GB men’s pursuit team miss medal

Becky James

James is one of a young squad, with four making their World Cup debuts

Great Britain secured fourth place in the men’s team pursuit at the Track World Cup meeting in Beijing.

Mark Christian, Sam Harrison, Joe Kelly and Simon Yates clocked 4:05.853 minutes and missed out on a bronze medal to New Zealand.

After finishing third in qualifying, 18-year-old Owain Doull placed 12th in the scratch race.

Most of GB’s leading lights such as Sir Chris Hoy are preparing for February’s London leg, also an Olympic test event.

The Beijing leg is the third race in a series of four ending on 15 January, following November’s Kazakhstan meet and December’s race in Colombia.

London will host the finale on 17-19 February.

Other British cyclists competing include 20-year-old Becky James, a Commonwealth medallist, one of two females travelling along with sprinter Victoria Williamson, who is set to make her World Cup debut – as are Doull, Kelly and Callum Skinner.

Skinner will compete in the sprint disciplines alongside Phillip Hindes and Peter Mitchell.

Performance Director Dave Brailsford said: “Beijing is a great opportunity to gain experience at elite level.”

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