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Day 2

Minsk Arena, Belarus

Race Writeup

Team Pursuit

The British trio, Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker secured yet another World Team Pursuit title against the Australian line up of Melissa Hoskins, Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson. The Canadians, Gillian Carleton, Jasmin Glaesser and Laura Brown secured the bronze ahead of Poland. 

The British team have been unbeaten for two years and despite every effort the Australians could not beat them. This is the final 3x3000m event with the changes to 4 x 4000m for next year. All three countries are already trying out combinations and training at the longer distance. With both the British and Australian team fielding riders all under 21 the future of endurance racing is looking strong for both nations.

500m TT

Wai Sze Lee (HongKong) became the new 500m Time Trial World Champion for the first time. In a strong performance Lee dominated from the start to finish of her ride. The silver medal was won by the German Miriam Welte ahead of early leader Rebecca James (GBR). 

With multiple time World Champion Anna Meares, Australia missing from competition a new World 500m Time Trial champion was crowned. James started first and set the early pace. She held onto the lead despite some fast times from Lisandra Guerra Rodrigues (CUB) and Russian Anastasiia Voinova. Lee was third last to start and looked strong. She beat James by .150 seconds. Welte, was last to start and took the first 250m faster than Lee. It was the second half of the race that Welte slowed to miss out on the gold by .023 seconds. 

Comments:

Laura Trott, Dani King and Elinor Barker (GRB) were very happy with yet another World title, “It was hard work but it seemed to flow really nicely and we were really pleased with that,” said Trott, who, like King, has won three consecutive World Championship golds in the event. "We changed a few things after qualification to make things a little bit smoother and easier and it really paid off in the final. If someone thought they couldn't cope on the front they came off. It tops it off for us. To win the race the last time it will be as a 3km is amazing."

Britain have lost only once at a World Championship – to the Australians in 2010 – and were determined to go out on a high. Now for the Omnium. “My legs feel good so bring it on,” Trott said.

Save for a few weeks of enthusiastic partying straight after the Olympics, Trott and King have scarcely paused for breath since London, winning the Glasgow World Cup with Barker in November and then embarking on long training camps in Western Australia and Majorca as well as joining a new road team, Wiggle Honda.

“It’s been tough making a big effort again straight after the Olympics, but this World Championship and the rainbow jersey mean everything,” King said. “We had to get back to work but it paid off. The Australians went off hard, as they have done in the past, so it was just a case of staying composed and keeping that speed ticking over.”

As for Barker, she is living the dream and will move to Manchester in October to become a full-time cyclist. “I’ve been a senior for only two months, I’m overwhelmed really,” she said.

“I was very nervous so I just ­pretended I was back at the Manchester velodrome doing a ­training effort. It was only when we crossed the line that I realised I that it was Minsk and we had just won the World Championship.” 

Annette Edmondson, Amy Cure, Melissa Hoskins and Ashlee Ankudinoff (AUS) delivered a silver medal for Australia. It was a huge disappointment for the team who believed this year, was the year to beat the British team. "I am gutted to be honest," said Hoskins. "I really thought we were good enough to beat them this year," added a very upset Hoskins.

Becky James (GBR), is enjoying this year’s championships. Having already won bronze in the team sprint. James lined up in the 500m time trial.  “I knocked off six-tenths of a ­second, so I’m really happy with that,” said James, who goes in the sprint today. “I wasn’t worried being the first starter, you can only ever focus on your own performance, not on anyone else’s. I just wanted to get everything out on the track, although it was a bit agonising at the end waiting for everybody to go. I’m excited now about what I can do in the sprint. I haven’t raced with such good form for a while.” 

 

Results

Team Pursuit

Position Name Country Time km/hr
Gold Laura TROTT Great Britain 03:18.140 54.506
Dani KING
Elinor BARKER
Silver Annette EDMONDSON Australia 03:19.913 54.023
Amy Cure
Melissa HOSKINS
Bronze Gillian CARLETON Canada 03:20.704 53.810
Jasmin GLAESSER
Laura BROWN

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Katarzyna PAWLOWSKA Poland 03:29.024 51.668
Malgorzata WOJTYRA
Eugenia BUJAK
500m Time Trial
Position Name Country Time km/hr
Gold Wai Sze LEE HKG 33.973 52.983
Silver Miriam WELTE GER 33.996 52.947
Bronze Rebecca JAMES GBR 34.133 52.734
4 Lisandra GUERRA RODRIGUEZ CUB 34.220 52.600
5 Anastasiia VOINOVA RUS 34.359 52.388
6 Kaarle MCCULLOCH AUS 34.362 52.383
7 Tania CALVO BARBERO ESP 34.389 52.342
8 Sandie CLAIR FRA 34.709 51.859
9 Elena BREJNIVA RUS 34.932 51.528
10 Daria SHMELEVA RUS 35.303 50.987
11 Victoria WILLIAMSON GBR 35.409 50.834
12 Kayono MAEDA JPN 35.495 50.711
 

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