Highlights World Track Cycling Championships


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


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


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


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


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


The Olympic sprint champion! The noise is something everyone talks


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


World Championships, hugely enthusiastic crowds have been


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


British cycling having suffered a fairly disastrous Championships in


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


and reflect on them with the combined wisdom of Chris Boardman


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


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


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


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


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


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


it we are starting to get quite excited.


COMMENTATOR: Closely fought competition, five riders. Graf is


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the advantage, needs to ride defensively once he gets himself


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


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


there as well. Graf has done exactly what he


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Graf still ploughing along. De Ketele still looking sprightly.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


on. That is a man under pressure, Graf


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


world title could be heads, and look at this!


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


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


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


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


team per suit and no gold in the points race.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Brazil. This is the interesting question because Mark Cavendish is


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


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


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


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


place for Brazil. You could see the emotion on his


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


scratch race. The first person over the line wins.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from Canada to close the gap. Stephanie Roorda


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from a disappointing qualifying round and we learned a lot of


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Being aerodynamic is the key to success in cycling.


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


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


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


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


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


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


When the pioneering few realised aerodynamics was more important


superlight but boxy bike forms morphed into slippery wing sections.


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


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


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


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


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


resistance for years positional choices where arrived at by feeling.


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


being more compact, and understand the payoff for being uncomfortable


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


individuals and teams who have invested in understanding this are


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


marginal gains still to be discovered.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


positioning, the subtle changes, someone has been thinking about


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


December and was learning to walk around Christmas. Everything came


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


-- Owain Doull. COMMENTATOR: Approaching the last


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


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


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


moment but it is extremely close between Andy Tennant and Owain


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


up in the keirin. COMMENTATOR: Anna Meares will want


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


lap or soul as they start to jockey for position.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


a bronze medal for Becky James of Great Britain.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


year ever, absolutely amazing for Lizzie Armitstead. Fantastic.


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


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


Being aerodynamic is the key to success in cycling.


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


tactical mistake. But Callum Skinner did fantastic to beat quality


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


together, racing round Italy together, the World Championships.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Radley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish? Have they influenced your decision


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


watching the coverage yesterday, watching Bradley Wiggins, and I


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


This championship is something of a recovery for British cycling.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


see Laura Trott starting her omnium challenge and Mark Cavendish


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


from 7pm for more brilliant cycling to come.


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