Golds for GB squads
PUBLISHED: 11:10 06 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:10 06 December 2014
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Exciting start to Cycling World Cup event
There were a few surprises on an action-packed opening day at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup London at Lee Valley VeloPark.
The event, the biggest international cycling event to be held at the site since the London 2012 Olympics, saw international teams from 39 nations descend on the city.
And despite a shaky start, the women’s team pursuit saw an emphatic win in the gold medal race with Great Britain quartet - Laura Trott, Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne - pushing Australia into silver medal position.
Joanna Rowsell, having raced the earlier rounds, missed the final race showing the team’s strength in depth in this discipline.
Following hot on their heels was the men’s team pursuit, where GB’s Andy Tennant, Steven Burke, Mark Christian and Owain Doull also took gold with Olympic champion Ed Clancy, having raced the earlier rounds, sitting out the final.
There was some disappointment in the men’s team sprint with Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner missing out on a medal ride, qualifying seventh fastest.
And in the women’s team sprint GB’s Jessica Varnish and Vicky Williamson also just missed out on a medal chance, finishing fifth in the qualifying stages before China took victory.
In the men’s points race it was Spain’s Eloy Teruel Rovira who took gold and Colombia’s Jannie Salcedo Zambrado claimed victory in the women’s scratch race.
Women’s Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Men’s Team Pursuit
Gold: Great Britain
Silver: New Zealand
Women’s Scratch Race
Gold: Jannie Salcedo Zambrado COL
Silver: Lauren Stephens USA
Bronze: Katarzyna Pawlowska
Men’s Team Sprint
Silver: Team Jayco-AIS
Bronze New Zealand
Women’s Team Sprint
Men’s Points Race
Gold: Eloy Teruel Rovira ESP
Silver: Kenny de Ketele BEL
Bronze: Eduardo Sepulveda ARG
The UCI Track Cycling World Cup London continues this weekend. Tickets are available for a selection of the sessions at ticketmaster.co.uk/britishcycling or on the door. For further event information visit trackworldcup.co.uk or for results information britishcycling.org.uk.