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Cycling Central

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

Men's Team Pursuit Final
New Zealand found redemption in the men's team pursuit after they lost the team sprint world title on a technicality yesterday.

The young group of Pieter Bulling, Regan Gough, Alex Frame and Dylan Kennett rode a sensational race against a far more experienced British squad to claim the rainbow jersey and New Zealand's first ever team pursuit world title.


The Kiwis celebrate their team pursuit world victory (Getty Images)

The Kiwis started out fast and while the Olympic champions pulled back their lead, sloppy riding from the Brits in the final kilometre allowed the New Zealanders to inch in front on the final straight, stopping the clock in 3min 54.088. The British finished less than a second later, with both teams taking only three riders to the line.

"For such a young team, they outdid themselves over the last two days, it's unbelievable how well they raced," said New Zealand coach Tim Carswell.

"Regan (Gough) has trained well and it was great to bring in fresh legs. It was a massive step up for him. His previous best in a team pursuit was 4m06s, so to go 3:54 was an incredible and he was superb in the ride.

"They are really young so we know they are going to get stronger over the next 18 months to Rio and we are lucky with the overall strength of the programme at the moment which is pretty exciting."


(L-R) Pieter Bulling, Regan Gough, Marc Ryan, Dylan Kennett and Alex Frame (AAP Images)

Australia easily disposed of their German rivals to win the bronze medal, catching the Germans in the final kilometre to end the pursuit.

Russia finished fifth ahead of Switzerland while France beat the Netherlands for seventh place.

Men's Scratch Race final
Lucas Liss of Germany won the sprint to claim the scratch race world title.

Spain's Albert Torres claimed silver with the USA's Bobby Lea taking bronze.

Australia's Scott Law finished 16th.

Men's Keirin final
Francois Pervis delighted the French crowd by winning the Keirin world title. New Zealand's Eddie Dawkins charged home for second ahead of Azizulhasni Awang.

Germany's Maximilian Levy held a two bike length lead with two laps to go but he could not hold the effort, eventually finishing fourth.

Australia's Matthew Glaetzer finished 10th in the 7-12th final.

Australia wins women's team pursuit world title
Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure and Melissa Hoskins have smashed the world record on their way to becoming team pursuit world champions.

Strong from the start in the battle against Great Britain, the Australians smashed three seconds of the current record with their time of 4min 13.683.

The British, who lost a rider after two kilometres, finished three seconds down.

The Canadians put in a strong performance to easily win the bronze medal from New Zealand.

USA claimed fifth over China while Germany beat Italy to finish seventh.

Men's Keirin Second Round
Heat 1:
Nikita Shurshin (Russia), Maximilian Levy (Germany) and Sam Webster (New Zealand) qualified for the final, while Australia's Matthew Glaezter will race in the 7-12 final.

Heat 2: New Zealand's Eddie Dawkins, Francois Pervis (France) and Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) will proceed to the final.

Women's 500m Time Trial
It was an anxious wait for Anna Meares to find out if she would win her fifth 500m time trial world title.


Anna Meares in action (Getty Images)

The Australian rode a fast time of 33.425sec, with only the last rider Anastasia Voynova able to eclipse it. The Russian rode a time of 33.149 to push Meares into second where she would claim her 25th world championship medal.

Defending champion Miriam Welte of Germany claimed the bronze with a time of 33.699

Earlier in the day
The Australian women's team pursuit, who were top qualifiers yesterday, easily out-rode New Zealand to book their spot in the final against Great Britain. New Zealand will face off against Canada for the bronze medal.

In the men's event Australia was more than three seconds faster than France, however due to their mechanical issues during qualifying yesterday they are only able to race for bronze. Great Britain will challenge New Zealand for the gold medal.

Australia's Matthew Glaetzer has advanced to the second round of the Keirin.

Thursday's Program

The action kicks off with the women's 500 metre time trial, before the final rounds of the men's and women's team pursuits. The male sprinters fire up in the Keirin while the endurance riders tackle the 15km scratch race.