Fat Nick's Saturday photo gallery, World Cup Track Meeting, January 2005

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The second day of the World Cup track series in Manchester on Saturday saw the host nation take gold in the Team Pursuit, the British quartet just catching the Spanish silver-medallists on the finish line. Bronze medal went to the German team, who beat the Dutch team into fourth place.

The women's 500m time trial saw popular British rider Vicky Pendleton pick up her second silver medal of this World Cup meeting, this time behind the rapid Russian Tamilla Abassova. Italy's Elisa Frisoni took the bronze medal in the 500m, stepping on to the podium after taking fourth place in the previous day's sprints.

Australia had cause to celebrate when Katherine Bates won the Women's Individual Pursuit, beating local girl Emma Davies of Great Britain in the final. The two were fairly evenly matched, with only .6 of a second between them in qualifying, but the powerful Aussie proved stronger in the final. In the ride off for third and fourth place, Switzerland's Karin Thürig beat Germany's Verena Jooss for the bronze medal. This was a double celebration for Katherine Bates, who won the women's points race with a powerful performance the previous day.

The Men's Points Race saw two blisteringly fast heats in the morning, and the final in the afternoon was action packed. The bunch allowed five riders: Colby Pearce, Nikita Eskov, Vasil Kiryienka, Angelo Ciccone and Tamouridis Ioannis to escape and take a lap, which under the new rules means that the riders in question gain 20 points when they catch the bunch. So the top placings came from this select group. Belarus rider Vasil Kiryienka proved strongest of the escapers, never far from the action and earning a well-deserved win with 39 points. The race for second place went right down to the last sprint, with Russia's Nikita Eskov going into the last sprint just two points ahead of experienced American Colby Pearce. Although Pearce tried everything he knew to get past the Russian on the last lap, Eskov had youth and speed on his side, and managed to hold off the American to safeguard his second place.

French sprinter Mickaël Bourgain dominated the Men's Sprint series, using his superior speed to take gold ahead of Poland's Lukasz Kwiatkowski with Spain's José Villanueva picking up the bronze medal at the end of an exciting sprint series.

 

Full race results are also available at www.veloresults.com - just click on the word MANCHESTER on their site.

These bike racing photos from the Saturday session of the Manchester Round of the UCI World Cup track meeting in January 2005 are all copyright Nick Rosenthal. Any reproduction without express permission is illegal.


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