Highlights World Track Cycling Championships


Highlights

Clare Balding is joined by guests Sir Chris Hoy and Dame Sarah Storey to review the highlights from the first three days at the track cycling World Championships in London.


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It is just as I remember it, only a little bit colder. But that is why I

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was a track cyclist. Best to be indoors. The first day of London

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2012I remember realising this is what it had all been about, all the

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preparation and talk and hype had been leading towards this one day,

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this one week. It was gametime. Gold medal for Great Britain!

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The Olympic sprint champion! The noise is something everyone talks

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about, all the athletes talked about the atmosphere, it was like nothing

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else I have ever experienced in my whole career. Victoria Pendleton

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takes the gold medal. It was a bit of a blah, it was so intense and so

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big and different to anything else we had ever encountered before.

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Another world record. The more time passes you realise what an

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incredible time it was and how lucky you were to experience. My memories

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of the keirin, I'd glanced at the corner of my eye and knew I had to

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react. Chris Hoy gets the gold medal. To sign off with a gold medal

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was like nothing else. Sir Chris Hoy who has been blamed

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part of our team and admitted it is far more nerve wracking watching his

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former team-mates than it was riding with them. Welcome to the track

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World Championships, hugely enthusiastic crowds have been

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pouring in and this was billed as something of a recovery mission for

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British cycling having suffered a fairly disastrous Championships in

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Paris last year. We will show you some highlights of the week so far

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and reflect on them with the combined wisdom of Chris Boardman

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and Dame Sarah Storey. The home crowd making a huge difference and

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we will start with one of the most gruelling races of the lot, the

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men's points race over 160 laps with a sprint every ten laps for which

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the cyclists earn points. Jon Dibben was Britain's representative, he

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came here as part of the team pursuit but this was his chance to

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make his mark as an individual. He started really well and as we join

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it we are starting to get quite excited.

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COMMENTATOR: Closely fought competition, five riders. Graf is

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still half a lap ahead. If he stays out there he will be the leader in

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this competition. The leader on the track who probably feels absolutely

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awful out there, he will be copying and blowing, his legs obese grooming

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at him but he is such a good rider, so experienced, he is still in

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front, but the German in the group behind him knows this is his chance

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to get on the podium. This is the target for Graf, what he needs is to

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get the points and set up and wait for this group of four, he will have

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the advantage, needs to ride defensively once he gets himself

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into the lead which he has done. What a stupendous effort from Graf

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from Austria who takes the points on the line. The Belgian was right up

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there as well. Graf has done exactly what he

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should, leading the way on 44 points, he is in gold medal

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position. Thomas Brown into the -- gone into the silver medal position.

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Graf needs to just sit on the back and let them do the work, ride

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defensively. Going like a train, trying to rejoin the leading group,

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Jon Dibben didn't have the strength to go with him. In the blue helmet,

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you can see he is closing the gap very quickly. Jon Dibben is losing

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wheels every times he comes off the right, he is completely cooked and

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waiting for the end of the race. I don't think there is anything he can

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do to contribute, just hope it comes back together. The group in front of

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him has swelled so much it might lose cohesion. He could do with the

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crowd getting behind him in these closing laps, Jon Dibben. Just one

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point between Jon Dibben in bronze and De Ketele in fourth. Jon Dibben

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hanging on with his fingernails but he is fighting the way. As soon as

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he goes they might accelerate yet again. Thomas coming up behind him.

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I don't think they will get the chance to recover. The world scratch

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race bronze medallist from Hong Kong goes off the front, making a late

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attack with 23 laps to go. That is the kind of move which plays into

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the hands of Jon Dibben because he only has one point on the board so

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he's not a threat but he is mopping up the points which is bringing Jon

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Dibben closer and closer. Dibben moving up the track. The Hong Kong

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rider only has one point so is not a factor in the race so this is a good

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scenario from the point of view of Dibben. Dibben is going to have a

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go, he is getting into the mix, if he can do it. De Ketele following

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on. Launching the sprint into the final straight. On the line, not

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sure if he got that one and Dibben didn't quite have the turn of pace

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having done a lot of work. This is the sprint again, very, very close

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on the line. It is in the lap of the gods know, just one more sprint

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before the final bash for the line. So close, we seldom see a race with

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so many people still in contention with less than 20 laps to go. De

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Ketele has just aged Dibben off the podium by a point. -- just aged.

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Dibben outside the medals for a podium by a point. -- just aged.

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first time in a long time. Dibben Trying to inject some pace and

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first time in a long time. Dibben the speed up. But nobody is keen to

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help him out. I'm not sure if Dibben has the strength to respond. Graf

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has found his second wind, or is it his third or fourth in a race like

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this. Graf really going for it. We have not seen Graf for the last 15

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laps or so, he has been wisely taking a break so now it is time to

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ride defensively. A bit left to close these down, he knows the gold

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medal is probably two, three minutes of riding away. Superb effort from

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Graf, very canny riding and showing a lot of guts to make the breakaway

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when he did, and to stay with it. Graf, the leader, working so hard,

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crash, Thomas has gone down as has the Japanese rider, Hashimoto.

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Thomas, in the silver medal position is on the ground and shaken. The

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mechanic was there even before he stopped sliding, he has five minutes

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to get back into it, he's an experienced rider, knows he doesn't

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have to rush, take his time. Try to salvage something from the mishap.

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Graf still ploughing along. De Ketele still looking sprightly.

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Hashimoto was holding his shoulder blade as he got up. Dibben is having

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a go, he's going to try and go around the outside! De Ketele

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leading the sprint. Dibben is not having it at all, he is getting

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stuck in, he wants a medal at these World Championship and he takes the

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points on the line, what a gutsy ride from the man from Hampshire. He

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has two monitor things but he took it on, took a lap, he's going for

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the points, we think he has spent but he comes back fighting. Seconds

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now. Few moments ago he wasn't on the podium but now he's in the

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silver medal position and there are two points in it. It is still game

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on. That is a man under pressure, Graf

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from Austria. He is doing the chasing and knows there is only

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eight laps to go and he will take the title if he can keep it

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together. Just has to make sure he keeps the other favourites at bay.

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He has attacked. Graf has many skills but sprinting is not one of

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them. The Hong Kong rider has suddenly come to life, coming strong

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at the end when he is out of contention, he goes off the front

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again. Dibben stocking Graf. We will go into the last few laps. Terrible

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luck Thomas, the Frenchman who led the race along and was in the silver

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medal position he crashed. Only four points separating the first three

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riders, it could all be decided, it will all be decided on the final

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sprint, just five laps remaining. Graf following the wheel of Dibben,

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he has to find a bit more for moral lapse -- for four more laps. This is

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a tremendous ride from Thomas. Being chased down, Dibben has Graf just

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behind him. Thomas is only three points behind Dibben so dangerous

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move by the French man. He is throwing the kitchen sing at it. He

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does not have time to look behind. The crowd go mad as Dibben started

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to chase him, he is really going for it now. Closing the gap all the way

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is Jon Dibben, riding like a man possessed because he knows that the

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world title could be heads, and look at this!

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world title could be heads, and look astounding! Brilliant riding from

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Jon Dibben, the crowd are on their feet here at the velodrome, it goes

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absolutely mad, Jon Dibben of Great Britain is the world points race

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champion! What a stunning finish from the 22-year-old! Silver in the

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team per suit and no gold in the points race.

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Waddle champion, how good does that sound? -- world champion.

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Unbelievable, I came here for the team per suit. I am lost for words.

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I came into this to give it my all, dead cool down try to focus all day,

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I don't know, I rode it bike and on the whites race. -- I would like and

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only on points race. Everyone died off, that last sprint

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was full gas. That last sprint was like you were jet propelled, you

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left everybody standing. We have done a lot of power work for the

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team pursuit so I was pretty confident, I just had to wait and

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wait and hope Benjamin Thomas didn't get too big a gap and hope nobody

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comes past. The world champion Jon Dibben, we asked him to join us

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today but he is taking his mum out for lunch because it is Mother's Day

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tomorrow. Some up the magnitude of that achievement and what it will

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mean for him? It was a fascinating race to watch, he was struggling to

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hold wheels, saw the last ten laps, where that came from, I have never

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seen a sprint like that. It was as if everyone else was standing still

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seen a sprint like that. It was as and he just jumped in. Such a turn

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of this need, the team pursuit training would have given him that

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training -- turn of speed. He will give selectors real headaches for

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Brazil. This is the interesting question because Mark Cavendish is

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competing, he is doing OK, moving up the rankings, but Jon Dibben has

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made his case, that he can be part of the team per suit scored and can

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ride the Omnium. That competition is what the guys need, they thrive on

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it and they will love the idea of battling it out to try to claim the

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place for Brazil. You could see the emotion on his

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face wing in front of the home crowd. It's so special. The noise

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level went up another level went across the line and then it brought

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tears to everybody's eyes. Talking about Mark Cavendish, where he

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gained his points was in the elimination race. Thrilling, the

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last one to over the line gets knocked out each time, but he looked

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upset because he thinks he could have won it. Looks like they fired

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the gun may be a lap early. But I don't think it would have changed

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the outcome. Everybody was finished. They weren't catching Cancellara. He

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was looking forward, not backward. But Mark Cavendish is an emotional

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ride, and that's why he's so good. The very passionate, and it comes

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out, that authentic character that you see with him. Is it too early to

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make the call now? When will they decide? It will be at the end of the

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omnium. Still more to do. Not looking fantastic at the moment, he

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doesn't just need to finish strongly, he has to start winning

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events. Thursday night added to the memories this venue has produced.

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Laura Trott is already a double Olympic champion here, and has won

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five world titles. She lined up in the mass start 32 riders, 40 lap

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scratch race. The first person over the line wins.

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COMMENTATOR: This race really starting to step up now. The Russian

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has company on the far side. Company from the Hong Kong rider. The

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Belarus rider is also trying to get back into it. Laura Trott has found

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herself on the back foot. Down to the chase and everybody following

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her down. With six laps to go, I think this move has gone for good

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now. It's not coming back and I think she has found herself pinned

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down. I don't think the gap is closable. Up at the front of the

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race, Sierra is there, and they have been joined by the Russian rider and

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the Hong Kong rider. A small opportunity here because they have

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started to back off and think about the sprint a bit early at the front.

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Rolling through but with four laps to go, Laura Trott is closing the

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gap. She's given up thinking of somebody to give her a hand, she is

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cranking up, has them in her sights. She might close them down on her

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own. What a final four Lazio for the women's race in the world scratch

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title. The Cuban, the the Belarus rider, the Russian. They will get

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caught, but I think the winner will still come from that group. They

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charged behind but they still have to close the gap. Stephanie Roorda

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from Canada to close the gap. Stephanie Roorda

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every revolution of the pedals the crowd is roaring because Laura Trott

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is being drawn back into the race. How much has the effort been taken

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from her? Can she keep going? How much has the effort been taken

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has the Belgian on her wheel. Laura Trott back into the first half-dozen

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on the track as the Russian rider takes the bell. Laura Trott

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on the track as the Russian rider the hunt for gold. Stephanie Roorda

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from Canada hits the front. Here comes Laura Trott around the

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outside. The stadium gets to its feet. It's Laura Trott against

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Stephanie Roorda, and its gold for Laura Trott and Great Britain. She

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showed her fight at the front as they came in the finishing straight.

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It was perfect timing, and the perfect left for Great Britain in

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these championships. Laura Trott is a champion of the world for the

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sixth time in her career. She's an exceptional athlete and an

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amazing cyclist, and as Simon said in commentary, it gave the British

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amazing cyclist, and as Simon said team a lift. Laura had been part of

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the pursuit who looked fractured in qualifying. Laura took part of the

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blame, saying she went off to fast. There was a split that happened and

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they couldn't get the rider back on the wheel, so they only qualified

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fifth fastest so a shot at gold was gone. The secret to success in sport

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is learning from your mistakes and recovering. They did that, pulled

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themselves together in a first-round and riding a national record to get

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into the race. And they have these in their hands. You learned lessons

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and went on, and that's the crucial thing. I'm over the moon with my

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first World Championship medal. We fought the entire way. It came back

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from a disappointing qualifying round and we learned a lot of

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valuable lessons from that ride and be executed two for the good rides

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with a really good British record. Joel, -- Jo, this was your bronze

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medal race. We wanted to be the fastest qualifiers and we had senior

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American 's and we went out there to race them. We went out the wrong way

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about it. We got carried away. It's easily done, especially when you

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have the home crowd and it's an Olympic year and you want to get out

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and get on with it. In the final round, feeling in control and

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everybody rode what they were supposed to. Everybody went to plan,

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and it comes together so much easier when that happens and it feels like

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an easier ride. Is there a really important lesson there, looking

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ahead to Rio. The adrenaline can't get to you in qualifying. I think

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so. We stand by the decision to go out and race and try to be the

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fastest qualifiers, but you could go out too fast. The golden rule of

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pursuit is about judgment, not starting to fast in the first

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kilometre. If anything, that getting carried away, it was a sign of what

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good form we were in. The sort of splits we were doing in the first

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kilometre, we hadn't seen those times in training even. We had that

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form to go that fast, just not hold it together for as long as we wanted

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to. A really valuable experience for you and the whole team. Is it

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frustrating or exciting that in the medal races you posted a faster time

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than the gold medallists, the USA? It's a combination. Hats off to

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them, they qualified fastest and executed a good, controlled ride

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when they needed to. We learned that lesson the hard way. It shows that

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we are right in the mix with them, having posted the fastest time in

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the final. It's all to play for, Rio. What happens in the next five

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months? We have a week off, a few days to enjoy ourselves. A little

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bit of a holiday. Then it's back to training from next weekend. Five

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months until Rio, so a lot of hard work and miles on the bike, gym

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work, Miles on the track, and a lot of hard work to get to the podium in

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a few months' time. You all work hard and are all extraordinary,

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Laura Trott. Her schedule, she was in the team pursuit with you, she

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won the scratch race. She now competes in the Army. She has three

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events today and three tomorrow. This is what she has done already up

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until Saturday. -- in the omnium. She's extraordinary, and she's

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really nice! It's a hard programme for her, but she has worked that

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kind of programme regularly. She's used to it. Her will to win is

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astonishing, Laura Trott. She rose to stardom in London 2012. Tim Ward

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went off for a ride with her and team-mate Emily Nelson, to see what

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makes it tick. Good morning, please to meet you,

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I'm Tim. Good morning for this? It's a bit fresh. We are going to go

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towards Wilmslow and Chalford and back. I have forgotten or my cycling

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gear. It wasn't dry, I use it so much that it was still wet and in

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the tumble dryer! I will just have to get the car. You can go out and

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have fun. # This girl is on fire...

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# She's walking on fire... I'm certainly no performance coach,

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but I will say that looked quite easy for you two. Pretty much.

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Yesterday was a rest day, so it's good to get out in the fresh air and

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spin your legs back. Pretty easy, yeah. You must come across like a

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lot of people when you are out on the road. Do they sometimes have a

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second glance and think, it's Laura Trott next to me! You do get that.

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There was a guy the other day, there was a headwind riding home and I sat

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on his wheel. He said, I can't race you! View was doing me a favour.

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Just keep going. This morning was a training ride. I guess you would

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have watched this girl on the TV at the Olympics? Isn't that pretty mad?

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A bit starstruck sat here! I used to be. Still am a little bit, but not

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the same now, it's a bit different. Since 2012, my statistics and my

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googling has told me you have never been off the podium in the team

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pursuit or the omnium. How do you keep that up? I didn't know that

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statistic myself! I don't know. I hope it's correct! You have made me

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question it now. I will rephrase the question... You are well good! How

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do you keep that consistency? My coach, we have a great relationship,

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and I would trust Paul with my life. He just seems to get it right. I

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don't tend to question anything. I just trust him to get it right and I

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guess that goes along way. How did it all start for you? It was thanks

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to my mum. She lost eight and a half stone in a year and a half by riding

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and going to spinning classes. It was the fact she chose bike riding.

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One of the other mums suggested to go down too well in Guardian citizen

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and the Velodrome National -- Welwyn Garden City. The quite good phase

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came later. Was your dad telling you to slow down? We used to go to and

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do the track meet on the Friday night. I just started so I was in

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the second group. The top group was on a handicap. We had to catch them

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up. Ireland is somebody pushing me off, a big man, he pushed me and I

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went flying. I didn't have to pedal after that. Ireland winning, and at

:27:47.:27:52.

the time I got ?3 for winning the race. -- I ended up winning. It was

:27:53.:27:58.

the first race that I won that meant anything. It took off from there.

:27:59.:28:03.

What's it like living with another cyclist? I married him, so I guess

:28:04.:28:09.

I've got to get on with him! At its good. I couldn't imagine not hating

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another cyclist. Just because he gets it, he understands what I go

:28:15.:28:23.

through. -- not dating. Do you help each other and give each of

:28:24.:28:34.

constructive criticism? Try to? He says I don't do anything at home,

:28:35.:28:40.

but actually, I do everything. We try to do stuff 50-50. Recently he

:28:41.:28:44.

doesn't do the washing up because he has a cut on his hand. I asked him

:28:45.:28:49.

to at least do the hoovering, swap some responsibilities. They do

:28:50.:28:54.

rubber gloves in extra large. I will say that when I get home. If you win

:28:55.:29:01.

gold in Rio, you become the most successful British Olympian of all

:29:02.:29:04.

time. That's pretty good, isn't it? Yeah. Just to keep that pressure on

:29:05.:29:12.

your shoulders. Do you think about things like that? Not really. It

:29:13.:29:16.

sounds weird when you say it to me. When I was growing up I didn't think

:29:17.:29:21.

I would go to London, so to win gold medals there, and is now to be able

:29:22.:29:25.

to achieve that, it's weird to me. I never thought it would be me who

:29:26.:29:26.

could maybe do that. Laura Trott, revealing an awful lot

:29:27.:29:37.

about her training, her will to win, her relationship with Jason Kenny,

:29:38.:29:41.

and her mother, losing eight and a half stone cycling. Personally, I

:29:42.:29:45.

focused on the housework. I can imagine that battle. Do you do any

:29:46.:29:54.

at home, Chris? No. Laura Trott, she's incredible. She talks about it

:29:55.:30:00.

like it's happening by accident. I remember her first senior event in

:30:01.:30:08.

Delhi in 2010. She had come off the junior Championships that summer,

:30:09.:30:10.

didn't really know what to expect. She just had an amazing time and

:30:11.:30:14.

that was the start. The following year she was in the team pursuit and

:30:15.:30:19.

it took off from there. She was in the omnium challenge this morning

:30:20.:30:22.

and finished third in the scratch racing. It's a great start. She had

:30:23.:30:29.

her big rivals finishing behind, in Serra hammer. It bodes well for the

:30:30.:30:38.

rest of the event. How is it that riders can take on so much at the

:30:39.:30:43.

championships? The key was in the interview. She doesn't think about

:30:44.:30:47.

championships? The key was in the the end result, she thinks about the

:30:48.:30:47.

process. We hear about that a the end result, she thinks about the

:30:48.:30:51.

and it sounds like a clean-shaven she thinks about the job. In that

:30:52.:30:56.

way you don't get overwhelmed. -- sounds like a cliche. She's very

:30:57.:31:03.

good at looking at the tactics in front of her right now, the next two

:31:04.:31:06.

seconds in the race or the next training session, and it's an

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effective way of dealing with this environment. Don't make the problem

:31:10.:31:13.

bigger than it needs to be. And the other thing Laura Trott has, she's

:31:14.:31:17.

not a massive person but she is an aerodynamic and crouches like a

:31:18.:31:21.

jockey, making a shape over the bike. It's not all about power.

:31:22.:31:25.

Being aerodynamic is the key to success in cycling.

:31:26.:31:35.

Aerodynamics has historically been cycling 's elephant in the room. It

:31:36.:31:40.

is hard to stay focused on something you cannot see, feel or directly

:31:41.:31:45.

measure. Or at least you cannot until you come to a place like this.

:31:46.:31:50.

So what kind of changes will affect performance and by how much? Up

:31:51.:31:56.

until the 1980s the emphasis was on weight saving and with the arrival

:31:57.:32:00.

of carbon fibre came the opportunity to reduce mass to ridiculous levels.

:32:01.:32:06.

When the pioneering few realised aerodynamics was more important

:32:07.:32:09.

superlight but boxy bike forms morphed into slippery wing sections.

:32:10.:32:17.

It was when attention was turned away from the machine that things

:32:18.:32:23.

got really interesting. Turbulence in juicing holes in a helmet whilst

:32:24.:32:27.

good for a cooling work creating a lot of resistance so they were

:32:28.:32:31.

filled in and smoothed over. Figure hugging 1-piece garments are now

:32:32.:32:38.

standard even for a long road races. Without the ability to measure air

:32:39.:32:42.

resistance for years positional choices where arrived at by feeling.

:32:43.:32:52.

With the extra information they could weigh up the pros and cons of

:32:53.:32:57.

being more compact, and understand the payoff for being uncomfortable

:32:58.:33:03.

could be world the price. Knowledge is power so it is not surprisingly

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individuals and teams who have invested in understanding this are

:33:09.:33:12.

the ones currently out in front. In my opinion there is plenty more

:33:13.:33:15.

marginal gains still to be discovered.

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Fascinating. I'm quite excited about the marginal gains still to be

:33:20.:33:26.

discovered. I could tell you but I'd have to kill you! Those places are a

:33:27.:33:33.

nightmare, I went in thinking I would get some cancers, I came out

:33:34.:33:37.

ten years later with some cancers but even more questions. -- would

:33:38.:33:38.

get some answers. It is fascinating. If there was a time when it seemed

:33:39.:33:50.

like Great Britain and Australia were ahead of everyone else, is it a

:33:51.:33:55.

case everyone is level or do Britain still have an advantage? We will

:33:56.:34:01.

find out in Brazil but I think we will still have an advantage. The

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rest of the world has caught up, I was made when we got to 2012, -- I

:34:06.:34:11.

was amazed, they had all polished what we were still doing and since

:34:12.:34:15.

then the have really got their heads around it, you can see it in the

:34:16.:34:19.

positioning, the subtle changes, someone has been thinking about

:34:20.:34:24.

this. A lot of scientific work going into prepare the men's team pursuit,

:34:25.:34:28.

when you see them riding well it looks like all four of them are

:34:29.:34:33.

riding as one unit, sire Bradley Wiggins is the star if you are but

:34:34.:34:37.

everyone has to play their part, and it was an interesting line-up when

:34:38.:34:41.

it came to the gold medal race which Great Britain were up against

:34:42.:34:45.

Australia, and age old rivalry, a young talented Australian team, it

:34:46.:34:50.

almost took the roof of this place. COMMENTATOR: Britain finding it hard

:34:51.:35:00.

to take a bike out of the lead as Ed Clancy goes to the front again. Has

:35:01.:35:05.

just pulled back almost half a second in a single turn. It will all

:35:06.:35:10.

come down to the closing stages of the race. 0.3 of a second between

:35:11.:35:20.

the teams, absolutely nothing. The endurance of Bradley with an all

:35:21.:35:23.

come into play in the last part of the race. Great Britain are honour

:35:24.:35:32.

roll. Jon Dibben comes off the front, down to a final free. It is

:35:33.:35:38.

back up to 0.4 of a second, less than half a second in this

:35:39.:35:42.

concentration, Great Britain against us joy. -- against Australia. The

:35:43.:35:53.

Australians have got the extra man and that can make a difference but

:35:54.:35:57.

the British are on home turf and still fighting. Three laps to go,

:35:58.:36:05.

the gap has come down again, three laps in the race for gold in the

:36:06.:36:13.

men's team pursuit. Bradley Wiggins on the front. Who wants it more, the

:36:14.:36:19.

crowd are on their feet here in the velodrome in London. It will require

:36:20.:36:24.

a big effort, the British trio will have two dead, really deep to try

:36:25.:36:29.

and overhaul the lead Australia have had all the way through. Great

:36:30.:36:36.

Britain for the first time have their noses in front. So close but

:36:37.:36:40.

Britain leading the way in the race for gold in the team pursuit. It

:36:41.:36:46.

will be tight at the end, Britain have lost it right at the end.

:36:47.:36:54.

Australia claim the gold-medal. Great Britain were racing on the

:36:55.:36:58.

edge and just tipped over on the very last lap. But they gave

:36:59.:37:04.

everything and a little bit more in pursuit of that world title. It is

:37:05.:37:12.

Australia who win the day. A silver medal and a strong performance but

:37:13.:37:15.

not the top step of the podium which is what you were gunning for, what

:37:16.:37:22.

is your collection on that? You have summed it up yourself, we are in the

:37:23.:37:28.

ballpark, we have a great chance in Brazil. In the past two cycles we

:37:29.:37:34.

have always gone quicker at the games. It's great to be back on a

:37:35.:37:41.

bike for me personally but for the team it is disappointing to lose out

:37:42.:37:47.

at the last moment, maybe next time? Not much between the teams, the fact

:37:48.:37:51.

that there are six of you collecting medals shows we have some strength,

:37:52.:37:57.

can you make the instrumental gains? Definitely, I will put my house on

:37:58.:38:03.

it, we will win in Brazil. I am confident and I think we will. We

:38:04.:38:09.

have come so far here. Individually, we all work at our efforts, where I

:38:10.:38:14.

was at Christmas compared to now, coming on leaps and bounds. Into the

:38:15.:38:18.

summer now, we can move on again for Brazil. Watching that with me, the

:38:19.:38:26.

confidence of Bradley Wiggins, how much of that is real and how much is

:38:27.:38:31.

mind games? Probably a little bit of mind games but they know within

:38:32.:38:36.

themselves, Ed Clancy came to this very late, only had back surgery in

:38:37.:38:41.

December and was learning to walk around Christmas. Everything came

:38:42.:38:44.

fast for him and he was the rider who was a bit off the back when they

:38:45.:38:49.

were fanning out to the three. They also lost a rider with about a

:38:50.:38:52.

kilometre to go. They will know where they need to polish things up

:38:53.:38:59.

and they will be able to qualify -- quantify that. Can you see that they

:39:00.:39:09.

can make the changes? Yes, but the Australians also have more to come.

:39:10.:39:17.

I think it will be very, very close. Ed Clancy three months ago was being

:39:18.:39:21.

stretchered from a track in a van because he could not sit upright.

:39:22.:39:27.

Plenty more to come, great to see. I felt for Ed Clancy, but they manage

:39:28.:39:34.

the situation well and that was important. It was a risk putting Ed

:39:35.:39:40.

Clancy into the final but he is so almost there I guess it was a risk

:39:41.:39:45.

they had to take. Some things you only find out in race conditions

:39:46.:39:48.

when you are under pressure, that is what they had been missing, and they

:39:49.:39:52.

have got that information here and I think it looks good. It was close

:39:53.:39:58.

enough that they could have won. Andy Tennant missed out because of

:39:59.:40:01.

the decision and he was in the bronze race for the individual

:40:02.:40:07.

pursuit, up against his team-mate Wayne Gould. This is what happened.

:40:08.:40:17.

-- Owain Doull. COMMENTATOR: Approaching the last

:40:18.:40:30.

minute of racing, it could come down to who can go and Robert and really

:40:31.:40:36.

push it. What a final couple of laps we are going to have in this battle

:40:37.:40:41.

for bronze between the British duo, Andy Tennant leading the way at the

:40:42.:40:45.

moment but it is extremely close between Andy Tennant and Owain

:40:46.:40:51.

Doull. England against Wales, Owain Doull has a lot to do, has to find

:40:52.:40:55.

half a second from somewhere in the last lap. Andy Tennant still looks

:40:56.:41:02.

good, still look strong but Owain Doull is a scrapper, he is a fighter

:41:03.:41:07.

and will push it all the way. In the end it has gone to... Andy Tennant!

:41:08.:41:25.

Andy Tennant takes it, roughly at attend the second between them. What

:41:26.:41:30.

a race did was. -- a 10th of a second.

:41:31.:41:34.

Those guys are pushing each other all the way and coming Brazil

:41:35.:41:40.

selection it will be the fastest five guys who get to go to the team

:41:41.:41:41.

pursuit and the on omnium. I am not sure, Mark Cavendish is

:41:42.:42:05.

capable of performing in this event but it takes a long time to get up

:42:06.:42:10.

to track speed and I am not sure that time is on his side. Good

:42:11.:42:15.

effort but perhaps not good enough, two more events to come for Mark

:42:16.:42:20.

Cavendish. Let's go back to the first day of competition, all hearts

:42:21.:42:24.

with Becky James who has had a long road back to fitness after illness

:42:25.:42:28.

and injury. She was the star of the show three years ago so hearts were

:42:29.:42:34.

very much with her when she rang up in the key ring. -- when she lined

:42:35.:42:39.

up in the keirin. COMMENTATOR: Anna Meares will want

:42:40.:43:02.

to move from the back position. I think she will do that in the next

:43:03.:43:06.

lap or soul as they start to jockey for position.

:43:07.:43:14.

Just over a lap to go now before the race begins. Tension builds with

:43:15.:43:25.

every passing a lap, the calm before the storm in the women's final. Just

:43:26.:43:33.

starting to look back and think tactically now. But Becky James in a

:43:34.:43:39.

beautiful possession but she will have to defend it, boxed in at the

:43:40.:43:45.

moment. The bike disappears, two and a half laps to go. Anna Meares has

:43:46.:43:52.

been assertive. The Korean on the shoulder of Anna Meares. Becky James

:43:53.:44:00.

bringing up the rear at the moment, with work to do, they will take the

:44:01.:44:02.

bell next time around. Anna Meares in the middle of the

:44:03.:44:14.

track with the green helmet, but it is still Christina Vogel leading

:44:15.:44:17.

from the front and trying to stay, Becky James coming through to get a

:44:18.:44:23.

medal. Christina Vogel takes the gold ahead of Anna Meares and it is

:44:24.:44:27.

a bronze medal for Becky James of Great Britain.

:44:28.:44:30.

That lifted the whole team, they had missed Becky James. They had, she is

:44:31.:44:39.

a bubbly character, so lovely to have around. To have her back and

:44:40.:44:45.

firing on almost also wonders was brilliant. Everyone was there to

:44:46.:44:49.

congratulate her after. Missing her so much, she could not play a full

:44:50.:44:53.

part in the team sprint qualification so the women's team

:44:54.:44:57.

have not qualified for the Olympics. I think she is one of the casualties

:44:58.:45:03.

of them not quite making the grade to get the selection because she

:45:04.:45:07.

could have made the difference. She has time, she has performed better

:45:08.:45:11.

than she expected here so she would have slotted in and the whole unit

:45:12.:45:15.

probably would have been faster. But that is the way it goes. Quick

:45:16.:45:20.

mention of road racing, big news for Lizzie Armitstead this morning. Yes,

:45:21.:45:26.

also for Nikki Harris, coming back off of the season and is now in

:45:27.:45:35.

Lizzie Armitstead's team, the first women's World Tour road event of the

:45:36.:45:39.

year ever, absolutely amazing for Lizzie Armitstead. Fantastic.

:45:40.:45:45.

Tonight we will see the medals decided in the men's sprint,

:45:46.:45:48.

hopefully Jason Kenny day will have a chance -- Jason Kenny.

:45:49.:45:54.

Being aerodynamic is the key to success in cycling.

:45:55.:45:57.

Dawkins gave him a lot of rope in this race. It could have been a

:45:58.:46:06.

tactical mistake. But Callum Skinner did fantastic to beat quality

:46:07.:46:10.

opposition. He beat Gregory Bauge, the defending champion and one of

:46:11.:46:15.

the biggest names in sprinting. It was a real scalp for him. He can be

:46:16.:46:20.

very proud of his ride. Did very well and kept the Frenchman guessing

:46:21.:46:24.

all the way. Kept a bit extra for the final acceleration down the back

:46:25.:46:28.

straight and Bauge couldn't get back on terms in time. It was a real

:46:29.:46:34.

boost for the sprint squad. They still have rounds to come, but

:46:35.:46:38.

hopefully one of them will be in a gold medal race. Hopefully Callum

:46:39.:46:42.

Skinner will be there too. Closing the event tomorrow will be the

:46:43.:46:45.

Madison where you have two riders who need to understand each other.

:46:46.:46:50.

They need to literally hold each other's hands. Representing Great

:46:51.:46:53.

Britain will be served Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. A good

:46:54.:46:58.

thing they have known each other a long time and know each other well.

:46:59.:47:02.

Good the Blacks without referring to good musicians. Jedward. They are

:47:03.:47:16.

musicians. Are they? Cheers lad. Can't do impressions. He's a dancer.

:47:17.:47:22.

He could be the fat one. We have always got on and share the

:47:23.:47:36.

same sense of humour, which is always a good starting point. I

:47:37.:47:42.

always remember back to when Mark was on the Academy. I always treated

:47:43.:47:46.

him with respect, even back then. That goes along way in how you form

:47:47.:47:50.

opinions of each other when you get older. You never forget when you are

:47:51.:48:04.

how people treat you. We were in Colne near Blackburn, and I was

:48:05.:48:07.

pro-then, came second and won a box of energy gel will stop Mark was 19

:48:08.:48:14.

at the time and I gave them to him because I got them for nothing. He

:48:15.:48:19.

was so happy, cheers, lad. We have to buy these ourselves! He's never

:48:20.:48:23.

forgotten that. Things like that go a long way, and even the year after

:48:24.:48:28.

that, we did the national championships. I led him out. I

:48:29.:48:36.

thought it would be nice to see him, and it meant a lot for him to win a

:48:37.:48:40.

national title at that age. Three years later we were on the same team

:48:41.:48:44.

together, racing round Italy together, the World Championships.

:48:45.:48:50.

Brad won the Tour, and one of the proudest moments of my career was

:48:51.:48:53.

coming up the Champs-Elysees with him. He won the yellow jersey, and

:48:54.:49:00.

then the World Championships on the road. It would be nice to tell my

:49:01.:49:05.

son in the years to come that I was there when Cav won his first chavvy

:49:06.:49:11.

chips, Copenhagen, the first British world title since Tommy Simpsons. It

:49:12.:49:15.

was special for all of us there. Riding at the front. The road race

:49:16.:49:20.

at the Olympics in London. The Champs-Elysees moment will never

:49:21.:49:24.

happen again, ever. I would put my name to that. When are you ever

:49:25.:49:29.

going to get a British rider in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France,

:49:30.:49:35.

leading out the British world road race champion, who wins on the

:49:36.:49:37.

Champs-Elysees? All those things coming together for that to happen.

:49:38.:49:45.

A British world road champion, a British leader and winner of the

:49:46.:49:48.

Tour, then somebody who can win on the Champs-Elysees as well. Those

:49:49.:49:52.

things are one office. We have been through a lot. Those things bind you

:49:53.:50:00.

together. -- one offs and everyone else sharing with you, you share

:50:01.:50:06.

those road experiences. For all of us at Copenhagen in the worlds, we

:50:07.:50:12.

will remember it, we had that game plan and we all executed. Even the

:50:13.:50:16.

Olympic road race, we didn't win, but we put our heart and soul into

:50:17.:50:20.

it. You were the strongest man in the group. It's those experiences.

:50:21.:50:25.

We fall out at times, we are like brothers. There was a time when you

:50:26.:50:32.

were in a strop on Tour in 2009. We had to chase somebody down. Was that

:50:33.:50:42.

you? (BLEEP) we didn't talk the next day. Did you chasing? No. It was my

:50:43.:50:51.

swansong on the track at the World Championships. To do an Olympic year

:50:52.:50:58.

in London, it would be my last World Track Championships, but my first

:50:59.:51:03.

was 18 years ago. Not a bad run. I don't think I've ever seen you?

:51:04.:51:08.

Nobody has, it you dissed this appear. -- you just disappear.

:51:09.:51:15.

How important are they in terms of their status? They reach outside the

:51:16.:51:23.

sport and the bubble Kuster I have used the word before. -- bobble? You

:51:24.:51:32.

get some real character and we like to see it. You never know what you

:51:33.:51:37.

will get, particularly with Bradley. When you put them together it's a

:51:38.:51:40.

double act, so it's ironic they write the Madison together. They won

:51:41.:51:47.

the World Championships in 2008 in Manchester, but I remember being in

:51:48.:51:49.

the velodrome at Beijing where it didn't go well for them. They didn't

:51:50.:51:54.

deal with that well. Cav was very emotional about it afterwards. He

:51:55.:51:58.

had committed to that one event but Bradley had other irons in the fire.

:51:59.:52:02.

That's the nature of their relationship. It's a bit like a

:52:03.:52:12.

marriage without sex. You went expecting that to come out! Hugh

:52:13.:52:17.

Dennis, you love your cycling. You will be taking part in some of it

:52:18.:52:21.

for Sport Relief. Before I ask you about that, what's the appeal of

:52:22.:52:26.

Radley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish? Have they influenced your decision

:52:27.:52:31.

to want to try this? I think they are both fantastic, actually. I was

:52:32.:52:38.

watching the coverage yesterday, watching Bradley Wiggins, and I

:52:39.:52:42.

thought, who is the most tattooed sportsmen in Britain, and it's

:52:43.:52:46.

probably Radley Wiggins. He's fantastic. He's a rock star on a

:52:47.:52:52.

bike. You have done something I think is very brave. Explain. I'm

:52:53.:52:57.

doing the Sport Relief elimination race here, round this lot. Chris

:52:58.:53:06.

Boardman's face! LAUGHTER There are only six of us doing it.

:53:07.:53:10.

Not as hard as the one we saw yesterday. The other five? Team

:53:11.:53:19.

Redgrave. Steve Redgrave, me and Dan Snow, the historian. Hard for him to

:53:20.:53:24.

the aerodynamic because he's so tall. But he can bounce people out

:53:25.:53:31.

of the way. And then Freddie Flintoff, Harry Dunn, and Mark

:53:32.:53:37.

Wright from the only way is Essex. I think I might be a laminated first.

:53:38.:53:42.

I think Harry Dunn and Freddie Flintoff have a combined age of 70.

:53:43.:53:47.

Me and Steve Redgrave, combined age of 107. Do we still have the

:53:48.:53:53.

muscles? What you have the experience. Let's see you in

:53:54.:53:58.

training. Chris, SS this. Look at the balance. -- assess. You are low,

:53:59.:54:08.

aerodynamic, going in the right direction. How difficult is it to

:54:09.:54:12.

ride on the track? I've never done it before until filming. When you

:54:13.:54:18.

start you feel like you are going around the inside of a Bath. Good

:54:19.:54:25.

description. You think if you get fast enough you will be OK and won't

:54:26.:54:30.

fall off the wall of death. In the end, you are fine, whizzing around

:54:31.:54:34.

and not thinking about it. It will be in front of an audience, we hope.

:54:35.:54:39.

You can get tickets, if you would like to see this extraordinary

:54:40.:54:42.

elimination race. Go to the BBC sport website, the Sport Relief

:54:43.:54:49.

section, and you can get details of how to get tickets. It would be

:54:50.:54:52.

sensational. People should come and support. The speed involved will be

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quite astonishing! Chris, with all your wisdom and experience and

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knowledge of track site, what's your advice to Hugh Dennis? The key is,

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if you find yourself scared, don't close your eyes. He said before, go

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straight, turn left, goes straight, turn left, until somebody says stop.

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That's all you need to know. If you fall off, get back on and get on the

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race. There was the Dutchman last night. Proper hard men. Keeping you

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up-to-date on the time trial. Mark Cavendish has been in action. He's

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seventh after four events. Chris Boardman, two events to go. What are

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the chances of him winning a medal? 38 point gap to the leader, that's a

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fair old job. But the way it's weighted in the points race, you can

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get 20 points in one hit. It could all go down to the last lap. All the

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riders can be defensive. It's a challenge, still doable, but a

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challenge. He has the flying lap next. Should be good for him. He's a

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spent athlete, so should be good for Mark Cavendish. -- sprint athlete.

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This championship is something of a recovery for British cycling.

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Britain are at the top of the medal table, mission almost complete. We

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have to remember they are not in Olympic disciplines, but the form is

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there and they are competitive in everything. We keep talking about

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Rio, but they are in good shape for Rio, and they can make the jump.

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We've had the big confidence boost here, but they still have to do more

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to win. Who is the start of the show so far? I think Owain Doull really

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proved himself to be one of the riders who will be there for the

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future. He really helped them. Him and Bradley were the main men. We

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will be on air from 7pm on the red button. If you join us then you will

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see Laura Trott starting her omnium challenge and Mark Cavendish

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finishing his. Sprint medals being decided with Jason Kenny, and Emily

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Nelson as well. 2pm tomorrow for the final session which includes Bradley

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Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in the Madison. More sport coming up on the

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BBC with Great Britain against Japan in the doubles rubber in the Davis

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Cup. 1-1 at the moment with Great Britain defending their Davis Cup

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title. And triathlon, the first cup edition of the season with Helen

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Jenkins and trying to claim a spot on the British team from 1pm. We

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will hear more from Chris Boardman later. Join us on the red button

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from 7pm for more brilliant cycling to come.

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