Elia Viviani, Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni and Francesco Lamon were the third team off in the afternoon session but only Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand could better the Italians' time of 3:57.800. The previous record of 4:02.752 had been set by Mauro Trentini, Adler Capelli, Cristiano Citton and Andrea Collinelli in Manchester back in 1996, a memory not lost on National Technical Coach Davide Cassani and fellow professional rider Giovanni Lombardi, who both watched today’s effort from the Italian pits in centre of the track.
"I’m really happy for the young guys in the team because they’ve worked a lot in the last year,” Viviani told Cyclingnews after his warm-down.
Vivani’s inclusion in the event was somewhat of a surprise with the Team Sky rider riding the Scratch race in the evening session on Day One and then competing in the two-day Ominum. However the Italian stressed that the Omnium remains his prime target during these championships and he has been clearly earmarked as one of he favourites alongside Mark Cavendish, Fernando Gaviria and defending Olympic champion, Lasse Norman Hansen.