Britain made the debut of four-a-side women’s pursuit a historical day when they beat the world record in the heats in 4:23.910 before sweeping the floor again in the final. The British express of Laura Trott, Danielle King, world champion Elinor Barker and Joanna Roswell eventually clocked a phenomenal landmark time of 4:19.604.
“We knew after the qualifications that we could be faster. I’m over the moon. Now the challenge is to sleep a bit to recover before the individual pursuit”, said Joanna Roswell. The Britons beat the Canadians, timed in 4:27.083. Australia came third in 4:30.831. The season has only just started but given the impressive performance of the British Cycling girls, they should be extremely hard to topple this season.
Men’s team pursuit – Britain as usual
The men’s British four also started the season in style in front of their home crowd in Manchester. Fastest in the morning heats, Owain Doull, Edward Clancy, Andrew Tennant and Steven Burke won the final in 3:58.654. Burke was the evening’s spokesman: “We gained a second between the qualifications and the final. We handled our races perfectly. Manchester is my favourite event, it’s just fantastic to win here.” World champions Australia, with a refurbished team – Alexander Edmondson is the only man left from the foursome crowned in Minsk – came second in 3:59.293. The Danes, led by Omnium Olympic champion Lasse Norman Hansen, took the last podium place on 4:01.934.
Women’s team sprint – Unstoppable Germans
Reigning world champions Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte of Germany outclassed their rivals to win the first leg of the UCI track World cup in 32.788 ahead of local favourites Victoria Williamson and Rebecca James in 33.635. China’s Lin Junhong/Tianshi Zhong from Max Success Pro Cycling clinched third place in 33.372.
Men’s team sprint – Germans rule
While Britain led the team pursuit events on home soil, Germany outshone the rest of the field in the sprints. Despite the absence of world champion Stefan Boetticher, Rene Edners, Max Niederlag and Robert Foerstemann were still too strong for the opposition, winning in 43.293, ahead of Russia (43.844) and Britain (43.792).
Scratch – First for Malgorzata Wojtyra
Poland keep dominating women’s Scratch. While Katarzyna Pawlowska led the way in the discipline in the last two seasons, her 24-year-old compatriot Malgorzata Wojtyra emulated her on the Manchester ring by winning ahead of Kate Archibald and Ukraine’s Tetyana Klimchenko.
Photo : Manchester crowd cheers Laura Trott and Co after GB women’s team pursuite clinched gold and world record
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