In the third round of the 2009/2010 UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Cali, Columbia, French riderÃ‚Â MichaÃƒÂ«l DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Almeida picked up the pace and won a gold medal in both the kilometre and the keirin. HeÃ‚Â was definitely the most prominent man during the seriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ South American stopover, the last one this year before the round in Beijing (China) in January.
Wearing the Cofidis colours, KÃƒÂ©vin Sireau also achieved a double, by dominating the individual sprint and then claiming Ã¢â‚¬â€œ with Pervis and Mulder Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the team event against Germany. However, the German team remains in the lead of the rankings for this specialty.
In the womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s competition, Simona Krupeckaite confirmed that she is still extremely at ease on the Cali velodrome: on her pink bike, which has become famous on velodromes all over the world, the Lithuanian almost repeated her exploit of 2008, when she dominated the three individual speed events. This time, after beating the Dutch rider Willy Kanis twice, in the sprint and in the 500 metres, Krupeckaite had to concede victory in the keirin to the German Christine Muche Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the new leader in the specialty.
The U.S. contingent earned two medals.Ã‚Â Riding for the U.S. National Team Ã‚Â wereÃ‚Â Guy East (Indianapolis, Ind.) andÃ‚Â Daniel Holloway (Morgan Hill, Calif./Garmin-Felt- Holowesko). The duo rode to ninth-place in the Madison. East also placed 17th in the men’s scratch race.
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Photo: The kilometre podium (from left) FranÃƒÂ§ois Pervis, MichaÃƒÂ«l DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Almeida and Yevhen Bolibrukh