GB miss out on World Cup medals


Jess Varnish

Varnish’s personal best in the 500m time trial was not enough for a medal

Great Britain’s cyclists failed to win a medal on day two of the Track World Cup in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Jess Varnish and Becky James were beaten to bronze in the women’s team sprint by Germany.

Varnish then set a personal best of 34.293 seconds in the 500m time trial but missed out on bronze to Germany’s Miriam Welte.

The men’s team sprint trio of Ross Edgar, Jason Kenny and Jason Queally finished seventh fastest in qualifying.

In the omnium new European champion Ed Clancy finished the day seventh after three disciplines, 13 points off a medal.

He came 11th place in the elimination discipline, having earlier won the flying lap and finished 15th in the points race.

Varnish and James qualified third fastest in the women’s team sprint, clocking 33.553 seconds, then backed up their time in the final with a 33.588, but Germany took nearly three-tenths of a second off their qualifying time to take the medal with a time of 33.338 seconds.

Great Britain have sent a team of nine riders for the first of four World Cup rounds that conclude with the London Olympic test event in February.

The British team is focusing on the sprints in Astana, with the team pursuit being targeted in the later rounds of the World Cup.

Britain won seven gold medals at last month’s European Championships in Rotterdam.

Sir Chris Hoy was not among the winners in the Dutch city as he had to pull out with a chest infection, and the four-time Olympic champion will be keen to rediscover the form that recently won him the British national title.

The 35-year-old Scot will be in action on Sunday in the men’s sprint event.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/15552739.stm

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