Great Britain Cycling Team collect team sprint double in UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Great Britain Cycling Team collect team sprint double in UCI Track Cycling World Cup

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A young Great Britain squad collected bronze medals in the men’s and women’s team sprint disciplines on the first day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Twenty-year-old Victoria Williamson and 18-year-old Dannielle Khan, making her debut in the competition, beat France's pairing in a time of 33.569 seconds to secure third having earlier qualified in the same position at the Velodromo Panamericano.

Trade team Max Success Pro Cycling won gold ahead of Russia.

John Paul, Callum Skinner and Lewis Oliva were awarded bronze in the men’s competition following relegation for France in their ride-off as an illegal changeover between Gregory Bauge and Kevin Sireau dashed their medal hopes.

Oliva, Paul and Skinner (far right) on the podium
Oliva, Paul and Skinner (far right) on the podium

The trio had set a time of 43.854 seconds having earlier qualified in fourth. The Netherlands won gold with Germany taking silver.

Oliva, 21, tweeted: “Not a nice way to win but massive congratulations must also go to the French lads: @E_Benjamin93 @enkounia @sireaukevin #allezlesbleus”.

Jacob Ragan, Oliver Wood and Chris Latham – making their first appearances at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup – were joined by 19-year-old Jon Dibben for the men’s team pursuit.

The quartet‘s time of 4:10.022 saw them finish 13th – Switzerland, Australia and Germany collecting the medals.

British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme rider Ragan also rode in the points race.

With 12 sprints over the 120 laps (30km), the 18-year-old picked up one point in sprint seven to finish 12th from 24 riders who started the race - seven of the 22 finishers ending the race with a negative total.

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Williamson and Khan (far right) collect their medals

Olympic and world team pursuit champion Dani King was Great Britain’s other solo competitor for the day, finishing 14th in the women’s scratch race.

The 23-year-old from Southampton had taken ninth in heat one of qualifying with the top ten from each of the two heats progressing to the final.

There, Hong Kong’s Xiao Juan Diao and Jannie Salcedo both gained laps and retained their leads to take gold and silver respectively.

Russia’s Evgeniya Romanyuta took bronze from the remaining bunch.

Day two of competition features the women’s individual sprint, omnium and 500m time-trial plus the men’s individual pursuit, keirin and kilo.


Women's team sprint
Men's team sprint
Men's team pursuit
Women's scratch race
Men's points race

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