Britain win third World Cup gold medal

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Great Britain women win gold in team pursuit

Great Britain claimed their third gold medal of the Track Cycling World Cup with victory in the women’s team pursuit in Manchester on Sunday.

Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Emily Nelson and Neah Evans crushed the Italian team in the final.

It was Archibald and Barker’s second gold, having triumphed in Saturday’s madison after Britain’s men’s team won their team pursuit final.

Callum Skinner took bronze in the men’s 1km time trial for the 100% me team.

Scotland’s Skinner finished over one second behind gold medallist Matthew Glaetzer from Australia, while German Eric Engler was second.

Earlier in qualifying, Glaetzer set a sea-level record of 59.790 seconds, the first sub-one-minute time in the event.

The women’s team pursuit victory came in a time of four minutes 16.803 seconds, their fastest since their world-record time at the 2016 Rio Olympics and almost five seconds ahead of Italy.

“It is pretty quick considering we have had a big month of racing before this,” Barker said. “It says a lot and we can push this time a bit going into the Worlds.”

Archibald added: “I really didn’t think we would have that margin. I feel quite buoyant now.”

Britain’s Joe Truman qualified for the men’s keirin final, but finished sixth as Dutchman Matthijs Buchli won gold.

Great Britain finished second in the medal table with five medals, while Jonathan Mould also won silver for Team Wales.

Germany topped the table with four gold medals, three of which were won by Kristina Vogel.

The event is the second of five World Cup weekends with the next coming in Milton, Canada, from 1-3 December.

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Track Cycling World Cup: GB’s Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker win madison gold

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