|Cycling – World Be aware Championships|
|Venue: Pruszkow, Poland Dates: 27 February – 3 March|
|Coverage: Thurs 28 Feb: 17:30-20:30 – BBC Pink Button, iPlayer, Sport web pages and app, associated TV|
Astronomical Britain had to settle for silver in the men’s and girls’s team pursuit on the UCI Be aware Cycling World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland.
Australia completed in three minutes forty eight.012 seconds to break the world file in the men’s tournament.
That diminished their file of three:49.804 situation on the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
Within the women’s team pursuit, four-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny helped Britain to silver as Australia triumphed by 0.204 secs.
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‘We are able to give them a flee on the big one’
Britain shaved larger than two-and-a-half seconds off the time that saw them decide gold in the men’s tournament in Apeldoorm in 2018.
But no subject being defending champions, three-time Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and teammates Charlie Tanfield, Ethan Hayter and Kian Emadi were unable to compare the blistering tempo of the Australian team.
Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien and Alex Porter, won and then stretched their early revenue and now inspect most likely to be Britain’s main opponents for gold on the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Porter, 22, was riding honest 10 weeks after breaking a collarbone, six ribs and a vertebra in a fracture which also left him with a punctured lung.
“We of route rode relatively grand, we were totally just a few tenths timid of what we did in Rio with our paunchy Olympic package, nevertheless that’s honest an indication of how staunch the Australian streak was,” acknowledged Clancy.
“I sound delight in a broken file nevertheless you are totally going to safe our most bright efficiency at an Olympics for a various of causes. We can’t be complacent, now we have to protect end and motivate pushing them.
“We’re all dissatisfied to dangle given up our world title nevertheless if we are able to motivate transferring forward delight in we are doing then we are able to give them a flee on the big one.”
‘I’ve let the ladies down’
Within the women’s urge, an Australian quartet of Ashlee Ankudinoff, Georgia Baker, Amy Medication and Annette Edmondson pulled nearly a second bound earlier than being reeled in staunch thru the final two laps.
But they held on to hold by honest a runt of over two tenths of a second with Kenny – piece of a team featuring Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald and Eleanor Dickinson – assuming responsibility for Britain’s silver medal.
“I feel I’ve let the ladies down, I dangle not had the correct legs the final couple of days and I feel plenty of responsibility for the instances now we had been doing,” she acknowledged.
“I didn’t pull nearly the turn lengths I was doing at dwelling so I’m dissatisfied for that. It be honest disappointing on the day.”
Denmark claimed the bronze medal in the men’s on the expense of Canada, whereas New Zealand took bronze in the women’s urge.
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We dangle never viewed the rest delight in that Australian efficiency in the men’s team pursuit earlier than.
It in all fairness a blow to the British quartet to be three tenths of a second off the fastest time a British team has ever performed and unexcited be effectively beaten.
It is no longer a drubbing though and so they’re unexcited in staunch shape for the Olympics.
Britain’s Jack Carlin adopted up on his promising performances in the World Cup tournament in London in December to entire fifth in the final of the men’s keirin,
The 21-year-frequent developed from a celeb-studded self-discipline – containing Australia’s Matt Glaetzer – in the second round and was all yet again on the trot champion’s wheel going into the penultimate lap of the final.
But Netherlands rider Matthijs Buchli mounted a devastating assault to determine gold as Carlin bought boxed in on the within.
Japan’s Yudai Nitta took the silver and Germany’s Stefan Botticher took the bronze.
There was also a solid efficiency from Britain’s Matt Walls in the men’s scratch urge.
The 20-year-frequent featured arrive the entrance of the self-discipline for the bulk of the 15km distance and completed in sixth in a urge received by Australia’s Welsford.
It was a disappointing day for Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant who went out in the final 16 in the women’s particular person trot.
The 26-year-frequent was beaten by Germany’s Lea Sophie Friedrich to fail to brand a predicament in the quarter-finals.
“It be a disgrace nevertheless this season has been a humorous one for me,” Marchant acknowledged. “I’ve sacrificed plenty of particular person preparation. To switch to all six world cups, it is taken its toll.”