Rus) 3:41:522
3. Judith Arndt (Ger) 3:36:002
4. Antonella Bellutti (Ita) 3:40:374
Men's 4000m Team Pursuit
Cheered on by the home crowd, Germany won the Men's 4000m Team Pursuit,
beating the Ukraine team in the final ride-off. The four German riders:
Guido Fulst, Daniel Becke; Christian Ladamann and Robert Bartko set a time
of 4:05.664., while the Ukraine replied with 4:08.227.
In the ride-off for third and fourth place, Russia beat 1996 and 1997
World Champions Italy whose time was 4:08.299
For Robert Bartko of the German team it was his second win in two days in
pursuit races in Berlin. Yesterday he triumphed in the 4000m Individual
1. Germany 4:05.664
2. Ukraine 4:08.227
3. Russia 4:07.185
4. Italy 4:08.299
It was an all French final in the men's sprint, with 1997 World
Champion Florian Rousseau out sprinting keirin World Champion
The fact that it was an all French final only added to the
magnitude of the achievement of the finalists. To make it through to the
finals, Rousseau and Magnè had beaten Germany's Jens Fiedler and
Australia's Darren Hill. Although no finals times are yet available from
race organisers, on the fast 250m wooden indoor track the qualification
times were close to breaking the ten second barrier.
1. Florian Rousseau (Fra)
2. Fredric Magnè (Fra)
After missing the two previous rounds of the UCI Track World Cup, Felicia
Ballanger showed that she is still the fastest women in track racing when
she won the women's sprint competition defeating Michelle Ferris of
Australia in the final.
1997 World Champion Ballanger had set the fastest qualifiying time
during Friday's qualification 200m time trial (11.260 seconds for a
flying 200m) and in the sprints she used her superior speed to beat
Ferris. Olga Grichina of Russia won the sprint-off for third place.
1. Felicia Ballanger (Fra)
Michelle Ferris (Aus)
Men's 30km Points Race
Pursuiter Micheal Sanstod of Denmark pulled of a surprise win in
the men's points race late on Saturday night, winning
ahead of Britain's Rob Hayles and Philip Ermanault of France.
Sandstod's audacious win came after a ferocious attack in the final
laps of the 30km -120 lap- race. The cunning Dane broke clear alone and
managed to gain a decisive one-lap advantage on the rest of the field. He
had failed to score any points in the sprints and so a late attack was his
only chance of success. It was a risk, but thanks to his pursuiting skills
Sandstod was able to zip around the track, hold off the chase by Hayles
and Ermanault and gain the race winning advantage.
SUNDAY'S RACING PREVIEW
- Micheal Sandstod (Den) 0 points
- Rob Hayles (GB) -1lap 26 points
- Philip Ermanault (Fra) -1lap 12 points
- Stefan Steineg (Ger) -1lap 6 points
On the third and final day of racing in Berlin, there are races for
both the short distance riders and the endurance athletes. Five more
finals will take place on Sunday: the women's 500m time trial, the
women's 20km points race, the men's Olympic sprint, the men's 40km
madison and lastly the men's Keirin.
These events will decide the nations classification for both
theBerlin World Cup meet and the overall World Cup classification
before next weekend's final round of the World Cup in Hyeres, France.
Source: Stephen Farrand
DAY ONE BERLIN, GERMANY- JUNE 12TH - 14TH |
On the first day of the racing of the third round of the UCI Track
World Cup, the action was immediately fast and furious with
Germany winning the Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit Final and
France taking the Men's 1000m Time Trial.
Robert Bartko of Germany was the first winner of the evening. He
won the Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit pursuit ahead of Sergej
Matvejev of the Ukraine.
In the other final, the Men's Kilometer Time Trial, Arnaud Tournant of
France was fastest with a time of 1:02.990, one of the fastest times seen
In the Men's and Women's Sprint qualifications, there was some
great racing as the riders battled to go through to the finals tomorrow.
All the favourites qualified, with Florian Roussseau of France the fastest
of the men with a time of 10.252 for the flying 200m qualification round.
Second was Jens Fielder of Germany with Australian Darren Hill third.
For the women, world champion Felicia Ballanger of France
celebrated her birthday with the fastest qualification time. She set
11.260. Second was Michelle Ferris of Australia with Magali Faure also of
After the two finals of Friday, Germany is leading the country
classification after a first and second place with 22 points.
Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit
Home rider Robert Bartko got Germany off to a great start when he
won the first final of the weekend, the Men's 4000m Individiual
Pursuit. In a close race, Bartko beat Sergej Matvejev of the Ukraine by
just two seconds, setting a time of 4:25:180 compared to Matvejev's
In the race for third/fourth place, Antonio Taul of Spain beat Eduard
Gritsun of Russia. Taul set a time of 4:26:635 compared to Gritsun's
4:28:642. Taul actually went faster than second placed Matvejev, but the
finals for the pursuit are direct ride-offs with the finalists decided in
the qualification rides.
Compared to the times set in the second round of the UCI World Cup
in Victoria, Canada, two weeks ago, the times in the pursuit are
approximately twelve seconds faster. The difference is due to the
track. The Berlin track is 250m and is indoors, while the Victoria
track is cement and is outdoors.
Men's 1000m Time Trial
- Robert Bartko (Ger) 4:25:180
- Sergej Matvejev (Ukr) 4:27:221
- Antonio Taul (Esp) 4:26: 635
- Eduard Gritsun (Rus) 4:28:642
The "kilo" time trial is one of the closest races on the track. In just
over a minute of time a rider has to squeeze out as much power and
explosive energy as possible and when they stop the clock, the difference
between first and second place can be just a few hundredths of a second.
In Berlin , where the riders had to cover 4 laps of the 250m track,
Arnaud Tournant of France squeezed out the fastest time late on
Friday night. The French man set 1:02.990. Second was Zuran
Lausberg of Germany in 1:03.343 with Poland's Grzgorz Krenjener
third with 1:04.082.
For Tournant the Kilo was his third success in this year's UCI World Cup.
In Cali, Colombia he won the Men's Sprint competition and was part of the
French Men's Olympic Sprint team. He will be another fast French to watch
out for at the world championships in Bordeaux at the end of August.
- Arnaud Tournant (Fra) 1:02.990
- Zuran Lausberg (Ger) 1:03.343
- Grzgorz Krenjener (Pol) 1:04.082
After the qualifiying rounds today, the Men's and Women's Sprint
finals should produce some exciting racing on Saturday. The 1/4
finals take place in the morning with the 1/2 finals and finals in the
evening. Other finals on Saturday include the Men's 4000m Team Pursuit
and Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit. Closing the racing is the Men's 30km
By Stephen Farrand
Friday June 12th
- Men's Sprint Qualification and 1st round
- Women's Sprint Qualification and 1/8 Finals
- Men's 4000m Individual Pusuit Qualification
Saturday June 13th
- Men's Sprint 1/4 Finals
- Women's Sprint 1/8 Finals
- Men's 4000m Individual Pursuit Finals 3-4,1-2
- Men's 1000m Time Trial
- Men's Sprint 1/4 Finals
- Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit
- Men's 4000m Team Pursuit Qualification
Sunday June 14th
- Men's Sprint 1/2 Finals
- Women's Sprint 1/2 Finals
- Women's 3000m Individual Pursuit Finals 3-4, 1-2
- Men's 4000m Team Pursuit Finals 3-4, 1-2
- Men's Sprint Finals 3-4, 1-2, 9-12, 5-8
- Men's 30km Points Race
- Men's Kierin Round One
- Women's 500m Time Trial
- Men's Olympic Sprint Qualification
- Women's 20km Points Race
- Men's Olympic Sprint Finals 3-4, 1-2
- Men's Kierin 1/2 Finals
- Men's 40km Madison
- Men's Kierin Finals 7-12, 1-6
After races in Cali, Colombia and Victoria, Canada, the best track
riders in the world descended on Berlin, Germany from June 12th to
the 14th for the third round of the UCI Track World Cup.
Eleven of the twelve 1997 world champions will be riding in Berlin, and
with 39 different countries represented, the expectations are for fast,
thrilling action on the 250 metre indoor track.
Going by what we have seen so far this year, the strongest teams will
surely be France, Germany and Australia. Each team has Olympic and World
champions and they will be battling for the leadership of the World Cup
classification. France has fielded the biggest and most powerful team so
far in this year's World Cup while Germany will sure be fired up as they
race on home soil.
THREE DAYS OF GREAT RACING
The racing at the UCI Track World Cup takes place over three days with
eight events for men and four for women.
Finals on the Friday include the Men's 1000m time trial and the Men's
4000m Individual Pursuit. For the "kilo", world champion Shane Kelly of
Australia must be favourite. He was absent in Colombia and Victoria but is
now building up for the World Championships in Bordeaux, France.
On Saturday the sprinters will fight for the top places in the finals of
the men's and women's match sprint.. 1997 World Champion Florian Rousseau
rides in the sprint and with the absence of American Marty Nothstein,
should be the main rival of "homeboy" and Olympic Champion Jens Fiedler.
These tactical battles will be followed by the smooth speed of the men's
team pursuit and then the protracted drama of the men's points race.
In the women's individual pursuit, Judith Arndt of Germany will face
Australia's Lucy Tyler-Sharman and Olympic Champion Antonella
Bellutti of Italy in what will be the race of the year so far, and a
precursor to the world championships.
The final day's racing on Sunday features the newest track events,
with the 500m time trial for women and the men's Olympic sprint.
Finally, bringing the meeting to an exciting end are the long-
established men's keirin sprint and the Men's two-rider 40km madison where
leading challengers will be Italian professional riders Silvio Martinello
who rides with Andrea Collinelli, and the formidabel Swiss pairing of
Bruno Risi and Kurt Betschart.
FULL COVERAGE ON UCI WEB PAGE
There will be full details of all the racing on the UCI web page, with
daily reports on each event.
Source: Stephen Farrand