GB into team pursuit final

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Great Britain’s women will ride for a fifth successive Track World Championships gold in the team pursuit on Thursday after threatening their own world record on day two in Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, near Paris.

Britain, who qualified second behind Australia on Wednesday’s opening day, fielded the gold medal-winning quartet of 12 months ago for the semi-final with Canada, with Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Laura Trott and Joanna Rowsell teaming up.

The quartet clocked four minutes 16.975 seconds for their four kilometres, close to the world record of 4mins 16.552secs they set at altitude in Mexico in December 2013.

Fastest qualifiers Australia – the only team to end Britain’s dominance at world level, winning the title in 2010 – clocked 4:17.396 in the second semi-final to advance to the final.

Canada (4:17.799) will meet New Zealand (4:22.947) in the race for bronze.

Britain have won six of the seven team pursuit world titles on offer in the women’s discipline, which in 2014 was contested with four riders over 4km for the first time.

Their bid for a seventh title remains on course, but the competition at the Velodrome National shows Britain must stay on top of their game to prevail in Rio de Janeiro and win a second successive Olympic title.

Ciara Horne could come into the line-up for the gold medal ride-off, after Rowsell pulled out inside the final kilometre.

Published: Thursday 19th February 2015 by The News Editor

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