CYCLING Preview: Hong Kong’s Lee looking for two titles at home in final Track World Cup

Hong Kong's track cycling star Wai Sze Lee

The final Track Cycling World Cup of the 2018-19 season comes this weekend at the Hong Kong Velodrome, with seasonal titles to be confirmed in 14 events: seven each for men and women.

Many of the event leaders have not entered this week, but still might win depending on what happens. But Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee, the 2013 World Time Trial Champion and a Worlds medalist in both the Sprint and Keirin, has chances to win both in front of a home crowd.

Lee stands third in both the Sprint and Keirin right now, but the two ahead of her in the Keirin are not scheduled to compete. A win or even a second could take the title. In the Sprint, Ukraine’s Olena Starikova is ahead of her and entered; Lee would have to win and Starikova would have to be fourth or lower to claim that crown.

On the men’s side, Greece’s Christos Volikakis is leading the Omnium standings and is third in the Scratch Race, with just 145 points separating the top three. He could also take home two seasonal wins from Hong Kong. The event-by-event leaders going into the weekend (* = shown on the meet entry list):

Men:

Sprint:
1. 1,950 Matthew Glaetzer (AUS)
2. 1,725 Mateusz Rudyk (POL)*
3. 1,450 Jeffrey Hoogland (NED)

Team Sprint:
1. 3,000.0 Netherlands
2. 2,812.5 France
3. 2,512.5 Great Britain

Team Pursuit:
1. 3,600.0 Denmark
2. 3,400.0 Huub Wattbike (GBR)
3. 3,200.0 Great Britain

Keirin:
1. 1,440 Matthijs Buchli (NED)
2. 1,225 Edward Dawkins (NZL)
3. 1,145 Mohd Azizuhasni (MAS)

Scratch Race:
1. 1,075 Vitaliy Hryniv (UKR)*
2. 1,030 Stefan Matzner (AUT)*
3. 930 Christos Volikakis (GRE)*

Omnium:
1. 1,450 Christos Volikakis (GRE)*
2. 1,250 Albert Torres Barcelo (ESP)
3. 1,100 Jan Willem van Schip (NED)

Madison:
1. 2,000.0 Denmark
2. 1,725.0 Great Britain
3. 1,475.0 Italy

Women:

Sprint:
1. 1,850 Stephanie Morton (AUS)
2. 1,725 Olena Starikova (UKR)*
3. 1,500 Wai Sze Lee (HKG)*

Team Sprint:
1. 1,750 Gazprom-Rusvelo (RUS)
2. 1,700 Germany
3. 1,530 Ukraine

Team Pursuit:
1. 4,050 Italy
2. 3,700 Great Britain
3. 2,700 New Zealand

Keirin:
1. 1,525 Stephanie Morton (AUS)
2. 1,505 Laurine van Riessen (NED)
3. 1,275 Wai Sze Lee (HKG)*

Scratch Race:
1. 950 Alexandra Goncharova (RUS)
2. 900 Holly Edmondston (NZL)
3. 850 Daria Pikulik (POL)*

Omnium:
1. 1,380 Allison Beveridge (CAN)
2. 1,315 Olivija Baleisyte (LTU)*
3. 1,250 Jennifer Valente (USA)

Madison:
1. 1,950 Great Britain
2. 1,520 Italy
3. 1,400 Denmark

Look for results here. The World Championships come in about a month in Pruszkow (POL) from 27 February-3 March.

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