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Cycling: Team GB qualify in the team pursuit at UCI Track World Cup

February 17, 2012

The Great Britain team of Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott and Wendy Houvenaghel raised the roof of the London Olympic Velodrome, qualifying second fastest behind Canada in the women’s team pursuit.

In the overpowering 28 degree heat of the venue, the GB trio lit up the crowd immediately with a startling opening lap, 0.8 seconds up on their rivals Canada.

Great Britain continued to press, well inside world record pace for much of the ride, fading slightly towards the end to post a 3:21.370 with Canada’s team stopping the clock at 3:20.786.

After the qualifying session, GB women’s endurance coach Paul Manning said, “We’ve got 24 hours now so it’s quite a productive time to look at the four riders and see who we use,

“The crowd got behind them and we got excited about that. We’ve just got to remain focused on our goals for the ride despite that we still got second. That’s what you’ve got to do, get into the top two and go for the win in the race scenario.”

More info: www.britishcycling.org.uk


Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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