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World Track Championships - day three as it happened

World Track Championships
Venue: Apeldoorn, Netherlands Dates: 23-27 March
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By Peter Scrivener

Champagne moment
Just time for my champagne moment (I've got a graphic for it, so why not use it?) It has to be Edwin's points race victory. Amazing endurance, aggressive riding and a shock victory for the Colombian. Brilliant. Marc Vesty is back in the live text chair tomorrow when Pendleton will be going for world title number six. Be sure to join him.

2110: And as the triumphant sounding La Marseillaise fills the velodrome, that's where I've got to leave you. Thanks for all your input this evening. No British gold but some fantastic racing and a silver and bronze ain't too bad, is it?

2108: Pat McQuaid, president of the UCI does the presenting. Hoy first up with the bronze, Kenny with silver and Gregory Bauge full of smiles as he pulls on the rainbow jersey for the third successive year. Glad to see the men get flowers and clogs as well - hope Edwin got a pair earlier.

2106: That brings to an end tonight's racing. There's just the medal ceremony for the men's sprint. Bauge, flanked by Kenny and Hoy. There's the freshly laundererd rainbow jersey - hope they've got extra large for Bauge.

cazTwalton on Twitter: Am I the only person who still thinks that Chris Hoy's thighs are better than Bauge's?

2103: France's Bryan Coquard takes the victory and with it jumps up to first place in the overall standings. Elia Viviani of Itlay, who finished second, also jumps up to second overall. Harrisson's seventh place lifts him to joint 10th. A good day's work by the teenager.

2100: Harrision's excellent ride comes to an end with about seven riders left on track. A tremendous effort by the 18-year-old.

2058: Bit of confusion as riders appear to be refusing to pull out the race when they are adjudged to be last over the line. Russian Alexey Markov gets a few boos from the crowd before shaking his head and retiring. It's an exciting race, if a little all over the place with a starting gun being randomly fired.

2055: Harrison is dangerously close to the back as we approach halfway, but he is hanging in there. Suddenly it's all gone a bit pear-shaped. A Belgian rider is down and Harrison's chain has snapped in the collision. No blame on Harrison. The race is neutralised and Harrison gets a new bike off a coach and is back in the race. The Belgian, Gijs van Hoecke, who is third overall, thinks about coming back into the race, but then decides to call it an evening.

2049: There are six events in the competition, the flying lap - 200m sprint - and 30km points race have already been raced. Britain's Ed Clancy is the reigning world champion, but as he is ill, Sam Harrison is representing Team GB. Harrison is 14th in the overall standings and faring reasonably well in the elimination race so far.

2046: The third event of the men's omnium has just started. It's called the elimination race and every two laps, the rider at the back of the race drops out until we get a winner.

2042:Here's Jason Kenny's take on the events of today: "Yesterday was really hard and I've never made the last four before. Today, riding against Chris really took it out of me with two really, really hard rides. Bauge had too much pace at the end of the day and I didn't seem to have an answer for it. There's still a bit of work to be done but I'm really pleased with how it's gone generally. It's a shame to finish on a loss but I'm really pleased with a silver medal."/CPS:EVENT>
It's good news for a Briton
Bourgain takes the inside line and jumps into the lead, but Hoy responds and comes the long way round the outside. It's nip and tuck round the final bend as they go shoulder to shoulder and Hoy gets his nose in front and then he punches the air as he crosses the line first. A huge puff of the cheeks and a job well done.

2037: Bourgain and Hoy strapping their feet to the pedals. The announcer, who has been introducing Hoy as Sir all evening, decides to ditch the formal title for this race. Hoy's not hanging round here. He sets off at a fair pace and heads to the top of the track.

2035: The minor places in the women's sprint is next on track. No hanging about here with tactics as four racers go flat out. Shulika, who was beaten by Pendleton in the quarter-finals, takes the win and fifth overall. Clair, Vogel and Guo get sixth, seventh and eighth respectively. Sir Chris Hoy going for bronze next.

2030: It's Hammer-time over at the podium. Not sure what MC would make of cycling shorts (for our younger readers, google, or some other search engine, will be your friend) but it's a fourth gold medal and rainbow jersey for Sarah, although I would imagine it's her first pair of clogs. "A traditional Dutch gift for you," remarks the bloke presenting her with all her prizes.

2028: No shame in defeat for Kenny. He gave it his all - he just came across a supreme athlete at the top of his game. Let's not forget he blazed past Sir Chris in the semi-final. And to look at it positively, he now knows exactly what he has to beat if he wants Olympic gold in London next year. Whether he can of course do that will be another matter.

BeardedMadonnas on Twitter: if you look closely at Bauge's legs, you'll see presta valves. The guy's a monster! [In the nicest possible way of course! PS]

2022: Bauge holds his bike aloft and then three fingers in recognition of his world championship victories as he begins a walking lap of honour. Look at those thighs! They are enormous.

Champagne moment
Kenny taking this leg out. He needs to follow Hoy's lead and win this race to force a decider. He needs to out-think the Frenchman because Bauge has the power suggests BBC Sport commentator Chris Boardman. And Bauge's power proves too much for Kenny. He comes over the top of the Brit and Kenny has no answer. "That's about the best result Kenny could have hoped for," says Boardman. It's silver for Kenny and a third successive world title for Bauge who must be wishing the London Olympics were being held in 2011.

2017: What can Kenny do about Bauge? Second leg of the men's sprint final on now.

It's good news for a Briton
Sir Chris back on track next. Bourgain won the first leg of their bronze medal ride-off, so Hoy must win this to force a decider. And the Brit decides to go early. Bourgain caught napping a little, but suddenly the Frenchman is on Hoy's tail. As they come off the final bend it looks like he's going to catch him and the electronic timing system initially says the race is Bourgain's. But I thought Hoy had pipped that and the replay backs that up. After a couple of seconds, the call is reversed and we'll have a decider a little later. Phew.

2011: As you would imagine, it's a cagey affair from the off. But Guo suddenly leaps out in front, leaving 200m and 500m world record holder Krupeckaite in her wake. However, the Lithuanian comes flying back and takes it on the line to make the last four - the semi-finals coming up on Saturday.

2010: Back to the women's sprint. Three semi-finalists already sorted. Pendleton will take on Meares and Olga Panarina is also in the final four after beating France's Sandie Clair 2-0 a little earlier. On track now is the decider between China's Shuang Guo and Lithuania's Simona Krupeckaite.

2007: Heck of a race that. Shanks must have thought she had that won with two laps to go. But Hammer is not the world record holder over 3,000m for nothing and she put her head down and produced a stunning final lap to emerge victorious.

2005: The final pits American Sarah Hammer, chasing a fourth world title, against another New Zealander, Alison Shanks. The Kiwi starts well and opens up a lead of more than half a second after 2km. But Hammer puts the, er...hammer down in the final 500m to come through and win.

2000: Women's 3,000m individual pursuit medal races next up on track. Lithuania's Vilija Sereikaite convincingly beats Jamie Nielsen of New Zealand by a little over two seconds to win the bronze medal. Chris Boardman remarks that he has never seen anyone open up a lead the size of which Serekaite did in the opening few laps.

1956: Incredible power by Bauge. Kenny seemed to be giving that everything, but he did not get close. Will be interesting to see the tactics he employs in leg two. If Kenny loses, he will get the silver. If Hoy loses his next leg, he goes home with nothing from this race.

It's bad news for a Briton
It's a slow, deliberate opening lap. Bauge watching Kenny's every move. The Brit jumps out the saddle, comes round the top of the boards and drops into his slipstream, but he is unable to get past the big Frenchman, who takes the first legt of the sprint final. Leg two coming up in about 20 minutes.

1951: Time for the main event. Kenny out on the track against double world champion Bauge. The Frenchman out front, Kenny stalking.

1949: Hoy gives Bourgain a decent lead-out distance and as they wind it up, the Frenchman takes the inside sprinter's line and holds off Hoy to take the first leg by about an eighth of a wheel.

It's good news for a Briton
Couple of gremlins in the system. Not sure what went on there, but everything I've been tapping out for the last 15 minutes has just disappeared. All you've missed is Pendleton sneaking into the semi-finals. She left it late against Shulika again but took the race by half a wheel again. Pendleton will take on Australia's Anna Meares in Saturday's final. Will wrap up the other quarter-finals in a mo - Sir Chris Hoy out for his bronze-medal ride off against Bourgain.

EpicallyFailing on Twitter: Forget a rainbow jersey, Alcibiades deserved a medal for courage after that performance. Stunning

1930: It's all very civilised in the crowd, with pints of lager being cradled from bar to trackside seat with the utmost of care as Edwin, who it has to be said, looks about 14 years of age, takes a deep breath as he prepares to receive his gold medal and, more importantly, rainbow jersey. Last year's world champion Cameron Meyer gets the silver and France's Morgan Kneisky the bronze.

1925: Shots of Kenny and Hoy, sitting down, nice and relaxed, having a chat - any ideas what's being said? Then we cut to Bauge, pedalling furiously on the rollers. The first leg of that final coming up in about 20 minutes or so. Don't go far, if the semi-finals were anything to go by, then it promises to be a belter.

1920: China's Shuang Guo, who was runner-up to Pendleton at last year's World Championships, takes on Simona Krupeckaite in the final quarter-final. Lithuania's Krupeckaite takes a 1-0 lead as we move to the medal ceremony for the men's points race. And here's Edwin - it was a popular win with the crowd according to BBC Sport commentator Chris Boardman. Unfortunately the interview is in a language I'm not fluent in, but I would imagine he's telling us how happy he is with his victory - the usual.

It's good news for a Briton
Pendleton leads out, giving the occassional glance over her shoulder at Shulika, who gets the jump and comes on the inside of Pendleton, but the world champion keeps her nerve and takes the first leg by a good half a wheel - comfortable enough!

1915: Meares, who has won a ridiculous amount of titles in her career, is yet to win a world sprint gold - she easily sees off Vogel in round one. Next up is Queen Victoria.

1910: Not much celebration time though as the women's sprint quarter-finals are up next. Pendleton goes in heat three remember. Olga Panarina of Belarus holds of France's Sandie Clair to take the first leg - best of three time now we're in the quarters.

1907: After 47 minutes and 40 seconds of racing, at an average speed of around 50km/h, Edwin holds his arms aloft in triumph. Well done sunshine. Tremendous effort. He gets big hugs off his coach and they both let out little squeals of excitement as he clambers off his bike. Decided I love it. Get this race in the Olympics!

1905: Back on the track and we're inside the last 10 laps. Edwin of Colombia has an eight-point lead over Australia's Meyer as they approach the final sprint - which counts for double points if my memory serves me correctly. Go on Edwin - he deserves it solely for getting that extra lap under his belt.

1900: Commentary on 5 live sports extra will be getting under way shortly - about 1905 GMT I've just been informed.

1855: Doesn't time fly when you're having fun? This points race is down to under 40 laps to go. Just seen Thomas Scully leaving the track - his race is over, but Edwin's still doing the business. The beauty of a race of this length is that it gives me time for a quick word with my kids who will be off to bed soon - sadly they were more concerned about getting stuck on World Six of Super Mario Bros than the exploits of Kenny and Hoy.

JustNiall on Twitter: Wouldn't the points race be more entertaining if the riders werent told what their point count was? Could throw it right around

1942: Talking of Britain's finest female sprinter, here she comes. Will Shulika have any more to offer? The Ukranian has gone early and opened up quite a gap, but

1939: Australia's Anna Meares follows Panarina with the simplest of victories. Meares stayed high on the bank and as she kicked off it, she swept past Vogel to set up a potential semi-final with Pendleton.

1937: Olga Panarina is 1-0 up and leading out. France's Sandie Clair following about as close as is humanly possible but the Belarussian proves too strong and powers into Saturday's semi-final.

1935: Women's sprint quarter-finals, second legs coming up.

starfightpilot on Twitter: Stop being so snippy about the awesome points race! OK, it's no Madison, but it's still pretty mental which is a winner by me!

1842: That has all just changed though as Colombia's magnificently monikered Avila Vanegas Edwin Alcibiades jumped off the front of the pack and managed to gain a lap on the field - he was roundly cheered by the Dutch crowd as he rejoined the main bunch. He gets 20 points for his efforts but more importantly, I would love to know where the Edwin comes from.

1839: We are inside the final 100 laps of the points race! From what I can tell, Australia's Cameron Meyer seems to be doing pretty well - he's won two of the intermediate sprints and shares the lead with New Zealand's Thomas Scully on 10 points. Long way to go yet though.

1835: Victoria Pendleton will ride against Lyubov Shulika of the Ukraine in the quarter-final of the women's sprint, which follows the points race. The duo will go in the third heat. Germany's Kristina Vogel, who won one of the repechage heats, will take on Anna Meares.

1830: The 40km points race has a mere 125 laps to go - three of the 16 intermediate sprints have been contested - I'll keep you posted eh? In the meantime, tweet or text me on 81111 and let me know how Bauge is going to stop Kenny.

1827: Still coming to terms with the manner of Kenny's victory over Hoy. It looked for all the world as though Hoy had got his tactics right in the second race. But Kenny timed his sprint to perfection. Bauge didn't watch the first race as he was on his warm-up bike, wonder if he watched the second? The first race of final is due at 1945 GMT with the second race at about 2015 GMT.

BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: Wandered to GB pen during the Hoy-taming. Pendleton only one in it. Alone, arms folded, feet up. Fixed expression. Ocean of calm.

BeardedMadonnas on Twitter: Wow! My money has to go to Kenny for the final after that. Awesome turn of speed!

1820: The men's points race is just getting underway. It's a 40km affair, so will take some completing. No British involvement in this 160-lap race that features intermediate sprints and riders trying to gain a lap on the pack to up their points tally. It can get a little complicated, so we'll leave them to it for a while.

1815: Scrap that last comment - when I said a matter of centimetres, it was more like millimetres - Kenny went past Hoy with the last revolution of the wheel as they crossed the line. I don't think it could have been any closer. Hoy gives his team-mate a friendly pat on the shoulder and as they ride off the track. Sensational race.

A shock result
It's good news for a Briton
The pair are eyeing each other as they go at walking pace round the bottom of the track. Kenny remains in front by several bike lengths - the right thing to do according to BBC commentator Chris Boardman. Kenny keeping an incredibly close eye on Hoy, who jumps past him and takes the lead and as they hit the bell Hoy has a lead of several bike lengths. Similar to the first race with Hoy leading but here comes Kenny and it's oh so close on the line. And Kenny's got it! It's by a matter of centimetres, but Kenny wins 2-0 and is in the final.

1809: So, what's Hoy going to do in race two? We're about to find out. The duo, their eyes shielded by their mirrored visors, sit patiently in the waiting section before being wheeled out on to the boards. Kenny leading out. Hoy needs to win to take it to a decider.

1807: Bauge leading out the second race and the two riders almost come to a standstill on the banking. Bauge stays in command throughout the race, not allowing Bourgain to get close and the defending world champion comfortbaly accelerates his way in to the final.

1805: Back to the men's sprint for leg two of the semi-finals. Bauge leading 1-0 remember so if he wins this, he's through to the final.

It's bad news for a Briton
No time to analyse that at the moment - the women's sprint repechage comes straight onto the track and Becky James and Jess Varnish are given opportunities to get into the quarter-finals through the back door. James goes in the first of two heats, but has the door closed by Germany's Kristina Vogel as she looks to attack off the final bend. Varnish too bows out with France's Sandie Clair taking the honours in the second heat.

It's good news for a Briton
The last time these two met, Kenny beat Hoy in a World Cup meet at Manchester. Hoy leads it out, looking over his shoulder, gently winding the pace up. Kenny following like a prowling Tiger waiting to pounce. Hoy decides to go early and Kenny gets in his wheel and goes by him with ease to take race one.

1752: Here we go with the men's sprint semi-finals. First up are French pair Gregory Bauge and Mickael Bourgain. They pick golf balls out of a black bag to determine who has to lead out the first leg. It's as tactical as they come over the first couple of laps with Bauge sitting patiently at the back. He suddenly jumps into action and comes the long way round to win. Kenny v Hoy coming right up.

1747: And it's all over in a flash. Pendleton leads it out, James goes high on the boards and comes down over the top and takes the lead at the bell but Pendleton grits her teeth and gets to the line first. Great effort by James but Pendleton's through to the quarter-finals which are coming up in a little over an hour's time.

1746: Pendleton and James coming out on to the boards. Can't really see past Pendleton. It's her specialist event and let's not forget she's won this title for the last four years and has won it five times in all.

1742: Two more heats to go before the first British showdown of the evening with Pendleton against James.

byrnetim on Twitter: Kenny for the sprint. Sorry Sir Chris I just feel the youngs guns are on a roll

1736: Here goes Varnish and Meares. The British sprinter tries to get a jump on her Aussie opponent but the experienced Meares bides her time before easing to the win. Slight adendum to my earlier guide. At this stage of the competition it's a one-off race, so Varnish is out.

1730: There's Hoy again, headphones on, eyes closed. The women's sprint heats about to get underway. GB's Jess Varnish will be second on the boards against Anna Meares. Victoria Pendleton takes on Becky James in the last of the six heats.

1728: Time for a quick refresh of the page if you'd be so kind and the live TV pictures should appear at the top of this page. First up is the women's sprint remember.

1725: How you all doing? Excitement starting to build here as I get the first pictures coming through from the Netherlands - they will be live on this website in just five minutes. Just seen Hoy looking suitably relaxed, staring into the middle distance. If you're new to the sprint, here's a basic guide to how it works. It's a best-of-three race event where the two riders start next to each other and for most of the three-lap race play a tactical game, usually pedalling slowly to try and force the other to make the first move - being behind gives you the advantage of slipstreaming and surprise - before a full-out sprint for the last lap.

1722: Talking of twittering, (seamless eh?) I'm going to need your involvement this evening. Hoy or Kenny for the sprint final? Who will go on to win gold? Will anyone match Pendleton's power? Will Harrison follow Clancy to omnium gold? How is skateboarding related to cycling? Send me a tweet using the hashtag #BBCCycling or text me using 81111 (UK).

1719: A little over 10 minutes or so to the start of the action in the Netherlands, so plenty of time for you to take a peek at this rather handy guide to everything going on at the five-day event, and why it matters. Our reporter Ollie Williams, who is tweeting from somewhere in the middle of the velodrome, wrote it for you before he left. He has also written about Cycling world governing body the UCI confirming it is once again seeking to include skateboarding as one of its disciplines at a future Olympic Games.

1717: The men's 40km points race and women's individual pursuit titles are also up for grabs. No British involvement, chiefly because they are now non-Olympic disciplines. The decision to drop the men's and women's pursuit races, in favour of more sprint disciplines from the Olympic programme, was understandably not that well received by British duo Bradley Wiggins and Rebecca Romero, who won golds in the events in Beijing in 2008.

1714: Of course there's more than just the sprinters in action. The new Olympic discipline, the six-event omnium, will reach the halfway stage. Britain's reigning world champion Ed Clancy is ill and has been replaced by Sam Harrison. The event began earlier this afternoon and Harrison was sixth in the opening event, the flying lap and 19th in the 30km points race to lie 14th in the overall standings - the elimination race comes at 2045 GMT. If any of this has whet your appetite, you can watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website (but in the UK only I'm afraid) and on the red button from 1730 to 2110 GMT, and listen to live commentary on BBC 5 live Sports Extra from 1900 GMT too.

1710: The evening session kicks off at 1730 GMT with the small matter of the women's sprint where Britain's dame of the track Victoria Pendleton is chasing a fifth successive world title. Yep, that's right a fifth successive world title. If successful, it will be her sixth overall (and she won silver in 2006). We are already down to the final 12 and Pendleton faces fellow Brit Becky James, while Jessica Varnish goes up against Anna Meares - who was one-half of the Australian team that beat her and Pendleton to team sprint gold on Thursday, .

1707: Hoy won this title when Manchester hosted the World Championships in 2008, but he was knocked out in the quarter-finals last year by France's Gregory Bauge, who went on to win the title. Bauge, who also won gold in 2009, will face fellow Frenchman Mickael Bourgain in the other semi. The first leg of the final is scheduled to start at 1945 GMT.

It's good news for a Briton
From a British perspective, this evening is all about explosive power as the sprinters take to the Omnisport Velodrome in Apeldoorn. And I think we can start with a positive up arrow because the British team will win at least a silver medal this evening. How do I know that? Well Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny will do battle in one of the men's sprint semi-finals - which are coming up at around 1750 GMT. Olympic and former world champion Hoy eased into the last four by beating Germany's Robert Fostermann 2-0 in their best-of-three race quarter-final. Kenny, who was beaten by Hoy in the Beijing Olympic final, defeated Commonwealth champion Shane Perkins in a decider on Wednesday to set up the all-British semi.

1702: Good evening all and welcome to live coverage of day three of the World Track Championships. Before tonight's action gets underway though, a nod to Thursday's golden girls. Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King produced a tremendous ride to win the women's team pursuit, prompting BBC Sport's Jill Douglas to question what their success will means for the team.

1700: Is it going to be another golden night for Great Britain in the Netherlands?

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GB trio capture team pursuit gold
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23 Mar 11 |  Cycling

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