Monthly Archives: February 2014

VIDEO: Crash bike ends up in commentary box

Matthew Glaetzer suffers a spectacular crash at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia where his bike bounces off the track and into the commentary box.

The Australian’s crash came in a heat for the men’s keirin, where Great Britain’s Jason Kenny missed out on a medal as he finished fifth in the final.

Great Britain had earlier won their second medal of the championships with victory over Canada in the women’s team pursuit final.

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GB women win world team pursuit gold

Great Britain’s women continued their team pursuit dominance with gold at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker won a sixth world title out of seven in the event for GB’s first gold of the competition.

Track Cycling Worlds 2014: Crash bike ends up in commentary box

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The time of four minutes 23.407 seconds bettered Canada by just over a second.

“It’s a tough track to ride but we are over the moon to get the win,” Rowsell told BBC Sport.

There was drama as Barker’s legs gave up on the final lap with Canada pushing hard and the GB team made a mess of their change.

“At the end Elinor changed down the straight and I hadn’t actually made it back onto the back yet,” said Trott, who, like Rowsell was celebrating a fourth world title in the event.

“I was shouting because I thought if she turned any quicker she’d take me out and then it’d be game over if I take her down.

“You get lucky sometimes I guess and that’s what happened.”

GB women in the team pursuit

  • 2013 Worlds:

    Gold (Barker, Trott, King)
  • 2012 Worlds:

    Gold (Trott, King, Rowsell)
  • 2011 Worlds:

    Gold (Trott, King, Wendy Houvenaghel)
  • 2010 Worlds:

    Silver (Rowsell, Houvenaghel, Armitstead)
  • 2009 Worlds:

    Gold (Houvenaghel, Armitstead, Rowsell)
  • 2008 Worlds:

    Gold (Houvenaghel, Romero, Rowsell)

Barker said: “I just could not hold those wheels. I completely parked it up. It was a split-second decision. I just had to get out of the way and let the girls carry on with it. It was that close that we just would’ve lost it if I’d stayed on the front.”

It was a first world title for Scotland’s Archibald, 19, after she joined the squad full-time at their Manchester training base in November and was selected ahead of London 2012 gold medallist Dani King, who was a reserve.

Defending champion
Jason Kenny

had to settle for fifth in the men’s keirin behind France’s Francois Pervis after being hindered by a crash in which Germany’s Maximilian Levy fell.

Becky James’

run of World Championship medals came to an end as she finished seventh in the women’s 500m time trial, a non-Olympic discipline.

Defending champion
Martyn Irvine

of Ireland claimed silver in the men’s 15km (60-laps) scratch race behind Ivan Kovalev of Russia, while his team-mate
Ryan Mullen

was fourth in the men’s individual pursuit.

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VIDEO: GB women win bronze at worlds

Great Britain win their first medal of the 2014 World Track Cycling Championships by claiming bronze in the women’s team sprint.

Becky James and Jessica Varnish beat Russia in Colombia to match their performance in Minsk last year.

Earlier on Wednesday, Great Britain’s men

missed out on medals in both the team pursuit

and the team sprint.

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GB women win bronze as men miss out

Great Britain’s Jess Varnish and Becky James won bronze as the Olympic champion men’s team endured a tough first day at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali, Colombia.

Varnish and James were third in the women’s team sprint after GB’s men’s pursuit and team sprint squads failed to reach their medal ride-offs.

The three-man sprint team were fifth.

And GB’s four-man pursuit squad finished eighth – Britain’s worst result in 15 years.

GB won the four-man 4km event in 2012, silver in 2013 and gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games.

But two-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben finished eighth in four minutes 4.419 seconds as Australia went on to win gold ahead of Denmark.

London 2012 gold medallist Steven Burke was not selected for Britain’s pursuit quartet after failing to recover from an illness but there were few excuses as Britain lapped slower than their rivals.

“We didn’t announce it, but behind the scenes we’ve had some problems,” said Clancy.

“We knew a week ago our back was against the wall. [But] despite the fact we didn’t have a couple of our more established riders in the line-up, we were still hoping to get a ride in the final.”

London 2012 champions Phil Hindes and Jason Kenny combined with Kian Emadi to come fifth in the three-man, three-lap team sprint. Britain have not won the world title since 2005 – when Sir Chris Hoy, in Cali for this event as a team mentor, was part of the squad – and for a third successive year they have now missed out on a medal.

Kenny has never worn the world champion’s rainbow jersey in the team sprint and Britain’s wait for a world title will extend to 10 years.

British Cycling coach Shane Sutton (left) talks to Ed Clancy

Britain’s team pursuit men failed to challenge for a medal in Cali

Kenny, who will bid to defend his keirin title on day two, said after his 43.617 secs ride: “It is frustrating for me. I’ve got a lot of medals in this event over the years, not many of them gold. We’ve got the Olympic gold medals, which is the main one.

“We’re disappointed with the result, but the time itself and the way we rode wasn’t that bad.”

New Zealand qualified fastest and Ethan Mitchell, Sam Webster and Ed Dawkins won the final in 42.840 secs ahead of Germany (42.885).

In the women’s team sprint event, Varnish and James won the ride-off for bronze ahead of Russia, clocking 33.032 secs.

“It was a solid performance,” Varnish said.

“It’s a really different track to what we’ve ridden on and you can’t really compare it to other performances. I think we should be happy.”

Germany’s Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel, the Olympic champions and world-record holders, won a third straight world title in 32.440 secs, with China second.

The World Championships are taking place at a track exposed to the elements, with a roof but without walls, but the forecast rain did not arrive and so proceedings were not disrupted.

Thursday will see medals decided in the women’s team pursuit and 500m time-trial, along with the men’s keirin, individual pursuit and scratch race.

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Wiggins to compete at Commonwealths

Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins will compete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a week after finishing the Tour de France.

The 33-year-old Englishman won Commonwealth silver medals at Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002.

“It’s a nice thing to have within the UK,” Wiggins

told Cycling News.  

“It’ll be nice to add that [gold] and it’s a couple of days after the Tour, so it’s just for the sake of carrying on for a few more days and doing it.”

Wiggins won the

2012 Tour de France

and the

London 2012 time trial,

one of his

seven Olympic medals

– a record for a Briton.

This year’s Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire, will end in Paris on 27 July. The Commonwealth Games time trial takes place on 31 July and the road race on 3 August.

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