Jonathan Edwards with highlights of the Track Cycling World Championships from Cali, Colombia. Includes the final rounds of the women's sprint and the final of the men's omnium.
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Yes, she has done it. Nicky James, double world champion. Towards the
line, it is Jason Kenny, the world champion. -- Becky James. Great
Britain or the world champions again. Good afternoon. Welcome back
to coverage of the track cycling World Championships from Colombia.
We already have a double world champion in the shape of Joanna
Rowsell. She is the perceived queen. My guess, Dame Sarah Storey
and Jamie Staff. You were delighted with Juana's performance. Yes, it
has been fantastic to see her win her first individual world title.
Sarah Hammer, an amazing scalp for Joanna Rowsell. She has a huge smile
on her face. I bet there have been a few texts. Yes, she is over the
moon. A more dispassionate evaluation? Yes, to win an event,
and then get your brain around, yes, I have got to compete again
tomorrow, there is a bit of an anti-climax. But she got her head on
her shoulders and she went out and performed again. This is what is
coming up over the next hour and a half. If Daley Thompson had been a
cyclist, this would have been his event. Ed Clancy goes through Great
Britain in the multidiscipline omniums. 12 months ago, Rebecca
James was having the championships of her life. We will watch try and
defend her title. Another cyclist with a rainbow jersey from one year
ago was Jason Kenny. He will go in the keirin. First, it is the men's
omnium. Three bunch events, and the time trials. Ed Clancy in the flying
lap first of all. omnium. Three bunch events, and the
time trials. Ed Clancy in the It was the perfect opening for Ed Clancy,
ending him one point for the victory. -- earning. The rider with
the least points from the six events wins. Next up, it was the points
event. Not such a happy tale for Ed Clancy, finishing in 13th place. He
only scored in two of the 12 spreads. That said, his strength is
very much in the time trials. It is the early stages, but this is the
standings. Ed Clancy is in fifth place. The final event of Day one
was the elimination race. Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman are
the commentators. If other lap, a rider will be taken out. -- every
other. They are going at it straightaway. Every other lap, the
last rider over the line is out. This is a frantic event. Ed Clancy
in the middle of the pack. It is easy to get boxed in. This is an
elimination lap. It is the Italian rider who is going
to go. He is out. You can see that the riders have a box on their
handlebars and the flashing light. They know when they are out of the
race. It is fast and furious and we're already on the next
elimination. It may well be Luke Davison from
Australia. Yes, he is out. Ed Clancy is into third place. You can see how
hard it is to go around the outside. Luke Davison has had a nightmare in
this race. It is the rider from Mexico and the
back. He is owed. Number 24, from Mexico. He is the former
Pan-American games champion on both the road and the track. This is a
real tough race for the connoisseurs. -- commisaires. The
Danish rider is making a move around the outside of the track. Ed Clancy
is slap bang in the middle of the peloton.
The race was interrupted shortly after that with the dramatic crash.
As you can see, there really was carnage. It took out half of the
field. Swiss rider Olivier Beer was the first to fall and then it was a
case of dominoes. It is tough to avoid those. Fortunately, Ed Clancy
was not involved and he circled the track while the officials strive to
get the race by contract. They did that successfully. The starter has
got his gun out. We are underway again. -- to get the race back on
track. Casper Von Folsach is at the back.
He has been made a lot. This time, he is not going to make it. Casper
Von Folsach has gone. Ed Clancy is OK, but he did not have
much room for manoeuvre. It will be the American rider who goes, Jacob
Duehring. Ed Clancy was the penultimate rider over the line. He
was stuck on the inside. It is in the lap of the gods when you're down
there. Ed Clancy is going to be fine. The
rider to go is number 30. It is Olivier Beer from Switzerland. He
was first own in the crash before. I cannot say that he caused it, but he
was definitely first down. The rider from the Netherlands has
done it again. It looks like the rider from Belarus who will go.
Negative, it is the rider from the Czech Republic. They are really
strung out, because of the speed. Ed Clancy may well have gone. I do
not know. It is going to be close. I think he has gone. Let's look for
confirmation. It was very close, hardly anything in it. No, it was
the rider from the Ukraine. Ed Clancy thinks that he is out. He has
blown it. He thought he was out and he gave up before he got the
flashing light. That has cost him. That is an unfortunate error. A man
of his experience, you think he would wait for the flashing light.
That is an error by him. He was looking for defeat rather than
victory. That is disappointing. Ed Clancy clearly should have waited
for the light to come on. That could see him out of this competition
overall. He is strong in the timed events, but struggles in the
distance. Surely that was the Dutch man. Finally, he has been caught
out, Tim Veldt. Was it the Colombian rider? I think
so. No, they have given it to the Belgian rider. I am not sure how
they managed that. It will be because he rode off the track, onto
the blue. The Belgian is refusing to come out of the race at the moment.
That is not his choice. They will neutralise the race until he does,
it. The Colombian rider has sat up. The Belgian is still complaining.
The officials are not about to change their mind. The Colombian
actually took himself out of the race. You cannot have this dispute
with the officials. They are not going to change their mind because
you are shaking your finger at them. He is being ordered from the track.
We are down to the last five. Aaron Gate, the defending world champion,
on the front. The Colombian rider took himself out. It is getting
quite nasty in the middle. That was a tight one. Possibly
between the French rider and the rider from Belarus. It is the rider
from Belarus who has gone. Belgium are still going mad.
It did look like an unfair decision to me.
The Japanese rider has given way. We have not really mentioned the
Russian rider. He is hanging in at the back end. Viktor Manakov. One
more rider to come out before they can test the finish. Viktor Manakov
is the one to go. Three points for Viktor Manakov. He did well there.
He was on the seat of his pants when half the field came down in the back
straight. Head-to-head, between the world champion of New Zealand and
Thomas Boudat in France. The French man has got the legs beat. There is
no response. Thomas Boudat takes the victory. This was one that he would
have expected to do well in but he finished in 11th place with a pretty
slow time. This appointment for Ed Clancy. Needed to bounce back in the
scratch race over 15 kilometres. He took it out. That was a great
performance from Clancy. With one final event, he needed a strong
performance and others to falter if he was to get a medal. The final
event of the Omnium. Clancy has such a great engine. He
has posted times that would have seen him potentially medal before
now. We expect big things from him here. Four laps to go and look at
the effort being made their by Ed Clancy.
There he is now, halfway through the first lap.
The first lap, Ed Clancy is the fastest.
Can you finish this Omnium in style? Still leading the way.
Nearly a second quicker. Take the Bell.
What has he got left? He is going to get it out of himself, straining
every sinew. Ed Clancy's time, that is world-class from Ed Clancy. It
really is quite something, to be able to do that after two days of
competition, and of course, the team pursuit as well. He is more of a
sprinter than an injury and is rider, that is why he has the job of
getting it underway. He has done faster tonight.
Ed Clancy leads the way. Second at the moment, the Colombian. We will
have to see what happens behind him. It will be difficult because there
are a lot of classy riders. It is always possible. How frustrating to
potentially win three events out of six and not get on the podium, if
that is what happens. I think that is what will happen, but it shows
how important consistency is. He may come to regret sitting up in
the elimination race before his handlebars started flashing. He
thought he was out but he was pretty much spent at that point anyway.
Maybe he thought the battery had broken in his handlebars.
Gate, who won this title a year ago. Veldt from the Netherlands.
Gate is a winner of four national titles last year. Veldt is the
biggest challenge for Ed Clancy at this part of the competition. Gate
has been very consistent throughout. Not much in it.
They are going quick, actually. Second and third fastest, the pair
of them. We could see some good times here.
This is a great ride for Gate. Final lap, Veldt is still second fastest
behind Ed Clancy. Good enough for second place, and
Gate just fades slightly to go forth. Good ride for Gate. That is
what he has been throughout this event. Very consistent. He is
challenging for a podium spot. He needed better than that because he
is chasing Veldt. I don't think he will get himself onto the podium.
The last two riders coming up onto the track now. Boudat is in the
gold-medal position. Manakov is behind him on 25. These are in
during traders so I would not expect them to challenge for the win but
they will need to post respectable times. -- in Georgia's riders. --
endurance. Gate is trying to get himself on the podium but the Dutch
rider tried to move himself up into silver position. He may well do
that, it is all down to this man. Potentially four laps from a gold
medal, the French man. Still need to put in a good rate.
He has taken a couple of wins. Can afford to drop a couple of places
but this is looking very respectable year. Fourth place after lap one.
Manakov is in trouble, 11th at the moment. Coming up to the halfway
mark. Boudat good enough for fourth still, but Manakov is down in ninth.
He has work to do. Boudat dropping slightly down to
fifth. Manakov is in eighth. The Omnium officially draws to a
close. Boudat did so well. He relieved pulled it out of the bag.
Good enough for third place in the final event, and Boudat is your
world champion. Very strong finish, wasn't it. Boudat takes the
gold-medal 24 points. Veldt is lifted up to second, Manakov is
third. Ed Clancy is in fifth but he won three of the six races. It might
all come down to that error in the elimination race. Free Morand he
would have been in the bronze medal position. I don't think he could
challenge for the win here. There is the official confirmation. Boudat is
the world champion, Veldt in the silver medal position. Just outside
the medals. Tickets through the last couple of days. He had some really
great performances. I think there were a couple of races, the
Individual Pursuit and the Points Race where you did not get what you
wanted. Truth be told, this week has been a bit of a nightmare. Team
pursuit, started off there. As you can see, track racing is all about
timing, and we did not get it right this time. It is the same line-up
that won the Europeans, the Manchester World Cup... Everything
has not worked out this last couple of weeks. Fifth place in Omnium with
the form I had is the best I could have hoped for. The scratch race, I
was looking at it as a soft race, and the sprint, it came down to
that. The Flying Lap, we still have good speed, but we don't have, we
are not tolerating the pursuit efforts at the moment. Points in the
scratch and elimination were not that bad, it was the pursuit lost
ground. Back to the drawing board. We will try and sort it out next
year. It is a long time since I have been to a World Championships and
never seen a British male medal. Why have the team not been able to
deliver? I cannot. We look back, we look at what we have done before, we
did try different things, you have two. -- you need to try different
things. It has been a busy season, lots happening, we tried a different
approach to training. Until quite recently we were doing well. This
campaign has not been bad. We have had great performances, just not
this week. Fascinating interview with Ed Clancy. Is it back to the
drawing board? This guy has two gold medals in the Olympics, he is
talking about the drawing board. You have British Cycling, with this
amazing reputation, and he looks a bit confused. He said it there, they
have a different approach this winter, they try new things, they
have a different line-up, with Ed Clancy being one of the surviving
cyclists from London. It is about looking at where they did not do
their injury and straining. They want to make -- where they did not
do their training. They need to carry themselves through difficult
weeks like this. For Ed Clancy, coming off the team pursuit, going
through that Omnium... How can you treat it so much when you're part of
a team that broke the world record in London, they know how to do this?
It has gone badly wrong here. It is obviously having a huge effect on
the outcome, whether it is purely timing or their training plan is not
up to scratch, obviously they will go back to the drawing board. I'm
sure that Dave and Shane are not panicking, they know they have the
athletes that can do it, and sometimes you just have to
experiment and sometimes you will get it wrong. How much is this
mental? You look at his performance in the Omnium, he has won three of
the events, they were brilliant. But then for him, the Individual Pursuit
was appalling. I think he explained it quite well because the tolerance
you need for an Individual Pursuit is huge. You need to be able to
tolerate that huge strain you're putting your body through. You need
to deal to get through all six. He knows his speed is very quick. He
usually has the length to his efforts. Is that length of effort --
it is that length of effort that he is struggling with. You can look at
the mistake he made in the elimination but ultimately he did
not have that length of effort. Talking about the changing of the
guards, we've topped about that in respect Jason Kenny, we will hear
from Sir Chris Hoy, use out there as an ambassador. Ed Clancy is now one
of the senior, which he is maybe not used to. Is that having an effect?
He's definitely maturing. He obviously knows what is going on
back at home in the camp and is well aware of the training and
everything, I think he's up to it, he's a good character, you could be
a good team leader. A couple of years away from the Olympics, always
the main goal. U2 have competed here. We will talk with that in
moment. -- you two. On a clear day, this gives
spectacular views over ten Mac. -- Cali. It is recognised as
Columbia's city of sport, but more significantly, it is the world
capital of salsa. The Colombians are passionate about sport and they
definitely love their cycling. Cycling has been popular since the
early 1940s. It has become very popular. Cali, the track is the best
in Latin America. We have people that know about cycling on the
track. We want a gold medal for the Colombian team. But for us, all
riders are the same. What does it mean to Cali to hold the World
Championships? For the country, we feel very proud to have the best
cyclists in the world competing in Colombia. The locals are clearly
proud to be hosting these World Championships, while the riders are
welcoming the whole experience. I really like Cali, I have fond
memories. I have only been once, but it was special. The atmosphere is
incredible. It is a bit odd having no sides on, because you can have a
head wind down one straight and a tail wind down the other, which is a
bit weird, but I like the track. When you go into the velodrome, it
takes your breath away, because you can see the mountains in the
background. The scenery is fantastic and the Colombians love cycling.
They love the atmosphere and they get into the racing. It is a party
atmosphere. A nation passionate about cycling, and they went mad in
the men's points race. The 2011 world champion taking the world
title. He did it by gaining three laps. He was constantly on the
attack. He beat Tom Scully of New Zealand. The front page of the big
newspaper in Cali. You can see, he is the man. It was an outstanding
performance from Edwin. What are your memories of Cali and what it is
like as a country? Colourful, scary at times. You have just got to be
aware, like a lot of places you're not familiar with. You have got to
be smart, do not carry around tonnes of cash or go out late at night. But
I loved it. The atmosphere that the track was awesome. When you are an
athlete competing on a track with that atmosphere, it adds to your
performance. I am sure that everyone will be enjoying the racing. And
they are dancing in the stands as well, especially when there are
Colombians winning. It is like a Colombian salsa through the stadium.
We're going to turn attention to the women's sprint. Becky James has
already matched the bronze medal she got in the team sprint, but she did
not manage to do it in the 500 metres time trial.
She struggled, she was down in seventh place. She got a bronze
medal in Belarus. In the individual sprint, she was the defending
champion in this one. At the quarterfinal stage, her team-mate,
Jess Varnish, she became the adversary.
Becky James should be the quicker of the two. But Jess Varnish is really
sprinting well after her injuries last year. She has had a lot of back
trouble, Jess Varnish. It is great to see her back out on the track,
and riding strongly. Becky James, water championship she had 12 months
ago in Belarus. She was the first British rider to win medals in four
events at the same World Championships. Two gold medals and
two bronze medals. They have to continue, at least at walking pace.
You can see the official at the bottom. They have to do that until
they have completed the first half lap. Farne is still the rider at the
front. -- Jess Varnish. Becky James is happy to bite her time. -- bide
her time. The longer it goes on, the more the tension builds. Now they
have passed the half lap marker, they can stand still if they wish,
to force their opponent to come through, but it cannot be for longer
than 30 seconds. Otherwise the race will be restarted.
Jess Varnish closing the gap, and pipping her on the line. Jess
Varnish had a lot of work to do during the last lap. She managed to
close the gap and roll level. She nudged her front wheel in front of
Becky James as they approached the line. A very strong acceleration.
She stayed in the slipstream writing to the last rate. The long straight
is really changing the tactics for the event. There is a real advantage
to be at the back. We have got quite a race in this all British
quarterfinal. Jess Varnish with the advantage, having won the first
race. The defending champion, Becky James, has to win this. That must
have come as a real surprise. Jessica Varnish had to come back
through the repechage early today. I thought that Becky James was the
favourite. But that late acceleration really took us by
surprise. A psychological test for Becky James, as well as a physical
one. There is no room for error. There is a gentle breeze swirling
around the track in Cali. What a race this could be. There will be a
British rider in the semifinals, but which way will it go?
There is a firecracker being set off. We thought that was the starter
pistol. Everyone is looking around, but I think you're right. It was
something in the stand. Let's hope it is a firecracker!
track, the tension is building. They have completed half a lap, so a
standstill as possible, as long as it does not last more than 30
seconds. Sure enough, it is Becky James that is trying to force
Jessica Varnish to come through. She does not want to have to lead this
one out. Sliding down to the bottom of the track, Jess Varnish. She is
smiling. She just overlapped the wheel. They were so close. That is
not exactly what Becky James wanted, but because she was so close to her,
she thought, if I stole it now, she will have to come past me. But Jess
Varnish was not interested. That was the end result. I think they will
consider that a mishap and there will be a restart. There was
certainly no intent involved. Becky James was still moving slightly at
the time. They are just having a chat as Jess Varnish wanders back
towards the start line. I am just reading one of the rules just now.
That may be deemed that it was caused by a competitor riding too
slowly in a curve. Then that person will be deemed to be at fault. They
will have to take the lead. I am not sure that they were in the band. I
think that is referring to when riders go too slowly and slide down.
I think they will ride again. That is what is going to happen now. I do
not know whether you heard that, Jessica Varnish will take the
opening position on the first lap. Becky James is the one with the
union flag on her crash helmet. The white stripe is Jessica Varnish.
Here we go. At the second time of asking. A little reminder that it is
Jess Varnish has the advantage. Becky James has to win this match or
her chance of retaining the world title will be gone. James is in the
better tactical position. Jess Varnish is giving her space, that is
what she did not do before. She has left yourself room to manoeuvre.
Well, she had room to manoeuvre, but she has used it up. Both of these
riders are capable of doing a track stand for some time. They are only
allowed to do that for 30 seconds. The gun will be fired and the race
will be restarted. It is still Varnish at the front. When they come
into the straits, the riders come to the top of the track, because they
want the hype, to be able to accelerate down. -- the height. The
downside of that is that it is easy to be taken by surprise if the rear
competitor drops down quickly. Becky James is in the position that she
wants to be. This could prove tactically important. They have 1.5
laps to go. They are still going very slowly. They have to be
careful. Surprise can be a big element if you leave it till late in
the race. They have normally started to wind up by this point. It will be
very explosive. I think that Jess Varnish might have the edge from an
acceleration, if this comes down to a drag race to the finish. She will
be happy to keep it slow. Jess Varnish wins, 2-0. Brilliant
sprinting from her. The champion has lost her crime, because Becky James
will not go through. 2-0 in the best-of-3/4-final. -- lost her
crown. It is such a shame that one of the British riders has to go out
at this stage. Jess Varnish was brilliant. She never gave up that
inside position. Becky James had to come the long way around for over
one lap of racing. They are so evenly matched. She finished fifth
place overall. Jess Varnish marched on, she ended up in a battle for the
bronze medal having lost in the semifinals. Jess Varnish, who
already has a bronze medal, racing alongside Becky James, has an
opportunity to win another medal at these World Championships. Best of
breed. The first race. these World Championships. Best of
breed. This is for bronze. Varnish leading on the opening lap.
A reminder, three laps of the track.
Past that first-half lap, Varnish seeing if she can force her opponent
to come to the front. 100% concentration here. Aware of
any sudden movement. The slower they are, the more the
tension builds. Just completing the first lap now.
Varnish leading from the front. Not often we see anybody trying to take
a long one, but always possible. Every now and again, somebody does
it and gets away with it. They take the bell. Sprint has not
opened up. Temporary would like it to start late. She would like to be
as as possible. Round the banking, in towards the finishing straight,
Lin draws past Varnish. She leads in this best race. We could see that
was going to happen. Already started to ease up. I don't know what
Varnish could have done there. Riding from the front doesn't seem
to work on this track. First race in the gold-medal match
up. It is Tianshi against Vogel. I wonder how close this final will be.
So far, Vogel has looked the pick of the field. We have seen a lot of
close racing but in this instance, Vogel had definitely been the
strongest rider in this competition. The only one to win from the front
consistently as well. Hard to see how she's going to lose
this one. 1.5 laps to go. The speed is
building. Vogel is taking the height. Trying to force her
opponent. And then Vogel slips on the inside. That was a surprise
move. She has decided to take this from the front. Kristina Vogel is.
Confidence here. Zhong Tianshi is trying to come back, can she take
advantage of this particular position? She cannot. Vogel is too
fast. She reads 1-0 in this final. She totally took control of that
one. The only rider to be winning from the frontier because physically
there is quite a gap between her and the rest of the field. The
confidence to take it on and dictate the race. That big acceleration,
there was no chance to get on terms. Kristina Vogel is one win away from
the gold medal. This is a potentially decisive ride
in the race for bronze because Lin Junhong is one up on Jess Varnish.
She needs to get the victory otherwise the bronze goes to China.
She needs to break the trend of competition that far. I was
surprised she was bested in the last round.
She was beaten in straight rights but it was a very close-run thing.
-- rides. In the second race she was beaten by the width of attire.
Looking to win a world Championship medal for the second time in her
career, the Chinese rider. Jess Varnish is looking for the
second medal of the week. Lin Junhong needs to have a head on
a swivel to keep an eye on Jess Varnish year. Which of course is the
idea. Jess Varnish has got to go for it
here. It is all or nothing. One lap to go. Can Jess Varnish keep her
chances alive here? The Chinese rider leads the sprint into the back
straight. The gap is closing. Can she come around the outside? Here
comes Varnish, she has not quite got it. Lin Junhong takes the bronze
medal for China in straight rights. -- rides.
What about Zhong Tianshi, can she take the race to Kristina Vogel?
Kristina Vogel is one victory away from the world title. Silver last
year. Will she be on the top of the podium this evening?
Race number two in the world sprint final. Kristina Vogel leading
followed by Zhong Tianshi. Vogel the clear favourite. Can
Tianshi upset the odds here? I think she's got an almost
impossible task to beat Vogel. Vogel is the only rider in this
competition capable of winning from any position that she chooses. Very
dominant in the previous round. She walloped her opponent in straight
rides. Coming to the finishing straight at
the end of the first lap. Kristina Vogel trying to force the
issue. She already one from the front, deciding she would like to
try riding at the rear as well. It just ratchets up the tension. I
would say the whole Chinese sprint scene has moved on a notch
tactically as well as physically. The stopwatch has started. Neither
rider is giving an inch. The crowd are appreciating the skill.
Now it is back to business. Sometimes standing still used to
last four minutes, ten minutes on occasions. We are done with that in
this particular race because they will take the bell next time they go
past us. Here we go. Vogel is one lap away from the world title unless
the rider from China can do something about it. Vogel is in the
lead. Can she stay there? It is going to be Vogel's title!
World champion at 23, well champion in the individual sprint to go with
the team sprint. Top step of the podium, she has been the class of
the field throughout this competition. Kristina Vogel, world
sprint champion. No medals for either Jess Varnish
Becky James -- or Becky James. What did you make of the tactics for
Becky James? She said they had no idea why they went for these
tactics. She was not very happy. I think she should have just ignored
the coach, gone on with what she was happy doing. You don't really try
and bring in new tactics at the world Championship level, obviously
the coaches know the opponent, so in this situation maybe they were
trying to find a weakness, but when you're racing you need to be
confident in what you're doing so having that, she has got to Boyce is
-- two voices in her head, not a good place to be. Year ago she came
in under the radar, won two golds, a couple of bronze, is there anything
different coming in with expectation? When you are the hunted
rider it is a different experience. It is great for her to have it. She
is only 21, she will come back so much stronger having had this
experience. If it is only tactics that is the problem, if her form is
good, that is the main battle. Tactics can change, she can do new
things, we saw Vogel winning and Becky James beat her last year, but
Vogel's tactics have changed. She is pulling moves that she did not have
the confidence to do last year. Becky will have that experience and
be stronger for it. It is difficult to read too much into it, but you
read what Becky James has said, Ed Clancy, there seems to be
uncertainty in British Cycling, which is not what we have been used
to. David Nott there. He was a huge inspirational figure. -- David is
not there. He would do motivational talks, Raleigh and get everyone
round, you would walk out of the room ready for the week. -- rally.
Whether that has had an impact, I don't know. It is hard to say. It is
an interesting year, there has been a lot of riders leaving. Even though
Chris is out, we don't know what the effect of his role is. It is
interesting. Do you think Dave Brailsford is missed? It'll be to
find out from the Raiders. We have had conversations like this before,
experimentation has taken place and the result has not been the outcome
we hope for, but then 12 months, two years later, it is amazing. I think
we need to reserve judgement and they are experimenting and we know
that the experiences they have will help. She will be super fired up for
the keirin. That will be on tomorrow. Jason Kenny is also there,
let's hear from them. Jason Kenny is in a good spot here.
Up towards the line, it is Jason Kenny, the world champion. What a
ride, when it really mattered. How do you see it in relation to where
you were last year? I would like to be faster but then I would always
like to be going faster. Last year was pants, to be honest. Now we have
had a full year of training, a good off-season, going into this one in
better shape. You are very much in that role as a senior member of the
team, how does that sense of responsibility sit with you? I don't
feel any different. To be honest, some of the guys, I thought everyone
was the same age, even though we are really not. I am five years older
than some people. All of a sudden they seem really young. It is good
to have people who are really angry to be here, they remind me of myself
in many ways. It is quite inspiring in a way. You see how you were back
then. How much would it mean to you to winning Cali? It would be good. I
then. How much would it mean to you need to get on with business as
usual. The World Championships, it comes round every year and you wear
the jersey if you win it. It is special.
I wonder how Jason Kenny will play this one. Will he try to be more
assertive or lighter towards the back of the field? -- or loiter. The
riders are quite evenly matched. It will come down to tactics. I cannot
believe that Jason Kenny's previous raid was planned to come from that
far back. He managed to get himself through. Jason Kenny, the defending
champion from Great Britain is in the field. There are two Germans in
the race. Let's see if they will try and do something from that position.
Nothing at this stage. They are content to wait. Six laps to go. If
you're wondering what the differences, Max Levy has black
socks. The other rider has green socks. Francois Pervis on the front.
In second place, the Pan-American games champion. Can he get a medal
for the host nation? The crowd are excited about this one. Max Levy is
at the back at the moment. Jason Kenny is in fifth place. We are just
splitting up the Germans. Everyone is waiting while the motor Excel
rates, up to its top speed of 50 kilometres per hour. -- while the
motorbike accelerates. Just one lap now until the motorbike swings out.
Francois Pervis. Francois Pervis takes the gold
medal. It is a silver medal for Colombia. But the spectacular crash
on the far side of the track. Max Levy upended and unable to finish.
Francois Pervis and the word title -- adds the world title to his kilo
crown. The rider from the Netherlands claimed the bronze
medal. Jason Kenny was in fifth place.
medal. We will reflect on that very
shortly, the men's keirin. Let's move on to the individual sprint.
Once again, Jason Kenny find himself up against Francois Pervis. But he
only got there qualifying through the repechage.
What a race this could be. It is the first matchup in this quarterfinal
between Jason Kenny and Francois Pervis. Jason Kenny came through
against Robert Forstemann. Slowly around the banking away to
our left. Francois Pervis, the way he has
ridden this week, he must feel unbeatable. Two laps remaining, just
under that. Francois Pervis is limbering up, gaining height. He
wants to take control of this one. Jason Kenny just did not have the
legs, he did not have the speed. Francois Pervis, the man of the
week, with two gold medals already, he takes a 1-0 lead. It is hard to
know what he can do here. He wrote tactically very well in the previous
round, but Francois Pervis, he also knew what he was doing. He had the
extra engine power. But he is forced to lead out this time. Francois
Pervis was just a little bit too quick for Jason Kenny in the first
ride. It was as simple as that. Can Jason Kenny pull it out of the bag?
Can the force a third and deciding race between the pair of them? If
Francois Pervis wins this one, he is through in straight rights. --
straight rides. Francois Pervis, he has an air of confidence about him.
He is thinking of a medal in this match sprint. The fastest ever
kilometre time trial scene at the World Championships. Yes, yesterday.
It was at the end of what was an increasingly exciting kilo
competition. He has decided he's going to take this one from the
front. Jason Kenny has given him a lot of
Jason Kenny was fighting hard all the way to the line, but he did not
have enough. Francois Pervis wins in straight rights. 2-0. -- rides. That
was a very, very fast sprint. It was just not quite enough.
It would be nice to finish with a victory, but unfortunately I am only
finishing fifth. I was fifth in the keirin, fifth in the team sprint,
and fifth in the individual sprint. I think I might just be fifth in the
world at the moment. It is quite disappointing. Qualifying for the
sprint, your role is going to put it up against yourself with the draw,
when you qualified so far down. What do you put that down to? I am not
sure. I have not qualified well all year. It is very close, I am not
losing a massive amount, but it is always that fraction. It can mean
the difference of ten places. You set yourself up for a hard day.
There are no easy races. It was a tough day. Disappointing. Buy your
own standards, it has been a disappointing World Championships.
We expect Great Britain to win medals and we expect you to come
away with something. Is it enough to say that we are a couple of years
out of the Olympics? How concerned should we be? I think that is the
text the cancer, but as a rider, I want to win. In the keirin, I was a
bit unfortunate, but realistically, I have not been near the victory in
any of these events. We will have to work hard to try and rectify that.
We need to get back to where we belong. We are looking at a
situation where Great Britain might go home with no medals for male
competitors. Is that something the team is worried about, it has not
happened for a long time? I cannot speak for the team, it is a worry
for myself. We have lost Chris and Victoria. But I think we have enough
talent and quality to come through and win more medals. When you look
at the table, it has been a disappointing World Championships.
We still have Laura Trott in the onion, and she is looking good. The
press officer for British Cycling has obviously given Jason Kenny the
key messages, which he is ignoring excavation Mark let's not forget,
Joanna Rowsell has two gold medals. Let's not get too depressed, but so
far, it has been a tale of almost Groundhog Day, with those
interviews, I am not sure, I do not know that it has gone wrong. I am
trying to get my head around it, and from my own experience, I think you
need the lows to get the highs. I'm not panicking, and I do not think
the riders are panicking. It will give them the kick up the backside
that they need. They are beatable. There is plenty of competition out
there that can beat them. Hopefully they will go home and try new
things. They will be able to turn it around. That is a great
observation, about not panicking, because Jason Kenny, for all that he
is going fifth, fifth, he was pretty relaxed. Yes, and you cannot think
straight after the race, what you need to change. Those are the things
that happen over the summer season. They will qualify for the World Cups
and come back into the winter season. Over the next few weeks,
they will be looking at the lessons they can learn. They will change the
things that they did not like that happened this week. In terms of the
keirin and the individual sprint, what did you see there that Jason
Kenny did or did not do? The spark was not there. He did not look
super-sharp like he has done in the past. His tactics in the races were
pretty good. I could not fault them. At the top 1% was not there. I do
not think there is a massive panic going on. I would not be panicking
if I was him. There has been a big change in the qualifying for this
series. The riders have to go out and get these grands prixs. All the
other countries are having to do it as well, but there has been a change
in the system, and that may take a bit of adjustment. One of the big
changes is no more Sir Chris Hoy. He has been speaking to a reporter.
A big presence for Britain this week has been Sir Chris Hoy, enjoying his
first world championship since announcing his retirement from the
track. What exactly has your role been this week? It has been an
informal role. I have been behind the scenes, some want to do little
jobs, a bit of a dogsbody, but someone to chat to the riders. I
found it useful in my career to have objectives, and the views of people
out with the inner circle. People who understand what it is like to
compete at this level, but they are a step removed from it. You can have
a sounding board. That is what I have been doing. Do you wish you
were out there? When you see how fast they are going, I'm quite glad
to be spectating. The standard is getting higher overtime and I'm 100%
sure I got the best out of myself, and I finished at the right time.
You start to appreciate what it was you had the chance of doing for so
long. I watched the final from up in the stands and it was awesome. I was
doing that not long ago. You feel proud you had that opportunity. I'm
very happy to be spectating and not on the track. What have you made of
these World Championships? It is a transition between the Olympic cycle
for Great Britain. We have had some success but not as much as we have
grown used to. The expectation is always high. You can make excuses
reasons for not topping the medal table. Every race we get up there,
we want to win. There are a few disappointed riders but there are a
lot of great hopefuls, you have young riders coming into the team
pursuit, men and women, the team sprint, we are going through a
transitional phase. It is a difficult sport. Sport is
unpredictable. We are still winning medals, you need to look back for
years, before London there were questions being asked. We always
manage to do it when it counts. That is not to say we don't want to win
world titles, but when we get to Rio de Janiero we will hopefully be back
on top. That was Chris Hoy speaking. What you think it will be
like having Sir Chris Hoy out there? He is such a big character, our most
successful Olympian. Could it be a positive or a negative? It could be,
but I think having him there is a fantastic idea. He has all that
experience, he knows what it is, doing that, he knows what is in
front of him. He is able to put the arms round shoulders of riders, they
will be disappointed, he can help them through it, help them be
positive for the next race, going home with a positive attitude for
the coming training that they've got to do. You know him really well. You
won gold back in 2008. What you think he will bring to the table? A
lot of experience. I'm a coach, and I really enjoy passing things onto
athletes. They are struggling, dealing with highs and lows. It is
the great pleasure of passing that knowledge on. There is no better
guide to do it than Chris. I'm sure they will appreciate it. Interesting
that he is they are when David Brailsford is not. Coincidence? --
he's there. Who knows? Chris is great to have out there, and Dave
has one opportunity to give the team a chance to do something without
him. That is obviously something they can take away and decide
whether it is the right call to make. Back in 2004, Chris Hoy was
the world champion in the keirin. It was dropped from the Olympics. Here
is what happened in the World Championships, where it is still
involved. -- the kilo. Not much in it in the first time
check. In touch is all you need to be. It is all about the final
quarter. You have to be within a 10th of a second to have a chance at
taking the fastest time. That is what years. Almost level pegging
now. Starting to go out by a 10th of a
second, losing a little bit of ground. Once the rot has started it
is nearly impossible to bring it back. He is holding his own. Still
over a lap to go. What has he got left in the tank? It is the fastest
time at the three quarters distance. It will come back to this are flat.
Remember there are only two riders to come after he crosses the line.
We have a new leader X permission Mark what are -- sweet have leader!
That has taken us all by surprise. What a phenomenal ride. He just did
not pirate. -- get tired. The first ride below a minute. Truly
fantastic. Just two riders left in this event. Simon van Velthooven is
underway. I think the fastest times set at sea-level was just over a
minute. That is a slow start. Is he going to wind it up? Is he going to
be off the pace? It is over half a second. That is too much time to
make up. He is holding his own at half a second. That is probably over
ten metres. He has have a second to pick up. He has made an inroad. It
is going to take an enormous final lap.
It is going to get him on the podium. Halfway down the back
straight, he just has to go down the banking one final time. Then he
brings it home to the finish now. It is going to be close. It is good
enough for second place. Silver medal position for Simon van
Velthooven. He was second last year, I wonder whether he will be
second this year. We spoke about world records. It is this man who
holds the world record, albeit at altitude. He has already shown us he
is on fantastic form. My guess would be the New Zealander is heading for
a bronze medal spot here. Francois Pervis has got his work cut out. He
certainly has the form but that is some barrier to overcome. Sub one
minute, incredible time. From such a young rider as well. Yes, 23, from
Germany. Francois Pervis has been around for a long time. He has seen
it all before. He will not be put off. The last time it was held in
the Olympic Games, 2004, he wrote. -- he was in it. He produced a ride
that was good enough for six place. That was 20 years ago in the Olympic
Games. The simplest ideas are the best. Big
white strap, good security, nice and clean. Surprised that the British
team did not come up with that one. We know his form is good. Will it be
good enough? 59.984 is the time to beat.
We will know in one minute. It is all about pacing. The second half of
the race is what it is all about. Three tenths of a second inside that
fastest time! He is absolutely flying, it is as if he has been
thrown from a gun. We can expect this to be good. That is enormous.
At the halfway mark, it is over eight tenths of a second, this is an
absolutely stunning ride by the defending champion from France,
Francois Pervis. We could see it below 59 seconds. That would be
quite incredible. He is nearly a full second ahead of every other
rider. Have a lap to go. What has he got left in the legs? Is it a ride
that will bring him a gold medal? I'm sure it is X permission Mark it
absolutely is! The fastest ever World Championship time. The world
record holder is still the world champion and the king of the kilo.
That takes some doing, to come out and beat the fastest ever time by
over half a second. I have never seen anything like that at the World
Championships. He takes the applause of the crowd while we watch the
replay. That was a phenomenal ride. Technically superb. The bar was set
extremely high. He did not just squeak inside the time, he
absolutely annihilated it. I am going to defer to the commentators,
but we think Francois Pervis is superb. A great success story for
France. One of the great success stories for Britain has been Katie
Archibald, going in the points race. Quite remarkable for a young woman
who only started cycling in 2011. 100 laps of the track. Points every
ten laps. If you gain a lap it is 20 point bonus.
They are one lap away from the next set of points. She should be able to
score some points, get something for her effort. I don't think these two
will be allowed to stay away. The gap is closing. She will get some
points on the board. Katie Archibald has got five points on the board.
Excellent start. She is making a race of it. The first to make the
junction. They are really starting to put the hammer down in front of
her. Trying to chase. It is making it more difficult. Not far off the
back as you can see. Amy Cure is trying to get that lap.
Stephanie Pohl has broken away from the five others. Jasmin Glaesser is
puffing. Make the junction. Move into second place.
Amy Cure is the leader on 30 points overall. Stephanie Pohl is up to 25.
It is going to be made by Katie Archibald. They have joined the back
of the pellet -- peloton. It is going to be a good head-to-head
battle. Amy Cure has got the legs and takes five points. That puts her
strongly in the lead. Comes at to take the bell. One lap to go. She is
in trouble here. Comes around the long way. Leading the chase now.
Jasmin Glaesser is coming around the top. They are outside the top is at
the moment, Amy Cure is up towards the line. Trying to hang on.
Jasmin Glaesser crosses the line in first place on the final sprint.
What a close race that was at the end. Amy Cure, the gold medallist
ahead of Stephanie Pohl from Germany. In fourth place, Katie
Archibald from Great Britain. Give us your initial thoughts. It is a
great performance. I can imagine I will do much better than that, but I
was not content, I knew I had lost it in that last half. It is the end
that you remember. I was not there. You had a busy week, to come away
with the rainbow jersey from the start of the week, overall, your
thoughts on this? It has been all the things you can imagine. It felt
once we got the rainbow jersey, the pressure was on for this, because
before that, nobody knew my name, you could get away with coming out
and they would not notice. I had a pretty tough time coming into it,
overthinking things. It is a bit of a relief, it is fourth place, but I
will hopefully get another chance to have another crack at it. Very cool
doing your interview on the bike afterwards. You know Katie is pretty
well. It has been a remarkable journey. Even 12 months ago, nobody
would have known her name. She came into the team pursuit squad last
summer, did an incredible ride at the championships, she has had an
incredible winter, she has been doing bunch races as well as the
team pursuit. I'm looking forward to racing with her on the road. The
women's team pursuit, they have won the gold medal again. Not quite as
dominant as we have seen them, but you have got five into four. You
have got Dani King, Joanna Rowsell, Elinor Barker, and Katie Archibald.
There is also Laura Trott. How will that work? We will have to qualify
through different events for the World Championships. We have several
seasons to go through until we get to the Olympic year. Five riders is
the minimum that we can cope with. The competition within the team will
be fierce, because no one will want to demand five. Sir Chris Hoy
mentioned in his interview, the Olympics. It is remarkable, coming
from athletics, you have a four-year cycle. But the obsession within
cycling is overwhelming? It is not just the Olympics. We cherish our
world championship medals. The media builds up everything around the
Olympics. Funding is based on Olympic medals. As athletes, you
cherish this world championship titles. Does it get into the psyche
of the athletes. I want to win, but if I do not, it is still about the
Olympics? I am sure there have been arguments between the athletes and
the management. The management want to experiment, we do not care what
we do in the middle, but the athletes say, we want medals. It is
a tough call. You will be back tomorrow, Jamie Staff, Sarah, you
will not. What is on your radar for the next few months? Hopefully the
cycling team for the Paralympic track Championships will be
announced over the coming weeks. If that goes well, I will try and
defend my world titles. I am really excited to get going again.
Brilliant. Thank you for being with us. We will see you tomorrow. Before
then, we are on the red button from ten o'clock. We are online from a 20
PM. We will have the conclusion of Laura Trott's omniums. In terms of
the football, this is what we have in store. That is all from us. It is
not often from British Cycling that you get a blank day with no medals.
That is what has happened. Hopefully better tomorrow.
Jonathan Edwards presents highlights of the Track Cycling World Championships, which are being held in the city of Cali, known as the sporting capital of Colombia. The final rounds of the women's sprint, in which Great Britain's Becky James is the defending champion, are sure to provide plenty of drama, as is the conclusion of the men's omnium.
With commentary from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.