Women’s team pursuit complete stunning comeback against Australia on superb Day 1 of Track World Cup in Berlin
Laura Kenny, Katie Archibald, Emily Kay and Emily Nelson surged to a magnificent team pursuit victory on the opening night of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Berlin.
The quartet came back from what looked like an unwinnable margin against Australia with just two laps to go as they judged their surge to perfection to claim a famous win.
It was one of two medals won by British riders on the night, as Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Ryan Owens battled to silver against a hugely strong Netherlands outfit.
The women’s team pursuit squad got the evening off to a memorable start as a sensational late fightback drew in the Australians and sealed a fabulous gold.
Kenny, Archibald, Kay and Nelson display discipline and enduring power throughout their ride, despite looking like they had left their charge too late with the Australian team leading by 1.5 seconds going into the final laps of the race.
However, they timed their ride to complete perfection as they called on their reserves and slammed the hammer down to pass their counterparts and steam across the line in 4:16.153 to a superb victory.
After looking a cut above the rest of the field, Britain and the Netherlands rightly lined up against each other in the men’s team sprint final.
Jack Carlin had ridden in the earlier rounds, but he was replaced for the showdown by Philip Hindes.
Britain got off to the quicker start, edging ahead after the first half of the race, but the orange jerseys of the Netherlands gradually fought back and nicked victory on the line despite Kenny’s lung-busting efforts on the concluding lap.
Katy Marchant and Lauren Bate fell at the first-round stage. After qualifying in fifth with an excellent ride, the duo were paired against home favourites Miriam Welte and Emma Hinze.
The German riders came out on top, coming home in 32.931, half a second quicker than the British team.
Despite a huge push, Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad could not get past Australia as the pair faced off in the first round.
Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Charlie Tanfield and Ollie Wood crossed the line in 3:55.124, more than two second adrift of their Australian counterparts of Sam Welsford, Alex Porter, Kell O’Brien and Cameron Scott, who went on to win gold.
The HUUB-Wattbike Test Team fared better however, qualifying for the bronze-medal race where they narrowly lost out to Canada.
The four of John Archibald, Dan Bigham, Ashton Lambie and Jonny Wale stopped the clock in 3:57.094 – less than a second away from earning a spot on the podium.
The event at Lee Valley VeloPark takes place between December 14 and 16, and limited numbers of tickets are still available here.