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– What Happened –
One week after the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup opened in Glasgow, Scotland, the series moved on to Apeldoorn, the Netherlands for the second round of competition. This was the first time that Apeldoorn has hosted the UCI World Cup. It took place in the new Omnisport Apeldoorn facility, which replaces the track that was used for the 2011 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
Unlike Glasgow, where Great Britain dominated with five gold medals, 12 nations won gold in Apeldoorn, with only Great Britain and the Ukraine able to win two golds each. Great Britain, Spain and France led the standings with five medals each, followed by Belgium with four medals (1 gold) and then Ukraine, Hong Kong and host the Netherlands at three medals apiece.
Since this was the second round for a number of events, UCI World Cup leaders were established. In the Men’s events, Kamil Kuczynski (Poland) leads the Sprint with 950 points after a first and second. The Team Sprint is led by Great Britain with straight two wins, as has Tomas Babek (Czech Republic) in the Keirin. Canada, with a first and a third place result, leads the Team Pursuit, while Kenny de Ketele (Belgium) leads the Points Race standings after two third places. Belgium also leads the Madison after a first and a third place.
In the Women’s events, Spain leads the Team Sprint with two straight wins, and Spanish rider Tania Calvo Barbero leads the Sprint after a second and third place. Liubov Basova (Ukraine) leads the Keirin with a first and second, and Emily Kay (Great Britain) leads the Omnium, also with a first and second after two races.
– What’s Next –
Cali, Colombia, World Cup #3 > February 17-19, 2017
– What you should know about –
After a two-month hiatus, the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup resumes in Cali, Colombia, on February 17-19, 2017. Cali has a long history of hosting international competition, with this year being the 14th time the World Cup has come to the Alcides Nieto Patino velodrome. The Colombian city also hosted the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in 2014. Cali will be the only World Cup of the season to offer both the women’s and men’s Omnium at the same round, as competition builds towards the UCI World Championships.
Cali will host the third rounds for both the women’s and men’s Team Sprint, as well as both the women’s and men’s Team Pursuit. This will be the first offering of the women’s Team Pursuit for the season. Women will also race the Sprint, Keirin, Scratch Race and the Points Race, while the men will compete in the Keirin, Sprint, 1000m Time Trial, Points Race and Madison.
– Focus On: Tomas Babek –
Czech sprinter Tomas Babek is off to a strong start in the 2016-2017 season, with wins in the first two rounds of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup, in the men’s Keirin. He is also the European Champion and national champion in the discipline, as well as the current national sprint champion. He represented the Czech Republic at the 2008 Olympic Games in the Team Sprint, where his team finished 11th.
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