Two medals for U.S. as Hammer dominates omnium at Track World Cup

  
  


Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling Team) won gold in the women’s omnium at the UCI Track World Cup #2 in Cali, Colombia over the weekend. Hammer finished no lower than fourth in the six races, dominating the most recent event added to the track cycling slate for the London Olympic Games.
 
The omnium contest was tight between Hammer and Canada's Whitten until Hammer won the scratch race.
The omnium contest was tight between Hammer and Canada's Whitten until Hammer won the scratch race.
Hammer tallied 14 points to handily defeat the 2011 world championship gold medal winners Laura Trott (GBR) and Tara Whitten (CAN) who totaled 29 and 28 points respectively for bronze and silver. The contest was actually quite tight between Hammer and Whitten until the fifth event, the scratch race, when Hammer was able to win and Whitten only managed 14th place. Full women’s ominum results here. Although previously qualified, Hammer’s win did again automatically qualify her for nomination to the track cycling Olympic Long Team to be announced on December 15.

"This was my first ‘real’ race of the year as I got sick before nationals and competed in a scaled down program, so I was happy with the results and getting back into the racing groove, especially the mass-start races such as the points race, elimination and scratch race," said Hammer. "I am happy with how my teammates and I are starting our Olympic year program. The team pursuit was also a good two days of racing and gave us a very valuable opportunity to compete against some of our top rivals moving towards London. Qualifying did not go 100% perfect for us but the finals were a big improvement and we had well executed ride and just narrowly missed out on riding the fastest ride of the competition by 2/10 of a seconds." 
 
For Hammer the omnium gold was the second medal of this World Cup, scoring bronze earlier in the week with her teammates, Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12), Dotsie Bausch (Irvine, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) and Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling), in the women’s team pursuit. The trio of Hammer, Tamayo and Bausch finished third in the morning’s qualifying with a 3:26.027, just missing the gold medal round. The combination of Hammer, Reed and Tamayo posted a 3:22.090 in the evening session to handily win the bronze over Lithuania.
 
“While the Cali velodrome is covered, it's still open air and the wind conditions were challenging for the qualifying round,” explained USA Cycling Endurance Programs Director Benjamin Sharp. “The final, the next night, was much quicker and we were able to capitalize on that. It's too bad that our qualifying round wasn't better as the final with Great Britain would have been very competitive.”
 
The Olympic Long Team qualifying standard for the women’s team pursuit is 3:21.575 and the ladies were a half second off the mark in the final. Thus far, no riders have qualified to be automatically nominated to the Olympic Long Team in the team pursuit.
 
Blatchford, Mansker and Watkins put together a solid performance in the men's team sprint.
Blatchford, Mansker and Watkins put together a solid performance in the men's team sprint.
Several additional strong American performances marked the second of four World Cups on the 2011-2012 season, including the team sprinters,’ Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project London 2012), Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) and Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012), seventh place finish.
 
“Blatchford, Watkins and Mankser rode one, two and three respectively,” stated USA Cycling Sprint Program Director Jamie Staff. “All three guys rode as predicted; a little more work to do in their starts, but definitely showing signs of speed. With a time of 44.671, the men earned a valuable seventh-place finish, but received sixth-place points as Germany had two teams in the finals.”  
 
A pair of youngsters pulled off top 15 placings: Matthew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Fulton Flyers) was 12th in men's points race and TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach , Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) 11th in one-kilometer time trial. Also, Reed pulled off 12th place in the women's individual pursuit and Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Black Dog Pro Cycling Team) and Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center) finished 11th in the women's team sprint.
 
“Unfortunately Dana had a bobble on the line at the start and immediately got gapped from Liz, leaving a big gap to close,” explained Staff.  “Even so, Liz posted the ninth fastest opening lap and Dana the 13th fastest 2nd lap placing them 11th overall with a time of 35.806.”
 
The third round of the 2011-12 UCI Track World Cup is set for January 13-15, 2012 in Beijing, China.
 
“In reflection, it was another good team building event and helped us realize that we are making progress in the right direction,” said Staff. “We are running trials from December 8th to the 15th to decide who goes to Beijing, so stay posted to see who makes the team.”
 
Ian Moir (Long Beach, Calif./Yahoo Cycling Team) and Kit Karzen (Beverly Hills, Calif./VRC-NOW-MS Society) finished ninth in heat one of the men’s Madison, just missing qualifying for the final. Moir also finished 14th in heat one of men’s omnium qualifying, again just off the qualifying mark.
 
UCI Track Cycling World Cup #2
Cali, Colombia
Dec. 1-3, 2011
FULL RESULTS
 
Men’s Sprint
1. Stefan Botticher (ERD)
2. LEVY Maximilian Levy (GER)
3. Robert Forstemann (ERD)  
15. Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012)
16. Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012)
 
Men’s 4-kilometer Team Pursuit
1. New Zealand 4:02.739
2. Australia 4:04.612
3. Denmark 4:06.794
16. USA: Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo./Chipotle), Mathew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Fulton Flyers), Ian Moir (Long Beach, Calif./Yahoo Cycling Team), Zachary Noonan (Kutztown, Pa./FCS-Metro Volkswagen) 4:21.349
 
Men’s Team Sprint
1. Germany 42.914
2. Team Erdgas 43.934
3. Venezuela 44.042
7. USA: Michael Blatchford (Cypress, Calif./Project London 2012), Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012) and Kevin Mansker (Long Beach, Calif./Project London 2012) 44.671
 
Men’s Keirin
1. Maximilian Levy (GER)
2. Francois Pervis (FRA)
3. Hersony Canelon (VEN)
26. Jimmy Watkins (Bakersfield, Calif./Project London 2012)
 
Men’s 30-kilometer Points Race
1. Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (EUS) 46
2. Ingmar De Poortere (BEL) 37
3. Edwin Avila (COL) 32
12. Mathew Lipscomb (Decatur, Ga./Fulton Flyers) -13
 
Men’s 1K Time Trial
1. Francois Pervis (FRA) 1:00.075
2. Simon Van Velthooven (NZL) 1:01.160
3. Filip Ditzel (CZE) 1:02.009
11. TJ Mathieson (Redondo Beach, Calif./Momentum Coaching Group p/b Atomic) 1:04.066
 
Women’s Sprint
1. Kristina Vogel (GER)
2. Virginie Cueff (FRA)
3. Viktoria Baranova (RUS)
24. Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Black Dog Pro Cycling Team)
30. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center)
 
Women’s 3-kilometer Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain 3:21.830
2. New Zealand 3:25.618
3. United States: Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling), Lauren Tamayo (Asheville, N.C./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12), Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) 3:22.090
 
Women’s Team Sprint
1. Germany 33.143
2. Ukraine 33.869
3. Russia 33.207
11. USA: Liz Carlson (Jim Thorpe, Pa./Black Dog Pro Cycling Team) and Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center) 35.806
 
Women’s Keirin
1. Simona Krupeckaite (LTU)
2. Kristina Vogel (GER)
3. Virginie Cueff (FRA)
31. Dana Feiss (Telford, Pa./Home Depot Center)
 
Women’s Individual Pursuit
1. Alison Shanks (NZL) 3:28.994
2. Wendy Houvenaghel (GBR) 3:33.698
3. Kalitovska Lesya (UKR) 3:35.983
12. Jennie Reed (Seattle, Wash./OUCH Pro Cycling) 3:43.015
 
Women’s Omnium
1. Sarah Hammer (Temecula, Calif./OUCH Pro Cycling) 14
2. Tara Whitten (CAN) 28
3. Laura Trott (GBR) 29  
 
 

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