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Team GB"s cyclists win gold and silver medals in Rio Olympics 2018 preparations

Team GB's cyclists make a promising start to Rio preparations with bronze and silver medals

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Two of the London Olympic-winning quartet – Ed Clancy and Steven Burke – were present in the squad which lost the world champion rainbow jerseys to Australia.

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Over the moon: Great Britain's Becky James (left) and Vicky Williamson celebrate Bronze in the team sprint

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Silver service: The men's team pursuit pick up a second place

Clancy, Burke, 2012 world champion Andy Tennant and Sam Harrison, who won world bronze in 2011, qualified second fastest and were unable to overturn their seeding, finishing in four minutes 00.967 seconds, to their rivals' 3mins 56.751secs.

Australia led throughout the 16-lap final, even though Glenn O'Shea dropped out entering the final kilometre, leaving Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alex Morgan to hold off Britain in the finale.

Clancy, who experimented with the team sprint earlier this winter before reverting to his usual discipline, said: 'It does hurt to lose to the Aussies, but it's an Olympic programme. It's bike racing, you can't win all the time.

'It's disappointing, but if you don't look at it so black and white there's a lot of positives.'

Clancy pointed to the absences of Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh, focusing on their road careers with Team Sky after their Olympic glory, and the fact Britain finished fourth in Pruszkow in 2009, a year after winning gold in Beijing.

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

Vicky Williamson (bottom) and Becky James (top) pick up the bronze medal during the women's team sprint event

The quartet were not quite firing on all cylinders.

'We had at least one set of legs in there that weren't quite on it,' Clancy said.

'I'm not saying we're happy about coming second, but we're not in a bad place, that's for sure. If you look at where we were in Poland, we've done a hell of a lot better than we did there.'

While there was a sense of disappointment for Clancy and co, for James and Williamson there was joy.

The 19-year-old Williamson was a late replacement for Jess Varnish, who has a back injury, while James was fulfilling second-lap duties previously occupied by the now-retired Victoria Pendleton.

Sprint coach Iain Dyer says 21-year-old James, who pushed Olympic champion Anna Meares close for Commonwealth gold in 2010, is in the form of her life.

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

Warm up: After a magnificent medal haul at London 2012, Team GB will be hoping to show similar form at the Rio Olympics

As if to prove it, James allowed a gap to open up by going up the banking coming into the changeover to allow her to accelerate into her lap.

The technique was devised in the last session of the Newport training camp ahead of travelling to Minsk.

James, who made up deficits in each of her rides, said: 'We just thought we'd try something new and because my form's come through quite nicely we wanted to get as much speed as possible off the lap.

'I'm just absolutely buzzing. I'm so shocked. I can't believe it, my first world medal.'

Williamson, who received text messages of support from Varnish in the build-up to Minsk, said: 'I'm gobsmacked. To come out with a bronze medal is just amazing.'

James will now ride in the 500 metres
time-trial tomorrow, the first of three individual events in which she
is targeting further success.

She added: 'Seeing the form I've got I'd really like to be up there this week. I'll give it my best shot.'

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Pedal power: The Danish team competes during mens team pursuit qualifying race of the event in Minsk

Kian Emadi competed in the corresponding men's event, the one-kilometre time-trial, placing an impressive fourth on his debut.

In an event removed from the Olympic programme following Sir Chris Hoy's win in Athens in 2004, Emadi clocked 1:01.756, with Francois Pervis of France winning in 1:00.221, New Zealand's Simon Van Velthooven second in 1.00.869 and Germany's Joachim Eilers third in 1:01.450.

Emadi's time was short of his personal best, set at altitude in Colombia, but he was content with his display.

The 20-year-old will now ride in the men's team sprint on day two alongside Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny, taking Hoy's man three slot in the three-lap event.

Emadi is confident of combining well with the Olympic champions.
He said: 'There's good signs in training. Everyone's stepping up and getting faster as the competition has come closer.'

Three more events take place tomorrow, including the women's team pursuit, featuring Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King, with Elinor Barker making up the trio.

Owain Doull is entered into the men's scratch race, with Burke entered in the 4km men's individual pursuit.

British women"s team pursuit win gold at Track Cycling World Championship

They've done it again! British trio set new world record en route to glory over Australia

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10:30 GMT, 5 April 2012

Great Britain's Joanna Rowsell, Dani King and Laura Trott set a sensational second world record of the day to win three-kilometre team pursuit gold on day two of the Track Cycling World Championships at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne.

The trio clocked three minutes 15.720 seconds to ensure Britain have now won four of the five team pursuit titles since the event was incorporated into the World Championships programme.

Golden girls: The British trio of Danielle King (left), Laura Trott (centre) and Joanna Rowsell celebrate after beating Australia

Golden girls: The British trio of Danielle King (left), Laura Trott (centre) and Joanna Rowsell celebrate after beating Australia

Australia's Annette Edmondson,
Melissa Hoskins and Josephine Tomic were second in 3mins 16.943secs –
also under the previous world record set this afternoon – as the battle
for Olympic glory in London in August intensified.

Australia clocked 3:17.053 in
qualifying – beating Britain's mark from February – before Rowsell, King
and Trott went faster still in 3:16.850.

Hat-trick: The British trio smashed the world record in Melbourne

Hat-trick: The British trio broke the world record twice on Thursday

The unchanged British trio – with
2008, 2009 and 2011 world champion Wendy Houvenaghel a mere spectator –
wound up after a start which saw them trail by almost 1.5 seconds with a
phenomenal final kilometre to win by 1.233secs.

It meant King and Trott retained the
title won in Apeldoorn in March 2011 and Rowsell claimed a first world
champion's rainbow jersey since Pruszkow in 2009.

On song: Pendleton advanced to the semi-finals of the women's sprint

On song: Pendleton advanced to the semi-finals of the women's sprint

Canada's Tara Whitten, Jasmin
Glaesser and Gillian Carleton won the race for bronze in 3:19.529, with
New Zealand's Lauren Ellis, Jaime Nielson and Alison Shanks fourth in
3:19.847.

Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton advanced to the semi-finals of the women's sprint.

After successfully negotiating the early rounds, Pendleton met Virginie Cueff of France in the best-of-three quarter-final.

Over the line: The trio celebrate after beating Australia on their own turf

Over the line: The trio celebrate after beating Australia on their own turf

The first bout saw Pendleton come round Cueff on the final bend and win by a bike length. The Briton led from the front in the second to win by a convincing margin once more and go through to the last four tomorrow evening.

Rowsell won her first team pursuit world title in Manchester in 2008 when the event was not on the Olympic programme, triumphing alongside Houvenaghel and Rebecca Romero.

All smiles: The Team GB riders are gold-medal hopes

All smiles: The Team GB riders are gold-medal hopes for this summer's Games

The 23-year-old won again in Poland 12 months later, with Houvenaghel and Lizzie Armitstead, before her latest victory.

Rowsell said: 'I can't believe I'm world champion again – it's been three years.

'I so badly wanted that rainbow jersey back. I'm absolutely over the moon.

'I was so pleased with our qualifying ride. To see the world record broken before our ride is always quite tough. We saw that happen to the team sprint girls yesterday.

'We had to keep our heads, do our own ride. We went out rode to a schedule and actually beat it.

'It was great to go into the final fastest qualifiers and we knew we had more in the tank.

'I felt good in the final, Laura was awesome, Dani was absolutely awesome as well.

'The Australians went out fast, but we stuck to our plan to go out steady and hold pace.

'We knew we could go fast – in the qualifier we beat them in the last couple of laps.'

The partisan spectators were in raptures early on, but soon silenced as Britain clawed back the deficit before overhauling their hosts in emphatic fashion.

King said: 'At the London World Cup the Australians were saying they had a disadvantage with our amazing home crowd.

'I think we proved that even without a home crowd we can still do it. It was really good.

'They did a fast ride in the qualifier and we just came out to do a better ride, which we did.'