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2012-2013 UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung: more golds for Germany




Germany continued to demonstrate fine form, taking three of the four gold medals up for grabs on Saturday, the second day of World Cup competition in Glasgow, Scotland. They claimed victory in the men’s keirin (Stefan Boetticher), the women’s sprint (Kristina Vogel) and the men’s omnium (Lucas Liss).

In an eventful keirin gold medal race, Boetticher went head to head with Great Britain’s Jason Kenny in the final lap. However, Kenny crashed, taking France’s Quentin Lafargue with him, while Boetticher held his nerve to take gold. The final World Cup round in Aguascalientes (Mexico) in January will be the decider as three riders currently have 12 points in the overall standings: Boetticher, Fabian Puerta (Colombia) and Lafargue.

Kristina Vogel lined up in the women’s sprint final against Great Britain’s Jesse Varnish. After a solid opening race, the German repeated her winning performance in the second race, securing gold without needing to go to a decider.

The last three events of the men’s omnium saw some very tough competition. Going into the last race, the 1km time trial, only two points separated the top three riders. Germany’s Lucas Liss was the fastest over the 1km and took gold in the omnium over Australia’s Glenn O’Shea and Spain’s Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur.

Meanwhile, Olympic Champion in the Omnium, Denmark’s Lasse Norman Haasen continued his winning streak last night on the second evening of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup presented by Samsung in Glasgow. After taking gold in the team pursuit with his compatriots on Friday, Haasen went on to dominate the individual pursuit, comfortably beating Ireland’s Martyn Irvine in the final. The Danish rider leads the overall World Cup standings after two of the three rounds.

The women’s omnium got under way on Saturday with Australia’s Ashlee Ankudinoff winning the flying lap, Bulgaria’s Tatsiana Sharakova taking the points race and Great Britain’s Laura Trott victorious in the elimination race. The omnium is well set up for the next events today, the last day of competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Photo: Kristina Vogel (GER) wins the women's sprint

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