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Published: 3 March 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Image: Luke Webber
Great Britain Cycling Team head coach Shane Sutton was full of admiration for Britain’s women endurance riders after their performances at the 2014 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
A fourth consecutive world title in the women’s team pursuit was followed by individual pursuit gold for Joanna Rowsell and omnium silver for Laura Trott in Colombia.
"I think that we should rejoice in the fact that our women have done so well here,” Sutton said.
“It's a credit to them and, being hunted like they're hunted, at every major championships, at every competition, is far tougher than you hunting someone.
“They stand up and they're counted every time. I can only admire that. And their desire and their will...I can only admire that. And I know that will carry them through in good stead to Rio.”
Olympic champions in London, Great Britain have now won six of a possible seven world titles in the discipline.
Great Britain won a fourth consecutive
women's team pursuit world title in Colombia.
The competition in Cali was the first time the event had been contested in its new format of four-kilometres and four riders at a world championships.
Great Britain had set six consecutive world records this season and although they were unable to extend that run at the Velodromo Alcides Nieto Patino, victory over Canada continued their remarkable form.
Sutton hopes their exploits can act as motivation to Britain’s male endurance riders who missed out on the medals.
“I'm not going to compare one against the other,” Sutton said.
“I'd just like to think the boys will take inspiration from what the girls have done off the back of winning the Olympics and then going on to win another couple of world titles. 'Hey, come on guys, the girls can do this, we can do that'. They should be an inspiration to the men."
Katie Archibald made her world championships debut alongside Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker in the winning team pursuit quartet.
The 19-year-old came close to a second medal with fourth in the points race and the Scottish rider’s exploits delighted Sutton.
“Katie was exceptional,” Sutton said.
“There were a lot of people questioning my selection of her. But I will go back to this: we base everything we do on evidence and the evidence was that girl deserved a ride.
“Unfortunately that was at the cost of an Olympic champion but she has been surpassed and that will hopefully inspire Dani (King) to kick on.”
Despite the positives, Sutton stressed the need for improvement as the team build towards the 2016 Rio Olympics. There were no men’s sprint or endurance podium places as Great Britain finished fourth in the medal standings with five medals - two gold, one silver and two bronze.
“Accountability has to be taken by everybody,” Sutton said.
“We've had some great performances, we go back to the hotel and we should be rejoicing the fact we have a double world champion here. Laura's in the medals.
“Certain things like the keirin you can say you're disappointed but you make your own luck. We lost a medal there. I wouldn't say it’s frustration, it's reality, the elite coal face of sport is tough."