Friday 6th April - tv times below the jump (it's complicated!)
Day 3 is packed! Following from Thursday's women's sprint quarter finals, we'll see Anna Meares (Aus) and Vicky Pendelton (GBr) face each other once again - and the winner gets to ride off for gold against whoever wins out of Simona Krupeckaite (Ltu) and Lyubov Shulika (Ukr).
Then there's the men's omnium. Day 2 had some real weirdness, with some very odd calls in the elimination race - with all kinds of riders disqualified/failed to be called as eliminated. Hardest hit was Elia Viviani, who had won the points, despite crashing hard in the final stages of the race - so we expect a lot of complaints from various National Federations. At present, the standings look like this:
1. Glenn O'Shea, Australia, 10 points
2. Zach Bell, Canada, 16
3. Ed Clancy, Great Britain, 18
4. Elia Viviani, Italy, 19
5. Ho Sung Cho, 19
6. Shane Archbold, New Zealand, 24
7. Lasse Norman Hansen, Denmark, 24
8. Bryan Cocquard, France, 28
9. Gijs van Hoecke, Belgium, 28
10. Martyn Irvine, Ireland, 30
But look to the comments for any changes - or add them in yourself if you see them. The men will be starting with the Individual Pursuit, then moving on to the Scratch, before finishing with the 1km Time Trial and a new World Champion.
If that's not enough, we'll have the men's sprint up to quarter-final and 5th-8th, women's scratch and the first three rounds of the women's omnium. Below the jump I'll tell you more about those races, and of course, where to watch them - and live chat through the event in the comments!
Day 3's afternoon session is 13:30-17:10, Melbourne time again (that's 04:30 BST; 05:30 CEST; 23:30 USA Eastern & 20:30 USA Western), when they'll race the men's sprint qualifiers, men's omnium Individual Pursuit and the women's omnium flying lap - and the afternoon session is 19:00-23:05, translating to 10:00 BEST, 11:00 CEST; 05:00 USA Eastern and 02:00 USA Western.
Here are the schedules, from various broadcasters - if you know more, add it to the comments
- Procycling and Sports-livez have links to live coverage from 10:00 CEST/18:00 Aus/09:00 BST/02:00 USA Western, 05:00 USA Eastern
- Australia: Qualifying highlights from 17:30, and live on SBS from 19:00 and online on CyclingCentral from 13:30 and 19:00
- UK: Highlights of the qualifiers 08:00, then live from 10:00 on British Eurosport; Live on the BBC red button and website from 10am; 05:00-14:00 on 5 Live radio
- Europe: Live on Eurosport from 11:00, and probably on some other channels
- USA: Unisports is showing highlights on 14th April at 12 noon and 5pm, and 8pm & 11pm on 15th
The men's omnium standings are above - today we'll have the IP, Scratch and kilo rounds, so riders who don't like bunch racing will be breathing a sigh of relief.
In the men's sprint, anyone could win. A quick run-down of my favourites: the French have Grégory Baugé (last year's World Champion, until he was disqualified due to wherabouts violations earlier in the year) and Kévin Sireau, who can be controversial for other reasons; the British have the current World Champ, Jason Kenny, rising star Matt Crampton and probably the biggest name in men's sprinting, Chris Hoy, who won the 2008 Sprint World Champs, as well as Olympic sprint, team sprint & keirin, and comes in as the World Cup series winner, after winning the sprints in Astana and London; The Germans have Robert Förstermann, he of the gigantic thighs, Max Levy, and Rene Enders; the Malaysian Azizulhasni Awang, who you might remember from his wheelies across the line when he wins, and from the giant stake he had through his leg after a crash in Manchester in 2010; and then we have the current Team Sprint World Champions, the Australians - current Commonwealth Games sprint champion and World keirin champion Shane Perkins, and young gun Scott Sunderland. And there are more Germans, French, Brits and Aussies lurking in the startlist, which is why I truly believe this will be a MUCH harder race to win than the Olympic sprint will be....
In the women's omnium, Canada's Tara Whitten starts as the favourite, having won the rainbow jersey in 2010 and 2011 - she's relatively new to cycling, but very hard to beat - although Sarah Hammer (USA) will definitely give her a run for her money. Then Evgeniya Romnayuta (Russia) won in Astana and Beijing, Tatsiana Sharakova (Blr), Laura Trott (GBr), Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Esp), Jarmila Machacova (Cze) - and young Aussie Nettie Edmondson, who won silver in London They're riding the flying lap, points race and elimination today, so we'll have more of an idea of form, before they finish on Saturday. Surprisingly, there's no Kirsten Wild (Ned) - she's on the roads, riding the EnergieWacht Tour this week. But a big shout-out to the roadies who are there - Jo Kiesenowski (NZl) and Lisa Brennauer (Ger) - and to Sofi Arreola of Mexico!. It's the Flying lap, points and elimination, so there'll definitely be excitement here!
The women's scratch is the only non-Olympic race today, and most of the endurance specialists will be in the omnium, but my picks from the startlist can also be found on the road - World Team Pursuit Champion Dani King (GBr), Charlotte Becker (Ger), Vera Koedooder (Ned) and Melissa Hoskins (Aus) - along with long-time trackies Yumari Gonzalez Valvidieso.
That's a huge day! So isn't it lucky it's a Bank Holiday in the UK? Here's hoping all of you have the day off too - and we can chat all the way through again. Racing is great, but it's even more fun shared with you!