Highlights World Track Cycling Championships


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Clare Balding presents highlights from the final day in Hong Kong, including the women's keirin and the men's madison.


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Hello, happy Easter and welcome to highlight of the final day of

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competition from the track cycling World Championships in Hong Kong,

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looking beautiful in the night-time behind me. Various events to look

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forward to and also assessing the performance of a young and

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relatively inexperienced British team, who so for have returned one

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gold medal, Katie Archibald in the Omni, two silvers and a bronze. Can

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attend in the Golden blaze of glory today? One of the features will be

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the men's madison, which, this time a year ago, was one in sensational

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style but the rock and roll pairing of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark

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Cavendish. You need power, you need technical

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ability, team. They will be marked man. They are going to go for it

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here. If they don't try, they won't gain a lap and they won't gain a

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medal anyway. Now it is just rider against Rider. Less than 20 laps to

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go, Wiggins has the bit between his teeth. Absolute bedlam inside the

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Velodrome, 16 laps to go and suddenly, Great Britain are in the

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gold medal position. We had to just give everything. There is a crash,

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Cavendish is on the deck, picks himself up straightaway. Gargantuan

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effort from Wiggins now. The final two seconds of this race, as Wiggins

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comes around the banking and he rides up towards the finishing line.

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They are the world champions in the madison and it was absolutely

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fantastic! That was pure sporting drama. He couldn't have ridden a

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better script, really. It was just perfect, riding this with Brad. That

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is a very special moment for British cycling. It really was magical, and

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magnificent madison, try saying that in a hurry. Sir Chris Hoy and Joe

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Rowe shall stand in the studio. It is a very looking -- Joanna

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Rowsell-Shand. A very different looking team today. Yes, Bradley

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Wiggins is retired and Mark Cavendish has glandular fever, but

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we have a very young pairing, very inexperienced but full of talent and

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we hope they can produce the goods. So far, the medals have been coming

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from the endurance riders, including your former team-mate Katie

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Archibald, and Elinor Barker, who already has a silver to her name and

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hopefully going for gold in the points race. Two silvers so far,

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silver in the scratch race on day one, I felt like she almost got

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that, such a dominant performance by Herbert just on the line, the

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Italian rider nipped it away, and in the madison yesterday, riding with

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Emily Nelson, that was a fantastic performance, with it being the

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first-ever women's World Championships madison and it was

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great to see the British pair on the podium. Belgium are dominant and I

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think Britain will be back in the future to get that rainbow jersey.

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As we have seen with Katie Archibald, the day after the omnium,

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she struggled in the individual pursuit, it is difficult to back up.

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And also, Elinor ran in the team pursuit, so she had the scratch

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race, the team pursuit on Thursday and the madison yesterday, so very

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busy week for her, but she is an experienced rider. Only 22 but she

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has been on team since she was 18. She has got the endurance and her

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legs to back-up. She will need the endurance because 100 laps ahead of

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them in a points race, they get points for sprints every ten laps

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and an extra 20 points as they gain her lap. As we join it, Elinor

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Barker is yet to score, let's pick up commentary with Chris Boardman

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and Simon Brotherton. At the moment, Amy Cure leading them

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down the back straight, with Elinor Barker on her back wheel, then

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Racquel Sheath, Jasmin Duehring, followed by the Russian rider as

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well, Bob took --. So much experience... And the Russian rider

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has gone down and I think she has taken the Japanese rider as well.

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CHRIS BOARDMAN: Amy Cure is in the hunt, as is Sarah Hammer. Elinor

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Barker now going up onto the shoulder of Sarah Hammer and Barker

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should have the speed I think to come past Sarah Hammer and claim all

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five points, and she does, and Elinor Barker is on the board with a

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big five points and she is going to keep going, hopefully. What company

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there, that would be a pair. There is no way you will bring these two

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back, you will have to get on top of this one very quickly, because these

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are some of the world's best endurance riders who now have a

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30-metre lead. If you want to get away, it is a good idea to get away

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with an eight time world champion who is five times world pursuit

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champion, which is what Elinor Barker have done. Barker and Sarah

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Hammer have formed an alliance air and the others will have to chase

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oral they are worth, otherwise they will disappear into the distance.

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There will be no respite between the last sprint and the next one, from

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what we can see, and this will take it out of the vast majority of the

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field. Every one of the class riders in this builder want to bring this

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back, the pressure is on behind and they will have to keep it on because

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any moment, any laps when they swing around the track, they will lose

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ground. We get the crash of overlapping wheels. I think they are

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easing up, letting them go, because Amy Cure and Kopecky and Racquel

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Sheath have moved up the track. They have nearly half a lap's lead and

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this is a very dangerous tactic, to let riders of this quality go but if

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everybody isn't participating in the chase, people start to play tactics

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and suddenly they have lost another 20 metres. I find it difficult to

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think these two are coming back. They conceded ground and for a lap,

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everybody sat up and stopped racing and only those two at the front were

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hammering around. Barker with a 5-point lead over the American, all,

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rather, sorry, a two point lead now but she does have the advantage, so

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if they do gain our lap, she is in the defensive position, should she

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choose to be. The chase on behind, Belgium taking it on. That is

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Kopecky. Bakayoko over helping her out towards the front and Kirsten

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Wild is there too. You can see the gap, it is closing all the time.

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They have conceded the gap now, in my opinion, 40 metres from the back

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of this peloton, there is no way they are going to bridge the gap.

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They take some points en route as they come around with two to go

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until the next sprint. Amy Cure desperately trying to get away so

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she doesn't get lapped. She will have so much to do, Amy Cure, she

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will be absolutely gassed if she tries to do that on her own. But a

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beautifully timed move by Elinor Barker and spotted in a flash by

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Sarah Hammer. And what a useful alliance they have born here and it

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will gain them and lap shortly. They are going to the points here. They

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are probably just going to get them before they bridge. Yes, I think

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they did. It is all about timing and it was absolutely spot on in every

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sense of the word, well played, Elinor Barker. She takes another two

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points there from Sarah Hammer. Barker with five and hammer with

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three. Sauber Curnow leading this raise from Sarah Hammer. 25-23,

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Duehring is back in seven, so they are in a very strong position if

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they choose to ride defensively with 48 laps remaining. Just over halfway

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point, Great Britain in the gold medal position. Lydia Gurley from

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Ireland goes off the front once more and Rutkowska has decided to go on

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the attack once more. These two are very much exposed to counterattack.

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It is not the favourites in the race, but they will want to ride

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defensively and defend that lap game, they need to start moving

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through the field fairly soon. Not much time to catch your breath and

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recuperate after making that effort. Riding on board with Machacova of

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the Czech Republic. So I think, probably wisely, despite the action

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up front, they are choosing to catch their breath here. Kirsten Wild

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wants to get some speed into this bunch to try and close this gap,

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which seems to be locked at about 40 metres. They are sitting up, those

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at the front. Usabiaga Balerdi is the last to sit up. The others have

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decided not to gain ground. Kopecky on the attack, she was looking

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around for an opportunity, you can't let a quality rider like that go.

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Kirsten Wild doing the chasing and they have got a gap, so this is a

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dangerous move that has been spotted by Amy Cure. Barker is on Amy Cure's

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wheel, they have had a couple of laps up and she has switched back

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on. Kopecky realising she needs to do something by gaining our lap to

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get back in this race. Kirsten Wild had a look and saw Bronzini were

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sitting on her wheel and wasn't about to start the chase herself,

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that is why Kirsten Wild got her skates on but those three are now

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being closed down by Elinor Barker. Amy Cure doing a really big town and

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paying for it a little bit. I'm surprised she didn't swing up and

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look at Barker and say, hey, you have everything to lose, which she

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would have been within her rights to do. The pace has really got up

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there, Elinor Barker in fourth position at the moment as they come

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to the next sprint. She is in position to content per point or two

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here but she is really up against it in a sprint with the three she is

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weird. But Elinor Barker is full of beans here, full of vim and vigour

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and here she comes and Bronzini is a little bit boxed in and Elinor

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Barker is taking on Kirsten Wild. Kirsten Wild takes five, Barker

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three. It is surprising she had to cope without sprint after doing the

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chasing. Clearly she is feeling very strong -- surprising that she went

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for that sprint. The Australian has looked a little bit jaded and

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suddenly, there is a classy group of four. I am not sure if they are

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going to persist but it certainly causes everybody else to have to

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chase. I guess Amy Cure is doing so much work in so many of the races

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she is involved in and, at times, Amy Cure has been willing to do work

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at points in races where it would have been ideal for her for someone

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else to be sharing it. 38 laps to go, Elinor Barker from Sarah Hammer

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and the next rider, Kirsten Wild, on just ten. So Barker has got a strong

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grip on this gold medal position at the moment. She is on the box seat,

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needs to keep an eye on everybody. Racquel Sheath is up there, she had

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already lost ground. The rider from Hong Kong, can you yank. And Racquel

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Sheath from New Zealand. Coming through for Austria is a Verena

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Eberhardt. There is the overall situation, Elinor Barker in the gold

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medal position with 35 laps to go. A lot of bodies of the road now and

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Barker looks like she has decided it is time to close that then. Sarah

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Hammer has spotted the danger. Sarah Hammer, clearly, from the tilt of my

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head, saying, aren't, Elinor, let's do this now, close it down and work

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together again. I think Sarah Hammer realises she is unlikely, in a

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head-to-head duel, to get the better of Elinor Barker but being with

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Barker is her best bet of being on the podium. I think that pecking

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order is clear between the two of them and they are getting close

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enough to the end of this race now that they can start to do a lot of

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the chasing. The morality is probably going down around them as

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they see not only have they got a lead, they'll probably the strongest

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two riders in this field. -- they'll probably. I think whoever launches

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an attack will find very quickly that they are competing against

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those two riders. A minor law, two laps to go.

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Charlotte Becker going down the outside straight, suddenly... Not

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quite half a lap. Five points, if she had bridged the gap, 25. So that

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will be a threat to Sarah Hammer, who is on 26. Elinor Barker is

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involved in the sprint, trying to hoover up some more points.

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Charlotte Becker will get five, untroubled as she crosses the line.

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Here comes the sprint behind and Jasmin Duehring is beaten, another

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three points for Elinor Barker, to give some added cushion to her lead

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over Sarah Hammer at the top of the standings. He notice after the

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sprints, she is keeping pace on, around the bottom, which stops

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immediate counterattack, keeping the pressure on the pedals when she

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swings up so if anyone does counterattack, she can spring down

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and get into the wheels. Subtleties like that really important in race.

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Sarah Hammer moves to the front. That is dangerous. Elinor Barker now

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following the Russian wheel, which quickly got out of the way and it is

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up to Barker to choose Sarah Hammer. Hammer realises is it she is to turn

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silver into gold, this is the only way to do it. This is dangerous,

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Barker swings of the track, looking doesn't help. There isn't anybody

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there and somebody of Hammer's quality, you cannot give them much

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rope at all. Barker knows it and says it is down to me. 27 laps

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remaining, the gold medal is in the balance, I have got to the chasing.

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It is a strong turn from Elinor Barker, and Sarah Hammer looks

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behind and how hard will have sunk because she will have seen Elinor

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Barker closing. As soon as Barker comes off the front, no one else

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does anything. Minami one has decided to have ago and has gone

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straight past Sarah Hammer and the chase on now. There is the leader on

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the track. Elinor Barker has just dropped back into the main field.

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She is in a very precarious position because Sarah Hammer has the best

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part of half a lap and she isn't going to slow down. Personally, I

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thought it would have been her best bet to knuckle down and get across

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that gap, rather than try to encourage the others to chase. They

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have swung up, they are going so slow. Sarah Hammer in the same

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straight. She has the bit between her teeth. And when Sarah Hammer is

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going for it, it is goodbye forever and else. That is the first tactical

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mistake she has made. She was a little bit exposed. Doors for the

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attack. Fair play to Sarah Hammer, she's not

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a sprinter so she's got to find another way to win a race like this.

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She's trying to make it happen and it could be the lap that propels her

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to the gold medal. They are already all up the road. Barker has to hope

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that the case stays high and Sarah Hammer runs out of steam. She has

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helped from the rider from Japan. That will help the American. It is

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about making contact with the largest group. Sarah Hammer holding

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a quarter of the lap now. Not quite getting away. Half a lap

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between them. She's got the pressure. She is managing to get

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away with a group of four but will she work with them? She is going

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round the front. At least she is on the wheel of Elinor Barker. I don't

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think anybody else is keen on it. She is so close to what is

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effectively a gold medal. What drama we've got in this Points Race.

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Elinor Barker is in the gold medal position. Is Sarah Hammer running

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out of steam? Just when she looked as if she was going to catch them.

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If Elinor Barker is up the road there is every incentive for

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everybody else to keep riding but the American could make the gap. It

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is pursued between her and Sarah Hammer. There is only five points in

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it and 15 points on the board. It is really tight. She can see the

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American rider. At last she has slept the clutches. She has good

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company. Sarah Hammer might make the junction but it's quite possible

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Elinor Barker might do the same thing.

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She's not far from the pellet on. They were not really helping. She

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swung off the front. She is going to take the full five points. She will

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be awarded 20 points but the sprint points will go to the Barker group.

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She's only got ten laps in which to do it. The junction is made by Sarah

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Hammer. The judges have given that sprint to her before she made the

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junction so now she's got a significant lead in this race. Sarah

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Hammer in the gold medal position. It depends whether the Barker group

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can make the junction in the final two kilometres. I think she can and

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if she does she will probably be the world champion. Elinor Barker

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gritting her teeth and going for it. She is laying it all out on the

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track. But here comes Elinor Barker! Brilliant stuff from Helena Barker.

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The challenge was put down by Sarah Hammer and with only half a dozen

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laps to go, Eleanor Barker has done a lap herself. She has closed it. It

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was mostly down to her. It is not over yet. There is eight points in

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it. Sarah Hammer has had a break. If she takes the final sprint and

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Elinor Barker cannot contest that she would lose. The last sprint will

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be a real decider. Elder Barker has made the jump. -- Elinor Barker. It

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will depend on whether they can contest this final sprint. Sarah

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Hammer not in contention just now. I'm sure that Elinor Barker will not

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be able to sprint after that effort. She is following the wheel of

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Preston Velde. -- Kirsten Wild. If she had anything left, what the

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American. You don't need to beat her but you need to finish behind her.

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At the sprint is less than two laps away. What a cliffhanger finish

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we've got. It is far from being in the bag. Two laps remaining. She is

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on the wheel of Sarah Hammer. I think she is there. She has got

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herself into the right position. She is given the bell. It is these

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riders we are watching. There she goes round the outside. She is

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flying round the track. She is flying away to a gold medal. Here

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comes! Elinor Barker with a brilliant ride, is the champion of

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the world. What a bride. It was really tough. Sarah Hammer, one of

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the greats of women's cycling, took it to her. She forced her back into

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the corner. She got the lap back and sprinted for the line at the end to

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make sure that she stayed in front. Elinor Barker is the world champion.

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What a gutsy ride. It was exhausting watching it. I don't know what it

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was like to compete. Pretty hard. Some traders said to me I follow you

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because I am used to following Laura. I find myself getting two.

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I'm glad I could finally do it. I think I got lucky. It meant I could

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get back to them. That second lap was fortunate indeed. Really

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fortunate. She is really strong and always wants to get a lap. I knew

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that I was faster than her. There were a few people I thought maybe

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and Sun definitely. I got lucky and got past her. Tactically when you

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went for that second lap, protecting that towards the finish, you

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finished so strongly. You've been in great form all week. I might have

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looked strong but I sprinted to about ten. I had to be one position

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in front of her. When I saw that I thought this was it, gone. That is

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two silver medals and is now a gold medal. Really happy. I was nervous

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but I would get another silver which obviously would be great but it is

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not winning a World Championships. Getting to hear the national anthem

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on the podium. Everybody was emotional to see that. The first

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senior world title is very special indeed. Yes, really special. It is

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what I set out to get. I wanted to try and win it.

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Did not crash at all, they were ready to give me the space I needed,

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the focus to train specifically for it, and I am grateful for it. You

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could tell from Elinor Barker's voice that she was struggling to

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hold it together and on the podium the tears start to come in her eyes.

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An amazing moment, her first rainbow jersey, beating a great.

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What a fantastic smile. A new star. She's not the only one with tears in

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her eyes. Here in the studio, struggling to keep it together

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because it just matters so much. How much will this mean to her? It means

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the world to her. I love how she said after the Olympics, I want to

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win the world points Championship. She has executed it and it took a

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lot of training and preparation but she's obviously enjoyed that. It is

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so nice to see someone set their focus on something and achieve it. I

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am over the moon for her. Phenomenal effort. Her fourth event at these

:28:47.:28:51.

championships. She said she was taking a break from team competition

:28:52.:28:56.

but came into the team pursuit. Phenomenal. A really gruelling

:28:57.:29:00.

schedule. Saving the best for last and winning the first rainbow

:29:01.:29:04.

jersey, just fantastic. You see what it means to her. She paced herself

:29:05.:29:14.

so well. This is where she did the sprint. She wins the sprint, looks

:29:15.:29:28.

round, sees that she's got a gap and carries on. As she said in the

:29:29.:29:31.

interview, she had done her research. The two of them together,

:29:32.:29:43.

incredible team pursuit riders. Sarah Hammer has got the advantage

:29:44.:29:47.

on her and this is where it becomes like a pursuit. They are on

:29:48.:29:50.

different sides of the track. Eleanor Barker is aware of what

:29:51.:29:56.

she's got to do. This is her second lap gain. She is trying to help her

:29:57.:30:00.

dad chaser. It is like a pursuit there. She is at the back of the

:30:01.:30:10.

bunch. The other riders are not racing completely. She is doing the

:30:11.:30:15.

majority of the work. And credit to Sarah Hammer, 33 years

:30:16.:30:23.

old, eight times world champion, that is some scalp to take. It

:30:24.:30:29.

really is, she is renowned in the cycling world, so many different

:30:30.:30:33.

events she has been world champion income individual pursuit, on the,

:30:34.:30:36.

team pursuits and this was a silver medal in the points race for her but

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for El, it is always nice to beat a big name. That was really stacked

:30:42.:30:45.

field, some really big names in it and El has beaten of them. It is

:30:46.:30:49.

just brilliant. Away from the bunch raising and back to watching the

:30:50.:30:54.

clock, the men's kg. It has changed in its format, Chris Boardman can

:30:55.:31:00.

explain how. -- recommends one kilometre. By gladiators risking it

:31:01.:31:07.

all for one single moment of intense glory, kilometre riders can spend

:31:08.:31:14.

entire careers preparing for one minute of competition. Here comes

:31:15.:31:24.

Meares, and it is a Games record! Kris Boyd is the Olympic champion!

:31:25.:31:30.

They are unique creatures preparing for the high-stakes drama, this race

:31:31.:31:36.

had it all. Well, it did. I am talking in the past tense the two

:31:37.:31:40.

reasons. The event was removed from the Olympic programme post-Athens

:31:41.:31:43.

and whilst it is still on the worlds' menu, it comes in two

:31:44.:31:49.

instalments. Becky James is on her way in this women's 500m time

:31:50.:31:54.

trial... For the first time at these World Championships and for reasons

:31:55.:31:56.

we are not quite sure about, the UCI has decided we now need a qualifying

:31:57.:32:01.

round for this competition. So five hours before the final, we get to

:32:02.:32:05.

have a good look at all the riders and their form. I have do confess,

:32:06.:32:10.

it seems like a good way to steal a little bit of your own thunder. Hoy

:32:11.:32:17.

has gone off with electric pace... Speaker from a physiological

:32:18.:32:21.

perspective, riders no need to do to world beating rides in a single day

:32:22.:32:25.

and can have a marginal effect on the outcome. The ability to recover

:32:26.:32:29.

can become a new champion defining quality. For me, the beauty of this

:32:30.:32:37.

event is its simplicity. As soon as the gates opened, it is just how

:32:38.:32:42.

fast the athlete can cover 1km, or in the case of the women, 500m. Why

:32:43.:32:47.

in this day and age women aren't deemed capable of covering an extra

:32:48.:32:51.

couple of laps to do the same distance as the men is utterly

:32:52.:32:56.

beyond me. Meares absolutely flying on the first lap. A quarter of a lap

:32:57.:33:02.

to go for Becky James. With the UCI professing to want to make more

:33:03.:33:05.

crowd friendly racing, does the new format give us more for our money or

:33:06.:33:09.

has the emotional intensity of the event somehow been watered down? I

:33:10.:33:14.

always liked be he who dares, sudden death nature of the event, the

:33:15.:33:16.

psychology as much as the physiology. Would Chris Hoy's win in

:33:17.:33:21.

Athens, when he had to come out immediately after the favourite who

:33:22.:33:26.

had beaten the Olympic record, be half as crowd pleasing if he had

:33:27.:33:30.

bested Harper competition that morning in qualifying? Personally, I

:33:31.:33:31.

am a fan of quality over quantity. Tomas Babek under way, quite a

:33:32.:33:45.

character, really played to the crowd in Glasgow after winning his

:33:46.:33:49.

race. Solid start from him, gone for quite a low gear. Should see him get

:33:50.:33:53.

off the mark quickly. You can see legs pumping like

:33:54.:34:04.

pistons, almost two tenths of a second down on the fastest first lap

:34:05.:34:08.

after this point. But it is a lot quicker than his previous round, so

:34:09.:34:13.

we expect him finish quite quickly. Just no .1 behind and closing fast,

:34:14.:34:16.

so I think we will be looking at the fastest time. It is just a case of

:34:17.:34:22.

how much he can hang onto this form in the final lap and a bit. Gaining

:34:23.:34:28.

slowly a little bit. Almost level pegging on speed terms but he is a

:34:29.:34:32.

few hundreds ahead. Leading the way, needs to hold this form for the last

:34:33.:34:36.

Harper lap. Around the banking for one last line and into the finishing

:34:37.:34:42.

straight. Tomas Babek for the Czech Republic, sets a new Baptist --

:34:43.:34:47.

fastest time. Quentin Lafargue under way for

:34:48.:34:57.

France. Really good launch of the weight, he did get caught a little

:34:58.:35:02.

bit by the gate, but it was so marginal, he got most of the

:35:03.:35:04.

advantage from doing that team pursuits style lunge and he is the

:35:05.:35:09.

fastest over Harper lap, so considerably quicker than he was

:35:10.:35:15.

this morning. Quickest so far over 250 metres. Then the back straight

:35:16.:35:21.

he goes, mouth gaping wide open, still fastest, not by much. Just

:35:22.:35:26.

increasing his advantage a little bit. It is all in this quarter lap,

:35:27.:35:32.

it is staying in touch, staying in touch and then who has got the

:35:33.:35:36.

endurance for this last quarter lap? It'll all come down to this final

:35:37.:35:40.

250 metres, has he got the staying power, can he keep it going? This is

:35:41.:35:45.

when it really hurts, Winnie effort really starts to tell and you are

:35:46.:35:48.

hanging in there for grim death. The crowd roaring him home, they sense a

:35:49.:35:53.

new fastest time and they sensed right. I was hoping he would beat

:35:54.:36:06.

his previous time of 1:00.7, so quick, but not as quick as this

:36:07.:36:12.

morning. Still, it is going to get him a medal. He has three bronze

:36:13.:36:15.

medals already, he doesn't really want another one. Let's see whether

:36:16.:36:19.

he ends up with it or if it is a colour rather more to his liking.

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Krzysztof Maksel for Poland. The penultimate rider in this men's

:36:26.:36:33.

kilometre. The clock saying we have joint leaders at the moment,

:36:34.:36:37.

incredibly, Tomas Babek and Quentin Lafargue. We said this event can

:36:38.:36:44.

come down to a hundredth of a second, but, boy, Maksel has got off

:36:45.:36:49.

to a fast start, nearly a quarter of a second of already and you can

:36:50.:36:53.

visibly see the speed difference. What an aerodynamic tug he has got,

:36:54.:36:58.

crouching down, really low gear, trying to get the gold medal.

:36:59.:37:05.

Absolutely fine, -- flying, Krzysztof Maksel. Less than a tenth

:37:06.:37:11.

of a second in it at the moment. He is slowing, though. Let's see the

:37:12.:37:15.

time with 250 to go. This is going to be close. We are down to a

:37:16.:37:21.

hundredth of a second again. He is tying up, they have all tied up at

:37:22.:37:26.

this point. You can see how much it hurts. It is a real effort to come

:37:27.:37:30.

up to the line and he just lost it on the last lap. He had the crowd on

:37:31.:37:35.

the edge of their seats for three and a half laps, but he just fell

:37:36.:37:39.

away at the end. It is all going to come down to the

:37:40.:37:44.

last rider, and Lafarge can only watch.

:37:45.:37:58.

And away goes Francois Pervis. Three times the world champion in the

:37:59.:38:06.

kilometre. Can he deliver a fourth world crown? These four labs will

:38:07.:38:11.

tell us. He rode superbly in the team sprint, our man on form. Look

:38:12.:38:16.

at him go. He was disappointed by the previous racing, but he is well

:38:17.:38:20.

ahead now. Three quarters of a second, remarkable. What a start

:38:21.:38:26.

from Francois Pervis but still a long way to go. Stock still and

:38:27.:38:29.

almost a second ahead. We have seen one race decided by thousandths, he

:38:30.:38:35.

is a second ahead, he can afford to tie up. He looks absolutely locked

:38:36.:38:40.

in, Purvis, as he goes for yet another world title. He comes around

:38:41.:38:45.

and takes the bell and his advantage is over eight tenths of a second. He

:38:46.:38:50.

is losing it now but he has such a buffer. He is losing it hand over

:38:51.:38:58.

fist. Francois Pervis towards the line, has got enough to carry it to

:38:59.:39:04.

victory? He has! It is a magnificent seventh world title for Francois

:39:05.:39:09.

Pervis, one of the big names of world track cycling of the modern

:39:10.:39:15.

generation and Quentin Lafargue has been pipped again by his team-mate.

:39:16.:39:21.

He was so close to his first world crown but Pervis, the old stage,

:39:22.:39:26.

does it once more, back to his best, champion of the world, seven world

:39:27.:39:30.

titles, four of them coming in this event. This was a masterclass.

:39:31.:39:36.

CLARE BALDING: In 2014, Pervis became the first track cyclist to

:39:37.:39:40.

win three individual titles at one championship, the Ciaran, the

:39:41.:39:44.

kilometre and the sprint. This is his fourth rainbow jersey at the

:39:45.:39:49.

time trial. He wasn't selected for the 2012 Olympics, went into

:39:50.:39:52.

depression and has had to come back from that with the help of a mental

:39:53.:39:56.

trainer. Fastest again and afterwards, he spoke to us.

:39:57.:40:02.

Congratulations, Francois, your seventh world title but has special

:40:03.:40:05.

was it to be back on the top step of the podium? Yes, I am very happy to

:40:06.:40:14.

be back with this beautiful jersey. Last year, it was a difficult year

:40:15.:40:21.

for me but I have won medals at two Olympic Games, bronze medals, but I

:40:22.:40:35.

expect more. It is not a good orange here, it is not the Olympic Games

:40:36.:40:39.

but it is a good comeback. You have raced against him, Chris. Yes, he

:40:40.:40:44.

raised in 2004, in Athens, in the kilometre and he seems to do really

:40:45.:40:48.

well at the times that don't really count, which sounds like a criticism

:40:49.:40:52.

but he performed so well at 2014 in a World Championships, three gold

:40:53.:40:55.

medals and everyone expected him to be the man to beat at Rio and he

:40:56.:40:59.

underperformed. He has the hungers for the Olympic Games, you can hear

:41:00.:41:05.

that, he wants an Olympic title and based on that form, you wouldn't bet

:41:06.:41:09.

against it. Except that he will be 35 by the times the Tokyo Olympics

:41:10.:41:15.

come around. I was 36, easy. He was pointing out his helmet, was it a

:41:16.:41:20.

message or was it at his head? It could be a sponsor or something, I

:41:21.:41:23.

don't know. Maybe saying, "I have got my head back"? I don't know, my

:41:24.:41:32.

eyesight is going, old age. You have other benefits, making sense is one

:41:33.:41:36.

of them. Kristina Vogel is the Olympic champion in the individual

:41:37.:41:40.

sprint and the Ciaran and she had already won the first half of those

:41:41.:41:44.

in the World Championships, she is in the line-up for the keirin, along

:41:45.:41:52.

with Stephanie Morton of Australia and Krupeckaite. They follow the

:41:53.:41:56.

journey by, the electric bike and then it is every rider on their own.

:41:57.:42:09.

They follow the bike, Kristina Vogel, the defending champion from

:42:10.:42:21.

Germany right in behind. We see Vogel looking for her second world

:42:22.:42:26.

crown of the week. Bayona Pineda dirt. Fourth is Stephanie Morton,

:42:27.:42:28.

Australia, with a golden green band on her sleeve. Krupa Kate in a

:42:29.:42:35.

multicoloured outfit one from the back and in the bright orange helmet

:42:36.:42:39.

is Braspennincx from the Netherlands. A lot of experience in

:42:40.:42:48.

this final as they go round before they are released from their hole

:42:49.:42:55.

behind the Bernie bike. Will be interesting to see the tactics now.

:42:56.:43:03.

Degrendele on the front, Vogel looking around, leaving a little

:43:04.:43:09.

gap. Then there is a little space before Morton. Braspennincx is a

:43:10.:43:13.

former silver world medallist. They will be expecting her to make a move

:43:14.:43:16.

that some point in the back end of the field. Krupeckaite moves up a

:43:17.:43:22.

little from the rear end of the field, up towards the front. Vogel

:43:23.:43:27.

has a little look. That hasn't worked for anybody so far, going to

:43:28.:43:32.

the front so early, so Vogel has a lovely leader, she is happy, sticks

:43:33.:43:35.

on the wheel and looks over her shoulder and says thanks very much.

:43:36.:43:39.

She will take it on with a lap to go and say she has. Stephanie Morton

:43:40.:43:45.

tries to go round the outside, she has to go past Martha Bayona Pineda.

:43:46.:43:49.

Morton is struggling to get past. Germany, Columba and Australia and

:43:50.:43:53.

Degrendele is stuck on the inside. It comes Kristina Vogel. Vogel takes

:43:54.:43:59.

it. Bayona Pineda second and Degrendele takes the bronze. Bayona

:44:00.:44:05.

Pineda wrote that beautifully, she kept the height and she is looking

:44:06.:44:09.

no one try to get underneath and it allowed her to drop them with half a

:44:10.:44:13.

lap to go and get that extra bit of acceleration. But her form is better

:44:14.:44:20.

than anybody else's here, she... I get the impression that Stephanie

:44:21.:44:22.

Morton of Australia ran out of legs at the end of a long week. She just

:44:23.:44:26.

didn't have the speed, she had the right idea but then the back

:44:27.:44:29.

straight, it became apparent she wasn't going to make any ground and

:44:30.:44:32.

all the way through, Kristina Vogel looked like she was about to win it

:44:33.:44:38.

and indeed she did, but Bayona Pineda had the speed to stay in

:44:39.:44:42.

front of Morton and a good ride from the Belgian rider, just 20 years of

:44:43.:44:45.

age, Degrendele, claiming the bronze. But there is the world

:44:46.:44:49.

champion for the second time this week, Kristina Vogel takes the world

:44:50.:44:51.

crown, now nine world How does this feel? Awesome. To go

:44:52.:45:15.

home with two gold medals, it is two golds, I am one of the happiest

:45:16.:45:20.

girls in life. We could see that the way that you celebrated, it meant a

:45:21.:45:25.

great deal, because it is a very difficult one to win but you

:45:26.:45:27.

absolutely attacked this one. The keirin, it is about getting the

:45:28.:45:44.

feeling for the new keirin. Just watch what you're doing. Just

:45:45.:45:52.

watching the movement, what is happening on the track. I think we

:45:53.:45:56.

did good today. Another of the greats of International

:45:57.:46:12.

cycling but what did she mean? With the regulations changing, it changes

:46:13.:46:22.

the tactical approach. They are a bit reluctant to go to the front.

:46:23.:46:26.

Everybody was watching her and it was strange to feel that the sprint

:46:27.:46:29.

was starting and then backing off and everyone was starting and then

:46:30.:46:35.

waiting. She had the perfect lead. Great result for the Colombian in

:46:36.:46:43.

second place. The second medal in keirin for Colombia this week. You

:46:44.:46:50.

could ask, we are at the British sprinters? Becky James is watching

:46:51.:46:56.

on the sidelines. I think she's enjoying a well deserved break. She

:46:57.:47:03.

missed out on London. Then she had a very bad run of illness and injury,

:47:04.:47:09.

did not go to the 2015 World Championships. Just over a year out

:47:10.:47:20.

for Rio de Janiero and then she got to medals there. She knows that she

:47:21.:47:23.

does not need to be filled gas and it is up to her to take the time.

:47:24.:47:29.

Enjoying the success and the amazing comeback she's had and decide what

:47:30.:47:38.

is next. It would be great to see her in Australia. We spoke earlier

:47:39.:47:45.

about the drama of the Madison win for Bradley Wiggins and Mark

:47:46.:47:48.

Cavendish in front of a home crowd. It was a bit much to expect big

:47:49.:47:54.

things from Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood. 200 laps, and as we join it,

:47:55.:47:59.

they are struggling. He has claimed this sprint. They

:48:00.:48:12.

will take some consolation for the effort they have made to force an

:48:13.:48:21.

attack. The Belgians not scoring well.

:48:22.:48:36.

140 dome, 60 laps to go. Still trying to take part in the racing as

:48:37.:48:45.

much as possible but not in the running. Put in the running. Could

:48:46.:48:50.

have been an attack if they had not participated before but they've got

:48:51.:48:54.

tired legs, just like everybody else. The Courage is there, they are

:48:55.:49:01.

giving up. The Australians back in sixth place. A lot of damage there.

:49:02.:49:11.

Scored a lot of points over the Belgians but it was very expensive

:49:12.:49:22.

energy wise. This one will come down to technique as much as physiology.

:49:23.:49:27.

The Belgians have had the best technique. It will come down to

:49:28.:49:31.

timing. That is part of Madison racing. Switzerland are leading.

:49:32.:49:40.

Into the finishing straight. 55 to go. Switzerland, Germany, France,

:49:41.:49:52.

Netherlands, Spain and Australia. Not wishing to be disparaging but

:49:53.:49:57.

there are not many that cooperate in one event with the level of skill,

:49:58.:50:05.

intuitive by trading, courage, physiology that the Madison does and

:50:06.:50:11.

it is a crying shame that it is not in the Olympics. We hope that we are

:50:12.:50:17.

going to change that. Great Britain making the change on the inside of

:50:18.:50:25.

the track. No racing for Britain is Ollie Wood.

:50:26.:50:39.

Two laps to go until the next sprint. There is a threat to the

:50:40.:50:49.

Belgians. Australia are nowhere to be seen. They are not going to

:50:50.:50:56.

contest this. Britain are leading the way. Great Britain making a

:50:57.:51:06.

change down the back straight. Belgium will be the first over the

:51:07.:51:09.

line. Three points for Great Britain. Belgium have got to look

:51:10.:51:16.

forward and over their shoulder because the French are coming. That

:51:17.:51:31.

sprinting prowess that they've got has delivered. The Australians are

:51:32.:51:35.

wrote about one which is a surprise. I wonder if they are waiting for an

:51:36.:51:40.

opportunity to attack. They are coming around the outside. I think

:51:41.:51:44.

they might be. Here is the big attack coming. The counterattack had

:51:45.:51:50.

almost started before they swooped down the track. We are getting

:51:51.:51:56.

indications. You can hear the little whistles.

:51:57.:52:06.

Click onto the rear wheel. Changes over. Stays with him at the moment,

:52:07.:52:18.

Switzerland and third place, Germany in fourth, Ireland in fifth. The

:52:19.:52:27.

French have got on terms quickly but the Belgians, Australia's biggest

:52:28.:52:31.

threat, have been isolated. It cost them a lot to contest that last

:52:32.:52:35.

sprint and that's why you've got to choose which of these two not

:52:36.:52:45.

contest. It is unbelievably close. Great Britain are up to ninth. Even

:52:46.:52:54.

if they get back to terms they will be hard pressed to participate in

:52:55.:53:01.

the next sprint. There's only three points until the next sprint as

:53:02.:53:08.

Switzerland go on the attack. He's got some help from Denmark.

:53:09.:53:19.

The French have gone after them. That is why. Could not afford to let

:53:20.:53:30.

that one go. Spain is slipping round as well. They are down in eighth

:53:31.:53:38.

place at the moment. The Australians went on the attack, put the Belgians

:53:39.:53:43.

in danger but they are not going to score in this one. Here comes the

:53:44.:53:51.

sprint. Denmark sticking with it here. Everybody is under pressure as

:53:52.:53:56.

they move into the last ten minutes of racing. Denmark have got to throw

:53:57.:53:59.

the lot at this because they are in fourth place and they are nine

:54:00.:54:06.

points behind the leaders. France are the new leaders. Australia are

:54:07.:54:13.

second on 31, Denmark on 21 in fourth. The Spanish are the least

:54:14.:54:17.

dangerous but the French are seeking to take advantage of anybody going

:54:18.:54:21.

up the roads are they've kept something back. They won't want to

:54:22.:54:26.

work with the Spanish pair. They are happy to follow. This could work

:54:27.:54:31.

very nicely to the French, indeed. There was no chance that Thomas, he

:54:32.:54:36.

is almost backpedalling. It is like watching the last race in the Omnium

:54:37.:54:41.

all over again. It takes some discipline to not work in that kind

:54:42.:54:45.

of situation because they know that they need to keep something back to

:54:46.:54:49.

defend and sure enough, the Danish have gone on the attack and somebody

:54:50.:54:54.

is going to do the chasing and the French have got something left in

:54:55.:55:03.

the wheels. Larsen being followed by Germany. They are the riders at the

:55:04.:55:16.

front, followed by Switzerland. Just 34 laps remaining in this event.

:55:17.:55:23.

Said it would come down to a slog and that is what it is. Everybody is

:55:24.:55:29.

completely spent, trying to find weakness in the opposition. Turning

:55:30.:55:34.

into a good day for France. The Danish have 21 points on the board.

:55:35.:55:43.

Persevering. This is an interesting move. The code tired he is. He is

:55:44.:55:48.

still going but looks absolutely worn out. 25 points left on the

:55:49.:56:00.

board. He is right back in it once more. Australia are only a couple of

:56:01.:56:10.

points off the lead and they are well placed. The French are on the

:56:11.:56:16.

wheel. Ireland are up there as well. Denmark are not going to contest

:56:17.:56:19.

this one. They've not got the legs left. He will have a royal sprint

:56:20.:56:25.

here. He wins it for France. Takes five points. Lead will not change.

:56:26.:56:34.

That is very impressive from the French. They are the strongest. The

:56:35.:56:38.

Australians have not been involved for the last ten laps are so so I

:56:39.:56:43.

thought they would have the upper hand but the French can smell

:56:44.:56:48.

victory. Four points clear of Australia. Great Britain have lost

:56:49.:57:04.

another lap. It is fair to say that their race is all but done. They've

:57:05.:57:10.

never quite got on terms with this one. Ferocious pace was set

:57:11.:57:25.

literally from the first lap. Some great tactical riding from the

:57:26.:57:32.

French. They've known how to let go even when it could cause a

:57:33.:57:39.

breakaway. Denmark still at the front of the race.

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Still in the action with 25 laps to go. The group looks diminished at

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the moment. And they look very tired. Mustering the last reserves

:58:07.:58:14.

for the big finish in the last 24 laps. It looks like an elimination

:58:15.:58:30.

race at the moment. I thought that might be the case. If you lose three

:58:31.:58:37.

laps they can pull you out. They are clearing the boards for the main

:58:38.:58:47.

players. They've only got six points. Australia are having to come

:58:48.:59:03.

along way. Dives inside. He had a lot of work to do which would have

:59:04.:59:07.

slowed him up. Throws him into the race. France are perfectly placed

:59:08.:59:17.

and he will be loving this. The big battle is on! As they crossed the

:59:18.:59:22.

line in the French make a change right on the line. The Australians

:59:23.:59:30.

might have got it. All so all of the focus pair between

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France and Australia. That lead has been nibbled away, just three points

:59:48.:59:53.

now. Australia, Ireland, France and Belgium scoring five, three, two and

:59:54.:00:05.

one. Inside the last two laps. -- ten laps. Around five minutes of

:00:06.:00:10.

effort left. The Spanish trying to salvage something here. The Spanish

:00:11.:00:17.

just reminding them, reminding everybody, are their ability. Out of

:00:18.:00:19.

the running this time around, but they want to finish with a flourish.

:00:20.:00:28.

Denmark are having a stab to go after them, but the big three teams

:00:29.:00:34.

can probably afford to let them go, don't get involved chasing shadows.

:00:35.:00:37.

France will be delighted if points are going up the road, that will

:00:38.:00:40.

suit them very well, thank you very much. Thomas happy to sit on the

:00:41.:00:47.

Australian wheel at the moment. Keeping close tabs on Cameron Meyer.

:00:48.:00:54.

So Spain at the front of the race. Spain, who were the

:00:55.:01:00.

bronze-medallists last year, going to finish outside the medals this

:01:01.:01:03.

time around, and Belgium on the counter. Belgium, remember, in

:01:04.:01:10.

third, seven points behind Australia. The Belgians have gone on

:01:11.:01:13.

the attack and somehow have managed to slip the grasp of Australia and

:01:14.:01:18.

France, who I think are playing brinksmanship at the back and it is

:01:19.:01:23.

quite a serious move, and they have some great company as well in the

:01:24.:01:27.

team from the Netherlands. Everybody getting back on terms slowly but it

:01:28.:01:34.

has put them up the pressure. The kettle racing the Belgium. -- de

:01:35.:01:38.

Ketele racing the Belgium. It was a missed change their as Niklas Larsen

:01:39.:01:47.

tried to throw it into Von Folsach. A right old West, re-accelerating

:01:48.:01:51.

your own mass is a tough thing to do in this race. It is the equivalent

:01:52.:01:59.

of dropping the baton in a relay and then having to go back and pick it

:02:00.:02:04.

up. Brands timed that one beautifully again to finish in front

:02:05.:02:10.

of the Belgians. And straight on the attack and why not? The Belgians

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have been working hard trying to make a break and have been instantly

:02:14.:02:17.

counted and found themselves on the rack by France, inside the last ten

:02:18.:02:23.

laps. Air France pushing hard to ensure they take this world title.

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The closing laps of this man's madison, the end of the 2017 world

:02:31.:02:33.

track cycling Championships very much insight now. They are piling on

:02:34.:02:39.

the pressure with seven laps to go. Belgium have gone with them but they

:02:40.:02:43.

are not the biggest threat. The Australians are out of it at the

:02:44.:02:46.

moment, so France are just driving for gold. Australia have to claw

:02:47.:02:54.

their way back in. Australia on the front, Belgium, France, Ireland.

:02:55.:02:57.

Very slow change from Switzerland, an awful change, which has enabled

:02:58.:03:02.

Australia to draw level with them. About to come back together with the

:03:03.:03:07.

French. That is interesting, the French have chosen to stop the chase

:03:08.:03:10.

and after that big effort, they have now put themselves back into the

:03:11.:03:14.

group with Australia. And I think they are just going to try and sit

:03:15.:03:19.

on the Australians' wheel. They have a considerable buffer there, they

:03:20.:03:27.

need to stay with them. Callum Scotson takes over from Cameron

:03:28.:03:34.

Meyer. The last kilometre of the race about to start, about a minute

:03:35.:03:38.

of racing left and Australia desperate to make the move, but

:03:39.:03:41.

France now that is the only wheel they have got to watch. And what

:03:42.:03:46.

should they are, very closely. Morgan Janevski onto the wheel of

:03:47.:03:51.

Callum Scotson. Burning all the matches he has got left to claw his

:03:52.:03:55.

way clear of everyone. Ireland are hanging onto that little trio, good

:03:56.:04:01.

ride from Mark Downey. The team from Australia also protecting the silver

:04:02.:04:04.

medal position because Belgium already five minutes behind -- five

:04:05.:04:07.

points behind and there are double points on offer on this last lap.

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But the gold medal looks like it is heading for France. They will take

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the bell, Spain are not going to be a factor, all eyes on Australia and

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France and it is Cameron Meyer leading out Benjamin Thomas of

:04:24.:04:27.

France and Thomas sitting on by a's wheel. He will try and compass Tim

:04:28.:04:32.

and Cameron Meyer will strain every sinew... Cameron Meyer crosses the

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line just in front of the French. But the world title will belong to

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France, to Benjamin Thomas, who is a world champion for the second time

:04:47.:04:51.

in the space of 24 hours. This time he has a team-mate alongside him,

:04:52.:04:54.

Morgan can ease give. It is the fourth time Denise Key has one world

:04:55.:05:08.

track title -- please ... CLARE BALDING: and that moves

:05:09.:05:13.

Frantsev to second place on the final medal table, Australia out in

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front by virtue of five silver medals and Great Britain in fourth

:05:20.:05:24.

with Germany. From an international point of view, Chris, 15 different

:05:25.:05:27.

nations winning medals and how much in terms of quality, G think it was?

:05:28.:05:34.

I think it was an excellent World Championships, great spread of

:05:35.:05:38.

talent across the broad. Standout performances, Chloe Dygert in the

:05:39.:05:41.

women's pursued, and the team pursuit. Wang was a very popular win

:05:42.:05:48.

for Malaysia. He is the biggest sports star in Malaysia right now,

:05:49.:05:52.

so fantastic for him, ten years trying to win that rainbow jersey.

:05:53.:05:56.

The sport of track cycling, it is great to see the spread of medals.

:05:57.:06:01.

From a GB perspective, it is nice when we are top of the table but we

:06:02.:06:04.

have a very young team and they did very well. Jo, what you think, on

:06:05.:06:09.

the return of medals to those who went? Good, bad, medium? I am really

:06:10.:06:19.

pleased. We had Katie and El there is Olympic champions, we had a goal,

:06:20.:06:23.

a couple of silvers, a personal best by Ellie Dickinson in the individual

:06:24.:06:27.

pursuit, a five second PB by the young girls in the team pursuit, so

:06:28.:06:35.

I -- some really positive performances, Ryan Owens to get

:06:36.:06:40.

fourth in the sprint and the men's keirin team, really positive. Given

:06:41.:06:44.

that the big guns are missing. Chris Latham with the only medal as far as

:06:45.:06:50.

the men are concerned, is that a worry? I wouldn't say it is a worry,

:06:51.:06:55.

I would say it is a good week for the women's endurance team, we

:06:56.:06:59.

should celebrate that rather than criticise other people and it is our

:07:00.:07:04.

first World Championships at the Olympics and everyone wants to win

:07:05.:07:09.

the races they riding, and you have to look at it in terms of the

:07:10.:07:12.

four-year cycle, where your preparation is, what needs to be

:07:13.:07:16.

done, go away, study the races and competition and GB will be back

:07:17.:07:20.

fighting. Let's get the assessment of those in charge, Stephen Park the

:07:21.:07:25.

new performance director and first, the head coach Ian Darke.

:07:26.:07:29.

That brings the curtain down on the World Championships, we couldn't

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finish as we did in London with a Wiggins and Cavendish finale but

:07:34.:07:36.

what has been your assessment of the championships? I would say in terms

:07:37.:07:43.

of performance, mixed. We have had some really good performances from

:07:44.:07:45.

some of the younger, developing riders and I was really pleased to

:07:46.:07:50.

see, given the freedom we kind of handed Katie and El the -- over

:07:51.:08:02.

their programmes of the winter, and the future of the omnium and the

:08:03.:08:05.

madison for the Olympics, the scratch races, the performances we

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saw were fantastic and they were my standout performances. If we look at

:08:09.:08:14.

the young sprint team, the young women's pursuit in, plenty of

:08:15.:08:18.

potential. If we were going to look at one particular area that perhaps

:08:19.:08:23.

hasn't come through, it will be the women's sprint programme. Have you

:08:24.:08:27.

got a plan in place? There is still plenty to look at. I think the men's

:08:28.:08:31.

endurance side was a touch underpowered and the women's sprint.

:08:32.:08:35.

We have Ed Clancy at home following a road programme with a bigger

:08:36.:08:38.

objective in mind towards Tokyo, we have Becky James still pondering her

:08:39.:08:43.

future. There are riders out there that may still have plenty to offer

:08:44.:08:46.

the programme and we have a good clutch of young ones coming through,

:08:47.:08:49.

some of which weren't quite ready for this event but we will hopefully

:08:50.:08:53.

see more of them in the future. When you see some of the criticism

:08:54.:08:56.

levelled averages cycling over the last few months and then you come in

:08:57.:09:01.

and see particularly two women taking gold medals and a rainbow

:09:02.:09:04.

jerseys, due feel you have responded in some way? I think we are carrying

:09:05.:09:12.

on as normal, and what people's perception of normal might be maybe

:09:13.:09:17.

buyers by media or allegations. For us, it is business as usual. I think

:09:18.:09:23.

everyone is able to see we have a great supporting, committed team

:09:24.:09:28.

behind the athletes and a lot of freedom afforded to the athletes in

:09:29.:09:34.

terms of their programme, so it is hard to say much more than that, it

:09:35.:09:38.

is business as usual and we are just turning up doing as best as we

:09:39.:09:43.

possibly can day in, day out. Certainly there have been some

:09:44.:09:45.

individuals who have made cases were a lack of support for women's

:09:46.:09:51.

cycling but more recently, we have seen athletes stepping forward and

:09:52.:09:55.

saying it is not their experiences. So not wanting to dismiss the

:09:56.:09:58.

experience of others, there is clearly mixed opinion. This week,

:09:59.:10:03.

what I have seen, is a group of athletes being supported, male or

:10:04.:10:08.

female and as we go forward, so many great opportunities. We have done

:10:09.:10:11.

well in women's events here but I think the level of support athletes

:10:12.:10:17.

have received has been consistent, there is nothing I have seen this

:10:18.:10:21.

week that would give me any cause for concern in that regard. And the

:10:22.:10:25.

cyclist themselves deserve even more credit, and the coaching staff, of

:10:26.:10:28.

being able to perform under the scrutiny they have faced. The

:10:29.:10:32.

independent review is due out in May and then, do you think that is time

:10:33.:10:38.

to close that chapter and move on? I hope so, I hope British cycling is

:10:39.:10:42.

pre-empting the review. They have already taken the step to try and

:10:43.:10:45.

make incremental improvements across the board to support the athletes.

:10:46.:10:50.

It is a fantastic organisation for support currently but they are

:10:51.:10:53.

looking for ways to improve in the future and like Stephen Park said,

:10:54.:10:56.

they are not dismissing any of the claims that have come forward.

:10:57.:11:00.

Personally, I would like to have seen more riders in the team

:11:01.:11:03.

contribute to the independent review, not just the ones that had

:11:04.:11:08.

issues with the Federation. You break out of your ratings are you go

:11:09.:11:12.

to London to meet of the panel, when you are focusing on training but at

:11:13.:11:16.

the same time, it is important for the independent review to get a

:11:17.:11:21.

balanced perspective. Did you contribute to it? I didn't. Would

:11:22.:11:28.

you have had any complaint? I had an e-mail in June last year and David

:11:29.:11:31.

ten seconds of my attention and that was that until a couple of months

:11:32.:11:34.

ago, when the findings are being late and I put my hands up and say I

:11:35.:11:38.

made a mistake by not giving it more of my attention, but in late June

:11:39.:11:44.

2016, my focus was on Rio. What would you have said if you could? I

:11:45.:11:49.

would give a balanced reflection of my experiences. I personally think

:11:50.:11:52.

that as a rider who has had most of my success in the team pursuit, we

:11:53.:11:56.

wouldn't have been able to perform so well as a team without the system

:11:57.:11:59.

supporting women, because if you have one standout rider, they can go

:12:00.:12:04.

out and win stuff that you need a good support system to nurture

:12:05.:12:07.

talent. I was talent spotted at school and feel like I wouldn't have

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gone through my journey and copper medals I have got of the programme

:12:12.:12:16.

had supported me, so I would obviously take all of the accusation

:12:17.:12:19.

seriously and I think the organisation is really keen to

:12:20.:12:26.

improve and strive for perfection, of course, but I have been very

:12:27.:12:29.

successful, so I am very happy. There is no better way to respond

:12:30.:12:33.

than by success and we have certainly had that at the World

:12:34.:12:37.

Championships but also, we have seen on the podium, happy, smiling,

:12:38.:12:40.

emotional faces and I think that does more good than anything. Sport

:12:41.:12:46.

next weekend, if you tune in on Saturday, you can enjoy gymnastics,

:12:47.:12:49.

better Weddle and Matt Baker presenting, it starts on Friday with

:12:50.:12:58.

coverage on the Red Button. And the Fed cup, oh my word, this is getting

:12:59.:13:04.

to a great stage, because if Great Britain beat Romania, they will win

:13:05.:13:08.

a place in the world group two and Anna Keothavong, her first year as

:13:09.:13:12.

captain, Simona Halep against Johanna Konta will be an absolute

:13:13.:13:18.

highlight of that. Huge thanks to our team out in Hong Kong, Simon

:13:19.:13:24.

Brotherton, Chris Boardman, Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Sir Chris Hoy and

:13:25.:13:28.

most of all, thanks to Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald are showing us

:13:29.:13:30.

that at the end of the rainbow, they can indeed be a pot of gold.

:13:31.:13:37.

It is gold for Katie Archibald! Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson have

:13:38.:14:01.

ridden so well. Elinor Barker is the champion of

:14:02.:14:02.

Clare Balding presents highlights from the final day in Hong Kong, with commentary from Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.

Great Britain's only female sprint representative, Katy Marchant, is looking for gold in the women's keirin.

The final event is the men's madison, which was won in dramatic style by Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish in London last year.


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