2011 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships



18th August 2011: Australia's 'Baby' Cyclones wasted little time on day one of competition of the UCI Junior Track World Championships in Moscow posting a world record in the team pursuit.

The quartet of Jackson Law, Alexander Morgan, Jack Cummings, and Alexander Edmondson, blistered around Krylatskoe Velodrome, the track cycling venue for the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games, in 4:02.400 to take the gold medal over Russia in the team pursuit.

Sporting the traditional team bleach blonde hair-styles which have become synonymous with the junior Cyclones, the team posted the fastest qualifying time of 4:04.920 in the afternoon session.

In the evening's final they went even faster to set the world record, eclipsing the existing mark of 4:04.448 set by Russia in 2009.

2011 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Photo - Velostar.ru
The Australian Juniors continued the bleached blonde tradition of winning, Photo - VelostarRu


For New South Wales’ Law, the elder statesman of the team at 18 years of age, it was his second consecutive victory in the event after he teamed with Edward Bissaker, Jordan Kerby and Mitchell Lovelock-Fay to win gold in Italy last year.

"This has been on my mind and I have been working for this pretty much for twelve months since we won it last year," said Law, who also finished fourth in the omnium and madison at last juniors junior world championships.

"Having done it before, leading into the championships I tried to keep the guys confident, but not cocky, but level headed, and today I wanted to make sure they know we don't win until we cross the line in first place."

Law also described his feeling of elation when they crossed the finish line in world record time.

"We were just outside the world record in qualifying and we wanted to go out an smash the record, particularly as we were in Russia, riding against them in the final and the record was held by Russia.

2011 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Photo - Velostar.ru
Germany finally got the better of France to claim the Men's Team Sprint, Photo - VelostarRu


"The clock actually stopped early on three 57, so we were going crazy thinking that's what we'd rode. Then it was corrected to 4:02 and we knew it was still a world record so we were still ecstatic.

"I couldn't be happier with how we all lifted today," added Law.

German trio Pascal Ackermann, Benjamin Konig and Max Niederlad beat defending World Champion France in the Men's Team Sprint, coach Jörg Winkler was delighted to have beaten the French trio after losing out at the European Championships, especially as Gold today was his 25th World or European Junior title as a coach.

2011 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships, Photo - Velostar.ru
Russia again claimed the Junior Women's Team Sprint title, Photo - VelostarRu


Australia's second medal of the night came in the women’s team sprint when Victoria’s Adele Sylvester paired with Queenland’s Taylah Jennings to win silver. Russia's Daria Shmeleva and Anastasiy Voynova took the gold medal and New Zealand riders Stephenie McKenzie and Paige Paterson the Bronze

Sylvester, 17, also claimed bronze in the same event in 2010 with Holly Williams.

Full Results from the 2011 UCI Junior Track Cycling World Championships can be found by clicking here

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