UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Gold medal for Laura Trott and her Great Britain team-mates
PUBLISHED: 11:52 06 December 2014 | UPDATED: 19:45 06 December 2014
Double Olympic champion helps GB pip Australia to first place in the women’s team pursuit
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup London opened yesterday and the day ended with a gold medal for Laura Trott.
The event, the biggest international cycling event to be held at Lee Valley VeloPark since London 2012, saw international teams from 39 nations descend on the city.
Despite a shaky start the women’s team pursuit saw an emphatic win in the gold medal race with Great Britain quartet - Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne - pushing Australia into the silver medal position.
A former Welwyn Wheelers member, Trott, who starts a two-day omnium campaign today, was replaced by Horne in the semi-final against the USA but came back for the final in place of Joanna Rowsell and helped power her side to 4mins 22.167secs ahead of Australia’s 4:24.335
Speaking to the BBC, Trott, a double Olympic champion, said: “We want to win every race but people are getting better and better. It’s getting harder. You definitely feel the pressure now.
“It’s that battle to get into the squad that keeps us going.”
Following on their heels was the men’s team pursuit. Great Britain’s Andy Tennant, Steven Burke, Mark Christian and Owain Doull also took gold with Olympic champion Ed Clancy, having raced the earlier rounds, sitting out the final.
There was some disappointment in the men’s team sprint with Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner missing out on a medal ride, qualifying seventh fastest. In the women’s team sprint Great Britain Cycling Team’s Jessica Varnish and Vicky Williamson also just missed out on a medal chance, finishing fifth in the qualifying stages. China took victory.
Women’s Team Pursuit: Gold: Great Britain. Silver: Australia. Bronze: Canada.
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