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Cycling: GB’s team pursuit aim to earn fourth world title

April 4, 2012

A quick look at the record books will tell you that GB’s women’s team pursuit squad have consistently outperformed their male counterparts in major championships during the four year cycle leading into London 2012.

This Friday, the starting trio of Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell will take to the start line in Melbourne, for the UCI Track World Championships and they will be attempting to win GB’s fourth World Championship in five attempts since it was introduced into the programme in 2009.

The women’s team pursuit at the Hisense Arena certainly threatens to be one of the events of the week because, although GB have set and maintained the gold standard, they have been hounded all the way by Australia, New Zealand, the United States (all three have held the world record at various times during the past four years), while Canada pressed GB hard at the London World Cup and there is every indication that Holland are stepping up to the plate.

“We always knew this event would take off both in profile and the levels of performance and this is exactly what has happened,” says GB performance manager Dave Brailsford.

“It’s become box office, a great event to watch, and has changed a lot, even in the four or five years we have been racing it. I’m convinced the times will continue to tumble.

“It’s becoming more dynamic. At the start, we basically just lumped our three fastest individual pursuiters together, which seemed logical, and assumed that was where the event started and finished.

“But we, and other teams, have rapidly learned about the need for more flexible riders; riders who can start fast and hang on, riders who have a change of pace and can make a difference with a punchy turn when they hit the front.

“All the teams ride much more aerodynamically now, much closer together, the bike handling skills have improved.”

Don’t miss out on the UCI Track Championships action! Medal sessions will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website and on the Red Button from 1000 each day. There will also be highlights on BBC Two 1430-1700 Sun 8 April.

Plus commentary and updates on 5 live and 5 live sports extra 0500-1400 daily.

Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: British Cycling

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