UEC U23 European Track Championships 2011
July 26-31, 2011, Portugal
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Day 6 - The final day of competition in Sangalhos saw further medals for the young GB team - with British Cycling's Head Coach Shane Sutton concluding the championships in positive mood.
"The results from the UEC U23 European Track Championships were absolutely fantastic. It shows that the underpinning part of the Olympic Podium Programme is looking healthy and no doubt that the future is looking bright for these youngsters.".
Junior sprinter John Paul doubled his gold medal tally, winning the Junior Men's Keirin, while Dani King took Silver in the Women's Under 23 Omnium, missing out on gold by just one point. King continued her strong Omnium performance from the previous day, 4th in the Scratch and 1st in the Individual Pursuit and the 500m TT. Lucy Garner was also impressive in the Junior Women's Omnium, winning the the 500m TT and placing third in the Scratch, narrowly missing out on a medal.
The day's proceedings were, however, dominated by the keirin and madison disciplines. While Scottish sprinter John Paul bagged gold in the Junior Men's Keirin, fortunes were mixed elsewhere, with Pete Mitchell, Matt Rotherham, Callum Skinner and Jess Crampton all taking falls throughout the competition. Skinner described his spill later on Twitter: "Crashed into a Russian at 75kph at the top of the track, all scratched up but ok, decided to scratch the minor final. Good champs overall..."
Pete Mitchell was relegated to the minor final after being squeezed onto the blue, taking 2nd and therefore 8th overall, while Becky James took fourth in the Under 23 Women's Keirin final, won by Baranova of Russia, while James' teammate Jess Varnish finished 6th. After the event, the ever-positive James was momentarily downhearted, Tweeting "Not the most successful day....4th in the Keirin, gave it everything!! Gutted to miss out on the podium." However, she was soon her usual glass-half-full self, adding "Happy to have a solid week of training and racing though. A gold, silver and two 4ths isn't tooooo bad out of training!!". Russia was also dominant in the Junior Women's Keirin with Anastazia Voyvona taking gold, with GB's Victoria Williamson taking fifth place.
Rounding out the six days of action were the Junior and U23 Men's Madison, with GB fielding two teams in each. In the U23 race, GB finished 4th and 9th, with the Swiss A team taking the win a lap ahead of the rest. The Swiss As were also victors in the Junior Men's Madison, with the GB teams taking 7th and 8th positions after four teams took a lap.
Day 6 Photos
Above: Dani King celebrates her silver medal in the Women's U23 Omnium
Above: After bagging gold in the sprint earlier in the competition, John Paul took gold in the Junior Men's Keirin on the final day of competition.
Day 5 - Day five of competition at the Sangalhos velodrome in Anadia, Portugal saw the conclusion of the Men's U23 and Men's Junior Omnium, the opening three rounds of the Women's Omnium events and the finals of the Women's U23 Team Sprint and 500TT. For the young GB team however, it meant only one thing. More medals.
Owain Doull, who'd battled through the Devil from hell (pun intended) the previous night to end the day in 5th overall, rounded off his Junior Omnium with a convincing win in the Individual Pursuit and a great ride in the Scratch race to haul himself up into Bronze. Prior to the day's final two events, Doull Tweeted: "Last day of the omnium, sitting in 5th but all still to play for! Gb Junior End have medaled in evr race, no pressure cant let the boys down." He needn't have worried...
Over to the Women's U23 Omnium and Dani King flew the GB flag. King started strongly with a 2nd place in the flying lap, followed by a 7th place in the Points race and then a win in the Devil (Elimination) race. Following the session, a delighted Dani Tweeted "Won the devil :) am now in 2nd place with 3 races to go!! Looking forward to tomorrow."
Moving over to the sprinters and it was more precious metal for GB, with Jess Varnish winning the U23 500TT, closely followed by teammate Becky James. Taking her social media responsibilities as seriously as her racing, Varnish quickly Tweeted: "Great day! Won the 500 with a new pb 34.5 woo :)"
Becky James was equally pleased with her silver medal, also a personal best: "So happy with today!! Silver medal in the 500m TT and a PB :)) Didn't expect that. 1 day to go."
There was more success in the Junior Women's Team Sprint, claiming silver in the ride-off against Russia, following a qualifying ride which saw the two squads separated by a scant six hundredths of a second.
Day 5 Photos
Above: Owain Doull looking quietly satisfied with his Bronze medal in the Junior Men's Omnium
Above: GB coaches celebrate more medal success, this time with the Junior Team sprinters and the gold and silver medallists in the U23 Women's 500TT, Jess Varnish and Becky James.
Day 4: Day four saw yet more success for the GB team with Laura Trott topping the podium once more in the Under 23 Scratch Final, flanked by Polish rider Malgorzata Wojtyra and Ireland's Shannon McCurley. It was gold too for John Paul in the Junior Sprint, beating Russian opponent Shushin 2-0 in the final. Later Trott Tweeted her thanks to teammate Katie Colclough: "A massive thanks to Katie Colclough for help in the scratch race tonight, wouldnt of won without her! so happy with how this week has gone!"
The U23 Men's Scratch saw GB's Luke Rowe take silver behind Italy's Davide Cimolai in an eventful race which saw Mark Christian brought down with one lap to go. Meanwhile Callum Skinner and Jess Varnish both bagged bronze in the U23 sprint competition, with Varnish pipping teammate Becky James to the podium. After his final a delighted Skinner tweeted: "European under 23 sprint bronze medallist, very, very happy!!! :)" Sam Lowe also netted bronze in the Junior Scratch, which saw Chris Latham take a fall in the final half lap.
Crashes were the order of the day, with both Amy Roberts and Harriet Owen taking heavy falls in the Junior scratch - thankfully, both were ok. There was also havoc in the Elimination race of the Junior Omnium, with Owain Doull emerging from the carnage in second after a photo finish.
After the race, coach Matt Winston tweeted "Owain 2nd in the demolition derby! Otherwise known as an elimination! More crashes than i could count!" while Jonathon Dibben saw the events of the Omnium as an ill omen for the Madison: "After hearing all the carnage stories from the devil tonight, I think this Madison on Sunday could be interesting!"
Doull's strong showing in the Elimination followed a tenth place in the flying lap and fifth place in the Points race. There was also omnium action in the U23s with Simon Yates representing GB, placing sixth in the Points and third in the Elimination race.
Day 4 Photos
Above: Laura Trott soaks up the applause as she claims gold in the Women's U23 Scratch.
Above: Callum Skinner celebrates his bronze in the U23 sprint.
Above: John Paul takes gold in the Junior Sprint.
Above: A trio of medalling sprinters - Varnish, Paul and Skinner.
Above: Jess Varnish had to race against her teammate Becky James to claim bronze and place on the podium.
Day 3: Day three of the European Track Championships saw the GB Team amongst the medals again, with Katie Colclough in the Under-23 Points Race and Victoria Williamson in the Junior 500m TT leading the way, with both picking up silver.
There was also a bronze for Josh Papworth in the Junior Men's points race, whilst both Harriet Owen and Elinor Barker just missed out in the Junior Women's race.
Jon Mould put in a storming finish to claim bronze in the Under-23 Men's points race. Team-mate Luke Rowe tweeted "top ride to get the bronze in the points race. My madison partner for sunday has got some form.........#ClassAct", whilst Joe Kelly called it "a hell of a ride for 3rd"
Jon himself than came back with his own tweet: "Chuffed with the Bronze medal, had to fight REAL hard for that. Thanks for the support! Bring on the Madison on Sunday!"
In the Under-23 sprinting, Callum Skinner, Jess Varnish and Becky James all made it through to Friday's semi-finals, but Pete Mitchell had to content himself with a win in the 5-8 place final.
Skinner neatly summed it up in a post-race tweet: "Through to day 2 of the sprint, here come the semis and finals!" Becky James was bubbling following a trouble free day, tweeting "Won the quarter finals 2-0 :) through to the semi's tomorrow!!"
Day 3 Photos
Katie Colclough on the podium for her points race silver
Josh Papworth collects his points race bronze
Victoria Williamson took silver in the 500m TT for juniors
Callum Skinner chats to coach Iain Dyer
Day 2: It was another good day for the GB Team in Portugal, with 3 gold medals.
The GB Under-23 Team Pursuit quartet of Sam Harrison, Joe Kelly, Mark Christian and Simon Yates took silver, behind Russia in the final. GB went ahead early, no doubt keen to pressure the Russians who were over 3 seconds faster in qualifying. However, the Russians stuck to their task and won with a time of 4:05.120 to GB's 4:08.445.
Laura Trott continued the GB Team's excellent Euros with a stunning win in the final of the Under-23 Individual Pursuit, catching her Polish opponent Katarzyna Pawlowska after some two minutes - not an unexpected win as Trott was the fastest in qualifying by a massive 8 seconds! Hannah Mayho missed out in the Bronze medal final, losing out to another Pole, Eugenia Bujak.
Victoria Williamson had an excellent run in the Junior Women's Sprint, making her way right to the final where she lost out to Italy's Stella Tomassini.
John Dibben is the new Junior European Individual Pursuit champion after recording an impressive 3:19.018 to beat Owain Doull's 3:24.223 in the all-GB final.
Becky James and Jess Varnish won the U23 women's team sprint, qualifying fastest and backing up taking the final against Russia with the fastest time of the competition, a world-class 33.912s.
Their male colleagues, Callum Skinner, Pete Mitchell and Philip Hindes, couldn't quite match them, though they really pushed their gold medal final opponents Germany, as all four medal rides dipped under 44 seconds.
Day 2 Photos
GB's John Dibben tops the junior individual pursuit podium. Owain Doull and France's KevinLesellier flank him.
Becky James & Jess Varnish, European Team Sprint Champions
Laura Trott tops the podium after her stunning pursuit win
Day 1: The GB Team celebrated a successful first day at the UEC U23 European Track Championships 2011 which included two gold medals and a silver medal.
In the Women's Team Pursuit, Dani King, Laura Trott and Katie Colclough registered a time of 3.22.222 to claim gold, an ecstatic Trott tweeted ‘Good ride with the girls last night :) European champs :)'. For reference, the GB trio's ride was less then three seconds outside the USA's world record of 3.19.569.
The feat was matched by Owain Doull, Jon Dibben, Sam Lowe and Joshua Papworth, who after qualifying in first put in a dominant performance to secure gold in the Junior Men's Team Pursuit.
Elsewhere it was silver for Elinor Barker after a superb effort in the Junior Women's Pursuit.
Men Under 23 Madison Final
1 SWITZERLAND A 5pts
2 ITALY B 16pts -1 lap
3 NETHERLANDS B 14pts -1 lap
4 GREAT BRITAIN A 11pts -1 lap
5 FRANCE 11pts -1 lap
9 GREAT BRITAIN B 2pts -1 lap
Junior Madison Final
1 SWITZERLAND A 13pts
2 CZECH REPUBLIC A 11pts
3 BELGIUM A 9pts
4 FRANCE B 6pts
5 ITALY B 7pts -1 lap
7 GREAT BRITAIN B 5pts -1 lap
8 GREAT BRITAIN A 5pts -1 lap
Women Under 23 Keirin Final 1-6
1 BARANOVA Victoria RUS
2 MONTAUBAN Olivia FRA
3 GNIDENKO Ekaterina RUS
4 JAMES Rebecca GBR
5 CALVO BARBERO Tania ESP
6 VARNISH Jessica GBR
Women Junior Keirin Final 1-6
1 VOYNOVA Anastasia RUS
2 TOMASSINI Stella ITA
3 GAMBA Lisa ITA
4 KENDZIORA Monika GER
5 WILLIAMSON Victoria GBR
Women Junior Omnium race VI 500m
1 FRANCE 46.256 +0.000
2 GERMANY 46.452 +0.196
3 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 46.723 +0.467
4 ITALY 46.980 +0.724
Women Under 23 Omnium Race V Scratch Race
1 BUBNER Janine GER
2 POLSPOEL Maaike BEL
3 WOJTYRA MaLgorzata POL -1 lap
4 KING Danielle GBR -1 lap
5 PAVLENDOVA Alzbeta SVK -1 lap
Women Junior Omnium race V Scratch Race
1 USABIAGA BALERDI Irene ESP
2 AZENHA Ana Isabel Dias POR -1 lap
3 GARNER Lucy GBR -1 lap
4 GENEE Laudine FRA -1 lap
5 BONDARENKO Alina RUS -1 lap
Women Under 23 Omnium Race 4 Individual Pursuit
1 KING Danielle GBR 3:41.099 +0.000
2 WOJTYRA MaLgorzata POL 3:43.544 +2.445
3 BUBNER Janine GER 3:47.958 +6.859
Junior Men Omnium Race 6 1km tt
1 RYBIN Ondrej CZE 1:05.493 +0.000
2 ACKERMANN Pascal GER 1:05.797 +0.304
3 LATON Eryk POL 1:05.942 +0.449
4 DE BUYST Jasper BEL 1:06.271 +0.778
5 ZAVGORODNIY Stanislav RUS 1:06.430 +0.937
8 DOULL Owain GBR 1:07.323 +1.830
Men Junior Omnium Race IV Individual Pursuit 3km
1 DOULL Owain GBR 3:22.980 +0.000
2 DE BUYST Jasper BEL 3:24.832 +1.852
3 LATON Eryk POL 3:27.291 +4.311
4 BOUDAT Thomas FRA 3:27.474 +4.494
5 BURG VAN DER Joost NED 3:28.892 +5.912
Women Under 23 Omnium Race II Points Race
1 SCANDOLARA Valentina ITA 55
2 PIKAUSKAITE Vaida LTU 48
3 02 AMIALIUSIK Alena BLR 45
4 04 USABIAGA BALERDI Ana ESP 35
5 011 WOJTYRA MaLgorzata POL 30
7 05 KING Danielle GBR 7
Women Junior Omnium Race II Points Race
1 BONDARENKO Alina RUS 28
2 010 VANNUCCI Chiara ITA 26
3 06 USABIAGA BALERDI Irene ESP 26
4 09 BAARLE VAN Ashlynn NED 8
5 011 GARNER Lucy GBR 7
Women Under 23 Omnium Race I Flying Lap
1 WOJTYRA MaLgorzata POL 14.737 +0.000
2 KING Danielle GBR 14.831 +0.094
3 KAMP VAN DER Laura NED 15.400 +0.663
4 USABIAGA BALERDI Ana ESP 15.429 +0.692
5 PAVLENDOVA Alzbeta SVK 15.458 +0.721
Women Junior Omnium Race I Flying Lap
1 GENEE Laudine FRA 14.990 +0.000
2 VANNUCCI Chiara ITA 15.436 +0.446
3 BONDARENKO Alina RUS 15.501 +0.511
4 BAARLE VAN Ashlynn NED 15.638 +0.648
5 LODEWYKS Steffi BEL 15.854 +0.864
7 GARNER Lucy GBR 16.107 +1.117
Women Under 23 Scratch Race Final
1 TROTT Laura GBR
2 WOJTYRA MaLgorzata POL
3 MCCURLEY Shannon IRL
4 GUARISCHI Barbara ITA
5 BARAZNA Katsiaryna BLR
Men Under 23 Scratch Race Final
1 CIMOLAI Davide ITA
2 ROWE Luke GBR
3 SHMALKO Viktor RUS
4 FILIP Jakub CZE
5 VAN DER SANDE Tosh BEL
Men Junior Omnium Elimination Race
1 BONIFAZIO Niccolo ITA
2 DOULL Owain GBR
3 RYBIN Ondrej CZE
4 BOUDAT Thomas FRA
5 DE BUYST Jasper BEL
Men Under 23 Omnium Elimination
1 COQUARD Bryan FRA
2 VIVIANI Elia ITA
3 YATES Simon GBR
4 KADUCH Jan CZE
5 DE PAUW Moreno BEL
Men Under 23 Omnium Race II Points race 30 km
1 TZORTZAKIS Polychronis GRE 84
2 VIVIANI Elia ITA 76
3 SAVITSKIY Ivan RUS 71
4 DE PAUW Moreno BEL 39
5 KADUCH Jan CZE 38
6 YATES Simon GBR 36
Men Junior Omnium Race II Points race 15 km
1 ?RKEN Ahmet TUR 31
2 BOUDAT Thomas FRA 30
3 DE BUYST Jasper BEL 12
4 BONIFAZIO Niccolo ITA 8
5 DOULL Owain GBR 5
Men Under 23 Omnium Race I Flying lap
1 RACKWITZ Daniel GER 13.417 +0.000
2 SUTER Gael SUI 13.474 +0.057
3 COQUARD Bryan FRA 13.497 +0.080
4 EEFTING Roy NED 13.579 +0.162
5 VIVIANI Elia ITA 13.687 +0.270
Men Junior Omnium Race I Flying lap
1 ACKERMANN Pascal GER 13.506 +0.000
2 LATON Eryk POL 13.712 +0.206
3 ?RKEN Ahmet TUR 13.802 +0.296
4 DE BUYST Jasper BEL 13.814 +0.308
5 RYBIN Ondrej CZE 13.824 +0.318
10 DOULL Owain GBR 14.434 +0.928
Women's Under 23 Sprint
1 BARANOVA Victoria
2 MONTAUBAN Olivia
3 VARNISH Jessica
Men's Under 23 Sprint
1 BOTTICHER Stefan
2 CONORD Charlie
3 SKINNER Callum
Men's Junior Sprint
1 PAUL John
2 SHURSHIN Nikita
3 NEIDERLAG Max
Women Junior Team Sprint Qualifying
1 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 35.983 +0.000
2 GREAT BRITAIN 35.989 +0.006
3 POLAND 36.979 +0.996
4 ITALY 37.329 +1.346
5 BELGIUM 39.081 +3.098
Men Under 23 Points Race Final
1 VIVIANI Elia ITA 54 points
2 ST?PLER Nick NED 42
3 MOULD Jonathan GBR 38
4 DILLIER Silvan SUI 37
5 VAN DER SANDE Tosh BEL 35
Men Junior Points Race Final
1 AMORES PALACIOS Julio Alberto ESP OK 37 points
2 CHIR Th?ry SUI OK 34
3 PAPWORTH Joshua GBR OK 33
4 RICKAERT Jonas BEL OK 32
5 KUENG Stefan SUI OK 32
Women Junior Points Race Final
1 CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITA 22
2 KASHIRINA Svetlana RUS 17
3 MARKUS Kelly NED 13
4 OWEN Harriet GBR 12
5 BARKER Elinor GBR 8
Women Under 23 Points Race Final
1 SCANDOLARA Valentina ITA 40 points
2 COLCLOUGH Katie GBR 30
3 PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL 29
4 USABIAGA BALERDI Ana ESP OK 28
@ 1 lap
5 CECCHINI Elena ITA OK 13
6 TROTT Laura GBR OK 9 0 12
Women Junior 500m TT
1 VOYNOVA Anastasia RUS 35.245 +
2 WILLIAMSON Victoria GBR 36.185
3 LIGTLEE Elis NED 36.213
4 BALABOLINA Tamara RUS 36.350
5 JANKUTE Gabriele LTU 36.527
6 CRAMPTON Jessica GBR 36.598
Women Under 23 Individual Pursuit Finals
1 TROTT Laura GBR
2 PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL OVR
3 BUJAK Eugenia POL 3:45.057
4 MAYHO Hannah GBR 3:45.870
Men Junior Individual Pursuit Finals
1 DIBBEN John GBR 3:19.018
2 DOULL Owain GBR 3:24.223
3 LESELLIER Kevin FRA 3:22.4090
4 VANDERAERDEN Niels BEL BEL 03:22.4110 +0.048
Men Under 23 Team Sprint Finals
1 GERMANY GER 44.477
2 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 44.930
3 RUSSIAN FEDERATION RUS 44.790
4 FRANCE FRA 44.987
Women Junior Team Pursuit Finals
1 ITALY ITA 3:32.877
2 RUSSIAN FEDERATION RUS 3:36.998
3 FRANCE FRA 3.33:679
4 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 3:36.021
Men Under 23 Team Pursuit Qualifying
1 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 4:06.865 +0.000
2 GREAT BRITAIN 4:10.071 +3.206
3 SWITZERLAND 4:10.333 +3.468
4 NETHERLANDS 4:11.592 +4.727
Men Under 23 Team Sprint Qualifying
1 GERMANY 44.868 +0.000
2 GREAT BRITAIN 44.977 +0.109
3 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 45.037 +0.169
4 FRANCE 45.136 +0.268
Women Under 23 Team Sprint Final
1 GREAT BRITAIN GBR 33.912
2 RUSSIA RUS 34.341
3 POLAND POL 35.252
4 GREECE GRE 35.268
Women Under 23 Team Sprint Qualifying
1 GREAT BRITAIN 33.935 +0.000
2 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 34.306 +0.371
3 POLAND 35.308 +1.373
4 GREECE 35.423 +1.488
Men Junior Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 DIBBEN John GBR 3:20.386 +0.000
2 DOULL Owain GBR 3:21.252 +0.866
3 VANDERAERDEN Niels BEL 3:23.275 +2.889
4 LESELLIER Kevin FRA 3:23.880 +3.494
5 FOURNIER Marc FRA 3:24.312 +3.926
Men Junior 1km Time Trial Final
1 EDELIN Benjamin FRA 1:03.867 +0.000
2 MORENO SANCHEZ Jose ESP 1:04.993 +1.126
3 KONIG Benjamin GER 1:05.008 +1.141
10 LATHAM Christopher GBR 1:06.694 +2.827
Junior Women Sprint Qualifying
1 VOYNOVA Anastasia RUS 11.656 +0.000
2 WILLIAMSON Victoria GBR 11.670 +0.014
3 GENEE Laudine FRA 11.922 +0.266
4 KENDZIORA Monika GER 11.936 +0.280
5 JANKUTE Gabriele LTU 12.046 +0.390
7 CRAMPTON Jessica GBR 12.066 +0.410
Under-23 Women Team Pursuit
1 GREAT BRITAIN 3:23.718 +0.000
2 POLAND 3:32.877 +9.159
3 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 3:34.757 +11.039
4 BELGIUM 3:35.474 +11.756
Women Junior Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 CHEKINA Alexandra RUS 2:26.545 +0.000
2 BARKER Elinor GBR 2:28.337 +1.792
3 BARTELLONI Beatrice ITA 2:29.747 +3.202
4 USABIAGA BALERDI Irene ESP 2:30.968 +4.423
9 GARNER Lucy GBR 2:34.631 +8.086
Men U23 Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 ERSHOV Artur RUS 4:26.276 +0.000
2 CHERNETSKIY Sergey RUS 4:27.243 +0.967
3 TORRES BARCELO Albert ESP 4:29.141 +2.865
4 HAAN Wouter NED 4:29.661 +3.385
11 44 YATES Simon GBR 4:35.190 +8.914
Men Junior Team Pursuit Qualifying
1 GREAT BRITAIN 4:11.956 +0.000
2 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 4:13.856 +1.900
3 FRANCE 4:14.657 +2.701
4 SWITZERLAND 4:14.777 +2.821
Men Junior Team Sprint Final
1 FRANCE 46.256 +0.000
2 GERMANY 46.452 +0.196
3 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 46.723 +0.467
4 ITALY 46.980 +0.724
Women Junior Team Pursuit Qualifying
1 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 3:35.337 +0.000
2 ITALY 3:36.126 +0.789
3 GREAT BRITAIN 3:38.192 +2.855
4 FRANCE 3:38.857 +3.520
5 NETHERLANDS 3:41.827 +6.490
Women Under-23 Individual Pursuit Qualifying
1 TROTT Laura GBR 3:34.186 +0.000
2 PAWLOWSKA Katarzyna POL 3:42.854 +8.668
3 MAYHO Hannah GBR 3:44.768 +10.582
4 BUJAK Eugenia POL 3:45.531 +11.345
5 HORNE Ciara IRL 3:46.560 +12.374