Sport Cycling Britain dominates as Australian cyclists take silver, bronze

Britain dominates as Australian cyclists take silver, bronze

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Great Britain’s women set a second world record in two rides at the expense of Australian and Canadian cyclists as they won the team pursuit final on the opening day of the Track World Cup in Manchester.

Olympic champions Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell plus Elinor Barker qualified in four minutes 23.910 seconds to earn a final showdown with Canada.

And they then went even quicker, clocking 4:19.604 to win the final.

The inexperienced quartet of Australian cyclists Annette Edmondson, Rebecca Wiasak, Georgia Baker and Elissa Wundersitz earlier clinched the bronze medal after combining as Australia’s first four-rider formation for the newly expanded 4km event.

The British times bettered the world record mark (4:26.556) they set in winning the European title last month in the revised event, which previously took place over three kilometres and with three riders.

Before the women’s decider, Britain’s men won team pursuit gold with a comfortable final victory over Australia.

The British quartet of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke – both London 2012 champions in the event – Andy Tennant and Owain Doull were the only squad to qualify in under four minutes in the four-man, 4km event and lived up to their billing as favourites by going quicker in the final.

The British squad won in three minutes 58.552 seconds, with Australia’s Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson, Mitchell Mulhern and Miles Scotson second in 3mins 59.064secs.

Australia set off quicker but the British quartet overhauled their rivals at the halfway mark and increased their advantage in the remaining 2km.

The Australians shed a rider for the final kilometre, leaving them with the minimum three for the finish, and Britain’s four men pushed forward, propelled by the familiar partisan din of the Manchester crowd, to take victory.

Denmark (4:01.893) were third ahead of Holland (4:03.916).

Following excursions to London and Glasgow, the British round of the Track World Cup event was returning to Manchester for the first time since February 2011, when Bradley Wiggins was in the victorious team pursuit squad.

Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have expressed an interest in riding the event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, but there is plenty of strength in depth in the line-up, as proved by Doull’s emergence.

Olympic champions Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte of Germany won the women’s team sprint in a time of 32.788, with Britain’s Victoria Williamson and Becky James coming second in 33.635, while Chinese trade team Max Success Pro Cycling took bronze ahead of Russia.