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UCI Track Cycling World Championships: facts and figures

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In Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines next week, 19 world titles will be awarded to the best track cyclists in the world. These new World Champions will follow in the footsteps of a long line of athletes who have dominated the sport at different times over more than 120 years.

 

Men's Sprint, London, England

 

A brief history:

• The first Track Cycling World Championships were held in 1893 in Chicago, USA.

• Founded in 1900, the UCI took over the organisation of the World Championships the same year. They were held in Paris.

• The UCI Track Cycling World Championships are cycling’s oldest World Championships (the first UCI Road World Championships were held in 1921).

• The 1939 edition in Milan, Italy, was interrupted by the outbreak of World War II.

• 1958 was the year that women first competed in the UCI Track Cycling World Championships… in Paris.

• That year there were 3 events for professional men and two for women. Today there are 19 titles up for grabs.

• France hosts the UCI Track Cycling Championships for the 15th time in 2015. The last time was in 2006 in Bordeaux.

• Amateurs and professionals competed in separate events until 1993, when the first “open” World Championships were held in Hamar, Norway.

 

Women's Sprint - Kristina Vogel

 

The most titled:

• Since 1993, 38 nations have won medals.

• French athlete Arnaud Tournant heads the men’s medals table with 14 gold, three silver and two bronze between 1997 and 2008.

• Tournant is followed by Great Britain’s Chris Hoy (25 medals of which 11 were gold) and France’s Florian Rousseau (16 medals, 10 gold).

• Australian Anna Meares dominates the women’s medals table with 23 medals (10 gold, 8 silver and 5 bronze) since 2003 and still counting.

• Between 1994 and 1999, French athlete Félicia Ballanger also won 10 gold medals, as well as one silver.

• Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton is third in the medals table with 16 (9 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze) between 2005 and her retirement in 2012.

 

Men's Sprint on the finish line, London, England

 

The 2015 UCI Track Cycling World Championships take place in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France, from February 18 to 22.

Another chapter in the history of track cycling…

 


 

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