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September 27/02 1:59 am - Report From Track Worlds, Vuelta Stage 19, Birthday

Posted by Editor on 09/27/02

Track Worlds Report

National coach Kurt Innes has sent in a report on the 2003 Track World Championships, currently underway in Copenhagen, Denmark

Hello all, finally able to access e-mail in Denmark.

Day 3 of racing is half over and our youngest Canadian athlete here participating, Laura Yoisten (Calgary), has finished her 1st senior elite world championships. Laura started off on day 1 racing in the keirin competition, where she raced very well. She missed making the 6-12 final by 1 spot in the repechage round, and really raced very well. Her tactical awareness, and her overall skill level is very advanced. The problem lies in the absolute speed of these women. The top 18 women in the world are here to compete for world titles, and Laura (a last minute replacement for Lori-Ann Muenzer of Edmonton) is here simply to learn and perform at her personal best.

Personal best times are what Laura continued to do on day 2 of the worlds, where she placed 18th in the womens 500 Meter with a time of 38.1. This is just over 3 seconds behind the world champions time, but again Laura is 19 and she will be looking to pick seconds up over the next couple years as she progresses towards this world class level.

Laura ended her 1st elite world championships today with a 19th place overall in the 200 Meter time trial. Her time of 13.1 was a seasonal best time. Laura was dissapointed with her 200Meter time today, but reality again must be realized as Laura competed over the 3 full days of these world track championships as a senior elite for the first time (she raced at the junior worlds last year) and did herself and Canada proud.

WIth a little over 3 weeks of preperation time prior to these Worlds (when she learned of Lori-Ann not being able to compete), Laura has really progressed emotionally and skill wise to be a very determined and motivated young woman. I am very confident that she will be leading our next wave of elite women on the track in the years to come.

Mandy Poitras of Vancouver begins her competition tomorrow with the women's points race.

Vuelta a Espana

Stage 19 - Bejar to Avila 178 km

1 Jose Garcia Acosta (Esp) 4:24:27
2 Aitor Gonzalez (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca at 2:02
3 M.A. Martin Perdiguero (Esp) Acqua & Sapone-Cantina Tollo 2.06
4 Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca
5 Roberto Heras (Esp) US Postal Service
6 Joseba Beloki (Esp) ONCE-Eroski
7 Iban Mayo (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8 Klaus Moller (Den) Milaneza-MSS
9 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
10 Angel Casero (Esp) Team Coast all s.t.
11 Oscar Pereiro (Esp) Phonak Hearing Systems 2:14
12 Fabian Jeker (Sui) Milaneza-MSS
13 Marco Velo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo
14 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo
15 Carlos Torrent (Esp) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
16 Manuel Beltran (Esp) Team Coast
17 Jorge Ferrio (Esp) Jazztel-Costa De Almeria
18 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport
19 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
20 Pablo Lastras (Esp) all s.t.


1 Roberto Heras (Esp) US Postal Service 71:24:42
2 Aitor Gonzalez (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca at 1:08
3 Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 1:45
4 Joseba Beloki (Esp) ONCE-Eroski 2:09
5 Iban Mayo (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4:15
6 Felix Garcia Casas (Esp) Bigmat.Auber 93 4:43
7 Francesco Casagrande (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 4:48
8 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 6:12
9 Angel Casero (Esp) Team Coast 6:18
10 Manuel Beltran (Esp) Team Coast 7:08
11 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 7:33
12 Klaus Moller (Den) Milaneza-MSS 8:00
13 Fabian Jeker (Sui) Milaneza-MSS 8:22
14 David Plaza (Esp) Team Coast 11:13
15 Guido Trentin (Ita) Cofidis 12:29
16 Rui Miguel Sousa (Por) Milaneza-MSS 12:45
17 Pablo Lastras (Esp) 15:04
18 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Fassa Bortolo 18:52
19 Carlos Garcia (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 19:12
20 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 24:42

Points Standings

1 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Telekom 168 points
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 141
3 Aitor Gonzalez (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 126
4 Roberto Heras (Esp) US Postal Service 97
5 Oscar Sevilla (Esp) Kelme-Costa Blanca 90

Mountains Standings

1 Aitor Osa (Esp) 105 points
2 Roberto Heras (Esp) US Postal Service 99
3 J.Antonio Flecha (Esp) 90
4 Santiago Blanco (Esp) 78
5 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saeco-Longoni Sport 76

Team GC

1 Kelme-Costa Blanca 214:09:13
2 Team Coast at 1:08
3 Milaneza-MSS 26:34
4 ONCE-Eroski 30:24
5 Euskaltel-Euskadi 52:24

11 US Postal Service 2:00:49

Happy Birthday to...

Olympic and Commonwealth Games medallist Clara Hughes, today.


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