Britain win two World Cup golds

Britain made a bright start at the Track World Cup in Glasgow by winning two golds and a silver on the opening night at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Rebecca James and Jess Varnish won Britain’s first gold, beating Spain in the women’s team sprint final.

The women’s team pursuit of Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker maintained Britain’s winning momentum by pipping Australia in a close final.

Great Britain's Women's Team Pursuit gold medalists

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Trott, King and Barker win team pursuit gold

Ed Clancy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny won silver in the team sprint.

Triple Olympic champion Kenny said he was happy with the performance of a sprint team which had a

new member in the form of Clancy,

taking the place of

Sir Chris Hoy,

and only lost out to Germany.

“I think we’ve got a winning formula potentially,” Kenny told BBC Sport, after the new-look team’s second competitive ride in the event.

“We nailed it, but just disappointed we weren’t quick enough to get the gold.”

James replaced the now-retired Victoria Pendleton in the women’s sprint and Varnish said their victory in Glasgow was proof that the British team was able to cope with the absence of experienced riders.

“It’s definitely going to be hard without the older and more mature riders, but as you’ve seen we’re doing pretty well,” Varnish told BBC Sport after a handsome victory, achieved in 33:428 seconds.


“Elinor Barker really stepped up in the women’s team pursuit. Dani King seemed to be suffering from a bit of an Olympic hangover in the qualifiers but to turn it around and come from behind to beat Australia was fantastic. Ed Clancy stepped in as the third man in the men’s team sprint and did superb for someone coming from team pursuit. Overall, it was a good show from the British team on the back of a brilliant year.”

“It’s really good to be back on the podium. It’s a bonus to be doing it in front of our home crowd.”

A-level student Elinor Barker, making her senior World Cup debut, seemed to seamlessly step into a pursuit team comprising of world and Olympic champions.

“It’s looking good for the future,” double Olympic gold medallist Trott told BBC Sport. “To step into our line up, being world and Olympic champions, is going to be hard anyway, but it’s as if she’s been in the team for months.”

Jessica Varnish was sixth in the 500m women’s time trial, while Simon Yates was fifth and Jon Mould 10th in a men’s scratch won by Switzerland’s Tristan Marguet ahead of Ireland’s Martyn Irvine.

The only major blot on the opening day was the sight of Britain’s men crashing out of the team pursuit qualifying, with the inexperienced squad tumbling to the track on the back straight with four laps remaining.

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