Mixed fortunes for Great Britain Cycling Team on day one of European track championships

Mixed fortunes for Great Britain Cycling Team on day one of European track championships

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Great Britain Cycling Team had mixed fortunes as the 2017 UEC European Track Championships started with strong performances and a crash during team pursuit qualifying in Berlin.

Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, alongside Ellie Dickinson and Emily Kay, stopped the clock in an impressive 4:21.219 for second place behind defending champions Italy in the women's event.

They will now face home nation Germany in round one on Thursday knowing a victory will take them through to the gold-medal final.

Tennant OK after late crash in men's team pursuit

After digging deep in men’s team pursuit qualifying, Andy Tennant suffered dizziness on the last lap which saw him fall to the Velodrom boards.

After receiving prolonged treatment with the medical team, Tennant was able to to offer an update on his condition.

“I remember hearing the bell then I don’t remember anything after that,” Tennant said. “I have been in the paramedic room for the last hour-and-a-half lying down. I’m alright now.”

Along with Kian Emadi, Mark Stewart and Olympic champion Steven Burke, the quartet were on course to qualify strongly for round one of the competition as one of the eight fastest teams.

But with Burke, Stewart and Tennant left when the latter fell, and with three riders needing to cross the line, Great Britain were unable to set a time.

How to follow the championships

  • Live blog each day on the British Cycling website.
  • Updates on British Cycling’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
  • Daily report will appear on the British Cycling website.
  • Live coverage of medal sessions on Eurosport 2 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with highlights of the final day of racing on Eurosport 1 on Sunday.