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23 September, 2017 (11:19)
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After five sessions of intense competition, cycling at the Ashgabat 2017 Velodrome will climax with a final double session of racing on Saturday.

Both the complete men’s and women’s Omnium and the men’s Keirin are on the programme.

Omnium is to Track Cycling what Decathlon is to Athletics. This event comprises of four endurance races and crowns the most complete and regular rider over a whole day of racing.

The first race of the Omnium is the Scratch, a 40-lap race for men and a 30-lap one for women. The first rider to the line wins.

The second event is the Tempo race, a competition over 40 laps (30 for women) in which the first and second riders at the finish line in each lap earn points.

The evening session will take off with the Elimination races, in which the last rider to cross the line every second lap is eliminated until only one rider is left.

Up until this point, the winner of each race gets 40 points for the general classification, with the second-placed rider getting 38, third-placed earning 36 points, and so on.

The General Classification will be shaken up in the last race of the evening: the Points Race.

Ridden over 100 laps in the men’s version and 80 the women’s, a sprint every 10 laps awards five, three, two and one point to the first four riders. In the last lap double points are up for grabs.

Nevertheless, this is not the only way a rider can add points to his tally, because gaining a lap on the bunch is rewarded with 20 points.

The points a rider earns in the Points Race are directly added to the general classification set by the first three races.

In the Men’s Omnium, Kazakhstan seems to be the favourite, entering with two of the riders who won gold in the men’s Team Pursuit on Friday: Artyom Zakharov (KAZ) and Sultanmurat Miraliyev (KAZ).

This duo also topped the Omnium at the 2016 Track Cycling Asian Championships.

“Our goal is to get two medals,” stated the Kazakhstan coach Hervé Dagorne (FRA). “They won’t shut down each other’s moves, but they will race their own races.”

“I want to get the victory in the Omnium to finish off on a good note what have been a great Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games for us,” says Zakharov. “Hong Kong and Thailand have great prospects for the Omnium, so it will be difficult to win.”

In the women’s competition, Thailand’s Jutatip Maneephan (THA) and Hong Kong, China’s Diao Xiaojuan (HKG) are the two big favourites.

After the spectacular display of the Iranian and the Kazakh teams in the men’s Individual Sprint, the men’s Keirin is set to be another cracking high speed event, with Pavel Vorzhev (KAZ) gold medallist in the Individual Sprint facing the silver medallist, Mohammad Daneshvar (IRI).

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