Day 5 European Masters Track Champs

Day 5 European Masters Track Champs

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2009 European Masters Track Cycling Championships

Day 5 – Friday 31st July

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Men 30 – 34 Years Points Race
2008 Cossavella Memorial winner Richard Prince added the Mens 30-34 Points race to his tally of wins when he won a close fought event. Masters debutante this year Neil Withington secured a Silver to add to his Bronze in the sprint when he took the last sprint ahead of last year’s winner Boyd Roberts to finish a single point ahead.

1. Richard Prince, Great Britain
2. Neil Withington, Great Britain
3. Boyd Roberts, Great Britain

Men 35 – 39 Years Points Race
Last years 30-34 Points Silver medallist moved up to take the Gold in the older category when the tightest event of the evening saw the lead change hands continuously throughout. Last years Silver and Bronze medallists, Alain Bornet of France and Oliver Davies of Great Britain were relegated to third and fourth respectively as Chris Bush of Great Britain took the Silver

1. Joel Stewart, Great Britain
2. Chris Bush, Great Britain
3. Alain Bornet, Great Britain

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Men 40 – 44 Years Pursuit
After his domination of the Points event the previous evening, the Pursuit final was a race too far for Austria's Wolfgang Kotzman as Tim Lawson scored his first Gold in European Masters events after riding to a time of 3.35.229 to Wolfgang's 3.39.549. The Bronze was taken by Britain's Gavin McDonald (3.38.744) to the 3.39.594 of France's Jean Pierre Madern.

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1. Timothy Lawson, Great Britain
2. Wolfgang Kotzmann, Austria
3. Gavin McDonald, Great Britain

Men 45 – 49 Years Pursuit
Peter Ettles of Great Britain set a new European Masters best time when he beat 2008 Champion Claus Christiansen of Denmark to the title with a ride of 3.35.483 to the Dane's 3.37.211. The Bronze was a much tighter battle as an all GB minor final saw Alastair Taylor beat Colin Parkinson 3.41.887 to 3.41.914

1. Peter Ettles, , Great Britain
2. Claus Christiansen, Denmark
3. Alastair Taylor, Great Britain

Men 50 – 54 Years Points Race
Graham Barclay beat 2008 Champion Jimmy Rutherford for the Gold when he scored 24 points to Rutherfords 21. Barclay took the first two sprints, while Rutherford had only a single point, but hit back by taking the lap 20 and 10 sprints. With the final sprint possibly crucial, Barclay and Rutherford were both badly placed and neither scored. Didier Ramet of France took the Bronze with 17 points. 

1. Graham Barclay, Great Britain
2. James Rutherford, Great Britain
3. Didier Ramet, France

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Men 55 – 59 Years Points Race
A tight race long battle saw Steve Davies add another medal to his tally when he beat Clive Burr to the top of an all British podium. Burr was the only rider to take a lap and Davies was clearly the marked man in the event, but tenacity won the day when Davies won the last sprint with a yell that was heard throughout the track with Burr not placed. The Bronze was taken by Ian Humphries with 17 points

1. Steve Davies, Great Britain
2. Clive Burr, Great Britain
3. Ian Humphries, Great Britain

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Medal Table
Great Britain  22, 26, 28
France          10, 3, 7
Italy               2, 4, 2
Ireland           1, 2, 2
Denmark        1, 2, 1
Austria          1, 2, 0
Germany        0, 2, 3
Netherlands   0, 1, 0
Greece          0, 0, 1