Monthly Archives: October 2015

GB women claim team pursuit bronze

Elinor Barker defied illness to help Great Britain’s women take bronze in the team pursuit on the opening day of the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

Barker took to the line with team-mates Joanna Rowsell Shand, Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne in order to fulfil competition rules, then stepped off the track when the race started.

Great Britain beat China by less than two-tenths of a second to seal third.

“I think Elinor was a real hero to get up on the line,” Rowsell said.

“She has been feeling a bit unwell, but the regulations say that, although you can finish with three, you can’t start with three.”

In the men’s team pursuit, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant, Steven Burke and Owain Doull finished fifth, with Russia claiming the gold medal.

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VIDEO: Kiryienka takes world time trial gold


Vasil Kiryienka wins the men’s individual time trial

at the Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

The 34-year-old Team Sky rider becomes the oldest world champion in the discipline after pipping Italian Adriano Malori by 9.08 seconds over the 53km course.

France’s Jerome Coppel was a surprise bronze medallist, with Australian Rohan Dennis (fifth) and Germany’s Tony Martin (sixth) both finishing off the podium.

British rider Steve Cummings finished 14th, with team-mate Alex Dowsett 17th as both missed out on the top-10 finish that would have earned Britain a second place at next year’s Rio Olympics.

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VIDEO: Sky no limit for Hackney’s finest

Great Britain under 23 riders Alex Peters and Tao Geoghegan Hart discuss growing up together, joining Team Sky and competing in the World Road Championships in Richmond, Virginia.

The pair tell BBC Sport’s Matt Slater about their formative years at Stoke Newington School in Hackney, the challenge that awaits them as trainees for Team Sky and their ambitions in Friday’s U23 race.

Peters joined Chris Froome’s team in August on a two-year contract, while Geoghegan Hart has opted to defer joining Team Sky for a season so he can continue his development with American outfit Axeon Cycling.

However, after a run of impressive results, including good showings at the Tour of Britain, many observers predict it will not be long before they are climbing up mountains together in the world’s biggest races.

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VIDEO: Armitstead ‘daren’t dream’ of world title

Britain’s Lizzie Armitstead says she feels “totally confident” before the women’s elite race at the

Road Cycling World Championships

in Richmond, Virginia.

But the Commonwealth champion, who retained her World Cup title with

victory in the final round at the GP dePlouay-Bretagne,

admits she “daren’t dream” of pulling on the iconic rainbow stripes of the world champion on Saturday.

Watch live coverage of the women’s elite race at World Road Championships on the Red Button from 17:50 BST on Saturday.

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Wiggins leads GB World Cup squad

Sir Bradley Wiggins leads Great Britain’s squad in the three-day opening round of the Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, beginning on Friday.

The four-time Olympic champion, 35, who plans to compete on the track at Rio 2016, is part of a 17-rider squad.

Four-time world champion Ed Clancy is again absent with a back injury.

Team coach Iain Dyer said: “We have selected a strong squad as we look to keep scoring vital qualifying points for the Olympics in Rio.”

The squad is largely the same as competed at the

European Track Championships

in Switzerland earlier this month, where Great Britain’s men and women both won gold in their team pursuit finals.

Dyer added: “We had some really promising performances at the recent European Championships and we’ll be hoping to take that form into the first Track World Cup of the season.”

Great Britain team for UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia:

Men’s sprint:

Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes, Lewis Oliva, Matt Crampton.

Women’s sprint:

Katy Marchant, Victoria Williamson, Jess Varnish.

Men’s endurance:

Jon Dibben, Andy Tennant, Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke, Owain Doull.

Women’s endurance:

Ciara Horne, Joanna Rowsell Shand, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald.

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