Denmark Retain World Cup Crown

Last lap herios from Danish Captain Niels Kristian Iversen allowed Denmark to make it back to back world titles. With the scores level going into heat 20 it was a straight shoot out between Kolodziej and Iversen to achieve world cup glory; Kolodziej made the start and was leading for 3 and half laps. When Iversen rounded the Polish rider to cue heartbreak for the home crowd in Bydgoszcz. 

The Danish team were out to defend their world crown but had stiff competition from Poland, Australia and Great Britain. The Polish made a flyer of a start winning the first 4 heats of the meeting with every rider achieving a heat win setting down the gauntlet for the rest of the teams. Chris Holder competing in his second meeting after injury was put out as a joker in heat 6 and rode a beauty of a race to bring the Aussies closer to the rest of the field. Denmark had legend of the sport Nicki Pedersen riding at 1, with surprise inclusions Peter Kildermand and Mads Korneliussen at 2 and 3. Surprisingly Michel Jepsen Jensen was not included in the squad despite competing the Grand Prix this year reaching 2 semi final.

Nicki Pedersen showed his quality in heat 8 with a wonderful heat win followed up by a second place for Iversen in the following heat putting the scores at Poland 21, Denmark 15 and Aussie 14 with Great Britain trailing on 7. Denmark decided to use both their tactical switch and joker at the same time swapping Korneliussen for Pedersen. Great Britain followed suit with Woffinden in for Stead. Pedersen made another great start and passed Woffinden on bend 2 to achieve the heat win putting the Danes within 2 points. It was neck and neck between Poland and Denmark and for the first time in the meeting Denmark took the lead in heat 14 and kept the advantage until heat 17. 

Australia were still not out of the running with Jason Doyle continued his fine club form this season winning his last three consecutive heats keeping them within touching distance of the battling top two. After 16 heats it was time for the team managers then picks, of how their riders finish the meeting. With Poland second they had to put their big guns in heat 17 and 18 with Kasprzak and Hampel. The gap was closed with Kasprzak picking up 2 points while Mads Korneliussen coming last. Pedersen was out next for Denmark looking to continue is fine form in the meeting but Polish rival Jaroslaw Hampel showed all of his experience to keep Pedersen behind him to put Poland one point ahead with two heats left. The turning point for Poland was heat 19, with Doyle making a fine start, Protasiewicz looked for the dirt but ran out of room causing him to go down. With no option the referee had to exclude the Polish rider, not a happy decision with the home crowd.

Doyle won the re run with Woffinden in second and Kildermand third putting Denmark level on points  with Poland at 36 a piece. Iversen and Kolodziej lined up in heat 20 but the pole made the all important start. Iversen was quick behind and was deciding his options with Kolodziej riding erratic at times. Going into the last lap, Iversen was pressuring Kolodziej and the Danish captain was able to round the polish rider to send his Danish teammates in to ecstasy. 

Denmark had retained their World Cup crown by 1 point in no small terms to Nicki Pedersen who took 17 of Denmark’s 38 points on the night. Austraila only finished 2 behind the leaders after only scoring 3 points in the first 5 heats with Jason Doyle top scoring with 13. Great Britatin were disappointing but the meeting highlight the work that is continuing to happen to bring youngsters up to world cup level. The experience will help Simon Stead and Danny King continue with Woffinden picking up 12 and Harris with 4. Poland will feel unfortunate and the crown was there for the taking but the last two heats provided critical to the end result.

Denmark 38: Pedersen 17, Iversen 11, Kildermand 7, Korneliussen 3

Poland 37: Kasprzak 11, Hampel 11, Protasiewicz 9, Kolodziej 6

Australia 36: Doyle 13, Holder 11, Ward 10, Batchelor 2

Great Britain 16: Woffinden 12, Harris 4, King 0, Stead 0

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About mattbristow271993

Boyhood Leyton Orient fan, but love football in general, any league. Football is my passion.
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