Elite Track European Championships: Belarus tenth in team pursuit

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 16:04

Belarus made a start to their UEC Elite Track European Championships campaign on Wednesday, with both men and women qualifications of the team pursuit.

It was the middle of the night in Belarus when the competitions gathering the best European track cyclists began in the French Guadeloupe. The men and women qualifications of the team pursuit opened the event.

Belarus was represented in the men team pursuit by the quartet of the Minsk Cycling Club riders – Siargei Papok, Raman Ramanau, Hardzei Tishchanka and Raman Tsishkou. Belarus’ men started steadily, thirteenth after the first kilometre but gradually moved ahead as their ride progressed. However it wasn’t enough to finish in the fastest eight squads progressing to the next round. Our team recorded a time of 4:21.321 and finished on tenth position.

Great Britain was the fastest team in the qualifications almost two seconds faster than second placed Germany. Times at Guadeloupe's 333.3-metre outdoor concrete velodrome were predictably slow, Great Britain’s effort 21 seconds shy of the world record they set at London 2012.

Men Team Pursuit Qualifying

1       65/GREAT BRITAIN   GBR   4:12.022     +0.000
2       59/GERMANY   GER   4:13.975     +1.953
3       64/RUSSIA   RUS   4:14.856     +2.834
4       61/SWITZERLAND   SUI   4:15.607     +3.585
5       63/NETHERLANDS   NED   4:15.997     +3.975
6       54/FRANCE   FRA   4:17.642     +5.620
7       57/ITALY   ITA   4:19.030     +7.008
8       55/UKRAINE   UKR   4:19.305     +7.283
9       62/DENMARK   DEN   4:20.601     +8.579
10     56/BELARUS   BLR   4:21.321     +9.299
11     60/SPAIN   ESP   4:21.444     +9.422
12     58/BELGIUM   BEL   4:22.757     +10.735
13     53/IRELAND   IRL   DNF 

Belarus’ female team pursuit squad, Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya, Polina Pivovarova, Marina Shmayankova and Ina Savenka recorded a time of 4:52.399, only 0,178 seconds slower than eight placed Ireland, the last team of those qualified for the next round.

Fastest throughout their ride, the current world record holders Great Britain dominated the women’s team pursuit qualifying.

Women Team Pursuit Qualifying

1       52/GREAT BRITAIN   GBR   4:40.289     +0.000
2       50/RUSSIA   RUS   4:44.000     +3.711
3       43/LITHUANIA   LTU   4:46.703     +6.414
4       48/GERMANY   GE   4:47.279     +6.990
5       49/ITALY   ITA   4:48.119     +7.830
6       51/POLAND   POL   4:48.526     +8.237
7       42/FRANCE   FRA   4:49.243     +8.954
8       41/IRELAND   IRL   4:52.221     +11.932
9       47/BELARUS   BLR   4:52.399     +12.110
10     45/UKRAINE   UKR   4:55.256     +14.967
11     46/BELGIUM   BEL   4:56.309     +16.020
12     44/SPAIN   ESP   5:01.983     +21.694