Golds for GB squads

PUBLISHED: 11:10 06 December 2014 | UPDATED: 11:10 06 December 2014

Great Britain's Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne and Joanna Rowsell celebrate winning the women's team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Lee Valley Velopark (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

Great Britain's Katie Archibald, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne and Joanna Rowsell celebrate winning the women's team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup at Lee Valley Velopark (pic: Adam Davy/PA)

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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

Silver: Australia

Bronze: Canada

Men’s Team Pursuit

Gold: Great Britain

Silver: New Zealand

Bronze: Denmark

Women’s Scratch Race

Gold: Jannie Salcedo Zambrado COL

Silver: Lauren Stephens USA

Bronze: Katarzyna Pawlowska

Men’s Team Sprint

Gold: Germany

Silver: Team Jayco-AIS

Bronze New Zealand

Women’s Team Sprint

Gold: China

Silver: Germany

Bronze: Russia

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 or on the door. For further event information visit or for results information

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