Great Britain wins women's team sprint and team pursuit with world record rides

Germany claims men's team sprint gold, men's omnium underway

Four world records fell on the first full day of medal competition in the UCI World Cup in London amid raucous scenes in the new Olympic Velodrome, packed with 6,000 spectators for both day and evening sessions.

But it was the performance of a young British team in the women’s team pursuit that threatened to raise the roof. Minutes after Australia sliced 0.405 seconds from the 3,000m world record in their bronze medal ride-off against the Netherlands, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Dani King stepped up to record the first ever sub-3:19-ride with 3:18.148.

To cap a night of outstanding displays in the relatively new discipline, the silver medallists Canada also went inside 3:19 and the old record.

The other world record fell to the GB pairing of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish in the team sprint, their time of 32.754 representing a 0.074-second improvement on the mark set earlier in the day, in qualifying, by Australia's Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch.

There was Australian success in the women’s 10km scratch race, with Melissa Hoskins attacking in the final 2km to win alone. Germany maintained their recent superiority in the men’s team sprint, beating France in the final, with GB claiming bronze from Australia. Germany also took gold in the kilometre, thanks to Stefan Nimke, while Albert Torres of Spain won the points race.

None could quite the atmosphere generated by a partisan crowd for the women’s team pursuit final, which saw Britain re-jig its line-up, with Dani King coming in for Wendy Houvenaghel. In the event, they produced a far steadier and smoother ride than their qualifying effort the previous evening, though Trott once again appeared to be the strongest link in the chain, and managed an extended spell of a lap-and-a-half on the front towards the end.

“Jo came out a lot steadier today, which set the ride up,” said Trott. “Yesterday she came out as if we were doing a bloody 500-metre sprint and it's like ‘where do you go from there?’ You're only going to get slower.

“We came out a lot steadier today for the first four laps. It was control, control and then hit for home and that's exactly what we did.”

Her extra long spell was “to keep the speed in there,” Trott explained. “I felt, as much as I was absolutely shattered, the pace that I would have held compared to what the other two would have held -- it just kept the pace there, kept the speed there. It was just the right thing to do.”

Trott will also ride the omnium, starting on Saturday, a prospect that left her “excited”, she said.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the evening was the victory by Pendleton and Varnish over their old rivals, Meares and McCulloch. Pendleton revealed that the British pair gambled for the final: “We thought we would experiment and try a few [different] gears, tweak them a litle bit. We’d get a silver medal in the worst case anyway. It was a gamble but this was the right time to do it.

“It was so loud we couldn’t tell what the times were but to come to this track and do a time like that fills us with confidence. It was wonderful, but we feel we’ve got more to give.”

Meares and McCulloch, the reigning world champions, also took some positives from the experience. “For us it was the best possible situation, racing the British team in the final in front of an extremely loud and vocal crowd,” said Meares. “That’s an experience you can’t pay for or simulate. You can’t get that anywhere. I think we’re going to be a great deal better for that experience.”

While McCulloch admitted to nerves before the final, she also insisted: “We’ll be better for this experience, we’re going to take a lot away from this.”

The men’s omnium got underway with the flying lap won by Zach Bell (Canada), points race won by Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) and elimination race won by Elia Viviani (Italy), but it is Colombian Juan Arango who leads the competition from Viviani and Bryan Coquard of France.


Women's Team Sprint Qualifying
1 Australia 0:00:32.828  
  Anna Meares (Aus)    
  Kaarle McCulloch (Aus)    
2 Great Britain 0:00:32.966  
  Jess Varnish (GBr)    
  Victoria Pendleton (GBr)    
3 China 0:00:33.178  
  Jinjie Gong (Chn)    
  Shuang Guo (Chn)    
4 France 0:00:33.516  
  Sandie Clair (Fra)    
  Clara Sanchez (Fra)    
5 Germany 0:00:33.554  
  Miriam Welte (Ger)    
  Kristina Vogel (Ger)    
6 Russia 0:00:33.650  
  Anastasiya Voynova (Rus)    
  Viktoria Baranova (Rus)    
7 Lithuania 0:00:33.716  
  Gintare Gaivenyte (Ltu)    
8 New Zealand 0:00:33.881  
  Katie Schofield (NZl)    
  Natasha Hansen (NZl)    
9 Giant Pro Cycling 0:00:33.956  
  Lin Junhong (Chn)    
  Tianshi Zhong (Chn)    
10 Netherlands 0:00:34.110  
  Willy Kanis (Ned)    
  Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned)    
11 Ukraine 0:00:34.271  
  Iryna Papezhuk (Ukr)    
  Lyubov Shulika (Ukr)    
12 Petroholding Leningrad 0:00:34.371  
  Elena Brezhniva (Rus)    
  Ekaterina Gnidenko (Rus)    
13 Korea 0:00:34.839  
  Eunji Lee (Kor)    
  Hyejin Lee (Kor)    
14 Spain 0:00:34.896  
  Helena Casas Roige (Spa)    
  Tania Calvo Barbero (Spa)    
15 Venezuela 0:00:34.995  
  Mariesthela Vilera (Ven)    
  Daniela Larreal (Ven)    
16 Colombia 0:00:35.146  
  Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Col)    
  Diana Maria Garcia (Col)    
17 United States 0:00:35.728  
  Madalyn Godby (USA)    
  Cristin Walker (USA)    
18 Japan 0:00:35.840  
  Kayono Maeda (Jpn)    
  Hiroko Ishii (Jpn)    
19 Hong Kong 0:00:36.575  
  Xiao Juan Diao (HKg)    
  Wai Sze Lee (HKg)    
20 Chinese Taipei 0:00:36.867  
  Ting Ying Huang (Tpe)    
  I Fang Ju (Tpe)    
Women's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
1 Great Britain 0:00:32.754  
  Jess Varnish (GBr)    
  Victoria Pendleton (GBr)    
2 Australia 0:00:32.945  
  Anna Meares (Aus)    
  Kaarle McCulloch (Aus)    
Women's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
3 China 0:00:33.060  
  Jinjie Gong (Chn)    
  Shuang Guo (Chn)    
4 France 0:00:33.433  
  Sandie Clair (Fra)    
  Clara Sanchez (Fra)    
Women's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Round
1 Great Britain 0:03:18.148  
  Laura Trott (GBr)    
  Danielle King (GBr)    
  Joanna Rowsell (GBr)    
2 Canada 0:03:18.982  
  Tara Whitten (Can)    
  Gillian Carleton (Can)    
  Jasmin Glaesser (Can)    
Women's Team Pursuit - Bronze Medal Round
3 Australia 0:03:19.164  
  Annette Edmondson (Aus)    
  Amy Cure (Aus)    
  Josephine Tomic (Aus)    
4 Netherlands 0:03:21.992  
  Kirsten Wild (Ned)    
  Vera Koedooder (Ned)    
  Ellen Van Dijk (Ned)    
Women's Scratch Race Final
1 Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Australia    
2 Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic    
3 Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine    
4 Laura Basso (Ita) Cycling Team Friuli    
5 Andrea Wolfer (Swi) Switzerland    
6 Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium    
7 Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub) Cuba    
8 Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany    
9 Sofia Arreola (Mex) Mexico    
10 Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands    
11 Aksana Papko (Blr) Belarus    
12 Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia    
13 Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italy    
14 Vaida Pikauskaite (Ltu) Lithuania    
15 Xiao Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong    
16 Victoria Kondel (Rus) RusVelo    
17 Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain    
18 Pia Pensaari (Fin) Finland    
19 Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) Slovakia    
REL Katarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Poland    
DNF Alba Diez (Spa) Catalunya Team    
DNF Olatz Ferran Zubillaga (Spa)    
DNS Pascale Jeuland (Fra) France    
DNS Danielle King (GBr) Great Britain    
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
1 France 0:00:43.606  
  Gregory Bauge (Fra)    
  Mickael d'Almeida (Fra)    
  Kevin Sireau (Fra)    
2 Germany 0:00:43.650  
  Rene Enders (Ger)    
  Robert Förstemann (Ger)    
  Maximilian Levy (Ger)    
3 Australia 0:00:43.869  
  Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)    
  Shane Perkins (Aus)    
  Scott Sunderland (Aus)    
4 Great Britain 0:00:43.876  
  Ross Edgar (GBr)    
  Jason Kenny (GBr)    
  Chris Hoy (GBr)    
5 New Zealand 0:00:44.002  
  Ethan Mitchell (NZl)    
  Sam Webster (NZl)    
  Edward Dawkins (NZl)    
6 China 0:00:44.424  
  Changsong Cheng (Chn)    
  Miao Zhang (Chn)    
  Lei Zhang (Chn)    
7 Moscow Track Team 0:00:44.597  
  Sergei Kucherov (Rus)    
  Denis Dmitriev (Rus)    
  Sergi Borisov (Rus)    
8 Japan 0:00:44.791  
  Kazuki Amagai (Jpn)    
  Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn)    
  Seiichiro Nakagawa (Jpn)    
9 Netherlands 0:00:44.792  
  Roy Van Den Berg (Ned)    
  Teun Mulder (Ned)    
  Hugo Haak (Ned)    
10 Team Erdgas.2012 0:00:44.836  
  Joachim Eilers (Ger)    
  Max Niederlag (Ger)    
  Stefan Botticher (Ger)    
11 Poland 0:00:44.840  
  Maciej Bielecki (Pol)    
  Damian Zielinski (Pol)    
  Kamil Kuczynski (Pol)    
12 United States 0:00:45.382  
  Giddeon Massie (USA)    
  Michael Blatchford (USA)    
  Kevin Mansker (USA)    
13 Canada 0:00:45.513  
  Stephane Cossette (Can)    
  Hugo Barrette (Can)    
  Cam MacKinnon (Can)    
14 Russia 0:00:45.623  
  Valentin Savitskiy (Rus)    
  Denis Shurshin (Rus)    
  Vladimir Khozov (Rus)    
15 Czech Republic 0:00:46.330  
  Martin Feiferlik (Cze)    
  Pavel Kelemen (Cze)    
  Robin Wagner (Cze)    
16 Brazil 0:00:48.055  
  Davi Romeo (Bra)    
  Dieferson Borges (Bra)    
  Flavio Cipriano (Bra)    
17 Venezuela 0:00:48.281  
  Cesar Marcano (Ven)    
  Yhonny Araujo (Ven)    
  Giovanni Mendez (Ven)    
Men's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
1 Germany 0:00:43.562  
  Rene Enders (Ger)    
  Robert Förstemann (Ger)    
  Maximilian Levy (Ger)    
2 France 0:00:43.631  
  Gregory Bauge (Fra)    
  Mickael d'Almeida (Fra)    
  Kevin Sireau (Fra)    
Men's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
3 Great Britain 0:00:43.781  
  Ross Edgar (GBr)    
  Jason Kenny (GBr)    
  Chris Hoy (GBr)    
4 Australia 0:00:43.954  
  Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)    
  Shane Perkins (Aus)    
  Scott Sunderland (Aus)    
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 1
1 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile 28 pts
2 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain 28  
3 Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine 25  
4 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain 6  
5 Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark 5  
6 Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia 5  
7 Bryan Coquard (Fra) France 5  
8 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand 5  
9 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland 5  
10 Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea 4  
11 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 4  
12 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands 3  
13 Marek Mixa (Cze) Czech Republic 2  
14 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei 1  
15 Recep Ünalan (Tur) Turkey    
16 Mohammad Rajablou (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran    
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 2
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 8 pts
2 Zach Bell (Can) Canada 7  
3 Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany 7  
4 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling 5  
5 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland 5  
6 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium 5  
7 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan 4  
8 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan 3  
9 Bobby Lea (USA) United States 2  
10 Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong 1  
11 Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela -13  
12 Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland -13  
13 Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Kazakhstan -16  
14 Eerik Idarand (Est) Estonia -19  
15 Marcos Crespo (Arg) Argentina -20  
DNF Mika Simola (Fin) Finland    
Men's Omnium - Flying Lap
1 Zach Bell (Can) Canada 0:00:13.295  
2 Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia 0:00:13.316  
3 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling 0:00:13.425  
4 Bryan Coquard (Fra) France 0:00:13.428  
5 Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea 0:00:13.448  
6 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand 0:00:13.464  
7 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 0:00:13.467  
8 Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany 0:00:13.519  
9 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland 0:00:13.521  
10 Bobby Lea (USA) United States 0:00:13.547  
11 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain 0:00:13.591  
12 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan 0:00:13.608  
13 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium 0:00:13.632  
14 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland 0:00:13.638  
15 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain 0:00:13.693  
16 Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland 0:00:13.822  
17 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 0:00:13.875  
18 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands 0:00:14.063  
19 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile 0:00:14.141  
20 Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark 0:00:14.200  
21 Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine 0:00:14.461  
22 Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela 0:00:14.513  
23 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan 0:00:14.637  
DNF Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong    
Men's Omnium - Points Race
1 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain 51 pts
2 Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia 41  
3 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile 36  
4 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 35  
5 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 30  
6 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland 28  
7 Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany 28  
8 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland 23  
9 Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea 20  
10 Bryan Coquard (Fra) France 9  
11 Zach Bell (Can) Canada 6  
12 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium 6  
13 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain 5  
14 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan 4  
15 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling 4  
16 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand -16  
17 Bobby Lea (USA) United States -18  
18 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands -20  
19 Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine -20  
20 Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark -20  
21 Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland -20  
22 Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela -20  
DNF Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan    
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
1 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy    
2 Bryan Coquard (Fra) France    
3 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain    
4 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile    
5 Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia    
6 Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea    
7 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland    
8 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand    
9 Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland    
10 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium    
11 Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela    
12 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland    
13 Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark    
14 Zach Bell (Can) Canada    
15 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands    
16 Bobby Lea (USA) United States    
17 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo    
18 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling    
19 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan    
20 Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany    
21 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan    
22 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain    
DSQ Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine    
Men's Omnium - Standings after three rounds
1 Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia 9 pts
2 Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy 12  
3 Bryan Coquard (Fra) France 16  
4 Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea 20  
5 Zach Bell (Can) Canada 26  
6 Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile 26  
7 Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland 27  
8 Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain 27  
9 Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland 29  
10 Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand 30  
11 Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany 35  
12 Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium 35  
13 Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling 36  
14 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain 38  
15 Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo 39  
16 Bobby Lea (USA) United States 43  
17 Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland 46  
18 Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan 47  
19 Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands 51  
20 Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark 53  
21 Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela 55  
22 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan 89  
Men's 1000m Time Trial Final
1 Stefan Nimke (Ger) Germany 0:01:01.211  
2 Mickael d'Almeida (Fra) France 0:01:02.036  
3 Simon Van Velthooven (NZl) New Zealand 0:01:02.048  
4 Matthew Crampton (GBr) Sky Track Cycling 0:01:02.378  
5 Miao Zhang (Chn) China 0:01:02.718  
6 Joachim Eilers (Ger) Team Erdgas 2012 0:01:03.037  
7 Matthijs Buchli (Ned) Netherlands 0:01:03.281  
8 Andrei Kubeev (Rus) Russia 0:01:03.431  
9 Adrian Teklinski (Pol) Poland 0:01:03.443  
10 Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) South Africa 0:01:03.486  
11 Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) Spain 0:01:03.494  
12 Filip Ditzel (Cze) Czech Republic 0:01:04.034  
13 Francesco Ceci (Ita) Italy 0:01:04.714  
14 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo 0:01:05.055  
15 Eoin Mullen (Irl) Ireland 0:01:05.281  
16 David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Reyno de Navarra-Telco-M-Conor 0:01:05.422  
17 Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei 0:01:06.193  
18 Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos (Mas) Malaysia 0:01:06.289  
19 King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong 0:01:06.698  
20 Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukr) Ukraine 0:01:06.946  
21 Davi Romeo (Bra) Brazil 0:01:07.116  
22 Anton Aro (Fin) Finland 0:01:08.458  
23 Giovanni Mendez (Ven) Venezuela 0:01:09.285  
24 Patrick Lawino (Uga) Uganda 0:01:21.563  
Men's Points Race Qualifying - Heat 1
1 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong 26 pts
2 Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain 25  
3 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 11  
4 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan 9  
5 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Australia 8  
6 Alexey Lyalko (Kaz) Kazakhstan 7  
7 Sunjae Jang (Kor) Korea 5  
8 Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 5  
9 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo 4  
10 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium 3  
11 Oleksandr Lobov (Ukr) Ukraine 2  
12 Marc Hester (Den) Denmark 1  
13 James Louter (RSA) Team MTN Club 100 -20  
DNF Mika Simola (Fin) Finland    
DNF Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela    
Men's Points Race Qualifying - Heat 2
1 Vivien Brisse (Fra) France 10 pts
2 Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile 7  
3 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 6  
4 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Blr) Belarus 5  
5 Artur Ershov (Rus) Russia 2  
6 Andreas Müller (Aut) Austria    
7 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Netherlands    
8 Cyrille Thiery (Swi) Switzerland -11  
9 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Czech Republic -12  
10 Marco Coledan (Ita) Italy -13  
11 Maximilian Beyer (Ger) Germany -14  
12 Mateusz Nowak (Pol) Poland -17  
13 Matthew Lipscomb (USA) United States -17  
DNF Eerik Idarand (Est) Estonia    
DNF German Lopez Abrego (Spa) Reyno de Navarra-Telco-M-Conor    
Men's Points Race Final
1 Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain 58 pts
2 Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx 42  
3 Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi 36  
4 Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong 32  
5 Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 32  
6 Artur Ershov (Rus) Russia 31  
7 Andreas Müller (Aut) Austria 31  
8 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan 25  
9 Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium 25  
10 Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile 24  
11 Cyrille Thiery (Swi) Switzerland 23  
12 Aliaksandr Lisouski (Blr) Belarus 23  
13 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Australia 20  
14 Milan Kadlec (Cze) Czech Republic 4  
15 Sunjae Jang (Kor) Korea 3  
16 Michael Vingerling (Ned) Netherlands 3  
17 Alexey Lyalko (Kaz) Kazakhstan 2  
18 Oleksandr Lobov (Ukr) Ukraine 1  
19 Vivien Brisse (Fra) France 1  
20 Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo 1  
21 Marc Hester (Den) Denmark 1  
22 Marco Coledan (Ita) Italy    
DNF Maximilian Beyer (Ger) Germany    
DNF Mateusz Nowak (Pol) Poland    

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