Great Britain wins two gold medals on opening day of track World Cup

Gold in team pursuit events

Great Britain kicked off the Track World Cup in London with two gold medals in the team pursuit on Friday. The men’s team, comprising of Mark Christian, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant picked up their first win in the event in over a year, edging out New Zealand in the final.

Ed Clancy had helped the team to qualify second fastest and the squad beat Demark to ensure their place in the final, where they won with a time of 4:01.151, with New Zealand clocking 4:05.463.

In the battle for bronze Denmark held off the challenge from Switzerland.

"It was a first for us, three rides in a day and I have to say it was really hard. We had a bit of a practice doing it last week in training. We needed to try and get used to that sort of day and learn from it may bring,” Burke told British Cycling.

"It was a tough day out and I'm just glad we came out with a win really,” he added.

In the women’s event the British team started with a bang, qualifying with the fastest time with a quartet of Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell. Perennial rivals Australia qualified in second place, leaving Great Britain to face a strong-looking team from the United States in the semi-final. Horne came in for Trott and the US team were unable to match the speed and class of their British rivals, while in the other semi-final Australia put two seconds into the challenge from New Zealand.

In the final the Australian team briefly led against Great Britain but the Olympic champions rallied in the second half of the race to win with a time of 4:22.194. Australia finished with a time of 4:24.335, while in the race for bronze Canada beat China.

“You get goose-bumps on the start line. It's incredible especially with the atmosphere here and the crowd,” Ciara Horne told British Cycling.

Click here for our full coverage from day one from the London velodrome.
 

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