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Heiko Salzwedel: Great Britain expected more opposition in team pursuit

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Bradley Wiggins concentrates before the start

Bradley Wiggins concentrates before the start
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Bradley Wiggins leads his team during the Men's Team Pursuit Qualification during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Bradley Wiggins leads his team during the Men's Team Pursuit Qualification during the UCI Track Cycling World Championships
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Great Britain ride in qualifying for the Men's Team Pursuit

Great Britain ride in qualifying for the Men's Team Pursuit
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Bradley Wiggins (c) of Great Britain rides during qualifying for the Men's Team Pursuit at the Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on March 2, 2016 in London, England.

Bradley Wiggins (c) of Great Britain rides during qualifying for the Men's Team Pursuit at the Lee Valley Velopark Velodrome on March 2, 2016 in London, England.
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Bradley Wiggins trains in Manchester ahead of the world championships

Bradley Wiggins trains in Manchester ahead of the world championships

Day one of the UCI Track World Championships in London the Great Britain team laid down an important marker, leading after the qualifying round and setting up a semi-final against surprise package Italy.

While the home nation's sprint teams faltered the four-man team of Bradley Wiggins, Jon Dibben, Steven Burke and Owain Doull set a time of 3:55.664. At one point the team were over a second up on their nearest competitors, Australia, but they faltered in the final stages and lost Burke before the line.

Team coach Heiko Salzwedel spent close to an hour analysing the immediate post-effort data in the team pits before explaining that although he was satisfied with leading, he expected more from his team.

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Daniel Benson is the Managing Editor at Cyclingnews. Based in the UK, he coordinates the global coverage for the website. Having joined Cyclingnews in April 2008, he has covered several Tour de France, the Spring Classics, and the London Olympic Games in 2012.

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