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
 Anna Meares (Aus)  
 Kaarle McCulloch (Aus)  
2Great Britain0:00:32.966 
 Jess Varnish (GBr)  
 Victoria Pendleton (GBr)  
 Jinjie Gong (Chn)  
 Shuang Guo (Chn)  
 Sandie Clair (Fra)  
 Clara Sanchez (Fra)  
 Miriam Welte (Ger)  
 Kristina Vogel (Ger)  
 Anastasiya Voynova (Rus)  
 Viktoria Baranova (Rus)  
 Gintare Gaivenyte (Ltu)  
8New Zealand0:00:33.881 
 Katie Schofield (NZl)  
 Natasha Hansen (NZl)  
9Giant Pro Cycling0:00:33.956 
 Lin Junhong (Chn)  
 Tianshi Zhong (Chn)  
 Willy Kanis (Ned)  
 Yvonne Hijgenaar (Ned)  
 Iryna Papezhuk (Ukr)  
 Lyubov Shulika (Ukr)  
12Petroholding Leningrad0:00:34.371 
 Elena Brezhniva (Rus)  
 Ekaterina Gnidenko (Rus)  
 Eunji Lee (Kor)  
 Hyejin Lee (Kor)  
 Helena Casas Roige (Spa)  
 Tania Calvo Barbero (Spa)  
 Mariesthela Vilera (Ven)  
 Daniela Larreal (Ven)  
 Juliana Gaviria Rendon (Col)  
 Diana Maria Garcia (Col)  
17United States0:00:35.728 
 Madalyn Godby (USA)  
 Cristin Walker (USA)  
 Kayono Maeda (Jpn)  
 Hiroko Ishii (Jpn)  
19Hong Kong0:00:36.575 
 Xiao Juan Diao (HKg)  
 Wai Sze Lee (HKg)  
20Chinese Taipei0:00:36.867 
 Ting Ying Huang (Tpe)  
 I Fang Ju (Tpe)  
Women's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
1Great Britain0:00:32.754 
 Jess Varnish (GBr)  
 Victoria Pendleton (GBr)  
 Anna Meares (Aus)  
 Kaarle McCulloch (Aus)  
Women's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
 Jinjie Gong (Chn)  
 Shuang Guo (Chn)  
 Sandie Clair (Fra)  
 Clara Sanchez (Fra)  
Women's Team Pursuit - Gold Medal Round
1Great Britain0:03:18.148 
 Laura Trott (GBr)  
 Danielle King (GBr)  
 Joanna Rowsell (GBr)  
 Tara Whitten (Can)  
 Gillian Carleton (Can)  
 Jasmin Glaesser (Can)  
Women's Team Pursuit - Bronze Medal Round
 Annette Edmondson (Aus)  
 Amy Cure (Aus)  
 Josephine Tomic (Aus)  
 Kirsten Wild (Ned)  
 Vera Koedooder (Ned)  
 Ellen Van Dijk (Ned)  
Women's Scratch Race Final
1Melissa Hoskins (Aus) Australia  
2Jarmila Machacova (Cze) Czech Republic  
3Lesya Kalitovska (Ukr) Ukraine  
4Laura Basso (Ita) Cycling Team Friuli  
5Andrea Wolfer (Swi) Switzerland  
6Kelly Druyts (Bel) Belgium  
7Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso (Cub) Cuba  
8Elke Gebhardt (Ger) Germany  
9Sofia Arreola (Mex) Mexico  
10Amy Pieters (Ned) Netherlands  
11Aksana Papko (Blr) Belarus  
12Anastasia Chulkova (Rus) Russia  
13Marta Tagliaferro (Ita) Italy  
14Vaida Pikauskaite (Ltu) Lithuania  
15Xiao Juan Diao (HKg) Hong Kong  
16Victoria Kondel (Rus) RusVelo  
17Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spa) Spain  
18Pia Pensaari (Fin) Finland  
19Alzbeta Pavlendova (Svk) Slovakia  
RELKatarzyna Pawlowska (Pol) Poland  
DNFAlba Diez (Spa) Catalunya Team  
DNFOlatz Ferran Zubillaga (Spa)  
DNSPascale Jeuland (Fra) France  
DNSDanielle King (GBr) Great Britain  
Men's Team Sprint Qualifying
 Gregory Bauge (Fra)  
 Mickael d'Almeida (Fra)  
 Kevin Sireau (Fra)  
 Rene Enders (Ger)  
 Robert Förstemann (Ger)  
 Maximilian Levy (Ger)  
 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)  
 Shane Perkins (Aus)  
 Scott Sunderland (Aus)  
4Great Britain0:00:43.876 
 Ross Edgar (GBr)  
 Jason Kenny (GBr)  
 Chris Hoy (GBr)  
5New Zealand0:00:44.002 
 Ethan Mitchell (NZl)  
 Sam Webster (NZl)  
 Edward Dawkins (NZl)  
 Changsong Cheng (Chn)  
 Miao Zhang (Chn)  
 Lei Zhang (Chn)  
7Moscow Track Team0:00:44.597 
 Sergei Kucherov (Rus)  
 Denis Dmitriev (Rus)  
 Sergi Borisov (Rus)  
 Kazuki Amagai (Jpn)  
 Kazunari Watanabe (Jpn)  
 Seiichiro Nakagawa (Jpn)  
 Roy Van Den Berg (Ned)  
 Teun Mulder (Ned)  
 Hugo Haak (Ned)  
10Team Erdgas.20120:00:44.836 
 Joachim Eilers (Ger)  
 Max Niederlag (Ger)  
 Stefan Botticher (Ger)  
 Maciej Bielecki (Pol)  
 Damian Zielinski (Pol)  
 Kamil Kuczynski (Pol)  
12United States0:00:45.382 
 Giddeon Massie (USA)  
 Michael Blatchford (USA)  
 Kevin Mansker (USA)  
 Stephane Cossette (Can)  
 Hugo Barrette (Can)  
 Cam MacKinnon (Can)  
 Valentin Savitskiy (Rus)  
 Denis Shurshin (Rus)  
 Vladimir Khozov (Rus)  
15Czech Republic0:00:46.330 
 Martin Feiferlik (Cze)  
 Pavel Kelemen (Cze)  
 Robin Wagner (Cze)  
 Davi Romeo (Bra)  
 Dieferson Borges (Bra)  
 Flavio Cipriano (Bra)  
 Cesar Marcano (Ven)  
 Yhonny Araujo (Ven)  
 Giovanni Mendez (Ven)  
Men's Team Sprint - Gold Medal Round
 Rene Enders (Ger)  
 Robert Förstemann (Ger)  
 Maximilian Levy (Ger)  
 Gregory Bauge (Fra)  
 Mickael d'Almeida (Fra)  
 Kevin Sireau (Fra)  
Men's Team Sprint - Bronze Medal Round
3Great Britain0:00:43.781 
 Ross Edgar (GBr)  
 Jason Kenny (GBr)  
 Chris Hoy (GBr)  
 Matthew Glaetzer (Aus)  
 Shane Perkins (Aus)  
 Scott Sunderland (Aus)  
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 1
1Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile28pts
2Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain28 
3Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine25 
4Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain6 
5Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark5 
6Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia5 
7Bryan Coquard (Fra) France5 
8Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand5 
9Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland5 
10Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea4 
11Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo4 
12Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands3 
13Marek Mixa (Cze) Czech Republic2 
14Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei1 
15Recep Ünalan (Tur) Turkey  
16Mohammad Rajablou (IRI) Islamic Republic of Iran  
Men's Omnium Qualifying - Heat 2
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy8pts
2Zach Bell (Can) Canada7 
3Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany7 
4Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling5 
5Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland5 
6Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium5 
7Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan4 
8Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan3 
9Bobby Lea (USA) United States2 
10Ho Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong1 
11Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela-13 
12Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland-13 
13Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Kazakhstan-16 
14Eerik Idarand (Est) Estonia-19 
15Marcos Crespo (Arg) Argentina-20 
DNFMika Simola (Fin) Finland  
Men's Omnium - Flying Lap
1Zach Bell (Can) Canada0:00:13.295 
2Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia0:00:13.316 
3Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling0:00:13.425 
4Bryan Coquard (Fra) France0:00:13.428 
5Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea0:00:13.448 
6Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand0:00:13.464 
7Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy0:00:13.467 
8Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany0:00:13.519 
9Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland0:00:13.521 
10Bobby Lea (USA) United States0:00:13.547 
11Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain0:00:13.591 
12Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan0:00:13.608 
13Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium0:00:13.632 
14Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland0:00:13.638 
15Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain0:00:13.693 
16Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland0:00:13.822 
17Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo0:00:13.875 
18Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands0:00:14.063 
19Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile0:00:14.141 
20Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark0:00:14.200 
21Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine0:00:14.461 
22Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela0:00:14.513 
23Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan0:00:14.637 
DNFHo Ting Kwok (HKg) Hong Kong  
Men's Omnium - Points Race
1Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain51pts
2Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia41 
3Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile36 
4Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy35 
5Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo30 
6Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland28 
7Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany28 
8Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland23 
9Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea20 
10Bryan Coquard (Fra) France9 
11Zach Bell (Can) Canada6 
12Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium6 
13Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain5 
14Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan4 
15Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling4 
16Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand-16 
17Bobby Lea (USA) United States-18 
18Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands-20 
19Yuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine-20 
20Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark-20 
21Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland-20 
22Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela-20 
DNFVladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
Men's Omnium - Elimination Race
1Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy  
2Bryan Coquard (Fra) France  
3Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain  
4Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile  
5Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia  
6Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea  
7Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland  
8Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand  
9Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland  
10Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium  
11Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela  
12Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland  
13Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark  
14Zach Bell (Can) Canada  
15Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands  
16Bobby Lea (USA) United States  
17Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo  
18Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling  
19Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan  
20Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany  
21Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan  
22Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain  
DSQYuriy Agarkov (Ukr) Ukraine  
Men's Omnium - Standings after three rounds
1Juan Esteban Arango (Col) Colombia9pts
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Italy12 
3Bryan Coquard (Fra) France16 
4Ho Sung Cho (Kor) Korea20 
5Zach Bell (Can) Canada26 
6Luis Mansilla (Chi) Chile26 
7Martyn Irvine (Irl) Ireland27 
8Benjamin Swift (GBr) Great Britain27 
9Rafal Ratajczyk (Pol) Poland29 
10Shane Archbold (NZl) New Zealand30 
11Roger Kluge (Ger) Germany35 
12Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) Belgium35 
13Hao Liu (Chn) Max Success Pro Cycling36 
14Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spa) Spain38 
15Ivan Kovalev (Rus) RusVelo39 
16Bobby Lea (USA) United States43 
17Gael Suter (Swi) Switzerland46 
18Kazuhiro Mori (Jpn) Japan47 
19Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Netherlands51 
20Casper Folsach (Den) Denmark53 
21Enrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela55 
22Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan89 
Men's 1000m Time Trial Final
1Stefan Nimke (Ger) Germany0:01:01.211 
2Mickael d'Almeida (Fra) France0:01:02.036 
3Simon Van Velthooven (NZl) New Zealand0:01:02.048 
4Matthew Crampton (GBr) Sky Track Cycling0:01:02.378 
5Miao Zhang (Chn) China0:01:02.718 
6Joachim Eilers (Ger) Team Erdgas 20120:01:03.037 
7Matthijs Buchli (Ned) Netherlands0:01:03.281 
8Andrei Kubeev (Rus) Russia0:01:03.431 
9Adrian Teklinski (Pol) Poland0:01:03.443 
10Bernard Esterhuizen (RSA) South Africa0:01:03.486 
11Juan Peralta Gascon (Spa) Spain0:01:03.494 
12Filip Ditzel (Cze) Czech Republic0:01:04.034 
13Francesco Ceci (Ita) Italy0:01:04.714 
14Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo0:01:05.055 
15Eoin Mullen (Irl) Ireland0:01:05.281 
16David Alonso Castillo (Spa) Reyno de Navarra-Telco-M-Conor0:01:05.422 
17Po Hung Wu (Tpe) Chinese Taipei0:01:06.193 
18Muhammad Edrus Md Yunos (Mas) Malaysia0:01:06.289 
19King Lok Cheung (HKg) Hong Kong0:01:06.698 
20Vitaliy Shchedov (Ukr) Ukraine0:01:06.946 
21Davi Romeo (Bra) Brazil0:01:07.116 
22Anton Aro (Fin) Finland0:01:08.458 
23Giovanni Mendez (Ven) Venezuela0:01:09.285 
24Patrick Lawino (Uga) Uganda0:01:21.563 
Men's Points Race Qualifying - Heat 1
1Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong26pts
2Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain25 
3Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi11 
4Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan9 
5Luke Durbridge (Aus) Australia8 
6Alexey Lyalko (Kaz) Kazakhstan7 
7Sunjae Jang (Kor) Korea5 
8Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia5 
9Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo4 
10Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium3 
11Oleksandr Lobov (Ukr) Ukraine2 
12Marc Hester (Den) Denmark1 
13James Louter (RSA) Team MTN Club 100-20 
DNFMika Simola (Fin) Finland  
DNFEnrique Luis Diaz (Ven) Venezuela  
Men's Points Race Qualifying - Heat 2
1Vivien Brisse (Fra) France10pts
2Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile7 
3Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx6 
4Aliaksandr Lisouski (Blr) Belarus5 
5Artur Ershov (Rus) Russia2 
6Andreas Müller (Aut) Austria  
7Michael Vingerling (Ned) Netherlands  
8Cyrille Thiery (Swi) Switzerland-11 
9Milan Kadlec (Cze) Czech Republic-12 
10Marco Coledan (Ita) Italy-13 
11Maximilian Beyer (Ger) Germany-14 
12Mateusz Nowak (Pol) Poland-17 
13Matthew Lipscomb (USA) United States-17 
DNFEerik Idarand (Est) Estonia  
DNFGerman Lopez Abrego (Spa) Reyno de Navarra-Telco-M-Conor  
Men's Points Race Final
1Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Spain58pts
2Kirill Sveshnikov (Rus) Lokosphinx42 
3Unai Elorriaga Zubiaur (Spa) Cespa-Euskadi36 
4Ki Ho Choi (HKg) Hong Kong32 
5Edwin Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia32 
6Artur Ershov (Rus) Russia31 
7Andreas Müller (Aut) Austria31 
8Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzb) Uzbekistan25 
9Ingmar De Poortere (Bel) Belgium25 
10Luis Sepulveda (Chi) Chile24 
11Cyrille Thiery (Swi) Switzerland23 
12Aliaksandr Lisouski (Blr) Belarus23 
13Luke Durbridge (Aus) Australia20 
14Milan Kadlec (Cze) Czech Republic4 
15Sunjae Jang (Kor) Korea3 
16Michael Vingerling (Ned) Netherlands3 
17Alexey Lyalko (Kaz) Kazakhstan2 
18Oleksandr Lobov (Ukr) Ukraine1 
19Vivien Brisse (Fra) France1 
20Viktor Manakov (Rus) RusVelo1 
21Marc Hester (Den) Denmark1 
22Marco Coledan (Ita) Italy  
DNFMaximilian Beyer (Ger) Germany  
DNFMateusz Nowak (Pol) Poland  

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