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7 Apr 2015 - 5:20 PM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2015 - 3:35 PM


Men's Team Sprint Final

History looked to be repeating for New Zealand in the men's team sprint final with the defending champions holding off a challenge from France.

However the Kiwis were later relegated to silver after it was deemed that they had an early rider change, leaving the home-crowd to celebrate a French victory while the Kiwis looked on in disbelief.

"It was pretty grim at the time because we deserved that even more than we ever had. Our bad luck came around this time. It's a technical thing not a performance thing," said New Zealand first wheel Ethan Mitchell.

"It was about a tyre-width or so on the overlap and at 75kph that not a lot of leeway.

"But on the positive side, we had our fastest sea level time, we were the only team under 43 seconds in both rides and we have put nearly half a second into the rest of the world as we look towards Rio."

Germany was too fast for Russia in the ride for bronze.

Women's Team Sprint Final
China hit world record pace to claim the women's team sprint world title.

Jinjie Gong and Tianshi Zhong rode a world record time of 32.034 to easily secure the gold medal over Russia.

Australia's three-time world champions Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch beat Germany for third to claim Australia's first medal of the championship.

It was a reunion for the pair, who claimed three consecutive titles from 2009-11 plus silver in 2012, but last rode together to claim bronze at the London Olympic Games in 2012.

A change in combination now has McCulloch leading Meares in the first of two laps, with the pair qualifying fourth fastest in 32.878secs.

In the final, the pair pegged back a deficit of five hundredths of a second after the first lap against triple defending world champions Germany to take the win in a time of 32.723secs ahead of Germany (32.817).

"I can't believe it to be honest, I can't believe my times but can't be happier," said McCulloch after posting two personal best on the day.

"This is the first ride we have had for over two years and we weren't that far from the Australian record. Anna and I always lift for finals and tonight we brought it home and beat the defending world champions," added McCulloch.

For Meares, it was the twenty-fourth medal of her glittering career, her sixth in the event.

"For us this is the first time Kaarle and I have ridden since London in a different position. (I'm) so pleased with how we performed tonight," said Meares.

"I have a whole new level of respect for Kaarle and all second wheel riders."

Women's Points Race
Germany's Stephanie Pohl has been crowned the points race world champion.

Pohl worked hard to gain an early lap on the field, in addition to claiming 18 sprint points.

Japan's Minami Uwano finished second with USA's Kimberley Geist third after the pair also gained a lap to keep themselves in contention.

2014 world champion, Australia's Amy Cure did not defend her title as she focuses on the women's team pursuit.

Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
Defending champions New Zealand qualified fastest with a time of 42.892 seconds to book a spot in the final against France.

Germany will face Russia for bronze.

The Australian trio Matthew Glaetzer, Shane Perkins and Nathan Hart set a time of 43.379seconds to qualify sixth overall and miss out on a shot at a medal.

"I'm really happy with how I performed for the team, I rode a solid personal best but unfortunately we didn't quote make the medal round," said Canberra's Hart.

"It was really exciting day of racing and I am stoked to have been a part of the Australian cycling team at a World Championships.

"This adds so much motivation to keep training hard with everyone at CA HPU and move onwards and upwards to hopefully even better results."

Women's Team Sprint Qualifying
Australian pair Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch will ride for bronze in the women's team sprint.

The pair set a time of 32.878 to qualify fourth. They will face Germany in the 3-4 final later today.

Russia qualified fastest with a time of 32.518 and will face China in the ride for gold.

Team Pursuit Qualifying (morning session)
For the first time in World Championship history, Australia has qualified fastest in the women's 4000m team pursuit, while in the men's event, two-time defending world champions Australia qualified fifth fastest with the team experiencing a 'freak mechanical' mishap shortly after commencing their qualifying ride.

Australia qualified fastest in the women's team pursuit setting a time of 4min 18.135 sec and a new Australian record. Great Britain was second fastest by 0.1 of a second behind Australia. The Aussies will face off against their Kiwi counterparts in round one tomorrow.

It was New Zealand who went to the top of the table in the men's team pursuit qualifying.

Two-time defending world champions Australia qualified fifth fastest with the team experiencing a 'freak mechanical' mishap shortly after commencing their qualifying ride.

In the final heat of 16, two-time defending champion Alex Edmondson (SA) lined up with returning champions Luke Davison (SA) and Mitchell Mulhern (QLD), and 2010 and 2011 team pursuit world champion Jack Bobridge (SA).

However, just fifty metres after leading his team out of the gate, a crank bolt on Davison's bike broke, which was followed by a rear wheel puncture to Edmondson. As the team hit the first bend, Mitchell Mulhern fell after clipping Edmondson's wheel, with the race stopped shortly after.

The team regrouped and in their restarted heat, they powered to the fastest time after two laps. However, they were unable to maintain the pace and finished with the fifth fastest time of 3mins 58.900seconds.

However despite the series of misfortunes, the quartet came agonisingly close to still being able to defend their title on Thursday, finishing fourteen hundredths of a second within third placed Germany (3:58.861) and fourth fastest Switzerland (3:58.887).

"(It was) a bit of bad luck at the start, bit of a mishap, but it can happen to anyone, any team at any moment," said two-time team pursuit world champion Jack Bobridge told Cycling Australia.

"I think everyone handled it quite well, and now we know have a job to do tomorrow. That is, we go out again and do our best again."

Australia will now face eighth fastest qualifiers France (4:00.783) in the first round on Thursday morning. The two fastest times from the sixth – eight placed teams will ride for the bronze medal on Thursday evening.

Today's schedule
The event begins wins the opening ceremony before the qualifying rounds for both the men's and women's team sprints. The women's points race final comes next, followed by the team sprint finals.