Jonathan Edwards presents highlights of cycling's Track World Cup from Glasgow, as the new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome makes its debut on the international stage.
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$:/STARTFEED. Good afternoon from Glasgow. Just across the road from
Celtic Park, in fact and welcome to day one highlights from the Track
Cycling World Cup. This could be just the hottest ticket in town,
after what we witnessed this summer in London.
# If we blend for a minute, let it # Was it ever really something we
could question all the logic in the world
# But was it ever really something? What a night we've got look forward
to. It's going to be an absolute thriller. # And I tried to hard to
fall in love, but it's easier to take my chances on my own. #.
are absolutely flying. Great Britain are the World Champions and
they are now going to become the Olympic champions. They are on
fire! I don't believe it! Look at I can't believe this has happened
to me. Here come Chris Hoy, a new world
record! I can't believe how quick we've got here today, it's
unbelievable. Oh, look at that, it's a new world
record! We've just spent so many years thinking about this moment
and when it happens, it's just a mad explosion of emotion.
Victoria Pendleton, she is the Olympic Champion and her career
ends on a silver medal. I would have loved to have won my final
race, but I'm kind of so glad it's all done and I can move on. You've
been incredible. # There's nothing new tonight #
Yes, barely just 100 days since the Olympic Games finished, but the
remarkable seven out of the ten gold medals going to the British
team. This is what we've got for you over
the next hour. The men's team pursuit, an event in
which Britain has quite a tradition. , with numerous world titles. Jess
Varnish was disqualified in the team sprint, she returns to action
with a new partner, Becky James. I And in the pursuit, Laura Trott is
going again. In the men's team sprint, Ed Clancy
attempts to build on Chris Hoy's lead.
First up, we're going to look at the men's team pursuit. Alongside
me is Chris board man to cast his expert eye on that and all the
proceedings from yesterday. We had high hopes from a young and
inexperienced team, but it didn't go according to plan, d it? No, but
that's exactly what we come here to learn from. When you're millimetres
apart, mistakes happen and that's what happened in this event. Would
you apportion blame anywhere? don't think it is about blame. But
Kenny was touching the wheel and he was overlapping. But it is
something that you learn when you're learning your craft. There's
not a man in that team who hasn't done it and that's the nature of
this event. It's unfortunate, but it is the way you learn the lesson
best. You mentioned Andy Tennent. This was his reaction. First and
foremost not the way we like to see you leaving the track, how are you?
Yes, I have a few stiches in me, and I feel especially bad for Joe,
he's distraught, but these things happen in racing. What exactly
happened. We thought there was a touch of wheels? Yes, that's what I
presume. I was just changing and coming back on to fourth wheel, but
I imagine Joe touched the first wheel. When you're riding
millimetres close it's something that could happen and luckily there
are not too many crashes. And it's sad for the young lads. I feel
really bad for them. I wouldn't like to guess how many team pursuit
efforts I've seen over the years and I can't remember seeing a Great
Britain team go down on the boards like that, you put in a lot of
hours to get it right. Yes, I've crashed before in the junior
championships in 2004. That was the last time I was in a crash, and we
don't often crash, but on a race day people get nervous and it's
different to training. But never mind. And it was a new line-up and
new team members, how did it feel? We're going well. And we're going
out there on 402 schedule. We're up on or on the schedule all the time.
It was what we planned and to go faster in the final again. So the
new line-up is looking good. All the young lads I've been riding my
bike for about four weeks, I had some time off after the Games, but
it's looking good and looking out to Rio and hopefully another gold
medal. Let's do the triple. Thank you very much. So the British
crashed out. The top qualifiers were Denmark and Germany so they
race now. This is the contest for the gold
Snow Everybody has put in some new blood after the Olympic Games. This
blood after the Olympic Games. This is the proving ground. Already
they've posted quick times this morning.
Germany have been many, many times the World Champions and they were
the first country to go inside the four-minute barrier and they set
that in the Sydney Olympics in 2000 that in the Sydney Olympics in 2000
when he clocked 3.59 seconds. Denmark have been the world
champions back in 2008 and they've had a silver as well in 2002. And
it was Denmark that raced Great Britain for the gold and silver in
Beijing. Denmark have given away a little bit of ground, just 0.3 of a
second they're in arrears, but they look well in control. They're very
experienced in this event. The German team, the change is a little
bit slow they're spending a lot of time up on the track and not in
shelter. Both teams have gone quicker in the opening kilometre
than in the time trials this morning. It's all about beating
your opponents in the time class. Germany were four seconds slower
this morning, but with the change of the one man they're trying it
take the day. But literally when I was talking there, the whole thing
changed around and the Dane the took back half a second. They're
now roaring into the game. So beautifully paced and no panicking
at the start. Denmark have gone ahead of Germany at the last split.
Oh, it's over a second now. So Denmark really getting their second
wind and settling down to the kets. There's a lot of track in these
kind of speeds and they're keeping the pressure on. Whittling away.
Over a second now. In fact, 1.5 has gone out. I think there is a weak
man in the German team. They're holding quite nicely. One of the
strong men in the Danish team here is Hansen. He won the gold medal
for the Omnium in London and was third in the world. How costly is
that with the germants down to three? Well, it's all over. They
have them in the same strait now. You can see the close formation and
they can see the team in front of them, so they know they're doing
what they need to. And the Germans could not afford to make a mistake
like that. The Danes are well in control of
this. Three seconds behind Germany now and they will be sighting their
opponents. Denmark coming into the same strait as Germany. And now
Germany, they're in complete trouble. They've split again! Time
is always taken on the third rider and Germany have had it. There are
two going away and their third man has completely lost contact. Here
they come, the Danes. The crowd are loving this, Germany well and truly
on the rack. It is all over now. The danger is passing riders. This
is when communication is critical, you must shout if you start to lose
a wheel. There is the catch. Denmark have caught Germany and
they win the gold medal here. It looks like they want to carry on
for a time. Yes, the coach is encouraging them.
Well, 4.1 at the finish, that is a really quick time. To go faster in
the second round, they put a marker down that this season they were
going to be a team to reckon with. Not quite the normal German
efficiency we're used to there, but a great performance from the Danish
quartet. Victoria Pendleton has retired now,
so it was Rebecca James who brought home the qualification, and look
the fastest. The gold medal race will be between
Great Britain and Spain. But first, let's look at the bronze final as
France take on Russia. The team is out on the track ready for the
contest in the women's team sprint. This is a clash between France and
Russia. Nearest so us will be France,
starting in the home strait. The second wheel will be Anastasia
Voynova. Month yaubian whittling on to the
wheel. Russia are in charge at the moment. It's very, very close this
one. We xfpt examined it to be close. Not a lot to choose between
them on paper. The French take it. There it is, 34
is the finish time for France and they are the winners of the bronze
medal and they give the victory salute.
They were faster than this morning, so they will be pleased with that.
They did look good out of the block. It is interesting to see how the
teams have adapted to this new rule because you can still slip off the
block, but the two teams were playing it absolutely safe and
didn't want to run the risk of being relegated.
15m is the length of the window they have to move out. That's a
perfect example. They have to get out of the sprinter's channel.
Just confirming the relate. Preparing in the home strait is the
team from Great Britain and it will be Jes Varnish, leading off Rebecca
James. A massive opportunity for these two
now. Victoria Pendleton has left a big gap in the programme. The door
is wide open now and these two need to grasp the opportunity with both
hands. And I think we'll be seeing personal bests from both of them.
They are great friends, get on well and work well together. Great
Britain have won a couple of world titles at this particular
discipline before. And when they raced in Colombia before, it was
Rebecca James who led off. But now Jess Varnish will lead off.
They are a lot quicker than Spain and I'm excepting them to do a
quicker time. Oh, look at the time. It's close. Spain are putting up a
fight. But now it's Becky James, the former junior World Champion
trying to hold off the challenger from Spain. Here she comes into the
finishing strait. There it is, Great Britain take the gold medal.
33.428, a cracking time by the British duo! The first gold medal
of the World Cup here in Glasgow and it is the British pair of
Rebecca James and Jess Varnish. A gentle wave to the crowd. A great
ride by Jess Varnish. She will be absolutely over the moon with that.
Here's a chance to look at the technique out of the gate. Jess
Varnish launching herself. Look at the face! Gritting her teeth as she
powers away and just waiting to drop into the wheel is Becky James.
And then the technique, as you can see, by the two riders, absolutely
superb. Is there a chance to see where she moves over? There,
completing the lap and the second lap being polished off by Becky
James from Wales. A former junior World Champion and in that time of
33.428 is good enough to give them the gold medal.
How happy with that are you tonight? It's really good to be
back on the podium and it's really exciting to be doing the team
sprint with Becky and it's a bonus that it is in front of the home
crowd tonight. You have had a wonderful reception here in glass
tpwo? Yes, it's fantastic in the Velo drom. It's an amazing facility
and to have the home crowd behind us tonight is great. I think many
people are wondering how Great Britain as a team are performing
without some of the former athletes, obviously Victoria Pendleton, but
you have very much announced your intent here? Yes, it is hard
without some of the older, more mature riders, but we're doing
pretty well and have to keep building on this and see how we go.
Two from two is a tremendous performance. How much have you
enjoyed tonight? It's amazing. The crowd tonight is great. It's
exciting for two years' time when the Commonwealth Games are here,
we're getting the feel for what it will be like. And it must have been
frustrating for you to sit out and watch the Olympics, but now you've
taken the podium? Yes, it's such a great feeling. Top podium spots in
the World Cup and two PBs tonight I'm really chuffed. And Jess, we'll
see you back in action? Yes, I have the individual 500 tonight. I just
want to get as much track time and racing as a can. So in 45 minute,
I've got the 500. Well done. Chris, we started the programme with
glorious shots of London 2012, but for Jess it wasn't glorious. It's
really important for her to get back and win as she did? For her,
she has a burning desire to put those things right. It was terrible
for her, all that work and it was taken away in a second and there
was nothing she could do about it. That's part of sport. That not
knowing what is going to happen is why we watch. But she has come here
and she is in good shape and she rode really consistently and the
pair have shown they can be contenders at the next Olympic
Games. Victoria Pendleton has gone and they just picked up the baton
and did a really good job of it. And that's not easy to do. Credit
must go to Becky James as well? Becky James has fined down a lot.
She has been working hard. She has not been sitting back and both have
seen this as an opportunity to get on well. They're a different
partnership to Jess and Vicky, they're quite close away from the
bike and work hard together. I think we're going it see them go to
Rio and perhaps get gold there too. It's been a phenomenal year for
GB's women's team, in the pursuit, but they did qualify despite losing
the wheel of Laura Trott. And Emma Barker deputising for Jo Razzall.
Let's see the bronze medal final, Belarus a gens -- against Lithuania.
Belarus have Lithuania on the rack and I don't see how they can come
back from this. Well, the laps are ticking away now. Two remaining and
I think the die is cast here. Yeah, you're right there. The
bronze medal is zestined I feel, for Lithuania. -- destined.
They will hear the bell leaving them one more circuit of the track
but they haven't given up, Lithuania, they're still having a
They have pulled back some time, so they are still fighting, but it is
too big a gap to run down now. squad of Belarus will take the
bronze medal, they do. They did give away a considerable
amount out of the gates. The team looking really sharp technically,
it has to be said, but one of the changes was shallow and slow so
they spent a lot of time that they didn't need to when their nose in
the wind. But they tiedied up. It was a better ride than this morning,
technically. Lithuania came on a This is the contest for the gold
and silver and it brings out the old enemies, Australia versus Great
Britain. And Australia will start Great Britain are the Olympic
champions, the World Champions and the world record holders. And one
change in the Great Britain team. Gentleman Razzell is suffering with
a virus, so she is not here. So Barker is on third wheel at the
moment. Barker safely on the back there. They will be change ing -- a
big start by Trott. So straightaway they're going to make sure they
look after Dani king king and get the most out of her. Dani King is
going to go straight into doing a lap. Two is always the hardest
position, because you don't get the benefit of the slip stream for part
of the lap and then you have to set your own pace.
The fire power, that is in no doubt. It's 0.196 of a second separating
them at the moment. In qualification, Great Britain were
quicker in the first four laps and then they disintegrated when Dani
King lost a wheel. We knew it would be a good scrap
and it is developing into one. They're holding it at the average.
The British coach seems happy. He's shown that they are up on
absolutely. They've nibbled back 0.1 of a second. And we'll start to
see them get back on terms soon. It is close here and it could come
down to a team that make as mistake. Just as we excepted, the crowd
absolutely loving this. And Great Britain with a little bit of work
to do now! They're trailing by 0.2 of a second. So the crowd have to
get behind them. There is the coach of the Australians. He's onlyly
worked out a schedule that he feels will be good enough to up tole the
Great Britain riders. Here they come back to their stations,
Australia going strongly. It's stayed at 0.2 or 0.3 of a second.
Hovering there all the time. The British three trying to manage the
disparity between the different form there. They have their work
cut out here. It will be very close. Oh, look how close it is! The
tables have turned. Great Britain are now in control and we're into
the closing four laps. Well, they haven't panicked. They've stayed
with the schedule Paul is showing them. They're constantly up on
schedule and doing everything they possibly can. They're now 0.7 ahead.
So this is the time when all that careful planning and positioning
pays off. And young Elinor Barker revelling in this. She is making
her World Cup debut. She is turning on the style. She swings high and
the rest tuck in behind as the Great Britain team power away.
it is not over. It is back to 0.1 of a second. It will be all down to
which one of the individuals actually crosses the line. Oh, it's
going to go all the way to the line. Great Britain are in front again.
It's Dani King at the front and trying to turn the screw. Australia
are trying to respond. There it is! It's a victory for Great Britain!
3.21.043, Australia 3 .22.026. And they are celebrating. What a crowd
pleaser that was. It was so close there. Elinor Barker is delighted.
What a way to enter the first flight of this competition. She has
never ridden at this level before and she has acquitted herself
incredibly well. And speculating on the possibility that it will become
4,000 metres are four riders, it means when Razzall is well again,
she could be the fourth rider. What a final that was. This is the
starting technique of Great Britain. Laura Trott taking them out of the
gate. Dan yes King in the middle and
young Elinor Parker tucking in behind. And we see the change of
pace when Laura Trott hit the front. Despite her happy "I'll take it as
it comes" attitude, she is the one driving it forward at the moment.
And the championships are a month closer to us now. They haven't got
long to make up the time. They need to start to pull it together now.
very good ride by Great Britain. Australia, we knew they would push
them. But Great Britain have their say. There is the face of the 18-
year-old Elinor Barker. She's stepped up to the plate here and
delivered. Big smiles all round once again.
Dani was that hard work tonight? Cor, yes it was. After the
qualifier I did a terrible ride, but I had to pull something out of
the bag this evening. But we won again. It's an amazing feeling and
Elinor, her first World Cup, senior, she did a fantastic job tonight.
What happened after qualifying? You just looked as they you weren't
right and your legs were not as fresh as you'd hoped? Yes, exactly
that. The first race back after the Olympics. I'd had time off and
enjoyed myself and I'm back to training. But I got through to the
final, and I'm happy now. And Laura, a France taskic performance and to
see Elinor slot into this line-up? Yes, she's amazing. She stepped up
straightaway. It's looking good for the future. It's nice to know
people are still coming through and it hasn't stopped. And to step into
our line-up, world champions and Olympic champions, it was as if she
was part of our team for months. And it looks good for men's
endurance, especially if it goes to a four-woman team? Definitely.
We're going to have to get used to that straightaway. When we have Jo,
we start with a four straightaway. And what kind of form have you all
come into the World Cup, given it is a short time since the Olympics.
And you have an Omnium coming up, how are you feeling? Not great, to
be honest. That was really hard, considering we went ten seconds
slower than the Olympics. That wasn't great. But it's just being
here and loving the home crowd. We have to enjoy it and have fun. And
when it really means something we'll commit to it and actually,
like, race. But for now, we just want to enjoy it. And the winning
habit seems difficult to kick? definitely. To qualify second, it
was like no! And Elinor, your first senior World Cup and we saw what it
meant to you when you crossed the line? Yeah, I was really happy with
that. I've learnt so much just training with these girls in the
last couple of weeks. I've made so many improvements in such a short
space of time. So it's hopefully the start of better things to come.
When he last spoke to you, you'd just won the junior title in the
time trial and now you're joining a very, very impressive team here.
Was it imTim dating coming here? Yes, massively. But I just have to
take the positives out of it. I was never going to look good against
Olympic and world champions, but I just had to take on board their
knowledge and learn from the experience. You looked good from
where we were sitting. What was it like taking that podium? Yes,
really happy. The girls said they were ten seconds slower than
they've ever been, but I went ten seconds faster than I've ever been,
so that's really good! You dragged them along. Can I just say hello to
Jo and that we miss you loads. That's lovely and she sends her
best wishes as well. Well done, girls. Thank you very much indeed.
In the men's team sprint it was Ed Clancy in that event. And he didn't
do a bad job either, bringing the team home in second qualification
place. It was Germany who had the fastest time and that will be the
gold medal final. But first, the This is the race for France. France
have a fantastic pedigree of results in this event being ten
times the world champions and the hols have never won a medal of any
colour -- Poles. That was possibly good timing,
because by the time they got back to that pursuit mark and they
cannot overlap at that point, he was right back on the wheel. Good
technique from France. France have profited from the good start and
now they're into the final 250 and the bronze will go to France.
Poland will not come back from this. 44.803. Almost three-quarters of a
second quicker than Poland. Poland fought valiantly there, but
faded towards the end and the technique of France clearly
superior as well. They will be smarting a little bit to be in the
bronze medal ride-off, but...it is respectable at this level of
competition. This is the final for the gold and
silver medals. Germany starting on the home straight. Engler and
Britain led off by Philip Hindes. Not a bad start by Hindes. Clancy
fighting so is hard to stay on the wheels and I think he's managed it.
Kenny is just laying off a little bit. He's closing up now. Oh, that
looks close. 0.3 of a second separating them. Kenny the fastest
second lap rider in the world. Can he bring them back on terms? It's
close. It's 0.2. He's taken some back. That is a big ask that, 0.2
in a single lap, but he's after it. Closing stages. Germany take it
from Great Britain. On the line. The finishing times say Germany
take gold. And Great Britain 44.175, take silver. You have to remember
just a few months from that Olympic games you couldn't except too much
of them now. This is the time to feel their way back into the racing
circuit and try a few new things. But I think that was respectable.
Yes, I agree with that. Congratulations. To see you come
back on to the boards so quickly after the Olympics, having had a
break and still put in a decent performance. And for you, it's
great to see you upright out of the start? Yes, it was good to come
back to racing again on a home track. It was fantastic. What do
you make of your new man three? very handsome! He's doing well. I'm
really happy with how he's doing and it should be good. How does it
feel to be back on the boards and competing at a World Cup? Yeah,
it's really good. We've just come back from a big break after the
Olympics. It was quite hard to get the fitness back and, yeah, find
the speed. But it's going well with the training. And great to get into
that final, Jason. Nobody expected you to come here with the same form
as the Olympics, but still a great performance. Are you happy with the
way it's gone 1234? I'm happy with the way it came together. I think
we've got a winning formula. I think we nailed it, and got it all
there on the track, I'm just disappointed we weren't quick
enough to win the gold. But, like I say, we got up and nailed it and Ed
has dropped straight into the team there and made it look fairly easy,
when a lot of people were excepting him to get dropped. But he made a
good lap. These are all building blocks for the world championships,
what do you think you have learned today? We need to do the same as
today, but half a second quicker. That's it. We have two months to
find half a second each. And a busy weekend for you? Yes, I'm riding
everything this weekend. I'll just get stuck in and see what I can get
out of it and hopefully there will be a few more medals. It's a brave
man who comes into the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome and takes up the
third man position in the sprint. But it was never in doubt? I don't
know. Qualifying went well. It almost felt, dare I say it, a
little too easy to get on the wheel. But I ran out of legs on the last
lap. So for tonight, I'll get a little bit more on the last lap to
nudge the gear up a little bit and it was difficult to hang on to
Jason on the last lap. But I enjoyed it. I have a different
perspective than these two, coming to this, I've never rode
international before. So I've had a great day. They've all been living
like rock stars since the Olympics. But I think we had a decent start.
We were never going to come and set the world on fire, but it is a good
place to move on from here. We're used to the women's team winning
the pursuit, but in different circumstances? Absolutely. The
qualifier, they were lucky to get away with it. But lucky their fire
power was such that they got into the final. They looked - cold-
hearted facts, the mistakes they made, right, you shorten your turns
and you do longer turns and they sorted it out and that's why they
are as good as they are, because they know how to manage their
weaknesses as well. And a new man came into the experienced men's
sprint team as well. And I think he did OK? People don't realise that
Ed has always straddled the fence between team and pursuit. If he
really wanted to focus on it, he could be another Chris Hoy. He
could be that good. I think he did a fantasticic job and it's God to
see someone experiment like that as well. Now, Ed Clancy was entered
into the Omnium as well. It is essentially a decathlon for bikes.
Here are the events. We'll catch up with the first two events.
Jonathan Dibben is making his debut in the world. He posted the fastest
time at that point and ultimately Glen o 'Shea is probably the
favourite here in Glasgow. O'Shea burst away to win the final
sprint, however, there are 12spints over this race. And it it was the
Ukraineian who led after the first events. The final race of the day
for the Omnium was the elimination race. It's a bunched race and they
sprint every two laps. And they get eliminated until there are two left.
And then it's a sprint to the line. Dibben has been caught napping.
Come on, you have to react to this. Trying to find a way in the lower
part of the track. No, that's it. He's out.
Well, he did well to last this morning, to be honest. He's shaking
his head. But he's here to learn. Welte says thank you very much,
he's been given another life because somebody else dropped out.
And he will-sur-siv. And other riders have been caught napping at
the back. -- survive. That was Moto of Japan.
Oh, I don't know. It was Beer of Switzerland. He was coming through
so fast into a gap that didn't exist he nearly caused a crash
Welte once again is right at the back. And I can't believe he has
lasted to long. But no, there he goes. Seven riders left and O'Shea
from Australia comes to the front. We haven't talked about him at all.
No, he's just ridden a sensible race all the way through.
Liss is right at the back and he needs to move on and he's doing
that. That's perfect finaling. they try and keep really tight to
keep the others penned in to keep them safe. That was the rider from
Hong Kong, a former world champion. Oh, Hashi MoT o has been shown as
out there. Getting to the business end now of
It was definitely the rider from Hong Kong that time.
Well, the World Champion is just watching over his shoulder every
time. He's riding very well. Very skillful, O'Shea, that's why
he's the World Champion. Now then, who is going to be out this time?
You can see the fatigue, can't you? Charging down the strait for the
line - oh, I reckon that's the rider from Kazakhstan.
And we're down to four. Just two more selections before the
final sprint. The world champion rider from the Exchequer Republic,
one from Spain and one from Germany and O'Shea trying to keep them on
his shoulder. It's the man from Germany in the hot seat at the
moment and that's Liss. He has some work to do here. This 20-year-old
and he's not going to do it. Liss from Germany is out.
Well, you wouldn't bet against the World Champion now, would you?
He's ridden a good race in second position there, but he just got
caught napping himself there, actually. He's a class act and he's
oozing confidence and a stall yar performance here in the final day -
Now, who will it be in this final sprint? The 32-year-old from Spain.
It's suddenly turned into a match sprint now.
Well, the Czech rider started in third position.
I'm not sure whether they're trying to cross the line first or not
cross the line second. A good move by Eloriaga.
Very good. Good riding by the Spanish rider. He adds that one to
his tally of nine. So he will go into the clubhouse with ten points
The World Champion, O'Shea, has got 17 in fourth place.
Jonathan Dibben at the moment 11th. Well, Jess Varnish still had the
500 m time trial to go, a test of explosive strength against the
clock and the fastest time wins. Vogel of Germany against the
Netherlands and it's the power of Vogel, a former junior World
Championon from London that we except to lead in the early stages.
-- expect to lead in the early stages.
A good start by Vogel. The rider from Hong Kong looks to be in a
position to maintain the lead as these two are slower. Vogel comes
home to become the new leader and it was all completed in that second
lap. So it is now Vogel who has pushed Wai Sze Lee down into second
spot. After Olympic success there are all
sorts of other things happening in your life, so perhaps she is not on
top form, but it was a really quick Spain versus Great Britain. Away
they go. Two laps of the track and Jess Varnish would dearly love to
win this one. Well, she would. She worked well out of the gate and
chose a low gear to give her good acceleration. She may pay for it a
bit later on, but it got her out of the gate fast.
A little bit of work to do here in the second 50. What can she do?
Half a lap to go for Jess Varnish, she is clearly ahead of the
opponent but what will she stop the clock at? Third place at the moment.
34. 809..I'm A little surprised by that, but she may have some more to
give. I'm not sure how pleased she will be with that ride. Did the
team sprint take it out of her a bit? Maybe so. It may be hard to
refocus for this event. You see how close she is managing to keep to
what we call the sprinter's line at the bottom of the track, the
shortest possible distance. So it could be that Varnish will be
squeezed out of the medals as this competition runs its distance.
A good start by Claire there. A little bit of strapping on her leg.
You put a lot of strain on muscles during this event. We knew this
would be a ding dong heat. Panarina is a good sprinter. And she is
leading. She's right on the pace of the rider from Hong Kong, could she
threaten the time of Vogel from Germany? Panarina is the new leader
with a finishing time of 34.121, Very powerful, very strong,
Panarina, a good sprinter. Technically not great at all in the
opening metres, it's just sheer guts and courage, isn't it?
The middle section is where she Away we go for the two-lap time
trial, representing Russia Anastasia Voynova and representing
Spain Calvo. It's the Russian gritting her teeth and trying to
hold off the challenge of the rider from Spain. Oh, it's close, but the
Russian is ahead. That's a very good opening. That's a very good
start. In fact, that's the quickest 250 we've seen and I said I
couldn't see anyone toppling Panarina. Oh, right at the end, it
went to the rider from Spain! 34.45.1. So she clawed it back in
the second lap, but she was just a thousandth of a second faster than
Voynova and it means the rider from Spain gets the bronze medal.
And Jess Varnish finishes sixth. And Lee from Hong Kong was poised
to get a medal and in the space of 30 seconds, she was moved out to
fifth. That's a huge effort of the rider
from Spain and it elevated her into the bronze medal position.
Germany's Christina Vogel on the podium as well for the silver.
Our final race is the men's scratch race. A simple one this, a quick
blast over 50 kilometres. That's 60 laps. Simon Yatse rides for Britain.
Here are the closing stages. Ten laps to go in the men's 60-lap
scratch race. It's the rider from Germany that is bringing the
peloton back up and that's Reinhardt. And the colours of green
are on the front again. Well, I'll tell you who is well
positioned at the moment in this race and that's young Yatse. He's
just moving become to the front. We haven't' sewn him in the past few
laps and that's a good thing, but he's kept in touch. He's at the top
of the track at the moment. Tung is there again from Hong Kong. And the
rider from y atrying to bring them across the gap. There could be a
generally regrouping here. There's seven more laps to go. They're
starting to think about the sprint now and that's the opportunity for
those who can't sprint, it's their last attempt at getting away.
Six laps to go in the men's 60-laps race. At the moment, the Australian
rider is clear, and then Hong Kong and these two are trying to go away.
But there is a big reaction at the front of the field and it's the
Czech rub British that has come between them. He's trying to decide
whether to commit and he has. He's coming around the outside and this
is a really good move by him. He's decided this is his move and he's
totally committed himself and he's roaring off the front here. He has
some daylight, well, he'll have to get some more, because when the
sprint starts they'll eat that distance up. This is Blaha from the
Czech Republic being chased by Mueller. Are the medals going to go
to these three? It's a perfect move, but also in the middle is the rider
from Ukraine. They've started to wind up for the
sprint and Blaha, can he hold out? He's left there on his own with two
laps to go. Can he do it this? It's Martin Blaha, the 35-year-old from
the Czech Republic. It's the bell now and here comes the charge from
behind. Also looking good is Simon Yatse, they're sweeping past and
all of a sudden it's all about the rider from Switzerland. He takes it
on the line. Second is Ireland and third, we will wait for that to be
confirmed. But it looked like Eefting and in fifth place, Simon
Yatse. A good ride by him. He did do well. He was quite a long way
back with three laps to go. But he made it up. But the rider from
Switzerland, he just timed it perfectly. It was an all-in sprint
there. He found the gap and went for it and committed to it and
great timing from him. He profited from the rider from the Czech
republic who surrendered and he So two golds and a silver from the
British team on this first day. Chris, do you think the coach could
be happy with that? I think so and I tend to look at it with the old
British cycling hat on, not just for the golds, but what you can
forecast for the future. Victoria Pendleton leaving, that was going
to be a problem, but Jess Varnish is looking good and taking time off
the sprint record, that's looking really great in the team pursuit.
And Elinor Barker literally took a day off school and looked really
great and was able to perform at the highest level. So there are a
lot of positives in there. And this is looking good not just for the
World Championships in a few months' time, but Rio in four
years' time? It is. That's five new faces in here that's a lot for a
squad and they did a really good job today. And I hope to sew more
of that in the next couple of days. That's good furoreeo, but the World
Championships are one month closer as well, so the result here will
have a bearing on what will happen there. We're back at 8pm on the red
button and the BBC website. It should be a fantastic watch. And
Jonathan Edwards presents highlights of cycling's Track World Cup from Glasgow. The new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome is making its debut on the international stage, and hosts the second round of the 2012-13 Track Cycling World Cup series. Friday's action saw the finals of the men's team sprint and women's team pursuit - two events Great Britain won gold in at the London Olympics. With commentary by Hugh Porter and Chris Boardman.