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Good evening. Welcome to Queen Elizabeth Park from the Lee Valley
velodrome, glowing in the evening light. World selling tickets, every
evening is a sell-out. Tonight part of that is due to this man, Sir
Wiggins which. We will see him in the final of the men's team pursuit.
It relies on combined power, technical skill, understanding and
mutual respect. One word... In one word... Ummm... I
would say... I can't do one word! Ed is a freak of nature. Ed Clancy -
ginger. He's the funny guy of the team.
Phenomenal! Owain Doull, rugby-mad.
Reckless! Full of potential on the track as well as the road.
Andy Tennant - steady. And consistent. Always professional. He
will give it his best. Steven Burke, massive United fan.
Football mad. Solid. One of the most underrating rise riders on the
planet. Jon Dibben. Young lad on the team.
Keen, enthusiastic. Jon Dibben - under the thumb. The calm guy of the
team. The most talented person ever, also the laziest!
Bradley Wiggins - knight Rider, been there, done that. A great asset to
the team. A role model. A character. The boss. Wiggins - impressionist. I
will get them for nothing. So happy. He was like, "cheers, lad." I am so
made one these, we have to buy these ourselves.
It will come back on me! And that will be the highlight of
our coverage tonight as we show you the best of the live action from the
velodrome, which is rocking with enthusiastic cycling fans. Already
they have been cheering as Wiggins, Steven Burke Beat Italy this
afternoon to win a shot at gold. Laura Trott races in the women's
scratch, over 10kms. On the come-back trail, Becky James won to
make it into the second round of the ker rip. If she finishes in the top
three, she will go into the final. News on the line-up - Ed Clancy, who
has had a bad back injury and an operation is back in there with Jon
Dibben and Doull as well. Delighted to say, Britain's most successful
Paralympic and Olympic cyclists will be with me this evening to bring me
their wisdom. Three years ago at the World Track Championships, Becky was
the star of the show with two world medals. She suffered injury and
illness problems. She's on the track, literally, coming back and
hoping for a place in Rio. I was pretty low. I had amazing
support. All of British cycling were telling me they always believe in
me. It was not an enjoyable experience and I hope never to go
through it again. All I have ever known is riding my bike. I could not
imagine not doing it. That gave me the determination. It has been like
a new beginning to me. I feel like I am a different bike rider now. I am
trying to see myself not what I was before, and a new Becky now and
hopefully moving forward to be better than I was before.
THE COMMENTATOR: It is all or nothing. Becky James is the champion
of the world. It has been a long time, so I am excited to be back.
THE COMMENTATOR: Becky James with a chance to be a double world
champion. She's done it. Double world champion. I am loving every
training session. Every time I am racing I am loving it more than ever
before. That is the appreciation from being injured. My determination
to get to Rio is unbelievable. To be able to go to an Olympics, like
that's the one thing I have not done. Missing out on London was
pretty hard. Now I have become a world champion. I have had medals,
to go to the Olympics is the pinnacle. That is what I want to do.
And this is the big test. Becky won and she'll be in the second of the
two semi-finals you are about to see.
To explain the Keirin and take us through the riders. They are ready
to go in what is the first semi-final in the women's Keirin. It
is the semi-final. Eight laps of the track. Little motorbike leads them
around. Until two-and-a-half laps from the end. It peels off from the
inside of the track, then Chris, a few for all -- free-for-all to the
line. It could be a difficult heat this as well, if we move to tactics.
Three Australians in this. It will be interesting to see if they use
that strength in numbers to ensure they have somebody in the final.
Will they contest the race for themselves and get on with it? It
looks like you have an advantage with so many team-mates in the same
heat. You can get in each other's way. It will be interesting. Here is
the dern yea. They must stay -- derny. They must stay behind it. No
riders can overlap the derny, or they will be disqualified and they
must stay within ten metres of it. The three Australians, the defending
champion, Mears an 11-time world champion. Wearing the green helmet
tonight. 1. . The last of the three Australians
on the track at this moment in time. Stephanie, a gold finalists in the
2012 Games and a two-time Commonwealth champion.
In the front the Ukrainian. We have the Korean and also from France in
this field T first of the two semi-finals in the women's Keirin.
Here is Mears. It is a difficult one. I think you
will need to split this threesome up.
Still on wheel of the bike the Ukrainian.
McCulloch, Morton, bringing up the rear in the they stri blue at the
moment. Another lap or so before they start to move about and try and
change position before the derny swings out. They will leave a gap,
as much as they dare. They cannot be more than 10 metres away to
accelerate. We are riding the derny-cam there
for a moment or two. Four laps to go and the riders will
start to look around now. They will start to assess who is
where. Leaving themselves some gaps and
room to manoeuvre. They will be able to accelerate.
McCulloch starts to make a move T derny will go off the track.
Two-and-a-half laps to go. Anna Meares in third place.
The Ukrainian leads the way. Going towards the front.
I think the French woman caught them napping there and got pole position.
The Australians have got strength in numbers and have a long way to go.
They are starting the charge. They have a long way to go around.
Here comes Anna Meares, the defending champion and Meares gets
it on the line. She timed it to perfection. She had to dig fairly
deep there. One of the great champions in world cycling came up
trumps and here is the photo finish again, as Anna Meares takes it on
the line. Anna Meares, first over the line.
Basova. Jing was right up there.
She was swamped at the last, I think.
Pushed down into forth position. Anna Meares, that is experience for
you. Watching here, not panicking at all. Making sure she's got room to
race. Going around the long way. Sheltered, waiting and waiting,
using the dip in the banking. Coming to the home straight, rolls forward.
The Australian who made the final last year was never a factor in this
race at all. In the centre of your picture,
taking second on the line. Australia, Ukraine and Korea have
riders going through to the final. There is the confirmation.
They will go through to the minor final.
I know James is only 24 years of age, but she's had a couple of
difficult years since winning back in Minsk in 2013. It is amazing to
see her at this level of raising and to get through into this semi-final.
It is a tough heat she's got, that is for sure. All of it, it is a
steep upwards curve for her though. She doesn't really look like she's
been away. Tactically, really good in the previous round to get into
this semi. And there Anna Meares, highlighted
as they came up to the line. The hurly burley of Keirin racing.
Anna Meares, we have said it so many times, but what a rider she's been.
She had a great rivalry with Victoria Pendleton over many, many
years. An 11-time world champion. Won 25 medals in the World
Championships over the years. This, I imagine will be the last time we
see her racing in London. We keep saying it. She did take time out. It
looked like she would retire for good. I think that gap, that space
allowed her to assess whether she really wanted to do this. She
decided she would come back with a different mind set. She can enjoy
everything she does know is a bonus. That could be very liberating to go
into racing with that open mind set. Now Becky James up against Guo from
China. Who was the world champion in 2009. There is welcome di James, a
double world champion in Minsk. Another Chinese rider in this race.
The silver medallist in the individual sprint last year is in it
as well. Lee, from Hong Kong, on this track
in 2012. She crashed heavily in the first round. Hopefully she's OK and
the big danger Vogel from Germany, a six-time world champion. I think
people should be amazed there's not more crashing in this event. There
is so much speed and a lot of riders in a very small space. It shows the
skill that we don't see more incidents than we do.
James is going to take that first position.
She decided she wants to get into control first. It is like the two
Chinese rider are apart. One has the red helmet on.
A talented Dutch rider. Vogel in the white and black of
Germany and Lee from Hong Kong bringing up the rear at the moment.
Becky James had to get into this the hard way. What a broad grin on her
face when she assured herself she would be continuing in the
competition and an afternoon session will go into the evening one. We saw
her interviewed at the start of the show tonight. She was really
content, enjoying her racing. Just glad to be back at the moment. Just
enjoying being on the bushd. The -- board. This is a rider we don't
anticipate is at the top of her form. A rider who is working her way
back. She will be disappointed about the team sprint result, of course.
She probably would have got a slot there. If she had carried on with
this level of progression. It is not open to her now. It is all in for
this event and the individual sprint.
So the pace gradually increasing. We will get the camera shots from
the back. Becky James on the front. Right
behind her is Schwenk. Lynn is in third place. Ligtlee fourth.
Bringing up the rear, Christine Vogel. The motorbike will disappear
in half a lap from now. Becky James is going to try and let one person
around, so she has a wheel to gum up. It is a difficult one to
control. At the moment, she's decided that she is going to take
this one from the front. She keeps control, but she is swamped out.
Still in good shape. Has she got the acceleration? Vogel at Alli and
Ligtlee are fighting it out. Those two won gold and silver. Becky James
boxed in on the inside at the moment. Jong funding goes in. Shueng
going, but on the inside it is Christina Vogel. Becky James is
fighting hard. And Becky James has qualified for the final! Vogel, Lee
and Ligtlee gave it all. Christina Vogel really quick on the final lap,
but Becky James, who looked as though she might have been boxed in,
found a way through. She was riding to qualify. There was no intention
to get off the wheel. She was monitoring what was going on around.
She found herself with a quarter of a lap to go, boxed in. She did
enough to qualify. That is what she did. You have to be in it to win it.
Anything can happen having made it to the world final. Becky James was
the world champion in this discipline in 2013. I wonder what
chance he has tonight. I think a medal is definitely on the cards
here. That was a courageous ride, at Welling over 60, it is per hour. She
found herself space to ease through. She did not panic at all. The
experience she has got in the bank. The champ in a few years ago, back
in 2009, Christina Vogel in 2010. Safety through. She is joined in
that race were gold. Becky James has qualified.
And she will have just after half an hour to recover for that final,
coming up at 7:45pm. Sarah Storey, that is a fantastic performance.
Becky will be able to draw on all of her experience. She did not really
hit the wind, and she just found the gap in the final three. It was the
perfect way to qualify. It is going to be incredibly tactical. It is. It
is hard to pick the winner. That was a tough semifinal. I thought that
was going to be a final line-up. That was final standard. Becky to
get through, I was not expecting that. She has done incredibly well
with the lack of time she had coming back from injury. It is going to be
a tough final to choose from, but Becky is in there with a shout. As
Chris Boardman is mentioning in commentary, great to have Becky back
but not in enough time to qualify for the Olympics. Kate and that
Katie Marchand, we were criticised desperate critical of the elongated
qualification process. A long story short, it was not just about the
position yesterday, guarantee qualification for Rio. They had to
get a number of points in conjunction with these points to get
qualification. They were fifth, which is great, but they did not
have enough points leading up to the games. They were emotional, they
came off the track, but they said a few things which they will look back
on and regret that they said. But there is frustration, and you want
to shout and scream, and it is natural. But it is a pity for them.
They are to come into form. This places the best they have had for a
while. They do not want the frustration to seep into other areas
of the team. Let's talk about the team pursuit. We were part of this
team until the end of 2011. Historically, it isn't -- it is an
extremely strong event for us. They have won six out of eight modem
chips. But what happened this afternoon? This morning, in
qualification, the team ended up in fear after all the teams had run.
You write in your own qualification rides. Coming up into the final
calamity, the team broke up, so we had to riders, Elinor Barker, and
you can see that she had been gapped, and join arousal had been
chance to browse that clap. So Eleanor will cross the line at a
roundabout four minutes and 18 seconds, by the time the third rider
came across it was four minutes 21. It was a tactical mess up? It is
possible that the team started too hard. What they will do, they will
go away, they will look at the pacing, they would look at where the
energy was spread around the team. They will look at which part caused
the breakdown. Those teams have been training together for a number of
weeks and years, they know each other incredibly well. They will
look at all the evidence and the details that right, and where Napoli
work out where the problem is. They will fight for the bronze medal at
best. After that qualification, Jill Douglas caught up with Ian Dyer.
That was not the most polished performance. Bitterly disappointing
for the girls. The girls are disappointed. There is no dressing
it up. We win the races and we split up, but we were not at cohesive,
tight enough unit. Why? I think we were a little bit boom and bust. We
had some we collapse, and when you start on a cycle like that, it is
hard to find consistency and keep the right solid and under control.
The team pursuit is the one thing the British have always excelled at.
The ways that we have trained, we have well oiled machine. What has
broken? We had one of our strongest riders on the sidelines following
injury. That puts us on the back foot a little bit. But that was a
long-term situation, and the riders have tried very hard to work a way
around that, and produced the best performance that we can. As I said,
naturally, that is not the way that we wanted to turn out to date. I
can't remember seeing as fractious a performance by British pursuit team
in recent years. I would have to agree with that. The evidence is
there for all to see. It is a disappointing result, and not what
we were looking for. Our training performances were strong, and
naturally, America has set a really good time early on, they set the
tone of the race, and they knew where the race was at. That is what
we were endeavouring to match. They have to get back on the bike now.
Can they get a medal? Yes, they can hit the medals, still. The top two
seeded teams out of heats one and two will go still to the ride off,
but the other teams get right foot bronze. When you have to turn our
thoughts to that, and we would do a little bit of number crunching and
analysis tonight, and the performance support team can look at
this -- personnel changes. We have to come out fighting, and show
everyone what we are capable of and turn it around. Let's not forget
that Laura is back in action in the scratch race tonight. There is still
plenty going on there. But it would be really nice to turn this around
and show everyone what we can do. As Ian says, Laura is back in action.
She is part of this line-up. They will have to bounce back from
disappointment. Sarah Storey, she is capable of doing that. Absolutely.
She will have to do it in the Omni. There are six events, and all of
those events -- not all of those events are going to go well. She has
the expressed in her backpack. -- experience. It is a mass start. It
is 40 laps of the track. Think limiters. How do you work that out
in your head? You have a game plan in your head. Moves will happen.
There will be breaks in the bunch. It could come together for a sprint
at the end. Laura is lucky. She has different tactics and different
strengths. She is not a one trick pony. I think she could win this. I
think she will be determined to bounce back in the team pursuit. If
she can beat up there in the top four or five with two laps to go, I
would not bet against her. She is going to get a huge amount of
support from this crowd. Let's join the commentary.
COMMENTATOR: They are just rolling round to make sure everything at up
and running. 40 laps, ten kilometres. Apart from Laura Trott,
the defending champion from the Netherlands is here. The cheque
writer, the former world champion. There she is. Just a few of the
names in this 20 rider field here in the women's scratch race. No points
to worry about. It is a straightforward first across the
line event. Everyone is waiting for someone to throw the first met could
-- metaphorical punch. I would agree with what Chris was saying just now
that I think Laura will be looking for something hip tactically. She is
one of the smartest riders I have ever seen, male or female. She
really knows how to handle bike. It can work in a sprint or a breakaway.
She will be smarting from the performance earlier today. She will
want to do something about that. This is a great way to vent your
frustrations. When Laura Trott is smarting, it is bad news for the
opposition. I am really surprised. Six disciplines, and the Omni, she
has a long -- in the Omni. She has a long weekend. The form was certainly
there. There is the Belgian rider on the front. Laura Trott taking a
little turn. The race yet to ignite and take to life. The Mexican rider
in net, and Salazar in the green and white. There is our first tentative
look at the front here. It looks at the Japanese rider. It is just
opening a little gap here. It is a little bit slow motion at the
moment. Three have fallen behind. Sierra from Cuba involved in a three
rider chase of sorts down that back straight. The right move would be to
swing off the shoulder, get in with this group and see if you can whip
up the pace. They have about 50 metres at the moment. The main group
not panicking. The pace is moving up. The Belarussian rider in there.
Salazar from Mexico and the rider from Cuba, and Sierra, who has shown
good form. It has suddenly got quite dangerous. They have got their act
together. They have the best part of half a lap. The danger has been
spotted, and they have half a lap. They have quite a bit of rope.
Someone else will have to take up the work. Surely, the big hitters
realise that they need to work together to close this gap. At 40
lap race, it may sound like a lot, but it goes very quickly. They will
run it fast, and you really feel every lap of it. A lot of damage.
These four are committed. They are just about holding their own. It
probably won't succeed, but it has to be taken seriously. We saw a good
turn from the Spanish, and Kerstin Wield briefly on the front for
Belgian. Laura Trott has briefly come up. She is happy to sit and
watch this one play out. We have reached a point where the riders are
no longer gaining ground. The Czech rider leading the chase. Road from
Canada, the Italian rider as well. Laura Trott briefly on the front.
They are losing five or ten metres a lap. As our camp -- camera pans
around, this is not the danger. I would swing up, and every time they
hesitate and look around, they will snatch back another five or ten
metres. They have a little bit of room to manoeuvre, but they do not
have the firepower in a group of four to drive this advantage home.
The time numbered. Riding on the front of the chase group, Laura
Trott. Salazar of Mexico, Sierra from Cuba bringing up the rear of
the quartet. Riding on the front, the rider from Japan. The other one
in that group is from Belarus. She won the scratch race in Hong Kong in
a World Cup meeting. It is an interesting dynamic of the race.
While this race is out there, there is no incentive to attack. The race
is held around the bottom. Anyone who was to attack has to go right
around the outside. They have gained another ten metres, so they are
nearly halfway through this race. The Belgian rider is just starting
to turn the screw a little bit. Stefanie Rhoda trying to get on the
wheel. Laura Trott is there, too. Those three are closing the gap. So
much so that they are almost on them already. Now, with 22 laps to go,
Laura Trott is very much involved at the front end of this race. Are they
going to keep it going? They have charged across. They have
neutralised it in a matter of a lap. That is the supply. They have
decided that they are not going to burst ahead. There are a lot of
people creating bridges to come together, but there will be some
fatigue. It is a great opportunity for someone to make a counter move
as Keeping an eye on Machacova from the
Czech Republic. She cannot help herself. She's an animator. Every
time she races she'll have a go. She will attack at some point and the
Spanish rider was on her heel. D'Hoore from Belgium is strong. She
won five national titles last year in the National Championships in
Belgium. She's been an excellent rider on the road as well. A couple
of World Cup wins last year. Good tacticians as well. They will
be watching things carefully. Laura Trott was hovering at the front. She
would like to sneak into a move, if she could. I think we have seen from
the way she's moving around this group that she's up for a win here.
She's not in it just to ride around. She really wants to see if she can
take a world title here. The Slovak national track champion,
from the rear of the American bide of Geist. There's a move
on the inside from Boylan. They will be happy to let it go a little bit.
The pace is consistently high. Very hard for an individual rider to stay
away. She needs some company inside the next minute or so. Just 15 laps
as she comes around this time to go. It is not long now and they will
start to hesitate in about five to ten laps from now. It is when they
will start to hesitate and wait for the sprint. Boylan is stinging them
out here. We saw her compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She's
a gap about two-thirds the length of the finishing straight, with Laura
Trott leading the chase. Looking over her shoulder and Confalonieri
is there. These are the wildcard moves you
have to watch out for. It is a very unthreatening one individual that
you think, oh they will not make it on their own, we don't have to chase
too hard. They look around at each other and nobody can do anything
about it. It looks like she may get company now.
The Cuban having another go. She was in the early break away.
There's Machacova, who is second on the track at the moment. Boylan is
tying up a little bit. She will be overtaken shortly.
Machacova from the Czech Republic and Sierra, from Cuba now leading
the way. They overtake Boylan from Ireland. There are quality riders
there. Boylan, she's not got the leg. The danger has been spotted
from behind. The attacking from Geist from the United States. Laura
Trott is right on her wheel. Trying to get on the wheel of Laura
Trott and has done so. The Spainish rider keeping an eye on
Laura Trott. She knows that Trott's wheel is a good one to follow. We
have Machacova, Sierra and Becka. They are making a big mistake here.
There are nine laps. They have half a lap to lead. It has started about
the sprint. They know if I do the chasing down I have nothing for the
sprint. They start to bluff and these three are pulling away. This
is where the medals can come from. If they don't react very, very
quickly. This race is starting to break up now as the Russian as well
tries to bridge the gap. She's got some company over on the far side.
And the company is from the rider from Hong Kong. The rider from Bella
rush is a is trying to get back into it as well.
Laura Trott has found herself on the back foot and has got down to the
chase now. No-one wants to work, with six laps to go, I think this
move has gone for good now. It is not coming back. I think she's found
herself pinned down and that gap is not closeable, in my opinion.
So Machacova, up at the front of the race.
Sierra in there as well. They have been joined by the rider from
Russia. And also the rider from hang Congress. There is a small
opportunity arisen here. They started to back off and think about
the sprint a bit early at the front. They are rolling through. With four
laps to go, Laura Trott has given up thinking about somebody giving her a
hand. She's got them in her sights. Win or lose she'll close it down on
her own, I think. What a last four laps we'll have. For this world's
world scratch race title. Sierra of due ba... They will get
caught. I think the winner is likely to come from that grouping. They
have charged behind. They have to close the gap.
The Canadian leads the charge. They close the gap up with every... Laura
Trott is being drawn into the race as well. How much has this effort
taken from her? She has her right on her wheel. Now Laura Trott is back
in the first half doz in the track. The Russian rider takes the bell.
Laura Trott is in the hunt for a goal here. Here comes Laura Trott.
On the outside... The stadium gets to its feet. It is Laura Trott
against... It is gold for Laura Trott and for Great Britain. She
showed her face at the front as they came into the finishing straight. It
was perfect timing. It was the perfect lift for Great Britain in
these championships. Laura Trott is a champion of the world for the
sixth time, in her career. Well, that was a remarkable ride. I
would not have believed that with five laps to go that she could turn
that around. She did so much chasing and just took a breather and took
the opportunity to follow the wheels and wait and wait and wait. We said
at the start she's a fantastic tactical rider, well that was
incredible self-belief. I can not believe she pulled that out of the
bag after being so far down. A delight for the British team to get
a gold medal. She is a winner! A winner in every sense of the word
and Laura Trott would not be denied there. She was not in a great
position at all, with six laps to go. She did a lot of the chasing to
close that gap. She kept on going. Now the others knew her wheel was
the one to follow but they could not get past her. It was an incredible
one to watch. That was... I don't know how you hold your nerve when
you see the laps are ticking away, less that a minute's racing
remaining and waiting and waiting and you could see with half a lap to
go she'd got herself into the position to win. But before that, it
just looked impossible. What a race! What a finish! That was track racing
at its thrilling best and Laura Trott can now begin to celebrate
again. A day which started so badly with that disastrous ride for the
British quartet in the British team pursuit and now celebrations with
mum and dad at the side of the track as Laura Trott celebrates being the
world champion again - the world scratch race champion.
The defending champion settles for silver for the Netherlands and the
rider from Canada takes bronze. What a smile! What a performance
from Laura Trott. Sixth gold. What a way to win.
How tough a race was that? As tough as she could have made it. I was
nervous watching it. I don't know what she was like. She was so cool.
She did not panic. Her legs would have been screaming there. She
chased that break away down in the closing laps and held on with a
sprint. It was phenomenal. She was surrounded by riders who looked
twice her size. Everybody was watching Laura. Every time there was
a break people were looking to see where Laura was. She had to win that
race the really hard way because no-one wanted to expend any energy
that was going to benefit her. She expended the energy and it did not
benefit them. It feels like, in the blink of an eye, momentum has
switched from saying, oh, no what is happening to the women's side of
British cycling? She has got a medal. This could be a great night.
A mark of a great champion to turn around a disappointing defeat like
the team pursuit this morning and she's got the crowd in the palm of
her hand. It was amazing. It lit the crowd up today. The first one I have
got right all week as well. We want to hear from Laura Trott. She is
there now with Jill Douglas. Congratulations and welcome home.
Thanks. I am so happy. Honestly, when I was in the race I was not
feeling all that good. I thought I would not chase people back to the
group. I dug in and I thought I will let everybody work. When the
Canadian went, I thought that is it I will have to chase. It worked out
perfectly for me. When I started to go over, I was like, oh, this is
early. It worked. I am so happy. It looked like nobody was willing to
work with you? I knew that would happen. In a lot of the races, at
the World Cups, it has happened to me. I was not the world champion. I
got on with it and raced my own race. You had to do it the hard way
as Sarah was saying. Obviously, I came from the back. There was a lot
of people away. They were not working together, so I didn't kind
of know it would come back. When it came back, like I say, I had the
perfect leadout from Stephanie. Your sixth rainbow jersey, how is it? It
is amazing. I love to be at this track. We won here in front of all
my friends and family. I am happy. Busy work the omnium coming up and
that team pursuit - what is the mood among the girls? Disappointing and
did not go to plan. Unless you race this thing on the edge you don't
know your limit. I would say I was disappointed it did break. The girls
rode incredibly and we gave it all we could. We will come out tomorrow
and try and get that gold medal. Fantastic! Thank you. What a year it
could be for Laura Trott. She could become the first British woman ever
to win three Olympic gold medals. Two laps out and she had to go for
it and go early. She did. The gap was closing. The
measure of them it was down to whether Weld would have the power at
the end. She was hanging on to Laura's wheel. And being so much
bigger she's generating a lot of power, how is Laura so effective. It
seems you can be any size and it works. Power comes into it a little
bit. She has incredible power for her size. She has an incredible
acceleration. This is you two getting excited. I got on my feet
there. Wow! It was thrilling to watch. It did not look on until the
last lap. It is nerve-wraking watching it, I didn't realise how
nervous until being on this side of the fence. You know what the
build-up is like, to you what it is like to race in front of a home
crowd - what difference does it make? A huge difference. Every
athlete talked about it during the London games. It gives you that
special feeling and as long as you don't let it give you too much
pressure, it is a definite advantage. We turn our attention to
the final of the Keirin and Becky James in this, having qualified and
got through a tiny gap. It is tactical again as we saw in that
race, but it is about speed. It is both. You have to have the right
tactical knowledge and skill. Look at this gap. She did not panic.
Luckily, not luckily, a good judgment, she sat there, did not
panic. Had the shorter route and had shelter. All she had to do was get
top three. She did not have to win the race, she knew that. That was a
fantastic ride. Were the scratch you said I think Laura Trott -- before
the scratch you said I think Laura Trott can win. It is the first one I
have got right. The first one you have predicted - 100%. What would
you say about Becky James in this Keirin? I don't expect her to win.
She would not expect to win. She will go with a game plan. She's had
an injury, a long time off the bike. Anything is a bonus now. Fifth place
would be a great result for her, sixth place would be a great result
for her. Without any pressure or expectation she could shine here. If
she rides smart, she'll be up there with a medal. Would she have sat
down there in her own bubble? Would she have been aware of what Laura
Trott was doing? you have to be to perform in an
empty room. The roar of the crowd will be the energy. She has to find
those extra gaps again and maybe get a medal. It is a funny race, the
keirin. It means from the Japanese word meaning fight. The man with a
beret on the bike outfront. Make it is unusual! People get a little bit
confused. What are the rules? How does it work? It is like a pace car
in motorsport. As soon as the kite in the bike gets out of the way,
that is when the race starts for real. He ramped up the speed.
Incrementally and consistently? The derny, you can hear the note of the
engine is changing as it gets higher. It gives you the adrenaline
rush when you hear it. He toes the a certain speed, he gets out of the
way, and then it starts. First, we will have the minor final. I'm
getting my head around this! Let's rejoin our commentators.
COMMENTATOR: There is Kylie McCulloch from Australia. The world
sprint champion. Stefanie Morton, gold medallist in the Paralympics
four years ago. Lee for Hong Kong. Berlin of China on the outside. --
Lin. Here comes the derny. On the far side of that track at the
moment. Slowly making its way around the banking. Then the -- when the
derny goes past, the race will begin. The minor placings final. It
will be 30-45 kilometres per hour for the women.
As we saw in the first of the semifinals, the Australian riders
going straight to the front. Will they right tactically at all? With
they just go for it? I know that medals aren't at stake. That is a
good poor -- good point. They will write for themselves and see what
can be done. They will try not to hinder each other, but they will
probably just right the race and see what can be done here. Quality field
for a minor final. Absolutely. Bringing up the rear is the French
rider the European bronze medallist, Cueff. She did not have the legs
with two laps remaining in the final. Kylie McCulloch leading the
way. Stefanie Morton right behind her. The Dutch rider third. Lin from
China forth. Lee, good to see her competing. She had a heavy fall in
the first round. She was brought off her bike through no full of her own
when the Russian rider collided with her. A lot of the time, the track
shakes of the speed and slows thingss down. They do take a tumble,
then they get back up. You can see the bike getting a little bit faster
with every passing lap. They only have a few seconds left to shelter
behind it. That is why they are looking backwards. Half a lap to go
until the derny is out of the way. Then they write as they wish. It is
a long way to lead it out, 2.5 laps. Morton in second place. I thought
Pinkney might have made more of a challenge. The slow pace is playing
into the hands of the Australians. The visit on the front. Cueff has
been boxed in. Lin from China goes out, and opens up a little bit of
daylight. Right on her wheel is Stefanie Morton. McCulloch is in
third place. Then there is little bit of a gap to Lee. Lin and Morton,
and Morton has got the pace to overtake her, and Stefanie Morton
wins the minor final. Stefanie Morton, the Australian, two-time
commonwealth games champion, the champion of OCR near. She won the
Hong Kong round earlier in the year, but she has won the final, and she
was the clear winner of that. Not really under too much pressure. Here
it is once again. She rode it beautifully. She got a fantastic
lead out. That is exactly what she wanted. Riders will often try to put
one person in front of them, so they can get some sleep scored --
slipstream, but remain in control. That is what she needed. And
Stefanie Morton over the line -- line in first place. Just getting
ready for the final itself. No doubt, they will be disappointed not
to be in the final. What a line-up we have for you, as we get
confirmation of the results. Morton and McCulloch bringing the field
home. Lin from China in third place. Here is the hurly-burly of the
women's keirin when the race is really on. It looks a lot faster
when you are right in the middle of it. Interesting to see what form the
Dutch rider is in when it comes to the sprints later in the week. She
got to the final and ended up with a silver medal last year. The women's
competition is a real strength in depth. A real endurance discipline.
They have closed it up. A bit nerve wracking for the Brits. The
defending Champlin, Anna Meares. Shuang from China in the bread.
Twice Olympic Games silver medallist, including in the keirin.
Beaten by Victoria Pendleton. There is Anna Meares. And Christine Vogel,
the current and defending world sprint champion. Basova from
Ukraine, a two-time national champion, and Jin from Korea. She
was third in New Zealand. She potentially could be a factor in
this. She is not a big-name compared the others. I think Vogel is the one
on form. Very strong. Massive experience, Anna Meares. Nothing to
lose. Becky James, she has nothing to prove. Just getting here was a
big success. Whatever happens to Becky James in this final, her
return to world championship level rating has been a success by making
it through to this final. Shuang from China takes the wheel of the
derny. Becky James in second place. Good position to have. She has tried
to be assertive in all of the races she has been involved in. As soon as
that bike is preparing to disappear, she has been up towards the front,
keeping her wits about her. She is trying to make sure she is not
jumped from behind. By any of the other riders with the searing change
of pace. Courageous ride in the semifinal. Really held her nerve,
stayed around, knowing that she did not have to win it. She got in the
top three, and she waited for everyone else to tire out. She
nipped into a gap. She got third position, and real experience there.
Anna Meares just loitering at the back of the field. Shuang at the
front. Becky James in second. Lee of Korea in third. Fourth is Vogel from
Germany. Then it is Basova of Ukraine, and Anna Meares in the
green comet at the back. Two and a half laps until the derny pulls out.
Anna Meares will want to move from that back position. I think she will
do that in the next lap or so. They are starting to jockey for position.
Anna Meares, the world keirin champion last year and also in 2011
and 2012. Just over a lap to go now before the race begins. Tension
build with every lap. This is the calm before the storm in the women's
keirin final. She is glued to the back of that motorbike. Starting to
think tactically. Becky James in a beautiful position, but she is going
to have to defend it. She is boxed in at the moment. Two and a half
laps to go. Writing at the front in pole position is Christina Vogel.
Anna Meares has been assertive. Lee of career is on the shoulder of me
Anna Meares. Becky James bringing up the rear with work to go. They will
take the belt with a lap to go. Lee from Korea in second place. Gail
Schwenk -- ten won there. Anna Meares in the middle of the track.
But still it is Christina Vogel leading from the front, and try to
stay in the front. Becky James is getting through to get a medal!
Christina Vogel takes the gold were -- ahead of Anna Meares, and it is a
bronze medal for Becky James of Great Britain, I am sure. She is
going to be pleased with that. She knew that a medal was watching was
after. She did not try to overplay her hand, and she could keep
desperate she used the expense of Anna Meares who got in a good
position, but Vogel had the legs. Becky James capitalised on that, did
not panic, and when front second position to last, and then just
thread threaded a way through. I think that is bonus medal for Becky
James. She has been out for a couple of years. She has come through a
series of races, and Vogel is in fantastic form as we can seat. She
knew that Anna Meares was on the wheel. She could see people coming
round the outside, but she knew that Anna Meares would not let them cut
in, say she stayed there, did not panic, and the others dropped away.
That is what they did, and she did not overplay her hand. She knew that
a medal would be fantastic, and that is enough for me. He played it
beautifully. You could sense from a long way out but Christina Vogel was
going to take that gold medal. Excellent result for her. Christina
Vogel is a seven time world champion. Anna Meares has a silver.
It is a 26th world Challenger medal. An excellent bronze for Becky James
of Great Britain, and there we see Vogel leading from the front, and it
did not look like that was under serious threat. From yesterday, she
looked like she was going to take that one. Very powerful at the
moment. Really good to see. A deserved win.
moment. Really good to see. A Meares is going to be unhappy. Gold
for Germany. Christina Vogel can add that to her collection. She has
already taken a bronze in the team spent on day one.
STUDIO: What a shot. I love the shots from the middle of the race.
There is Becky on the middle. Some good a performance that was from an
athlete returning from illness and injury? That was a gold medal
winning performance from Becky, that is the best she could have hoped
for. She did not have the form to take on the race from the front. She
knew that she had to follow the fastest rider. She hung in there and
she defended well, and she did not panic. I think that is way beyond
what she was expecting and what the team was expecting. A matter of
weeks ago, she was still getting back on a bike for the first time in
months. There was a moment where she might be boxed in, and they did not
seem a route through here. I think she is giving herself some space to
assess the situation. Then she found Anna Meares' wheel. She just rode
into the gap, and allowed Anna to take on, and another is another gap
to get round Vogel, and Becky moved into that. The key thing here is
that if the person on the front is not driving it, and not going as
fast, then Becky can be boxed in. But when it is that kind of pace, it
stretches it out, and she can follow through on the shortest line. She
did not have to do anything else. So your thoughts are, how fast can I
go, how fast are they going, but who am I following? This is the media --
reaction in the British camp. Everyone is delighted. She is so
popular in the camp, and everyone thought, whenever she -- everyone
gets frustrated when she is injured. Becky was disappointed not to make
the team in London, and then to bounce back after being such an
amazing world champion in 2013, that is as significant as bright as those
performance into -- performances in 2013. Important she has a clean five
months and get her back -- crack at the Olympics in Rio.
She is not at the top of her game, which is what everyone else needs to
worry about. She is the rider that can continue to improve. For Rio,
Becky will be right on top form again. A bronze medal for Becky
James, a golf Laura Trott, still with the men's team pursuit to come,
and Ed Clancy returning from a back operation is going to be in that
team with Bradley Wiggins. He's in there because they believe he can do
the job. I firmly believe that the quicker he went in the second round
this afternoon, I think they can do it, I really do. If they can beat
them, then that bodes well for Rio. Ed Clancy is that purpose that lead
man, out of the blocks. People think, it is the team pursuit,
everybody has a front row within the team. For the first lap, the first
person has the toughest role because they need a bigger effort at the
start and recover once the team is fully up to pace. What would you
say, Sarah, the way that it is feeling tonight, how much would that
feed through to the men's team? They will be buzzing to see their
success. It has turned back in our favour now and Great Britain will be
gunning for it. It is the Australians on the other side of the
track. That means a little bit more. There's lots of banter. For the rest
of the road season some of these boys will race each other on the
road. This is the one that they all want to win. This is the blue ribbon
event for endurance riding. Very shortly we will have the medal
ceremony for the Scratch Race and four Laura Trott. And we will get
the first chance at these jabbing chips to hear the national anthem.
You can sense the sensibility in the stadium not just with the crowd but
with the riders themselves. Once you have broken that Buck and got the
first gold medal it makes a huge difference to morale. -- that Buck.
As the medallists make their way onto the podium let's rejoin Simon
Brotherton for this very special medals ceremony. Thank you, Claire.
Laura Trott in a familiar position in front of the podium with riders
on either side of her. Still trying to work out how she won that race.
She looked out of it. She is way down, she has won it. She basically
said to everybody else, I am not going to do everything, during the
race. That is a real feel for the race, something I certainly never
had, but she could see, she calculated. I am the defending
champion. Someone has got to bluff here. I have got a good hand. Off
you go, you will lose the race. Everyone else cracked. She did her
bid to participate. She really control that race, whether she
thinks she did, or not. The current Pan-American Points Race champion,
from Canada. She is in third place. And reflecting on a title that is no
longer hers, but she has another medal for the collection. The gold
medal in this event a year ago. She has a couple of bronze medals in the
Omnium over the years on the track, a very accomplished road rider. And
now, for the first time, the crowd can cheer for a British world
champion at these championships. She must wish that she could raise
here every time. Double Olympic champion on this track. And now a
World Championship jersey won year, too. It is the sixth time she has
told on the rainbow jersey and she is only 23 years of age. I am
looking forward to the elimination race in the Omnium. It really is
something to watch and navigate through that marauding bunch. Every
other lap someone is eliminated. This means she has already got a
world title in the bag which lists not only the team, but she has got
nothing else to prove. She will come out of this a world champion. She
could get a double gold-medal here. The team certainly needed a lift
after the opening day and a half, and also the crowd inside the
velodrome. The flowers still to be presented before we hear the
national anthem. You mentioned the neon. We will look forward to that.
As she won that world title in 2012. She has finished second for the last
three years in that event. Very, very consistent performer. Every
programme for, riding the team pursuit and this scratch race, and
the Omnium, so that is an awful lot of racing she has got over a few
days. Ladies and gentlemen, the national anthem of Great Britain.
CHEERING Down in the dumps this afternoon and
back on top of the world a few hours later. That is the mark of a true
champion, and we're looking at one right there. The world champion in
the women Scratch Race, Laura Trott. -- women's Scratch Race. What a
race, what a ride, what a performance, fantastic stuff on a
very exciting evening for British Cycling. Let's hear from Becky James
after her bronze medal in the women's Keirin. I do not think there
will be a more popular medal in the British camp and in this velodrome
than that. How special did that feel? I cannot believe it, cannot
get my head round it. Bronze medal. To have a bronze after what I have
been through in the last few years, and at home in London with all the
support here, is just incredible. Just some great riding as well,
fantastic Keirin racing. From the repechage into that semifinal and
then into the final, what a great runner races. I like to do it the
hard way. To do a bit of extra racing. I have not ridden the Keirin
says the nationals in September. I have been doing a bit of Keirin
training, and it has really worked, just to get myself in the top six,
each step I made today was a complete bonus. When I got through
the repechage, I was so overwhelmed I could not believe it. And then
into the final. It just doesn't feel real. I am over the moon and back. I
think you pick the right wheel to sit on, Anna Meares made some space
for you. That was critical. It was really good. It was weird because
that is what it was in the worlds, 2014. I had this weird premonition
that it would be Kristina Vogel, Anna Meares and me. We will last you
the lottery numbers. I cannot tell you that! Are you feeling good?
Really good. It has been a really tough road. The World Cup was tough
for me. I was knocked out in the first round, which was so
frustrating. But to be back doing the Keirin, the one event that I
really love, I have been working so hard, I have just seen improvements,
week in, week out. And the Rio -- the dream of Rio still very much
alive. Yes, I am over them moon getting top three here. I am hoping,
I am back in the team now, I'm giving myself more opportunities.
Thank you so much. Thank you. I right in saying that Rio would be
her first Olympics? One of the things she said that I love, you
must have felt this about the Keirin, you have to love it to be
good at it. Before I rode it, I would watch the Keirin with
amazement. The whole crowd get into it. Anything can happen at any time.
To do well in it, it is such a buzz. Becky is 23, Laura Trott is 24, so
they are argued the coming into their peak. It is amazing what Laura
Trott has already achieved. I remember her first event when she
came from a junior world champion in Delhi at the Commonwealth Games.
Just to see what she has done and have been a team-mate of hers, she
just keeps going from strength to strength. And she has got more years
to come. Because female endurance athletes generally get better as
they get older, so this is not the end of it. Let us discuss Sir
Bradley Wiggins, who has won six gold medals at track World
Championships, four British gold medals, the first British man to win
the Tour de France. He does not sit back and rest, he says, do you know
what? I would like to try another challenge, to go to another
Olympics, the eclipse is maniere with his wrecker of gold medals, so
I will come back to the track, so badly thought. In this team pursuit,
he needs lots of help from his friends. Jill Douglas has been
inside the camp. She has spent a day with the British pursuit team.
You have not completed in a big track event like this for a while.
Looking forward it? The worlds is a different stage. And the last track
worlds I did was 2000 when we won the cup here, eight years ago. And
my first was in 1998. It is a long time ago. How does an athlete of the
calibre and character of the Sir Bradley Wiggins fit into this group
with a lot of young riders? I was asking myself how we would manage
this. And Brad Pitt 's 100% into the team. He's a very instrumental guy.
He is, he brings the right balance and comes everybody down. It is not
that he is above everybody else. He's at the same level, but he is a
very solid part of this team. Are you enjoying having Bradley Wiggins
on the track with you? It is fantastic. He is good for morale. We
all really respect him. How are the boys running? Do you feel good?
Compared to what we used to be when we were training for the worlds in
Beijing now, the speeds now, having to recalibrate, everything we do,
we're pretty much on world-record pace all the time. The whole group
has moved on. We train like sprinters now, really, because the
event has become a sprint injuries event. Qualification was .0 404 and
now we're hoping to do sub .350 full stop so it has moved on by 15
seconds in a lap. And it just shows in 15 years, how much it has moved
on. 00 Ludik Champion Ed Clancy is fighting to regain top form and his
place in the team after back surgery. How does it feel to be good
-- to be back? Really good. The operation was December two. I spent
two and a half weeks trying to walk. It should be done now. We had lost a
bit of condition and range in my right leg. Getting a little bit more
each week. By the time get to Rio, it should be all right. It must be
funny with Ed being off and you missing a few. It is like, if you're
slightly off that 1%, 2%, you have other guys that are going to fill
in. So soon as you're slightly off the pace, there is someone always to
fill your slot. Andy says that you are fine, that it feels good. I am
fine. How is it all putting together? It is all right. It is
pretty cold today, but we are still doing good times. You enjoy that
level of competition amongst you all? There needs to be competition
for the four slots. It wishes the team in general forward. Everybody
gives that bit more. This weird is harder when you're on that back
foot. We will see. We will see what the numbers look like. Every effort
we do is fed back as to what speeds were and how you did individually.
And that is evidential as to how they pick the team and with the
grass and things we have it is quite clear to see the profiles and who is
doing what in the line. When you look at the detail, does it reflect
how it feels during the race? Like, I felt really good today. The
numbers back that up. Yes, that is what it is. Personally, the re-today
was better. In the finish, you were like... There seems to be a good
spirit. It is a good laugh. It is nice having such a big group. It is
good. Within the group, you have guys competing for the same spaces.
So there is a natural rivalry. It is a nice problem to have. Of course
there was rivalry but there is also this element of honesty because
these guys go to training camps in the middle of nowhere, they stick
together, they are like brothers now. This team bonding is really
strong. That unity of spirit will be vital in London and even more so
when they reach their ultimate goal, the Summer Olympics. How do you feel
about attending that Olympic title? I think about it every day, really.
It is what I really want to do, the Olympic title. That is a big goal
for me. At the end of the day it was about the fastest four guys trying
to win a medal in Rio, and I think everyone is in tune with that. The
World Championship is a big step towards Rio. It has been on your
mind for couple of years. It is a big commitment for you to make, for
you to say that this is going to be my goal. Coming off the road and
coming back in with these guys, trying to train like a sprinter,
having spent years trying to lose weight and climbing mountains, that
is the challenge, as well. It has been enjoyable and it has kept it
fresh. I would love to carry on. But age will be against me.
Sir Bradley Wiggins there, who will line up in the gold medal race
against Australia. The line up is Jon Dibben, Owain Doull and Bradley
Wiggins. He has put on 14 kilos. It is a product of his training and his
diet. You can try to get headier -- heavier. But the training he has to
do, to get to 3.50... The race for the minor places is going on now. It
looks like that New Zealand will take seventh place. Then we have the
bronze medal race. What does Bradley Wiggins bring to the camp other than
his ability on track? What else comes with him? Experience, ability
to cope under pressure no more pressure than you get in the middle
of a stage race. He has been on the track numerous times. If someone has
got a problem, they will be up to ask Bradley, what can we do
differently? He is hilarious! He would do in pressures. He will list
the move. -- impressions. He can do impressions of one of the staff or
one of his team-mates. Everything will burst out laughing, and every
thing would be OK. He is coming up to 36, but how has he been looking
on the track? He has been the strongest rider in the squad so far,
and that is a relief everyone. He leads from the front. He is not just
about being Sir Bradley Wiggins. This was the semifinal performance
against Italy. They were looking smoother than they had done. They
had a couple of changes in the line-up. By the end there was to
win, but not to waste too much energy for the final. They are
saving fair -- saving everything to the battle against Australia. They
were talking about the bond between the four of them. You need the
squad, and they are all playing their part, as they have been. The
tough thing is that only four of them are going to get the right. You
accept that, when you take on the role. You accept that you have data,
and you have objective data to pick a team with, and if you are not one
of the four, then you have to accept that. When he have a guy who brings
big match mentality and experience, how much is that -- how important
for coming everyone down in an atmosphere that the pressure gets on
and it affects your division that decision-making? You have to
remember the experience of Steven Burke and Clancy. Steven Burke won
medal in 2008, and it has almost been forgotten. He was on the podium
with Bradley Wiggins back then. He has the experience as well. But
Bradley is the boss. That is the word that a lot of people said in
that first piece. When you watch them at work, it is like a beautiful
wave, a flowing, and that is anticipation and understanding, that
rhythm has to be right. It looks very graceful and stream from neon
sign, but when you get close-up and you see the power input that these
guys are producing, it is almost a sprint, and to do that time, it is a
one lap strip -- sprint. We heard from Ed Clancy in training in
Manchester. We have not seen him race in qualification for this
final. Is that a tactical decision by the coaches? Does he just had one
effort in him? Absolutely. They would not put him in there if they
weren't confident that he could deliver. The question is can they do
it two, three, four times? Fingers crossed, it will be the right
decision. I think it will be the right call to make. This is going to
be a close final. The man who inspired by the Wiggins to become a
cyclist was Chris Boardman. It was watching Chris at the 1992 Olympics
that they thought the team pursuit requires athletic
prowess. What decide the outcome is the error dynamic understanding and
a bit of physics. Take it away, Charlie! Want out of the starting
gate, and up to speed, the riders AlterNet between high-powered turns
on the front and then sheltering behind the team-mates. On the front
of a top team travelling at more than 63 kilometres per hour, the
lead rider is having to produce more than 800 watts of power just to push
through the air. To put that into perspective, for us on the leisurely
bike ride, we will be using five times less than that. One they have
done their turn, they moved to the back of the team. How they do that
is clever. One of them drop to the back. They use the shape of track to
affect the change. Living to the back is like riding up the hill. The
shape of the Ben Mee is they travel further. The higher they go, the
further they travel further than the team. If their trajectory is just
right, gravity will bring them back down within millimetres of the last
rider's wheel. The whole manoeuvre can take less than two seconds. If
they get the colour -- alkylation is wrong, they will have to expend
precious energy having to --, and they moved asthma may lose
concentration altogether. Bling description from Chris. That
is what this race requires. -- brilliant. Does it help if all four
team members are the same shape and size? That will be a luxury that
everyone would love to have, but that is not the case. We have
different abilities on the day, you have different shapes and sizes, and
how you put them together is part of the magic. You cannot measure that,
how you manage those resources. That is something that we have seen the
GB team struggling with in this championship. How do you assess that
final line-up? Is there any risk in putting Ed Clancy in there? Yes, it
is an unknown. They are looking to win in this. They are not looking to
do the best they can, or looking to be safe. They will take some risks.
Ed Clancy, although he has not written, he has got such a history
behind him. He is one of the best starters in the world, and I am
fascinated to see what will happen. They cleaned up in their last rider
after the opener, which was quite ragged, and I am expecting big
things. As Chris has said earlier, I think it is going to be a really
good fight. But if you were looking at the market, would you make
Australia favourites for this? I think Australia have looked smoother
up to now. I think the riders are out there. They
are going through their final practices.
What are the gold medal by distilling? They will have a
detailed plan. You can work it out out almost to the second. The riders
are getting their skin suit on. Late are listening to music, something to
block out there distractions. They are looking at it lap by lap.
Focusing on the performance, not on the outcome, not thinking about a
gold or silver medal. They are doing what they have to do individually to
get the best performance this evening. Are there rules as to how
newts -- stay in front? It is how you put the ride together. Those are
one of the things that you go through in the final few minutes,
making sure that the path for the set part of the race is in your
head, soak you know the bad one is going to do the -- back one is going
to do a lap and three quarters. The piece it together, but also you have
to do what happens in the race as well. Someone things in a half
because they are slowing the pace. You are discussing it with the
coach, how they are going to walk the line, and the feedback you are
going to get from track-side. All of that is put together in the race.
You're making the right decisions under pressure, thinking about your
team-mates and self. When you drop down from the top, if there ever an
incident of clipping the wheel in front of you? Absolutely. It is a
real risk. You are always pushing the limit. The closer you are to the
wheel in front, the more energy saving affect you receive. In 1997,
Ukraine against Italy, and I think Ukraine were about two seconds up
and they had the gold medal in the bag, but two guys went out, and then
it was game over. It can happen. Presumably, you have to write with
no fear. You never focus on the things that go wrong. The focus on
the things you have to control. You focus on what you have to do, not
what you should do. Let's get going. Let's get out onto the track to seek
the bronze race. COMMENTATOR: The sky logo on the
shorts. Lining up for Italy for this bronze medal ride.
They are up against Denmark. Bronze medallists in 2013. They include the
Olympic on the champion, and they have some good riders. -- omnium.
They have a rider who has two world champions medal -- championship
medals. Bronze medals on the line this time. Denmark starting in the
home straight. Final adjustments made for the Italian squad. There is
Viviana, who will be one of the main players in the omnium. -- Vivani. He
has got a busy schedule. He is a cracking track rider. He has had a
strong season on the road. He almost doesn't stop racing. 12 months from
track season to road season. Pretty much everyone going under four
minutes. They're as you can see, 25 seconds
away. They are making way for this ride.
Some of the talent of Vivani, they were always going to go with him.
The games are the favourites. They scraped under 3.55 before. It could
be a catch up on the cards for them. Italy were the squad beaten by it in
Britain in the last round. It was an excellent trial Alli draw for the
British quartet. The Italians were the slowest qualifiers. Denmark have
had a decent team pursuit squad for a few years now. They have been
there or thereabouts. They have been coached by a Briton. Already, we can
see Denmark making a good start here. Let's have a look at the early
gap. Just over three tenths of a second. They have gone out very
hard, and you can see them pushing on. 3.54.9. Very quick time. They
have some good road riders. Hansen races on the road. The teenager
Larsson, seventh in the junior world time trial championship. I think the
Danish strategy, looking at this, is to go out really hard. They are
eating up the ground now. They are a second up on Italy, and at these
speeds, that means that they are almost able to see them as they come
into the straight. Two more laps, and they were able to do that. They
will use them to try and draw them in. They they looked like a drilled
unit. Can they keep it that way for the rest of this ride, and will it
carried them to a bronze medal? The probability is that they will. They
are riding hard, they are not riding safe. They are trying to prove a
point. They do not want to just claim a medal, they want to get the
best possible time. You have to say, in terms of proving a point, New
Zealand proved a point for seventh and eighth races. New Zealand had a
dreadful ride earlier today, which meant that they were in the Mac --
lowly minor final, but they posted a time of 3.55.875 for seventh place.
That shows where we are. The Danes, we got some close ups of some faces,
and looking at the body language, they are really pushing on here.
They are taking some risks, and the Italians are performing above
expectations. 1.4 seconds, they are behind now, and still slipping back,
but they are fighting hard, and the Danes are already in this race, just
2.5 minutes in, and they are pushing on, and they are down to three, sure
enough, they have fractured already. Those three have to try to stick
together. There is no alternative now, as they go into the final four
lapse. It seems like they are gaining a 10th of a second with
every lap at the moment. They have lost the opportunity to make any
mistakes. There's three of them, the clock stops on the third man. They
have been working hard and they are pushing on. The Italians have closed
it by a 10th, but still 1.5 seconds to go. They are sticking it all out,
on the track, the telling Quartet, riding really strongly in this race
the bronze. They are closing the gap. But I don't think they are
closing enough because the trio is still out there for Denmark, looking
mighty strong. I thought on paper they had an outside possibility of a
catch, but I think they are going to be happy just to get the bronze.
They have worked hard for this. Here come the Danes, the bronze medal is
theirs, much to the delight of the coach, and Denmark take the bronze,
3.55.96 is the time and Italy were 3.58.2, as well. So the Danish squad
just marginally slower than New Zealand. Good ride from Denmark.
They dominated that from start to finish. It went almost exactly one
seconds slower than the previous round. The Italian surprise them a
little bit by going slightly faster. Good ride by them.
Denmark asserting their authority on this bronze medal ride, almost as
soon as they were out of the gate. Really putting the hammer down
early, to establish a sizeable cushion, a sizeable advantage over
the Italians, who did not panic under pressure. They did their own
right. The Danes, I think, capable of doing considerably faster if they
cleaned up a little bit technically. There were some ropey changes. There
is Sir Bradley Wiggins in the final few moments, to gather his thoughts.
We have seen it from him so many times in so many big events and
here, and the two rides we have had in the team pursuit so far, he has
looked to be on top of his game. He really has brought his A game. He
looked as if he had been just down to the shops to buy a newspaper. The
coaches have been saying in training he has been just the same as
everybody else, holding his own, doing a good job and embracing that
is when you get the change and it goes up a gear. It perhaps took them
by surprise. He is better than they expected and he has got more to
give. You can have confidence through the longer term in this team
and look after the two younger members. The Australian line-up, Sam
Welsford just 20. Michael Hepburn is the most experienced one even though
he's only 24, a 5- time world champion. Callum Scotson named in
the Australian quartet. One or two of them could come into the Olympic
Games for Australia, who are not here at this moment, but Bradley
Wiggins there, 12 world titles across all disciplines on road and
track. Six golds on the track including two in this event but not
for a good few years now, in 07, and in 08. But they have got the
experience and the youth, Ed Clancy coming in for this final. A 5- time
world champion, two pursuit world titles were going way back over a
decade, a double Olympic champion in this event. What a final we have in
prospect. We are not sure what Ed Clancy has got to give. He can deal
with the pressure. That is for sure. On his day, one of the best starters
in the world, of course. Wiggins, taking huge confidence from the two
previous rights. Clancy has got to get them out of the gate. They have
saved him for the final. A courageous move, to bring him in for
this right. But he will not let them down. Classic sporting confrontation
that in Jules and never fails to be anything -- never fails to do
anything other than the liver. It is a World Championship final between
Great Britain and Australia. Ed Clancy leads on the opening lap.
That is his role. They think that he has got one good ride in him, as he
recovers from that cooperation and gets back to top form, and Clancy
has a considerable engine on him, which will be required here. Steady
start from him. A very different style, the Australians, determined
to get their nose in front early on, and they have done just that.
Australia trying to put the pressure on here, in this four K race. Just
over 0.5 seconds advantage for the team from down under. A long way to
go in this final. It is not time to panic yet, that is for sure, but
they get off the mark, like a team sprint start, three quarters of a
second in advance. The advantage is now being held by the British team.
We want to see them start to enable it back. Owain Doull riding on a
fun, what a great young talent the Welshman is, third overall in the
Tour of Britain on the road last year, but now it is all about the
track, it is all about the road to Rio, and try to secure that gold
medal. Has to come down, it has just a little bit but it is staying in a
similar sort of area. Bradley Wiggins on the front. Going through
a long term, and a gain of two tenths of a second in the long-term,
just why the extra length that they don't use that change. Still coming
round on the front, ploughing forward with the team, bringing
them, they have lost another 10th of a second, so he is holding his own,
but they need more speed. Nine laps to go and the gap has gone up and
stop there is work to do for Great Britain. How much have they got in
the tank? Slipped another few hundredths of a second. The
Australians are matching them stride for stride. Britain finding it hard
to take a bite at that lead and close it down, as Ed Clancy goes to
the front again. He has done a great job because he just pulled back
nearly half a second and a single term. It is all going to come down
to the closing stages of this race. 0.3 of a second in it between the
teams now. Absolutely nothing. The injuries of Wiggins will come into
play in the last part of this race. Great Britain -- the insurance of.
Great written closing in, and closing in, as Wiggins comes up the
front. Jon Dibben is done, and down to the final three. Now it is back
up to 0.4 of a second, less than half a second in this classic
confrontation, great written against Australia. This might be where the
Coverage of day two of the Track Cycling World Championships from London.
The best cyclists in the world return to the iconic east London velodrome in which Great Britain swept all before them at London 2012.
Sir Chris Hoy might have retired but the British team has not lost any of its stardust with another knight, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the star turn tonight. After winning the Tour de France and Olympic gold in 2012, Wiggins is concentrating his efforts on the team pursuit for Rio 2016.
And the men's team pursuit is one of four gold medals to be handed out tonight - can Wiggins claim yet another rainbow jersey and warm up for 2016's Rio Olympics in style?