GB pursuit team fall at World Cup

Great Britain’s men crashed out of team pursuit qualifying in the opening event of the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

None of the quartet

who won Olympic gold in the event at London 2012

were included in the team.

The inexperienced squad tumbled to the track on the back straight with four laps remaining after a touch of wheels.

Owain Doull was the only rider to stay upright as Sam Harrison, Joe Kelly and world champion Andrew Tennant hit the deck – although the trio walked away.

Great Britain team

  • Men’s sprint:

    Ed Clancy, Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny
  • Women’s sprint:

    Becky James, Jess Varnish
  • Men’s endurance:

    Jon Dibben, Owain Doull, Sam Harrison, Joe Kelly, Andy Tennant, Simon Yates
  • Women’s endurance:

    Dani King, Elinor Barker, Laura Trott

They suffered skin abrasions as they slid along the wooden track after the crash, which happened when Kelly – who was second in line – clipped the back of leading rider Doull’s wheel.

Endurance academy coach Chris Newton said: “It’s just one of those things. It hasn’t happened for a couple of years.

“Man two, Joe, overlapped the wheel and lost it. Man three and four [Harrison and Tennant] came down straight into him.”

Newton said it was too early to apportion any blame for the accident, adding: “We were holding a good schedule, whether there was a minute slowing with rider one [Doull] it’s too early to assess. We’ll look at the data.”

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