Day 1 World Track Cycling Championships


Day 1

Day one's action, featuring the men's and women's team sprints and the women's scratch race. Chris Hoy provides analysis, with commentary by Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.


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COMMENTATOR: Up towards the line and the gold medal goes to Great

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Britain, the Olympic champions again! Gold for Britain once more,

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for the third Olympic games in a row! There is a medal here tonight,

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it is silver! Gold for Great Britain! They smashed the world

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record! Jason Kenny wins the gold medal for the second time in his

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career. A spectacular silver. Mark Cavendish as an Olympic medal, it's

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a silver one. And it is a richly deserved one. Laura Trott is

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Britain's most successful female Olympian of all time. Can she get

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over the line? I think she can! It's a golden hat-trick in Rio!

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Sensational cycling. Brilliant, brilliant stuff.

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STUDIO From the golden sun of Rio to the

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Winter of discontent, British cycling has been through the ringer

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over the past eight months and how it will emerge is one of the big

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questions to answer at the Track Cycling World Championships, stage

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for the first time in Hong Kong and only the second time it has been in

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Asia. It is rare in sport to have a World Championship is every single

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year but that is what happens in cycling. It is 7pm here and I'm

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reliably informed it has been raining all day but that won't

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matter in the very futuristic looking velodrome. Looks like a

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spaceship has landed in Hong Kong. Delighted to say I am joined here

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insulted by Sir Chris Hoy and Jo, for you, two Olympic golds and five

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World Championships. The World Championship that come after an

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Olympics are always a little bit different, aren't they? They are.

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You have the people who underperformed in Rio who will be

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determined to come back fighting strongly and get nations like

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Australia and Germany, they often come back really strong in the first

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World Championships. You also have the young pretenders, the young

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athletes who have not had a chance yet at world level, this is their

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chance to get back to the world stage and hopefully win a medal. Jo,

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for a lot of those within British cycling, it is too much to expect to

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see them come straight to a World Championship is after an Olympics,

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so some of the big names taking a step back? It's quite unusual if

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you've wanted to go straight for this series. There are a view who

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did, like Katie Archibald. A view of us took a step back. I've retired.

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Some people are on a bit of downtime which is fair enough but gives the

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opportunity for some young British riders who have watched Rio and felt

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like they wanted to be there to actually go and lay their markdown.

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We're going to see people you might not have heard of and see them in

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action and see if they can step up to the plate. Jo mentioned her

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decision to retire but first let's reflect on a golden rear.

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Joanna Rowsell... This is going to be some fight. I don't believe it

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commits a world record! -- I don't believe it, it's a world

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record again. And the crowd are getting behind them. Great Britain

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win the Olympic title and the gold medal and another world record!

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Joanna Rowsell is one lap away from the world title. It's gold for

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Joanna Rowsell and Great Britain! When she gets going, she can keep

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going all day long. The crowd are on their feet. Joanna Rowsell wins gold

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for England in the women's individual pursuit. What an Olympic

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final we have on our hands here. Jo Rowsell Shand takes over down the

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back straight and now Great Britain are starting to turn the screw here.

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Gold for Great Britain! They have smashed the world record!

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STUDIO I suspect it's a little bit like

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watching your life flash before your eyes, but when you look at that, Jo,

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what do you think cycling has brought to your life? It's changed

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my life completely. My first World Championships was here in Manchester

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in 2008 which was the first lap and I guess I'm unrecognisable now to

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the girl that first joined the cycling team ten and a half years

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ago. I was very shy, had very little confidence. I must have had some

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self belief in myself as an athlete, but for me, relocating to

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Manchester, meeting all the people and legends of the sport like Chris,

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that was terrifying! It's amazing for me to look back at that and see

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how my life has changed. I met my husband through cycling and my best

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friends are all cyclists. I've definitely become a lot more

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confident and happy. It's amazing to watch that back, so thank you for

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that! You're very welcome, thank you for everything you've given to

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British cycling. It's a big decision to stop. Chris, you've done it. How

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would you advise Jo to reassess and adjust her goals? For me personally,

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I try to find something that was a big passion in my life, something to

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focus on something to get your teeth into. I know you're already thinking

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about that clearly can what you're going to do in the next few years,

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but for me it was exploring things I couldn't do when I was a full-time

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athlete. I became a dad as well. Things like that, just experiencing

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a greater life out there, the bigger world out there. Are you looking

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forward to it or do you treat it with a certain amount of bread? I

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am. It was a really difficult decision to make and it took me a

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long time to make it. I think for a while deep down I knew I was done as

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a cyclist. I'm the sort of person who always looks for new challenges

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and I had won everything I could possibly win as a cyclist, you can't

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get higher than Olympic champion and world record-holder, and I saw them

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something more. Add the Olympic pursuit for Tokyo, that would have

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motivated me... But to go out and try new things... When I first had

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the meeting with my head coach, I didn't actually say the word retire.

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I had to call it the R word, I couldn't actually say I want to

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retire! That was a step too far. It took a while to come to terms with

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the idea of not being an athlete and not preparing for an Olympic Games

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and it was incredibly difficult. I'm currently applying to university to

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start in September. Great, to study? Physiology. Which has a nice link to

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elite sport, so I could perhaps go into coaching, but the degree is

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more taught from the point of view of physical activity for health,

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using physical activity for things like obesity and diabetes. A

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different perspective. The science is the same but it is down to how

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you apply it and it could apply across the board. I think it will be

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an interesting degree for me, something I'm very interested in.

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Ever since I left school, I had a levels in biology, physics and

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maths, I was very much a scientist back then and now I can go and study

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whatever I want to study and maybe going back -- go back into elite

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sport. Brilliant. We're thrilled to have your intellect here as well as

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your knowledge of cycling. Here are the athletes we should be watching

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out for. In the men's team sport, the average age of our team is 20.

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They took gold in the Glasgow World Cup last November. No British

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representation in the women's team sprint. The dominant side looked to

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be China, they are the Olympic champions. Elinor Barker, who won

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gold in the team pursuit in Rio, is concentrating on individual events

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here. We will see her in the women's scratch today. And it is the first

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round of the men's team pursuit. Andy Tennant at 30 is the senior

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member of the team and he just missed out on the Olympic Games.

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Determined to make his mark here. The women's sprinting scene in

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Britain, we will talk about it in a second but if you wanted get in

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touch with us, details at the bottom of your screen, if you want to get

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tips on fitness or mental health from these two, use everything they

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know. But obviously also questions about I cling or team members,

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anything you want just via our way. Becky James is taking a break and

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there's only one British female sprinter out in Hong Kong and that

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is Katy Marchant. Are we looking at a bit of a problem in British sprint

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cycling at the moment? I don't think so, you look at Vickie Williamson

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who is thankfully finally getting back on her bike after a horrific

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crash at the sixth day in Rotterdam over a year ago now. She is well on

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her way to making her way back into the team. We have some really

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talented young riders snapping at their heels of Katy but at the

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moment Katy is focusing on the Kieren. I don't Inc is any crisis

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intends of the future but there is still work to be done. In terms of

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how you gel well, and it is always exciting watching the team sprint,

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for the women it is a team of two rather than three. Jo, I will just

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get your view on this as well, the strength of the teams that are

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lining up for this. In the women's team sprint, yeah, I think China

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will probably be the favourites, they are the Olympic champions.

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Russia were the world champions from this time last year but I think that

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is because China were disqualified in the final. I think Russia and

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China are the big two favourites here. I would love to see Team GB

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back in the mix but like Chris says, there are a view riders who have

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unfortunately had injuries or something, that will not be

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competing in this winter. But it is something that excites me going

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forward and I personally would like to see the event go to three riders

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and three laps rather than two. This is the only event now where there is

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not equality between men and women in terms of the number of riders in

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the team, so for me that is the last step. This event has been

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progressing really well since it has been on the programme. The gap has

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been getting lower and lower so I would like to see it equal out on

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three, so that is my thing. Yes, absolutely. I think we're all

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nodding in agreement. Let's let the commentators take it away.

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COMMENTATOR: Hello, everyone. Thank you and welcome to this futuristic

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velodrome here in Hong Kong, just eight short Drive away from the

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centre of the city, and we are just in time for the fourth race in this

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women's team sprint qualifying. Australia, Stephanie Morton entire

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Lee McCulloch. The Australians we will be watching here, they are one

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of the traditional forces in this event, particularly when Anna Meares

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was paired with Thirimanne colour. That is a few years ago now and they

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are not one of the big favourites. It is a pretty decent time, the new

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fastest one, 32.785, for Australia. We have already seen how fast the

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men's team pursuit was. A pretty special performance and you often

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find that a good performance sort of goes through the whole team. I

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suppose it's not surprising that the Australian sprinters are also really

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raising their game here. Often the case for the Australians posed

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Olympic Games, they tend to perform well the year after an Olympics. I

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suspect that here in Hong Kong it will be no different. It's

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interesting, isn't it, Chris, that different countries have very

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different ideas about how to prepare? Many of them treat the

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World Championships as seriously as the Olympic Games. Of course, they

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are World Championships, so so you should come about their funding is

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not just dependent on how you do in the Olympic Games. That may be a

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reason why the British team approach things slightly differently.

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Possibly. To do with the change of funding and also culturally of

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course. But they do tend to perform well very consistently. We've got

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used to the British team who do tackle it in a very different way,

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it's all about the Olympic Games, tipping off after that major

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competition. That is a cycle we have seen repeated three times now. I

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don't want to put too much pressure on them but we're expecting to see

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good solid performances. This is the one event where there is no British

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interest, but it is a really strong field. Joanna was talking before

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about China, the Olympic champions, and also Russia, the defending world

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champions. We should not forget too Germany and that brilliant pairing

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from any years now, Kristina Vogel, who is a world and Olympic champion,

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and Miriam Welte. They are never far away. Great talents in world track

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cycling. They are one of the real crowd pleaser is as well, one of the

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real characters of the sport. Incredibly consistent and so are the

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Chinese pair, but mistakes have been made as we heard alluded to earlier

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in World Championships. The rules for this event have been tidied up a

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bit now, making it a lot easier for riders to stop people being

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relegated, because that is not what anybody wants to see. It's all about

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that front wheel, they can't pass before the first line. Just to let

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you know that China have got Junhong Lin racing and

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Shuang Guo. A little bit messy Art of the blocks. The German pair

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cleanly away. This is a strong finish now. Kristina Vogel powers

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over the line. New fastest time and China way out of it. China's time is

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a long way back and that has now come up as the third quickest time,

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but they were some considerable distance behind Germany. Germany

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32.356. When you consider that the world record is 32 dead, that is

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really a very respectable ride. They have set themselves out as being the

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team to beat. So consistent and .3 of a second clear of Australia at

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the moment. Coming into this, perhaps no great surprise. Kristina

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Vogel has been in very good form over the winter track system,

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winning the Kieren and the sprint in Los Angeles and she won the

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individual sprint as well in Cali. In stark contrast to many Olympic

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champions, Kristina Vogel deciding to keep racing through and she has

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kept that going. Riders deal with the pressure in different ways. Some

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see the competition as an adventure and the result is just a symptom of

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doing something they want to do. Others really build up on the result

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and it's all about that result, there is a lot of pressure and they

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need to get away afterwards. So we see a real disparity in performances

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in this post-Olympic period. We have got four gold medallists on the

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track in the Great Britain squad including Katie Archibald and Elinor

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Barker. We will see them in different events to those at which

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they were involved in in Rio. A busman's holiday. They are still on

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the track but just getting the mental break of avoiding an event --

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of doing a different event. Next on the track, Russia,

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. Against Spain. Don't forget this is a three round competition and

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this is the qualifying phase which will see them go through to the top

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eight first will ride against eighth, second against seventh. The

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better ride you perform now, the easier ride you get through and the

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two fastest winners contest the gold. 12 teams in this qualifying

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round and eight of them will go through. I way they go. Let's see

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what kind of form the Russian pairing have brought here to these

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championships. Voianova Leading the way on lap one.

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Shmeleva takes over for the final lap. No surprise to see Spain

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trailing at this point. Here we come up towards the line and their time

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was 32.962, well down on the time set by Germany. These are big gaps

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in a competition like this, which can be decided by hundreds or even

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thousands of a second. The German team are going to be tough to beat.

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So, Germany fastest qualifiers ahead of Australia, Russia and China.

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Spain, Netherlands, Canada and Colombia also going through. We will

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lose Mexico, Korea, Italy and India. We're just waiting for official

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confirmation of that. But interesting to note that from what

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we've seen so far, it is Germany who have the real speed in their legs

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that this particular moment in time. Good to see Australia as well coming

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back in this particular event, because they were dominant a couple

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of years ago, they won the world title three years in a row. And as

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Daria Shmeleva, a former junior champion, just winds down, there is

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the confirmation of the qualifiers in the women's team sprint.

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COMMENTATOR: Germany out in front. Australia one of the countries you

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were saying had a lot to prove after Rio. With the retirement of Anna

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Meares, it has given Carla McCulloch the chance to show her skill. News

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through recently that Mark Cavendish has been diagnosed with glandular

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fever. Glandular fever is going to knock him out for a while, isn't it?

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Jeff, that's pretty serious. The risk is that you try and get back

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too soon and it extends the time you will be laid off for. I'm sure he

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will get the best of ice on that but it is frustrating, he has still got

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a lot left to achieve, he wants to win the highest number of stages

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ever in the Tour de France and that will certainly hamper his

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preparation. Let's concentrate on the qualifying for the men's team

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sprint but that team of Heinz and Callum Skinner, Callum is the early

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one at the World Championship 's and he is focusing on individual events.

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It is a relatively new line-up, they are pretty exciting. Let's hear from

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these new names. As a team, we're really close, we're really good

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friends off the track as well. We'll came onto the Academy programme

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around the same time. We were looking at a five-year goal, Tokyo

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and then anything before that would be like a bonus. Obviously we want

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to go to win. We are a young team and we have to give our best

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performance and just see where that puts us. It can stand us in good

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stead. Fantastic riding and the youth put in a fantastic

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performance! We would like to go top five. If you go top five, you're

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always going to be vying for a medal. It's a great record at any

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level. Coming from their age through the Academy process together. I'm

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really excited to see what those guys can do on the big stage. It is

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very much their moment and how will they cope with it? Jack Carlin on

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the left and that is Elinor Barker on the right. We will see her later

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on in the scratch race. Chris, I started to ask you this but we

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didn't have time to hear your answer, what is the secret to

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gelling in the sprint competition. As a team, each rider has a very

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different job to do, very different skills. The starter has to be an

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exceptional rider accelerating the team up to a good pace. Number two

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had to have the ability to soak up the start but deliver a strong lap

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for the final person to hang on to the end. It is more than just

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physical attributes, they are all good friends, they get on well and

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they gel as a unit. It's very exciting for them just now, they are

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on an upward Sharjah rhetoric and who knows how far they can go? -- an

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upward trajectory. Let's have a look at Canada. The qualifying has

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started but very early stages. Chris, talk us through what happens

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here. Oh dear oh dear oh dear, nightmare. A lot of the holder

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uppers are not that experienced. They're not from your team, they're

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from the venue? That's right. A lot of the guys are big guys, 90

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kilograms class and they have heavy bikes, so it can happen. Sometimes

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it happens like dominoes, all six riders go down, not ideal when

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you're about to start the race. These wheels are also very fragile

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for lateral impact. They are designed very strong. You could

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almost push your finger through that we'll if you hit it hard enough, so

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there is a risk of damaging that ?3000 wheel. Is that it, I Canada

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how? No, they get a restart because it wasn't their fault. But

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psychologically it can be a distraction.

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COMMENTATOR: They were the first two teams to go, Clare, actually. There

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was a good story, it wasn't the rider who fell but a chap... Patrice

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St Louis Pivin is one of the riders and he only set foot in the

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velodrome for the first time 30 months ago, he was a power lifter

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and one of the other riders suggested he tried out a training

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camp and clearly it went rather well! Away. Cross-fertilisation I

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believe is the term applied from going from one sport to another in

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the sporting world, but it's actually a really good idea to take

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people with the basic abilities and most importantly a desire to do it,

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and give them the opportunity to try something different.

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And experienced rider for the Netherlands, five times a world

:25:10.:25:18.

champion on the track and three times on the sprint. Not for a

:25:19.:25:31.

while, though. Nils Van't Hoenderdaal for the Netherlands.

:25:32.:25:36.

Over half a second that of Colombia at this point. Of course it's all

:25:37.:25:41.

about setting the time but it gives us an indicator of the blistering

:25:42.:25:47.

pace being set here. Really quick bite Jeffrey Hoogland now. He leaves

:25:48.:25:54.

it at the end and Theo Bos is an round three for the Netherlands.

:25:55.:25:57.

Heading into the autumn of his career now, back on track in the

:25:58.:26:01.

last year or so. Powering around the track at the bottom of this bowl as

:26:02.:26:09.

he comes over the line in 43.970, nearly 43 hundredth of a second

:26:10.:26:13.

quicker than the time on the other track from Colombia but it is all

:26:14.:26:16.

about the time, they're not strictly trying to knock out the team on the

:26:17.:26:21.

other side. Labouring a bit. You could see he was shaking his head,

:26:22.:26:24.

wasn't happy with that. Nicely out of the gate. Respectable start there

:26:25.:26:35.

by any measure. And so, so important to get out of the gate quickly in

:26:36.:26:40.

this event. It doesn't win you the race but it can certainly lose it

:26:41.:26:43.

for you. It's almost impossible to pick up the pace if you are not

:26:44.:26:46.

thrown into this race at a high-speed. One of the key things

:26:47.:26:50.

about this race in the last for five years is how they keep tweaking the

:26:51.:26:54.

rules to adjust them in terms of the changeover. That is what has proven

:26:55.:26:58.

to be the difficult part of the race. It's where people have

:26:59.:27:02.

qualified on a berry regular basis and now they will do probably what

:27:03.:27:06.

that to start with, it's all about the front wheel crossing the line.

:27:07.:27:09.

Basically your counterparts can't cross over the line before you do.

:27:10.:27:15.

Simple as that. The front rider has got 15 metres to get out of the way,

:27:16.:27:19.

and out of the way is determined by the red line on the track. We've got

:27:20.:27:24.

some excellent teams to come and in the seventh hit of eight will be

:27:25.:27:30.

Germany and Great Britain. The last two Howell, New Zealand, the

:27:31.:27:34.

defending champions, and Poland, as well. But at the moment we are

:27:35.:27:36.

watching Japan, where Kazunari Watanabe is

:27:37.:27:51.

the most experienced rider in their team. A real wobble there by the

:27:52.:28:06.

Japanese team. Well off the track, and that is going to cost probably a

:28:07.:28:10.

tenth of a second or more and in an event like this that can be

:28:11.:28:16.

absolutely critical. Yoshitaku Nagasako leading the way on job --

:28:17.:28:22.

that one for Japan commit his job is done. It is Yudai Nitta now for the

:28:23.:28:30.

Japanese team. Not getting a time up for Japan at the moment, I think

:28:31.:28:35.

perhaps riding off the track caused a bit of a problem. Jose

:28:36.:28:48.

Marino for Spain... Japan with the second fastest time so far. Good

:28:49.:28:56.

recovery at the end. Still a decent start, under 18 seconds for that

:28:57.:29:00.

opening lap, but a better finish, I think. Well, had the experience and

:29:01.:29:11.

the staying power to stay in there. -- Watanabe had the experience and

:29:12.:29:17.

the staying power. You appreciate the timing of that effort, they

:29:18.:29:21.

throw their weight back and forward in anticipation of that gate

:29:22.:29:24.

opening. Get it slightly wrong and the wheels can snatch a bit. That is

:29:25.:29:35.

what can happen. But recovered well. The medals will be decided tonight

:29:36.:29:41.

in both the men's and women's team sprint, but still to go out onto the

:29:42.:29:47.

track in the next few minutes. Next up will be the Czech Republic and

:29:48.:29:53.

China. Here's confirmation of the standings in the clubhouse. The

:29:54.:30:00.

Netherlands the quickest up to now but many of those teams will be

:30:01.:30:04.

knocked down the leaderboard in the next few minutes. Tomas Babek, for

:30:05.:30:18.

Czech Republic. Hush around the velodrome. Away they

:30:19.:30:34.

go. It the might be the shape of the track actually pushing people down a

:30:35.:30:38.

little bit here. It is a bowl-shaped track we've heard about. It was

:30:39.:30:44.

actually quite quick, in the team pursuit qualification earlier today.

:30:45.:30:48.

We'll have to see if it is the same for the team sprint. China

:30:49.:30:54.

predictably the fastest so far. Many of the riders will be familiar with

:30:55.:30:57.

this track. They had a World Cup meeting here last year. The track

:30:58.:31:01.

was actually built in 2013. It's not like Rio where they basically turned

:31:02.:31:06.

up and rode on it the day before the Olympics started. They're now coming

:31:07.:31:17.

around for the Czech Republic. Sojka there. And China's time will be the

:31:18.:31:22.

fastest so far. Just the quickest by about a tenth of a second.

:31:23.:31:33.

Disappeared off the computer for a moment. Home advantage, always makes

:31:34.:31:38.

the World Championships that little Morabito important. A very

:31:39.:31:47.

respectable performance from them. -- a little bit more important. When

:31:48.:31:53.

you are trying to drive out the power it takes self-discipline to

:31:54.:31:57.

hold the position and not become more upright to get some more

:31:58.:32:02.

powerout. You can see them on the back

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straight. And Belarus now, starting near us.

:32:28.:32:33.

But here are the Australians. Matthew glat zerl World Champion in

:32:34.:32:45.

2012 -- Matthew Glaetzer. The Commonwealth keirin champion, in

:32:46.:32:49.

good form, too. Jacob Schmidt with him. Schmidt a former two-time World

:32:50.:32:56.

Champion and Nathan heart a common wealth games' bronze medallist. --

:32:57.:33:01.

Nathan Hart. Away they G Australia fourth in the Olympics. And we have

:33:02.:33:06.

a false start as you can see. We'll wait for the replay but it was the

:33:07.:33:13.

starting rider. The Australians, haven't stopped here. That's

:33:14.:33:18.

interesting. Australia are still piling around the track. Looking to

:33:19.:33:29.

set their time. The familiar figurer of Glaetzer there on the start. He

:33:30.:33:33.

is familiar. His body position. Mouth gaping wide open. Still second

:33:34.:33:39.

fastest. Well hoping for a good finish here and it looks as if

:33:40.:33:42.

that's what they are going to get. Here coming up to the line, Jacob

:33:43.:33:47.

Schmidt for Australia, emptying the tank there. 44.136 for Australia.

:33:48.:33:52.

Third quickest time, unofficially. Waiting for that to come up on the

:33:53.:33:57.

screen. Belarus are saying - we do get another go, don't we? They do,

:33:58.:34:01.

they get another start regardless of the cause of the mishap. But the

:34:02.:34:08.

Australians did well to keep their composure. Normally there is a gun

:34:09.:34:13.

fired and, so, they are well within their right. They have no problems

:34:14.:34:16.

to keep going but often they are distracted. What happened here, do

:34:17.:34:19.

you think maybe the gate didn't let go of the rider in time, an electron

:34:20.:34:24.

malfunction with the gate? Our camera shot was a little bit close

:34:25.:34:28.

up for us to be able to see there. He has It was just on head and

:34:29.:34:33.

shoulders. They will go at the end, Belarus. They will have to wait

:34:34.:34:35.

until everyone else has had their ride now, I think. They'll have to

:34:36.:34:40.

go and warm down. And they will be on their own. Meanwhile, the

:34:41.:34:44.

Australians, oh, almost a false start there. The first rider must

:34:45.:34:52.

lead away. A well-drilled team. A respectable ride but I suspect he

:34:53.:34:56.

will be a little bit disappointed with that to be honest. I have to

:34:57.:35:00.

say we wandered down by the Australian pit a little earlier and

:35:01.:35:05.

spoke to Gary there, and saw them all sitting there, getting prepared

:35:06.:35:08.

and also, from what we have seen so far, Australia are all business,

:35:09.:35:11.

aren't they, here at these Championships? Yes, it is a pattern

:35:12.:35:17.

we have seen in past years, in performing post Olympic Games. They

:35:18.:35:21.

enjoy competition. They are consistent throughout the Olympic

:35:22.:35:24.

cycle, the four-year psychle. Often if they've had a disappointment at

:35:25.:35:29.

World Championships, ory at Olympic Games they tend to take that out at

:35:30.:35:33.

the worlds. They are looking sharp here. Early days I know in this

:35:34.:35:39.

five-day World Championship. A slight delay because of that mishap

:35:40.:35:43.

for Belarus but they'll have their chance to ride shortly. Here we go

:35:44.:35:48.

with France. A young team for last. -- a young team for France. Up a

:35:49.:36:02.

against them Russia. ! Well I'm not sure the Beard is the

:36:03.:36:18.

most aero dynamic thing you could have for an event like this. Well,

:36:19.:36:24.

this young French squad were second in the World Cup meeting in

:36:25.:36:28.

November. Can they translate that level of performance to here in the

:36:29.:36:30.

big change in the World Championships? Leading the way for

:36:31.:36:33.

France is Edelin. The fist rider. on this first lap is... Up towards

:36:34.:37:09.

the men what have they got in their legs? We are about to find out. Less

:37:10.:37:17.

than 50 m to go, over the line they come and France 43.390. Puts them in

:37:18.:37:22.

the lead. So they'll be pretty comfortable with that. Facial hair

:37:23.:37:27.

or not. Well they look happy with that, certainly. No surprise. France

:37:28.:37:31.

have been one of the powerhouse force a long time in World Frack

:37:32.:37:36.

Cycling. We are seeing the next generation of their riders coming

:37:37.:37:40.

through as well. -- World Track Cycling. They will be pleased with

:37:41.:37:48.

that one. They were the fastest out of the blocks, 17.6 their opening

:37:49.:37:52.

lap - they weren't the fastest out of the blocks. Only fifth fastest

:37:53.:37:58.

but what a finishing lap. They have set the time to beat. It's not

:37:59.:38:03.

always about the actual lap time. That's a really important element to

:38:04.:38:08.

this event. It's about the delivery speed. So if there is part of your

:38:09.:38:14.

lap where you are sling shotting the next rider in. And it is so

:38:15.:38:18.

important you are speeding up not slowing down towards the end of your

:38:19.:38:21.

turn. A tight balancing act. Particularly, of course, if you are

:38:22.:38:25.

man 2 because you have to stay on the heels of man 1 who was blasting

:38:26.:38:31.

to get away from the gate. All power on that first lap to set the tempo

:38:32.:38:36.

and platform to go on and win. Man 2 has to have the speed to get on the

:38:37.:38:41.

tail, not overcook it but also make sure theyp don't blow man 3's doors

:38:42.:38:50.

off before his term. It is almost three different physiologies you

:38:51.:38:52.

require and you can see the difference between them. The A

:38:53.:38:58.

muscle to do that first lap. It is much, much less about aerodynamics

:38:59.:39:04.

and power. Now about what about this, Jack Karlin, Truman and Owens

:39:05.:39:10.

for Great Britain. 19, 20 and 21. Britain, of course the Olympic

:39:11.:39:13.

champions, not with this kree yo but they've won two sets of gold medals

:39:14.:39:18.

over the winter in World Cup races. A real opportunity. Calum Skinner

:39:19.:39:22.

concentrating on the individual event. So it is all down to them

:39:23.:39:30.

here. As they prepare to go to the start. Calum Skinner, one of the

:39:31.:39:34.

gold medallists from Rio watching on. Watching his young team-mates in

:39:35.:39:37.

this World Championship but look at the Germans on the other side of the

:39:38.:39:44.

track. They are all power. Max leads them off. Leading on lap one for

:39:45.:39:49.

Great Britain, Jack car Lynne. Let's lack at the time here now Carlin.

:39:50.:39:57.

17.301 for them A very good start. Fastest of the series so far and

:39:58.:40:00.

right at the tail end. So that means fastest of all the teams. The

:40:01.:40:06.

British team are flying here as Owens takes them through. Here comes

:40:07.:40:10.

Truman now, on the last lap. This the qualifying ride. Can he keep the

:40:11.:40:14.

pace going? Can Great Britain set the fastest time? We're about to

:40:15.:40:19.

find out now as they cross the line, 43.416. Second fastest. Great

:40:20.:40:24.

Britain second-fastest time so far but a very strong ride out of the

:40:25.:40:28.

gate for this young trio at the World Championships. Well the French

:40:29.:40:32.

were around half a second clear of everybody else. So they really have

:40:33.:40:37.

closed that gap and put some distance between them and the chien

:40:38.:40:40.

autos who are currently in third position. They can be really

:40:41.:40:44.

pleased. They said they wanted the finish top 5. Well what a great way

:40:45.:40:51.

to set your stall out. And maybe the experienced rider had more in his

:40:52.:40:55.

legs in the final lap, perhaps that's where the difference was made

:40:56.:41:00.

for the French. We'll get some real analysis from Sir Chris Hoy later

:41:01.:41:06.

on. The real expert at this particular discipline. A great ride.

:41:07.:41:09.

I think they can be pleased with that one. As we watch Joe Truman

:41:10.:41:16.

from Hampshire, the national sprint champion for 2017. Man 3. A chance

:41:17.:41:21.

for him to get his breath back. They will need to do that because we will

:41:22.:41:25.

be seeing them again in a little while. There we are, Great Britain

:41:26.:41:28.

definitely through, we just need to find out where they are in the

:41:29.:41:32.

standings but as you can see, second fastest up to noint and now we've

:41:33.:41:36.

got an interesting one, because it is the last set of teams on the

:41:37.:41:41.

track and we have the defending World Champions, the Olympic silver

:41:42.:41:43.

medallists there from New Zealand and New Zealand have brought the

:41:44.:41:48.

A-Team for this one. No messing around from them. No young riders

:41:49.:41:53.

getting a chance here who are inexperienced they've gone with the

:41:54.:42:05.

big boys, Mitchell, Dawkins there they are so used to run together.

:42:06.:42:08.

And Poland, their team is good, too. We are watching a New Zealand trio

:42:09.:42:31.

who won the world title in 2014 and last year and Ethan Mitchell is the

:42:32.:42:35.

man who'll lead them out on will 1. -- on lap 1. Well, an excellent

:42:36.:42:43.

start from them already, 0.2 of a second ahead and fastest-opening lap

:42:44.:42:47.

in the series. Mitchell's job is done. It is Sam Webster now who

:42:48.:42:52.

leads the way. Two times World Champion a Commonwealth champion as

:42:53.:42:55.

well in the individual sprint and it'll be up to Eddie Dawkins to

:42:56.:43:00.

bring it home at the end of the ride. Eddie so disappointed with

:43:01.:43:04.

that Olympic silver medal last year. Can they bounce back with another

:43:05.:43:07.

World Championship gold this time round as he grits his teeth? Their

:43:08.:43:14.

time is the fastest, 43.267. They have the speed in their legs and the

:43:15.:43:22.

Kiwis looking good. Dkwins was stalled at the end. Waiting to get

:43:23.:43:25.

through. He had to back off a little bit before he started that final lap

:43:26.:43:29.

and out of the gate, when you get it right, it just looks as if you are

:43:30.:43:35.

not trying hard, because there is no swinging all over the place, it is

:43:36.:43:40.

just a deleen, clean effort, all the power going into forward motion. He

:43:41.:43:45.

was saying he was it was as if he was stuck in the Hong Kong traffic.

:43:46.:43:49.

Backing up, ready to G he had the speed but not the room he had to

:43:50.:43:52.

wait. Right on the wheel, waiting. He knows he can't overlap until that

:43:53.:43:56.

line is crossed. You can see that actually, quite right. It was close,

:43:57.:43:59.

very, very close. Let's have a quick look at the judges. See if there is

:44:00.:44:05.

any deliberation, because he really did, I think get his timing perfect

:44:06.:44:09.

there, which I think he did. Well, let's hope so, because it was only

:44:10.:44:12.

going to be a fraction, wasn't t either way? They are such a good

:44:13.:44:16.

trio and what form they are in. Let's see how the British trio match

:44:17.:44:21.

up with the world's best as we await confirmation of the result. I think

:44:22.:44:24.

Great Britain will be third fastest qualifiers. We've still got to have

:44:25.:44:30.

Belarus. We've forgotten about them. They still have to race because

:44:31.:44:35.

they, remember, had that accident at the start of their ride earlier on,

:44:36.:44:48.

when the rider ended up on the gate, Veremchuk. Here they go, hoping

:44:49.:44:51.

second time lucky. A better start this time. Well, a

:44:52.:45:00.

little bit grabbed by the gate You can just see the snatch in his hands

:45:01.:45:07.

as the rear wheel pulled him. Second rider leaving a gap here for him to

:45:08.:45:13.

accelerate into. The now well-recognised strategy for team

:45:14.:45:15.

sprint. Closing off a little bit quicker, though, again had to stall.

:45:16.:45:18.

That's in the what you want. It is better to come in late and

:45:19.:45:27.

accelerating. Now lap 2, he is about to hand over now for the third and

:45:28.:45:31.

final lap. This is the last team on the track for the qualifiers for the

:45:32.:45:35.

men's team sprint. Remember, eight teams going through to the first

:45:36.:45:40.

round and I don't think Belarus will be one of them, in all likelihood.

:45:41.:45:48.

14th fastest. 45.445. Great Britain will be through. The young trio have

:45:49.:45:51.

performed well, we're just waiting for the official confirmation but we

:45:52.:45:55.

think they are the third fastest team on the track here. I think so

:45:56.:46:01.

but they're going to get a tough draw. They'll have the hardest heat

:46:02.:46:04.

of all, I think but we'll wait for confirmation.

:46:05.:46:11.

We watch Belarus complete their ride and hopefully we'll get the

:46:12.:46:16.

confirmation of the teams that have gone through any moment now.

:46:17.:46:22.

Remember when Belarus fell, Australia just carried on as if

:46:23.:46:25.

nothing had happened and set their time. As they were perfectly

:46:26.:46:32.

entitled to do and Belarus had to wait until everybody hells finished

:46:33.:46:38.

before they got their ride. -- everybody else finished.

:46:39.:46:43.

To qualifying in the men's and women's team sprint. Here is the

:46:44.:46:48.

official result of the qualifying: Great Britain third-feastest They

:46:49.:46:53.

have a good draw, 43. # will be their opposition. Nearly three or

:46:54.:46:57.

four tenths of a second as a buffer. So it is good for them. They could

:46:58.:47:01.

be going for a medal. STUDIO: But it is a very, very tough

:47:02.:47:06.

schedule. Half an hour to warm-down and

:47:07.:47:11.

warm-up and 42 minutes between that and the medal races you can see Jack

:47:12.:47:17.

Truman shattered. Jack Carlin, less to do physically but when you are

:47:18.:47:20.

the third man, Chris, as you know, it is just, brutal It is brutal. I

:47:21.:47:26.

really feel sorry for Joe. Half an hour didn't seem like too bad a turn

:47:27.:47:30.

around but when you have been producing that amount of lactic acid

:47:31.:47:34.

the body is trying to flush it out, he will be hurting and thinking

:47:35.:47:39.

about getting back on his bike for the second ride and hopefully final

:47:40.:47:43.

round. Withdrew do you see the areas for improvement? The fist lap was

:47:44.:47:48.

exceptional. A 12.30. He has done that before. Ryan Owens, I think did

:47:49.:47:53.

a really exceptional ride here. 12.57, I think it was for the second

:47:54.:48:01.

lap. That's world class. Owe quiff tloent Jason Kenny at the Olympic

:48:02.:48:05.

Games. I think the fatigue was showing on Joe Truman having to soak

:48:06.:48:09.

up the quick start and second lap. He will be hoping to go quicker.

:48:10.:48:13.

Potentially he might be holding back a little bit subconsciously thinking

:48:14.:48:16.

- it is just the qualification round. Come the final I would like

:48:17.:48:21.

to see him do a 13.2 or quicker. Still scope to get into the gold

:48:22.:48:25.

medal race? I think so. They can't hold back now. There is only a tenth

:48:26.:48:30.

and a-and-a-half difference between first and fourth. They know the

:48:31.:48:34.

ballpark figures. They could win or be out of the medals, it could be

:48:35.:48:38.

that close. The first medals will be decided in the next race, the

:48:39.:48:42.

women's scratch race which features, Elinor Barker, 22 from Cardiff. She

:48:43.:48:47.

was part of the team pursuit that took gold in Rio but is focussing on

:48:48.:48:50.

different events. Let's hear from her. I think I will still be racing

:48:51.:48:56.

team pursuit but not the same build-up. I will not train for it

:48:57.:49:01.

every day, it'll be like a bit of a cycle or warm-up for the other

:49:02.:49:06.

races. It helps keeping you fresh. I don't think I could focus on it

:49:07.:49:10.

completely for four years which is why I'm taking time out. But I think

:49:11.:49:16.

it'll still be xet ti. The worlds are a little bit later this year and

:49:17.:49:19.

the qualification is more strict than it was four years ago, after

:49:20.:49:23.

London, approximate means people are having a solid track season and

:49:24.:49:27.

enough time to come back after a post-Rio break and get back up to

:49:28.:49:31.

fitness and be going well and have a lot of focus, so from what I've seen

:49:32.:49:35.

at World Cups, I think it'll be competitive. Let's centre on the

:49:36.:49:39.

focus, you mentioned a little less on the team pursuit. I can

:49:40.:49:42.

understand it, maybe the demands are a bit too much for that for our fo

:49:43.:49:46.

you are years, aren't they? I think so. I have been intrag with the

:49:47.:49:50.

girls for a couple of weeks now -- I've been training, I have been

:49:51.:49:54.

enjoying it. But, realistic clicks if I'm going to enjoy it in Tokyo,

:49:55.:49:59.

if I want to still be doing it in Tokyo, I can't have an entire block

:50:00.:50:05.

of focussing on team pursuit, it's a bit too precise and too numbers

:50:06.:50:08.

based to have that kind of mental space for eight years, so toll take

:50:09.:50:13.

time out is quite refreshing. Rob with the questions, speaking to

:50:14.:50:18.

Eleanor about a week ago about why she's facing herself. Jo Russell

:50:19.:50:24.

Shand watching here. 22 and her fifth major Championships She came

:50:25.:50:27.

into the team after the London Olympics and has been focussed on

:50:28.:50:30.

team pursuit almost solely since them. I can understand her comment

:50:31.:50:34.

about wanting to try other things. This is a scratch trace which isn't

:50:35.:50:38.

an Olympic event but part of the op nigh um, but people now would like

:50:39.:50:42.

to show they have potential for that event. It opens up a lot of

:50:43.:50:48.

opportunities. El is a very determined rider ie. ' Excited to

:50:49.:50:57.

see how she will get on. And this is a big bunch -- I'm excited to see

:50:58.:51:02.

how she will get on. This is a big bunch race, and it is all about race

:51:03.:51:05.

tactics. Let's join the commentators.

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COMMENTATOR: 40 laps of the track for the riders. 40 laps, Elinor

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Barker racing for Great Britain. She was third in Los Angeles. And

:51:17.:51:34.

giving herself a mental break, by riding other events. She said she

:51:35.:51:37.

needed to step back from the team pursuit for a bit. Maybe is if she

:51:38.:51:42.

decides to go back in a couple of years ahead of Tokyo she can gop and

:51:43.:51:48.

focus on it, remember than constantly doing the whole thing. A

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busman's who will day. It keeps them focussed on the racing. -- a bus

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man's who will day. It gives them a change of scene. There is Elinor.

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The Japanese rider, she is on the front. She gives way to the rider in

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the pale blue, with black, yellow and black band around the chest of

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Belgium. A big name in the race. A real star.

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I think she has been attracted by the Maddison as well as races on

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this one. She's on the front at the moment. She hands over to the

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Italian rider. And taking over is the Norwegian, who is dominating the

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Norwegian track Championships. She has seven national titles. Sarah

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Hammer swinging off the front. One of the most prolific riders in

:53:11.:53:15.

recent years. In the endurance event. We see an attack here. The

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21-year-old German there No-one following at the moment. Nobody

:53:22.:53:25.

wants to use up energy but if you can't sprint you've got to do

:53:26.:53:29.

something and going for the long one, you don't, it doesn't often

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come off but if it's the only chance you've got, it is the best

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opportunity and she's got a quarter of a lap now. There is a tempo Hynd

:53:39.:53:45.

which will stop anybody trying to join her when the pace is high, she

:53:46.:53:50.

has held out there. Gaining steadily at the moment. Slowly increasing the

:53:51.:53:56.

pace without leading the chase. Everyone playing poker, hoping

:53:57.:53:59.

somebody else will use up their energy. There is the front of the

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race. The German rider nearly has half a lap. You can see there now.

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Elinor Barker just peels off the front. Now coming through for

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Australia there, Christina Klonan. A first year elite rider, the

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Queenslander. Well, it is significant. Hard, hard work. It'll

:54:29.:54:35.

be starting to bite. She still has three-quarters of this race to go.

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Here is the counter from the Russian. She has decided to wait

:54:40.:54:44.

long enough and catapulted out and the rider from Hong Kong has decided

:54:45.:54:50.

to go with her. Hence a few cheers in the main stand here down below

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us. They are working well. Not sure if she will be able to make a lot of

:54:58.:55:02.

use of these two. We'll see if she can slot in. A dangerous move. Do

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you think she was waiting or do you think she's cooked? It was the right

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thing to do but you can see the fatigue now. It'll be tough to

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recover from that. I don't think they will be given opportunity to

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get themselves organised because the chase is on Hynd. I think we know

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the answer, she was tired she hasn't managed to hold the wheels and the

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rest of the field baring down from here. The rider from Hong Kong, who

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also rides on the roads, she got a decent placing in the overall in the

:55:33.:55:41.

Tour of Thailand last year, looks Hynd and leads them through, 26 laps

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to It makes you wonder, all this effort

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to get up front, I have company and then to stop is a Kaurous move. Why

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do it in the fist -- curious move. Why do it in the first place? It

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might have been an element of panic because Pala looked like she was

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gaining too much time. There is Pavlendova from Slovakia. 15 laps

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into this race. China represented up at the front.

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By Li, the national scratch race champion. Barker still in the pack.

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Moving forward now, following the wheel of a rider that we haven't

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mentioned yet. Kirsten from the Netth Netherlands. Here is Hamer

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coming from the back, a serious move. Sarah hammer going for it. The

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great rival of Laura Trott. Four times she's ended up with a silver

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medal. But she has a great record at the World Championships. She is

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going for it now. The danger has been spotted and Kirsten senses she

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has to follow otherwise they will not be seeing her again? A really

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big, committed move, for somebody who can sprint, Sarah Hammer. She'll

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try to bluff it to get somebody else do the chasing but decided she will

:57:27.:57:30.

have to close the track. Will they work toting? I'm not sure, actually.

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It is a classy she riders here. Yes, Jasmine Glazer from Canada. World

:57:43.:57:51.

silver medallist last year in London. She's up there too, twice

:57:52.:57:57.

she stood on the podium at the Olympic games. So the Canadian on

:57:58.:58:04.

the front, then the United States and Kirsten Velde. A hay-powered

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trio we have. And having a look to see Elinor Barker who is involved in

:58:10.:58:15.

the chase. They are losing the gap. Barker and Dura, part of a

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three-rider group, closing in rapidly at those on the front. They

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have help from the Italian rider as well. Barbieri from Italy. Now a

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leading group of six. Well, it is a big number to go up the road now,

:58:33.:58:37.

but it might be too big. You start to get a passenger, somebody who is

:58:38.:58:43.

not going through. Nobody else wants to expend energy and everybody

:58:44.:58:47.

intings U in an event like this, 15 laps to go, you need a group of

:58:48.:58:52.

three to four absolute maximum. But they are rolling through and you

:58:53.:58:55.

have to say when all the talent is up the road, who is going to do the

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chasing? Yes, real talent in the leading club. The Australian was

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trying to get something going but realises nobody is prepared to help

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her. Now the Polish rider tries to open up the gap and lead the chase

:59:12.:59:17.

and much more the Australian is on the front, using up a lot of energy

:59:18.:59:22.

in her fist World Championship race at elite level A closeable gap. The

:59:23.:59:26.

length of the straight at the moment. But you have to do it

:59:27.:59:29.

quickly and at the moment they are swunging up the track, you can see

:59:30.:59:32.

the judge be pointing at the front of the race, sometimes it breaks up

:59:33.:59:37.

so much, it is hard to know which is the pointed end. That's his job to

:59:38.:59:41.

point at the first rider all the time. Elinor Barker is tucked in

:59:42.:59:44.

rather neatly in the mid-ess backpack. I think of the riders

:59:45.:59:48.

there, certainly several others who have done far greater amount of work

:59:49.:59:53.

that she has. She has ridden cannily up to this point. Wild used up a lot

:59:54.:00:03.

of energy. Well, 12 laps to go and they themselves have the main group

:00:04.:00:08.

within their sights. A long and a straight away. The impetus has gone

:00:09.:00:12.

out of the chase. They don't believe they could make it and so they could

:00:13.:00:17.

end up catching now with 11 laps to g that could get really messy for

:00:18.:00:21.

this group because the winner, who's almost certainly going to come from

:00:22.:00:25.

this six now... It could get messy for us in the commentary box, Keegan

:00:26.:00:30.

eye for anybody if they're all mixed in together. -- keeping an eye.

:00:31.:00:38.

Ten laps to go but the gap is closing but thankfully hasn't closed

:00:39.:00:42.

yet. Kirsten Wild on the front They are ticking through now, waiting for

:00:43.:00:46.

the finish and it is going to be decision time, soon. I say it often

:00:47.:00:50.

when we watch this event, nine laps to go at about two-and-a-half

:00:51.:00:53.

minutes of racing. You have to choose and am I go to wait for the

:00:54.:00:59.

sprint or attack? And in that no-man's-land where people hesitate,

:01:00.:01:01.

often a lone attack can work. Much to the crowd's delight, she is

:01:02.:01:18.

off the main pack now. This could get very exciting. Euro may remember

:01:19.:01:25.

she forced that early breakaway, she has been lapped by the riders at the

:01:26.:01:30.

front. Elinor Barker at the front for Great Britain, Kirsten Wild of

:01:31.:01:36.

the Netherlands just behind her. Tucked in in third place from

:01:37.:01:49.

Italy,... Barker wants to get to the front here. She doesn't want to be

:01:50.:01:54.

stuck in traffic. Wilde also aware of the danger. This one is likely to

:01:55.:02:02.

come down to a sprint. Elinor Barker has risen this race really well so

:02:03.:02:05.

far, as Jasmin Duehring hits the front. Barker is nicely placed on

:02:06.:02:15.

the shoulder. She is just in the right place. Got to be careful not

:02:16.:02:21.

to get swamped. Hammer coming round the outside. She has had a little

:02:22.:02:26.

breather, in her terms anyway, and ready to go for it again. The rider

:02:27.:02:30.

from Hong Kong looking feisty, stuck in the middle of the track out on

:02:31.:02:34.

her own. Three laps to go and positioning is so important. Sarah

:02:35.:02:39.

Hammer is trying to up the pace but the others can sense that as well.

:02:40.:02:43.

Wild is not giving an inch there, as Elinor Barker comes around the

:02:44.:02:47.

outside. Kirsten Wild will not give way. Barbieri of Italy in third

:02:48.:02:54.

place. Elinor Barker in the business end of this one with two laps to go.

:02:55.:03:02.

She just got stuck on the shoulder. Barker, look at this ride! And now

:03:03.:03:06.

at the bell it is Elinor Barker from Great Britain, 150 metres away from

:03:07.:03:11.

World Championship gold. Can she hang on? Half a lap to go, they are

:03:12.:03:16.

closing in a bit, I don't know if Kirsten Wild has enough left! Barker

:03:17.:03:21.

has just got an bit more. Can she do it? Just pipped by Barbieri of Italy

:03:22.:03:28.

underlined! So, so close. What a dramatic race and what a superb

:03:29.:03:32.

effort from Elinor Barker of Great Britain. That so nearly led to her

:03:33.:03:36.

becoming the world's scratch race champion. He will finish with the

:03:37.:03:41.

silver medal. She could not have done any more. We barely mention her

:03:42.:03:47.

name in the first half of that race, which is exactly what you want. She

:03:48.:03:51.

positioned herself well and she use that energy very carefully. It was a

:03:52.:03:57.

good move, she came around the outside. See what duck on Kirsten

:03:58.:04:02.

Wild's shoulder, she had to go forward. She couldn't stay there,

:04:03.:04:05.

she couldn't be salaried and go back. She was committed with two and

:04:06.:04:09.

a half plus laps to go, to be honest. So the strength was there

:04:10.:04:13.

but the race was decided for her, really. She had to go just that

:04:14.:04:18.

little bit early. Elinor Barker just swaps there as they crossed the

:04:19.:04:22.

line, but Barbieri came second on this stage of the Tour down under on

:04:23.:04:27.

the road, beaten by Kirsten Wild to the line on that one. But she had

:04:28.:04:31.

the staying power here as they came up towards the line, and did Elinor

:04:32.:04:36.

Barker hang on for the silver medal? I thought she had... In the jihad.

:04:37.:04:40.

The computer was telling us otherwise. She gets the silver.

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STUDIO That was heartbreaking for Elinor

:04:51.:04:55.

Barker. What a terrifically brave ride that was in a gruelling ten

:04:56.:05:01.

kilometres around that velodrome. Having caught up and negotiated the

:05:02.:05:05.

traffic problems, she is caught just wide. That is a great performance

:05:06.:05:11.

first of all and then what she might be thinking after it... She might be

:05:12.:05:15.

initially disappointed because she thought she was going to get the

:05:16.:05:20.

gold medal, but when she reflects on it... You will be happy. When she

:05:21.:05:28.

got stuck on Kirsten Wild's hip. It is a long way to go on the outside.

:05:29.:05:33.

You either drop back or commit and go for it and get to the front. The

:05:34.:05:39.

Italian was quite canny and, to be fair, she had a great ride. Jo,

:05:40.:05:43.

let's have a look at the closing stages and see what Chris is talking

:05:44.:05:47.

about. Just being stuck in a little bit wide. The Dutch rider in the

:05:48.:05:51.

orange on the inside committee took the shortest line around the track.

:05:52.:05:55.

Elinor Barker is travelling further this whole time but trying to get

:05:56.:05:59.

herself at the front. She obviously wants to lead the race out for the

:06:00.:06:03.

spring, she thinks that is her best chance. But it's taking her a while

:06:04.:06:08.

to get round Kirsten Wild. In those six runners in the break you have

:06:09.:06:11.

got some world-class sprinters. Elinor Barker just runs away from

:06:12.:06:15.

them here. She's got so much power. Kirsten Wild, Sarah Hammer, Jolien

:06:16.:06:22.

D'Hoore, they are just all such strong sprinters but she has got a

:06:23.:06:26.

gap on them. She has got the speed going up the banking and coming into

:06:27.:06:30.

the home stride. -- the home straight. Frustrating for Elle.

:06:31.:06:39.

Elinor Barker making her way to the interview position. Let's hear from

:06:40.:06:46.

her. And in the Barker, a silver medal but so close to that gold

:06:47.:06:49.

medal. Just take us through that last couple of laps, there. Yeah, it

:06:50.:06:56.

all went pretty well, to be honest, I just guess not quite fast enough

:06:57.:07:02.

at the end. When I came round Kirsten Wild, I thought I had won

:07:03.:07:09.

the race committee is like the fastest sprinter there is, but it

:07:10.:07:12.

doesn't always stay the same bad as it? Congrats to her but I'm

:07:13.:07:21.

disappointed. It was brave to go to the front but the Italian had the

:07:22.:07:24.

benefit of seeing what was going on behind. Yet, it was a plan but it

:07:25.:07:29.

was ever so slightly too soon, which was possibly what cost me the race,

:07:30.:07:34.

I suppose. I wanted someone to take it on sooner. I thought she was

:07:35.:07:40.

going to and I was going to get a perfect lead out. A bit disappointed

:07:41.:07:46.

now but hopefully by tomorrow I will feel a bit more proud of it. I think

:07:47.:07:51.

you should do, it was a really well put together race just on the line

:07:52.:07:56.

there. Yeah. I already feel like I want to do it over. Thanks very

:07:57.:08:01.

much, Elinor Barker. Thank you. STUDIO

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More relaxing to -- more reaction to Elinor Barker's race later on. She

:08:08.:08:11.

has more races to come. But it is that women's themes print. -- the

:08:12.:08:17.

women's team sprint. COMMENTATOR: It is a veritable

:08:18.:08:25.

conveyor belt of bike racing here now and already we're getting under

:08:26.:08:29.

way with the women's team sprint. This is the first round. Remember,

:08:30.:08:34.

we're down to the last eight here. According to how these races go will

:08:35.:08:38.

sort out who goes through and races for the medals later on. China

:08:39.:08:47.

versus Spain. It is pretty close, this one. Hundreds of seconds in it

:08:48.:08:53.

at the moment. China leading the way but as Chris says, only by a

:08:54.:08:59.

fraction, as they come round towards the finish here. It is Eleanor can

:09:00.:09:08.

that is for Spain who has been pipped to the line. They improved on

:09:09.:09:20.

their lap in the first round. Half an hour between these rounds and for

:09:21.:09:23.

the sprint athletes, it is pretty brutal. Everything going into just

:09:24.:09:31.

driving that effort out. The first few pedal strokes critical in such a

:09:32.:09:36.

short event. So, China powering over the line

:09:37.:09:58.

with Lin Junhong, last year's Asian sprint champion, and Guo Shuang who

:09:59.:10:12.

has been at the top of her sport for a long time as well. The defending

:10:13.:10:18.

champions now, Russia, up against the Netherlands. Shanne

:10:19.:10:29.

Braspennincx, who also writes the more endurance -based races. Keira

:10:30.:10:36.

Lambert Inc as well. Actually, Laurine van Riessen has come in for

:10:37.:10:39.

this race. There should be half a second between these two on paper.

:10:40.:10:45.

If they are able to just keep repeating these performances, that

:10:46.:10:48.

is a very different thing to just posting a fast qualifier. No change

:10:49.:10:53.

for the Dutch but you just get the feeling this is going to be about

:10:54.:11:00.

Russia. I way they go, clean start. Just look at the power being put

:11:01.:11:18.

down their by Shmeleva of Russia. Voinova has got the little gap that

:11:19.:11:21.

will allow her to come powering through for the final lap. You can

:11:22.:11:25.

see the snap out of the gate was very sharp. The thick end of a

:11:26.:11:30.

second between them there, which is enormous at this level of

:11:31.:11:34.

competition. In fact it goes out to over a second. 32.456 is the time

:11:35.:11:41.

for Russia. They are warming up very nicely, as this competition goes on.

:11:42.:11:46.

The second fastest time in the competition so far.

:11:47.:11:55.

So, only Germany have gone faster in the qualifiers. They've got to be

:11:56.:12:03.

pleased with that. But Russia, with a ride like that, could change,

:12:04.:12:10.

hoping it will be enough to put them in the final. We won't have to wait

:12:11.:12:14.

too long, Australia and Canada will be on the track at any moment and

:12:15.:12:17.

then it will be Germany and Colombia. So about details, this

:12:18.:12:23.

event, as we've heard already interviews, if you're in the top

:12:24.:12:26.

five then you're in with a shout of a medal.

:12:27.:12:34.

At the highest level, it can be about who makes the least mistakes

:12:35.:12:42.

as well. Consistency is as important as physical ability.

:12:43.:12:47.

Kate O'Brien and Amelia Walsh for Canada. We are only 20 seconds away

:12:48.:12:59.

now from this race. This is where the riders need to put it all about

:13:00.:13:03.

them on the line. This will determine whether they are racing

:13:04.:13:04.

for medals later. Kaarle McCullogh is the rider for

:13:05.:13:20.

Australia. Away they go, Kaarle McCullogh is world champion in this

:13:21.:13:26.

event three times but not for a long time, 2009, 2010 and 2000 11. Can

:13:27.:13:30.

she get back to the summit this time with a new partner in Stephanie

:13:31.:13:33.

Morton? They will be looking to better their previous lap and they

:13:34.:13:38.

have done just that. 18.828, Australia, going just faster. And

:13:39.:13:43.

they maintain it? Stephanie Morton over halfway through their final

:13:44.:13:51.

lap, going towards the line, 32.570 the time for Australia. That was a

:13:52.:13:56.

good ride and a good finish by Morton. Not quite as quick as

:13:57.:14:08.

Russia. 32.456 for them, but Australia looking good too. It must

:14:09.:14:20.

be very difficult being in that second place and deciding how much

:14:21.:14:27.

to charge at the end. You will know, is your team-mate likely to die at

:14:28.:14:32.

the end and you just rely on them to kick out that last bend? All those

:14:33.:14:40.

subtleties. Stephanie Norton's career has progressed really well,

:14:41.:14:44.

she first came to prominence as a tandem pilot in the para- cycling in

:14:45.:14:49.

Australia. She won a gold medal in London in the Paralympics. Her dad

:14:50.:14:52.

is here taking photographs, believe it or not. My had a word with him

:14:53.:14:59.

earlier today. Proud as punch. Proud Yorkshire man. He got a few good

:15:00.:15:03.

shots there, I think LEXI will have time to get a view more as well. We

:15:04.:15:07.

will be seeing more of Stephanie Morton on the track in the next few

:15:08.:15:11.

days. Almost ready for this final ride. Colombia the lowest qualifiers

:15:12.:15:16.

of the eight. They are up against it, basically. The time is still

:15:17.:15:27.

important. It's not just about winning, it's about which medal

:15:28.:15:37.

you're going for. Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte, three times previously

:15:38.:15:42.

this team have it did the title. They look very good, they were the

:15:43.:15:46.

fastest qualifiers. I think I said Australia then, this German pair. So

:15:47.:15:51.

slick. They are so still but all the power is going forward. The control

:15:52.:15:58.

muscle, their timing pretty good actually. Just look at the speed.

:15:59.:16:07.

Kristina Vogel is the rider we want to see. Into the back straight for

:16:08.:16:12.

the last time. Kristina Vogel, world and Olympic champion, crosses the

:16:13.:16:17.

line with the fastest time. 32.668, not the quickest of those in the

:16:18.:16:20.

first round, but more than enough to see off Colombia but yellow the only

:16:21.:16:24.

team is actually seen so far down a little bit slower... Might be a

:16:25.:16:27.

little bit disappointed there. Gone quite considerably slower.

:16:28.:16:41.

Three tenths of a second. Still very fast, but at this level, you just

:16:42.:16:50.

can't afford to make mistakes. So, they could well not be in the final,

:16:51.:16:54.

Germany. They are not one of the fastest two teams.

:16:55.:17:00.

Well, as always, we had best wait for full confirmation. We've had a

:17:01.:17:06.

couple of glitches on our computer so far, so we hate to go ahead of

:17:07.:17:12.

the captions, but here we are. Russia against Australia for gold

:17:13.:17:15.

and silver, and as we thought, Germany just letting it slip after

:17:16.:17:19.

that great start they will have to race for bronze. Having finished in

:17:20.:17:24.

the Olympic and the well tended love it, given the way they start earlier

:17:25.:17:28.

today, that will be a disappointment, I think. Release a

:17:29.:17:31.

prized by that. They looked so slick. I didn't see anybody

:17:32.:17:36.

challenging them there, and their pedigree is such that they are good

:17:37.:17:41.

performers and you could expect them to deliver again and again. Slowing

:17:42.:17:45.

in that second ride quite considerably. They will be really

:17:46.:17:50.

disappointed. Men's team sprint coming up

:17:51.:17:51.

STUDIO Let's get a quick thought from Chris

:17:52.:17:57.

Hoy on what the British men have to do now in this round of the team

:17:58.:18:01.

sprint. It's not just about beating the Dutch, it's about recording a

:18:02.:18:06.

fast enough time to get the win in the gold medal race. They have to

:18:07.:18:09.

win a hit but they have to do it with a quick time. -- win a heat. He

:18:10.:18:18.

will still feel his legs from the first ride. But hopefully it will be

:18:19.:18:25.

the rider for the gold medal. At the moment Poland against China is on

:18:26.:18:28.

the track. COMMENTATOR: Well, a slight problem

:18:29.:18:36.

here, Claire, because China are powering around the track, still

:18:37.:18:40.

going, and the officials have been blowing whistles constantly telling

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them to stop! They just won't. We've had whistles, we've had guns! Well,

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that is going to cause a problem. We're not quite sure as yet, we will

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see on the replay what caused the false start. It's usually one of the

:18:54.:18:57.

riders overtaking rider won in the starting gate that causes the gun to

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be fired. They must lead off. You can see here, they have already

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anticipated the start quite badly, to be honest. And now the problem

:19:09.:19:16.

they've got, Chris, it causes problems themselves and they have

:19:17.:19:23.

spent a lot of their energy. You can't fault their commitment,

:19:24.:19:26.

though! They are determined to see it through. You can fault their

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hearing, though! What is interesting, we normally use a

:19:34.:19:37.

starter's pestle to fire a real gun and it is a very different sound to

:19:38.:19:41.

the electric one way using here. It is very different and it might just

:19:42.:19:46.

not being bedded in their psyche. I think we just need something that

:19:47.:19:49.

makes everybody jump, like we used to have. Because clearly what they

:19:50.:19:53.

are using their didn't work there, with China. He thought that his job

:19:54.:19:59.

was done for a little while but the news isn't good. For China.

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So they ride off on the inside of the track. We will have a minor

:20:08.:20:15.

delay but it won't last for long, because next up will be Great

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Britain and the Netherlands. Owens, Carlin and Joseph Truman the riders.

:20:30.:20:37.

This lovely space age velodrome has only been here for three or four

:20:38.:20:40.

years. They do have a fantastic facility. We are seven hours ahead

:20:41.:20:45.

of you here, so it is mid-evening in Hong Kong. One or two bleary eyed

:20:46.:20:50.

team staff in the centre of the track just getting used to it,

:20:51.:20:51.

working off the jet -- working off the jet lag from the

:20:52.:21:04.

last 48 hours or so. As the British trio head to the line. Performed

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well in their qualifying ride. They certainly did, they can be pleased

:21:10.:21:18.

with that. They wanted to finish top five in this competition, but

:21:19.:21:21.

they've got a very good chance here at ending up with much better than

:21:22.:21:27.

that. So fingers crossed. But as we've already seen, it is all about

:21:28.:21:30.

repetition and backing up, being able to do it not just once but

:21:31.:21:37.

again and again. A couple of changes for the Dutch because Neils van whom

:21:38.:21:40.

the ... There is no Theo Bos and no

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Jeffrey Hoogland either for this one. Off they go. Three laps of the

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track to decide whether Great Britain's young trio will race for a

:22:08.:22:10.

medal tonight in the men's team sprint. Nicely out of the blocks

:22:11.:22:14.

both teams, plenty of snap there. You can see the gap starting to

:22:15.:22:19.

form, it's intentional. The others accelerating into its. Yes, don't

:22:20.:22:23.

worry, that wasn't a problem there. Jack Carlin's job was done and now

:22:24.:22:29.

Ryan Owens, who was the reserve sprint of Great Britain in Rio last

:22:30.:22:32.

year, giving his team absolutely everything, as they take the bell. A

:22:33.:22:37.

bit of a lag there, not quite on the wheel, but that could cost in the

:22:38.:22:42.

closing stages. Joe Truman for Great Britain, booking a final -- Matthijs

:22:43.:22:50.

Buchli a final ride for the Netherlands. The Netherlands the

:22:51.:22:56.

fastest time. 43.481, still awaiting the time for Great Britain. 43.6

:22:57.:23:01.

exec has now come up. I think just not getting on the wheel there in

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that three might have just cost them at the back of that race. Both of

:23:08.:23:15.

them got off the mark nicely. The opening lap was absolutely

:23:16.:23:21.

world-class. According to the rule that they are laid down in front of

:23:22.:23:24.

us here, that means that Great Britain will not be racing for a

:23:25.:23:29.

medal and their place, it is the four winners who will race for the

:23:30.:23:34.

medals. The fastest two ride off for the gold. Disappointing, there. They

:23:35.:23:39.

got themselves the opportunity, but what a learning experience. They

:23:40.:23:43.

acquitted themselves well in qualifying. Won't it be frustrating

:23:44.:23:49.

if their time is quicker than teams that are actually racing pulled, but

:23:50.:23:53.

we will have to wait and see. Plenty to build on. Great Britain's time,

:23:54.:23:56.

43.6 -- 40 3.666, but the experience of

:23:57.:24:07.

the Dutch carrying them home in the end, as France come up towards the

:24:08.:24:15.

line now. Francois Pervis coming in for this one, who conquered all

:24:16.:24:21.

before him, swept the board at Columbia in the World Championships

:24:22.:24:25.

three-year is ago. Wasn't quite the same when he went to Rio last

:24:26.:24:32.

summer. A good few years, 14 and 15. They had a lot of upsets within the

:24:33.:24:36.

team, they had some coaching issues. They weren't all getting on terribly

:24:37.:24:40.

well in the French sprint Quad, were they? At the other side of the

:24:41.:24:53.

track, Australia. Nathan Hart, Matthew Glaetzer and Patrick

:24:54.:24:58.

Constable coming in. Oh! The French, terrible start. We will have to have

:24:59.:25:02.

a restart for France and Australia just ease up as well. This is going

:25:03.:25:06.

to be interesting. The did anticipate the gate and grabbed his

:25:07.:25:11.

wheel. The commerce heirs may decide to be lenient here because they had

:25:12.:25:14.

a litre to Matt mishap for that restart. There was a fall but it was

:25:15.:25:21.

clearly not an intentional fall, the days are gone when you could do

:25:22.:25:25.

that, that what the real problem. Did the gatekeeper hold of his

:25:26.:25:35.

wheel? Well, I think the connoisseurs should be generous

:25:36.:25:40.

there. We haven't had a problem on the other side of the track. That is

:25:41.:25:54.

Benjamin Edelin. Well, they will be looking closely at that. Do you

:25:55.:26:01.

think it's a sticky gate? Well, it could be anticipation or it could be

:26:02.:26:04.

the gate. We can't tell within hundreds of a second whether the

:26:05.:26:08.

gate is opening late or whether he went early. I just wonder whether

:26:09.:26:14.

Chris Hoy back in the studio has got any thoughts on what is happening

:26:15.:26:17.

out here? Yeah, it looks as though they are potentially going a little

:26:18.:26:21.

bit early but that has been entered -- been exaggerated by the fact that

:26:22.:26:25.

the person standing on the gate does not look particularly heavy. A way

:26:26.:26:31.

to try to stabilise it so if you go fractionally early, it is not going

:26:32.:26:32.

to an stabilise the rider. Well, there is an incredible amount

:26:33.:26:41.

of power going through the gate. Thanks for that, Chris. We will go

:26:42.:26:47.

back to the studio of course once we have concluded this first round in

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the men's team sprint, as the Australian rider Nathan Hart just

:26:53.:26:54.

sort himself out and gets ready to go back out there onto the track.

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Nathan Hart, Commonwealth bronze medallist in this event. In the won

:27:02.:27:07.

team sprint for a few years now. 2012 in Melbourne, a few months

:27:08.:27:09.

ahead of the London Olympics, that was the last time they ruled the

:27:10.:27:13.

roost in this particular event. Matthew Glaetzer, who is in their

:27:14.:27:18.

team today, he was one of their riders five years ago when they won.

:27:19.:27:24.

Benjamin Edelin, Francois Pervis and Louis Pijourlet for France in this

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one. Being doubly sure with the gates to make sure they have got it

:27:33.:27:36.

right. As soon as the bike is secure, the clock starts to count

:27:37.:27:40.

down from 50 seconds. Regardless of whether he is strapped in not...

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They are so used to doing this repetition of this starting

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procedure again and again in their training. They know that 50 seconds

:27:49.:27:52.

is a long time, actually when it's your day job, so to speak. The

:27:53.:27:58.

texture of the materials on these suits that the riders are wearing,

:27:59.:28:05.

it's all about manipulating airflow. Hoping to try to get that bit of

:28:06.:28:06.

extra speed. Smart new kit for the Australians.

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Unveiled for the first time at these World Championships. Away we go,

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clean start this time, Benjamin Edelin with no problem at the gate

:28:26.:28:31.

on the second time of asking. Both teams cleanly away and you would

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expect that at this level. Both of them going quick. Australia

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significantly faster than France at the moment, three tenths of a second

:28:42.:28:48.

ahead. Good start by Nathan Hartley. We often see him powering away in

:28:49.:28:52.

the individual match. Now, what sort of time will he pass over? 34 point

:28:53.:28:59.

X two. Dutifully tied change over. He got it spot on and gave nothing

:29:00.:29:08.

away. Constable and Francois Pervis, the two last riders on the track.

:29:09.:29:13.

Francois Pervis has turned it around for France on the third lap, what a

:29:14.:29:18.

ride! A remarkable comeback. There were three tenths of a second in

:29:19.:29:21.

arrears and in an event like this, that is absolutely enormous. A

:29:22.:29:25.

blistering finish, they just got their nose in front just there.

:29:26.:29:31.

Well, Francois Pervis looks as if he has got his act back together again,

:29:32.:29:34.

doesn't he come with a ride like that? Absolutely. Here comes the

:29:35.:29:50.

handover from man two the man three, Louis Pijourlet. Carrying Francois

:29:51.:30:00.

Pervis right on the wheel there. You're giving away a length really

:30:01.:30:05.

if you hit the line early, as long as you don't overlap, as long as you

:30:06.:30:09.

don't touch that line first you can gain almost a bike length. It takes

:30:10.:30:13.

some bottle and think at these speeds probably playing it safe and

:30:14.:30:15.

staying in the slipstream like that is potentially the way to go top

:30:16.:30:18.

white they kept him under wraps because he didn't ride in the

:30:19.:30:23.

qualifying race. So impressive stuff from France there.

:30:24.:30:28.

The strategy paid off. It certainly did as we prepare to watch the World

:30:29.:30:32.

Champions. New Zealand. Watanabe will be the third man for

:30:33.:31:04.

Japan, on the far side. 45 seconds to G New Zealand desperate to hold

:31:05.:31:08.

on to their crown. They were pipped by Great Britain in Rio. But this

:31:09.:31:13.

trio, two-time World Champions, including last year in London, 13

:31:14.:31:15.

months ago. They look keyed up for T this must

:31:16.:31:37.

be the hardest part. -- they looked keyed up for it. This must be the

:31:38.:31:41.

hardest part the last few seconds knowing you can't make a single

:31:42.:31:44.

mistake. Well getting out of the gate has been the hard part for a

:31:45.:31:48.

number of teams but New Zealand's riders coped with it well and

:31:49.:31:51.

getting a clean start, Ethan Mitchell. It is clean, you can see

:31:52.:31:55.

the energy going in there, you can't you? Impressive stuff. Well in the

:31:56.:32:03.

lead. 17.154. Ethan Mitchell. A great ride for him as Sam Webster

:32:04.:32:07.

takes up the running now. It's all about the time, though, which medal

:32:08.:32:11.

you are going for. You don't have to win, you have to post the fast time

:32:12.:32:15.

if you want a gold go for gold. How much speds has Dawkins got in his

:32:16.:32:20.

legs, he is half bay down the back straight. Up against Watanabe, but

:32:21.:32:27.

it is about the rider in black as Dawkins crosses the line 43.183.

:32:28.:32:33.

Fastest so far. I say so far bus we're in the quite sure who is going

:32:34.:32:37.

to get to ride again or not up to now. Well, remembered that Poland

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and China haven't posted a time even though China went around. Poland

:32:43.:32:45.

weren't at fault when the race was stopped so they are going to

:32:46.:32:49.

actually get to ride again, just outside of our pictures now they are

:32:50.:32:52.

going brought to the track. And chain ease riders coming out so

:32:53.:32:56.

everybody gets another go. The judges are obviously in a benevolent

:32:57.:32:59.

mood today for the start of these Championships. We watch once again

:33:00.:33:07.

the defending World Champions powering their way around the track.

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You can see why they hold that title. Coming into the back

:33:12.:33:15.

straight. Again, oh, really pushing it there. Cannot overlap before they

:33:16.:33:22.

cross that line. So, just think the speed they're travelling, well over

:33:23.:33:27.

60 kilometres an hour and this kind of judgment, amazing. Well look

:33:28.:33:31.

forward to Chris Hoy's analysis of their performance and everybody

:33:32.:33:35.

else's in a few minutes' time but they look impressive from start it

:33:36.:33:38.

if Iish New Zealand when they get out on the track, the way they ride.

:33:39.:33:43.

Very clean, sharp and fast. But this was went to be the first heat. It'll

:33:44.:33:46.

be the final one. Well, I think it's going to be

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fascinating to see the time that China post here, Chris because they

:34:19.:34:22.

actually thought they'd completed their ride the last time. They - for

:34:23.:34:27.

any viewers who have just joined a little late to our coverage, when it

:34:28.:34:31.

was stopped and given as a false start a few minutes ago, China's

:34:32.:34:39.

riders didn't hear the whistle and kept going, so they've used up a

:34:40.:34:54.

fair amount of their energy and not long to recover. Well there are gaps

:34:55.:34:58.

in the Polish riders. It is not ideal for the third man. It's pot

:34:59.:35:02.

and in the lead at the moment by nearly a second, so it hasn't cost

:35:03.:35:04.

the Chinese that xraf effort, I think. China have ended up doing two

:35:05.:35:08.

rounds for the price of one here in this first round. They cross the

:35:09.:35:11.

line 43.834. They were slower than Great Britain but it mattered now

:35:12.:35:13.

because they beat their opponent on the other side of the track. !

:35:14.:35:19.

Hopefully in a few moments we will get confirmation of what it all

:35:20.:35:22.

means but Poland there benefitting from the fact that the Chinese team

:35:23.:35:28.

certainly had continued to race when the false start was called the first

:35:29.:35:35.

time around. The Poles are going to get - they might have been a little

:35:36.:35:39.

bit ragged but they are going to get a shot at a medal here. So it should

:35:40.:35:44.

be new zae and the Netherlands, shouldn't it. -- New Zealand and the

:35:45.:35:47.

Netherlands? Yes, that's the way it is going to pan out. New Zealand go

:35:48.:35:54.

in as the hot favourites here and with 0.4 of a second between them

:35:55.:36:04.

and their opponents. So the men's team sprint finishing, just a little

:36:05.:36:08.

later than expected, given the false start in the race. And here is the

:36:09.:36:12.

confirmation: So new did he will be the favourites

:36:13.:36:30.

in the final. The French will be the favourites for the bronze.

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STUDIO: the frustration is were it on times, Great Britain would be in

:36:42.:36:44.

the bronze medal position. What could they have done differently?

:36:45.:36:49.

Well the first lap was a solid pearl'ance from Jack, Ryan Owens in

:36:50.:36:52.

the first round, the qual figures was exceptionally quick. 12. 5. He

:36:53.:36:57.

went a couple of tenth slower which was the real difference. Joe Truman

:36:58.:37:01.

he would've lined to have gone quicker but fatigue there in his

:37:02.:37:04.

legs, the Dutch had two fresh riders this brought n which was a smart

:37:05.:37:07.

strategy and looking back now with Calum Skinner watching on the

:37:08.:37:10.

sidelines, potentially we could have' brought in a fresh pair of

:37:11.:37:15.

legs for the second rounded or the first round and picked the quickest

:37:16.:37:17.

team for the final. With hindsight it is easy. The Dutch, the French

:37:18.:37:23.

and Aussies all changed their line-up but the Kiwis didn't and

:37:24.:37:26.

they were the quickest. There is not just one way to do but the Dutch

:37:27.:37:31.

excelled in the second ride and unforetoon ately, although they were

:37:32.:37:37.

the fourth quickest team, GB are out. It is a harsh position to be

:37:38.:37:42.

in. You can tell from looking at the guys down there. There is outer

:37:43.:37:45.

dejection there. On the left that's Joe Truman. I don't think they

:37:46.:37:48.

should be disappointed. It is frustrating. I think this is, if you

:37:49.:37:54.

look at it as the first step towards Tokyo they should be proud of the

:37:55.:37:59.

season they've H two gold medals at the world Cups a silver medal at the

:38:00.:38:02.

European Championships last year a fantastic breakthrough on to the

:38:03.:38:04.

international scene at elite level. It is not the medal they wanted but

:38:05.:38:09.

I don't think they should be overly critical and disappointed by the

:38:10.:38:12.

performance. They will feel it but you are right, I mean there's lots

:38:13.:38:16.

of compile and lots of scope and most importantly, lots of depth of

:38:17.:38:21.

talent and as I heard someone say the other day - I either win or you

:38:22.:38:27.

learn. Let's look and hear from Jill and sigh on and Chris Boardman out

:38:28.:38:30.

in Hong Kong about what they expect from these World Championships.

:38:31.:38:33.

It is the year after the Olympics, often we don't see some of the big

:38:34.:38:37.

names they take time off but we have four Olympic champions with the

:38:38.:38:41.

British team, Simon. A young team, average age of 22, 19 riders half of

:38:42.:38:45.

whom have never been to woorld Championships before. So it is a

:38:46.:38:48.

great opportunity for young, British talent to begin to make a mark. And

:38:49.:38:52.

also for one or two of the more established riders to maybe ride

:38:53.:38:56.

other events. It is a ream opportunity, isn't it, Chris, if you

:38:57.:39:01.

think back it minutesk the London Olympics we saw Becky James come to

:39:02.:39:08.

the fore and Sion Yates. -- if you look back to Minsk and we

:39:09.:39:16.

saw Becky James and Simon Yates come to the fore. They have that depth

:39:17.:39:22.

Hynd them. Calum Skinner will be interesting to watch the he was Man

:39:23.:39:26.

of the Match in Rio, the guy who got them the team sprint modesal. Here

:39:27.:39:29.

people expect the perforance for him. He is riding the sprint. It'll

:39:30.:39:33.

be interesting to see how he copes with that status. It is interesting,

:39:34.:39:37.

although the British team has a different strategy coming here w a

:39:38.:39:40.

lot of new faces, it is not necessarily the face with many of

:39:41.:39:43.

the other countries in so. Events. For example, in the women's team

:39:44.:39:48.

pursuit. The United States, led by Sarah Hammer. She's here. They have

:39:49.:39:52.

bought their A-Team. The men's team sprint. New Zealand, they have their

:39:53.:39:58.

best team medals here. And we have a rider who won two medals in London

:39:59.:40:04.

and Vogel, world and Olympic champion. So it'll be a good test.

:40:05.:40:08.

Not a case of everybody sending young riders here. Who are you

:40:09.:40:12.

looking forward to seeing, Chris? I think Katie Archibald riding the

:40:13.:40:15.

individual pursuit. She's known that for a while so she has been

:40:16.:40:18.

focussing that, out of the team events. A great interview, she is

:40:19.:40:23.

really articulate and can express what she is' doing, always good fun

:40:24.:40:27.

to watch. It'll be interesting to see what she can do. That's what I'm

:40:28.:40:36.

watching. What about the women's Maddison on to the schedule. And

:40:37.:40:43.

rumours we might get it back into the Olympics? Well it was a good

:40:44.:40:46.

event in Glasgow a fewp months ago, a great success. Britain have

:40:47.:40:48.

entered for it. It'll be interesting to see who turns up for the other

:40:49.:40:52.

countries. I know there is a Belgium rider who is very a,accomplished

:40:53.:40:55.

road and track rider so some of the top names targeting it. And there is

:40:56.:40:58.

some discussion as it whether this may appear as an additional event in

:40:59.:41:02.

Tokyo for men and women. It was a tragic loss from the Olympics. For

:41:03.:41:06.

me it is the best spectator event in the track. Nightmare as a

:41:07.:41:11.

commentator to work out what is going on, there is action everywhere

:41:12.:41:15.

and sometimes it is hard to know where the bunch is but it is great.

:41:16.:41:20.

It is great there is a woman's one as watch it is still irritating to

:41:21.:41:24.

me that the women's is 20 k shorter than the men's, but one step at a

:41:25.:41:28.

tienchts a good Maddison takes some beat, remember 12 months ago in

:41:29.:41:33.

London, Mark Cavendish and Bradley wiggics brougted the house down,

:41:34.:41:38.

winning the world title again, it is a fantastic race at its best but

:41:39.:41:41.

Chris is right, we kept take our eyes off, it is like a tight-rope

:41:42.:41:51.

workout for us for however long it takes. Do we know the British line

:41:52.:41:56.

up for this? I believe Elinor Barker with Emily Nelson. A lot of people

:41:57.:42:00.

suspected it was Katie Archibald but it is the same day in the programme

:42:01.:42:04.

as individual pursuit which is odd I would put it on the last day and

:42:05.:42:08.

make sure everyone is free so no Maddison for Katie but she has a

:42:09.:42:13.

really good chance in her event. It could be a good day. The first medal

:42:14.:42:18.

has come from Elinor Barker in the scratch race. Her medal ceremony is

:42:19.:42:21.

happening now. Over to Simon.

:42:22.:42:26.

COMMENTATOR: The The silver medal about to be presented to Elinor

:42:27.:42:30.

Barker. So, so close to gold. A fantastic ride. So the silver medal

:42:31.:42:38.

being presented to Elinor Barker. A hint of disappointment. More than a

:42:39.:42:43.

hint of it on her face but it was a superb effort from her. She was near

:42:44.:42:49.

the front for a long time there in that sprint towards the end Hynd

:42:50.:42:58.

Kirsten Wild and so nearly hung on but there is the woman who managed

:42:59.:43:06.

to get past her in the final few metres, Barbieri from Italy. Just

:43:07.:43:15.

23. Second on a stage of the Tour Down Under. Nirted Maddison in Los

:43:16.:43:21.

Angeles in the World Cup earlier this year. -- third in the Maddison.

:43:22.:43:28.

She has the jersey placed over her shoulder.

:43:29.:43:39.

I think she was as surprised as everybody there. She thought Wild

:43:40.:43:46.

was going to be the one to beat but it was Elinor Barker, the

:43:47.:43:49.

22-year-old from Cardiff who was the toughest to get past. A good race.

:43:50.:43:58.

Some big names in it, too, drawn in for the endurance races here at this

:43:59.:44:06.

World Championship. Some interesting souvenirs to take home as well.

:44:07.:44:14.

Eleanor marker not riding in the team pursuit earlier today,

:44:15.:44:17.

concentrating on this one, the women's scratch race, 40 laps of the

:44:18.:44:22.

track which soar nearly yielded a gold medal for Great Britain and for

:44:23.:44:27.

her. The crowd now stand for the Italian National Anthem.

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APPLAUSE As the Italians celebrate. Eleanor

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break had her on the edge of our seat. Out of our Saturdays. --

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Elinor Barker. Out of our seats. But it wasn't her today but Great

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Britain on the board on the very first day of the World Track Chipts

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thanks to Elinor Barker in the women's scratch race.

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STUDIO: Tears for the woman who got the rainbow jersey in Germany.

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I love that National Anthem. It is great. In the event of a great

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Briton not winning, I don't mind that. Jo, the Canadian team crashed

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out in qualifying for this next event. You know some of these guys

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Yes, so qualification for team pursuit used to happen on your own,

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you were the only team on the track but now to save time they do two at

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the same time. New Zealand were quicker than Canada, caught them,

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passed them and a New Zealander caught front wheel of a rider here

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to brings them all down and race over for them. New Zealand did an

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incredible time so well done for them but for the Canadian guys they

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didn't qualify for Rio. They haven't been up oven the world stage until

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this season until they got bronze at the World Cup in Glasgow and won the

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World Cup in November so they were hoping for a good performance today

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but that was all ended in just in seconds there by that crash and

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personally, I don't think you should have two teams on the track at the

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same time for qualification, because, it's difficult to rank the

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teams, especially if people have new names coming in, like we did. It can

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make it unfair, it can affect your race if you have to overtake

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somebody t can slow you down and similarly you can be slowed down if

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people are overtaking you and it used to be purely on your own, on

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the track, set your qualification time, now to save time they've done

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this, which resulted in an accident which is a real shame. I think the

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GB guys may have been slowed down slightly. They weren't able it fan

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out for the finish because they had been overtaken and they sat up and

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finished racing but we had half a lap to go. A reaction from Chris

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Boardman out in Hong Kong. Ye, I watched the qualification earlier

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today and Ian Dyer and I the British coach had a good look at the footage

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of that earlier today. We are not convinced they got it ride because

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the New Zealand fourth man, in his absolute desperation to stay on the

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wheel, actually touched the Canadians shoulder and caused the

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inability to caused him to bounce into the wheel. At first you think

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it was insult and injury. I totally agree with Jo, by putting two teams

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on the track you are kind of asking for dhivend trouble. So the event is

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almost designed to cause a problem but it was that unusual touch that

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caused the instability. One thing that interested me and maybe Jo will

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have a word on this, Australia were close to the World Record with their

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time. Did this stop them from breaking the World Record

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potentially? I think really all that comes into the mix, about

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qualification times, when you get catches like, that I don't think

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we'll see that again. They knew they were going after t really, weren't

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they? They knew it was an opportunity for them. For gnaws that

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qualification, as well, normally the qualification times are slower than

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final times because you are there on the track, if you don't have the

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circulating air for another team for circulating air for the same power

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output you go faster, that lends itself to now, faster times in

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qualifying but Australia would've got a big game for chasing GB but

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having to get over them that would've slowed them down, yes they

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were close to the World Record but I don't think they would've been that

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close if they were on their own, so a slight advantage for them but

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overall I think it is a bad idea personally.

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Well what you gain with one hand, you lose with the other It made for

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interesting viewers It certainly was spectacular. We are now in the

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second round. They were stacked up on the track all four of them. Here

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we are with Russia and Belgium. W this should be the closest of

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matches, between these two. A full second between them with Russia

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getting the advantage in the previous round on time. They've

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moved into the needs now. The slenderest of leads. The width of a

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Thai. That's as small as it gets, I remember Chris Hoy winning a

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Championship by that margin, may have been the Commonwealth Games.

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Well one of his big titles was by 1,000th of a second but it doesn't

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matter if it is by 10 m or 1,000th of a second you still get the med A

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Russia increasing their lead. They are very consistent, Russia.

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Slightly slower than their previous round in this opening kilometre. But

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they might be cautious. Both teams technically riding very, very well.

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It took them a while to get into their stride but they both look neat

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at the moment. Often this event is decided by the

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people who make the least mistakes. You see a change where a rider goes

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up and comes down late and has to drive to get back into the

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slipstream. Or comes down earlier as we have seen with Russia and that

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energy they expend readjusting their speed, recalibrating into the team,

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that can really hurt you later on and they are down to three already.

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It's really early for the Russians to be down to three riders. Yes,

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they have a long, long way to go. It'll feel a whole lot longer as W

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Both teams made late changes to their line-ups ahead of this. Not

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quite as the start sheet is suggesting here. But Russia down to

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their core group of three. These three have to stick together. It

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looks like they are finding it tough Being stretched. When you change to

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three it alters the change completely. You have to be sharper,

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shallower and those small ditcheses can really make a dimplts they are

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going well, though. They have a good buffer. -- make a difference.

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They have 1.6 seconds. Going away. Belgium still look organised. We are

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seeing a lot of Russian trio but Belgium doing well About a minute of

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racing left. A So with pretty much even pacing now

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but Russia did the work early now and they can sniff the finish line

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now. They are pushing away. A big turn on the front. Well they got it

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wrong, they finished on the wrong lap. All of them just straightened

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up with a lap to go and have had to get back on to the bottom of the

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track. You don't see that very often. Now they are coming up and

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sprinting for the line. And Belgium, crossing the line in 4. -- 4.017223.

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Well we'll wait for confirmation. It is such a shame. The Russians

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actually finished a lap early. I hope we get this in replay. On board

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camera showing you what it is like to be in the seat at these speeds as

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they lead into the 45 degree banking. They all came around with a

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lap to go and were convinced it was the finish line and just blew their

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advantage and they were so lucky to have that buffer to play with,

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weren't they? Russia hanging in there, despite the fact they lost

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one rider fairly early on. Ye, and the mishap. They made a mistake but

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they quickly got back on the game there. Great Britain coming up on to

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the track. Andy Tennant there, nearest the camera. They've made a

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couple of changes. Steven Burke and Kian Emadi dropped out from the

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qualifying round. Chris Latham coming in. Latham won a silver medal

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in the World Cup earlier last winter. Mark Stewart, the Scotsman

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coming in as W Andy Tennant, remember the World Champion a few

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years ago in 2012. Ollie Woods who races for the Wiggins' team is the

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other rider makingp the quartet for Great Britain. They were the fifth

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fastest qualifiers earlier today: It'll be interesting to see what

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this change is going to mavenlingt changing two men is quite unusual.

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Away they go. Andy Tennant will lead off for the first lap or so for

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Great Britain A very different look to the Great Britain team to what

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which we saw in the Olympic Games last year. It is a tough job to get

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this team going. Steven Burke has historically been man 1 in the team

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pursuit. Well that really falling to Andy Tennant. The winners

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of heat three and four, this is heat 2, they will go for gold and silver.

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The remaining 16, which includes Great Britain, will be ranked by

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their time in the first round and will be paired as follow. The two

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fastest teams will ride for the bronze. So unlike the other event.

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It is all to play for here Yes the time all important. All these

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produced so that they produce strategic riding making sure they

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have to fight for every step of the way. That's what the British team

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are doing now. The very, very successful coach of the British team

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in the track centre now indicating they are slightly away of schedule.

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They are happy with the way this is going. Here we are with the on board

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camera taking you into the thick of the racing. All of the teams have to

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agree to carry these cameras. So it is an aerodynamic disadvantage but

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it is evenly spread amongst the teams. And it certainly gives you be

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an insight into what this racing is all about. Nine laps to go as they

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cross the line this time. Riding on the front is Ollie Wood. Great

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Britain team pursuit winners in the Glasgow round of the World Cup last

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winter. He was one of the riders in that. It was a big turn. Yes, a big

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turn as you say from Ollie Wood, the 21-year-old. Still very much on

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schedule here. Going through two kilometres in two minutes. Slightly

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slower than they were this morning. But good enough to put them

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one-and-a-half seconds in front of the Swiss but the time, so, so

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important in this one. I think they are measuring their effort W they're

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being shown that they are bang on schedule now. And still hurting

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around the bottom of the track, at the front mark, Stewart. He peels

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away. A high change There the benefit of going that high up the

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track is even if you do come down a little bit late, you can carry that

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extra bit of speed down and close up quickly, which is exactly what he

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did. Chris Latham there, just joining on the back Hynd Stewart.

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And be-Hynd Stewart. Andy Tennant has dropped off the

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back for Great Britain. He put the effort in to get them under way.

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They are two and a third seconds ahead now. It is' really starting to

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hurt now but all it play for, for Great Britain. They can see the

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Swiss ahead of them at the other end of the straight as they move into

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the last few seconds. Mark Stewart leading the way for Great Britain

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now. ' Probably peel off as they GP around the banking next time. He

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does that. Indeed now. Chris Latham takes up the running and he has

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Ollie Wood right on his wheel. They'll take the bell as they cross

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the line, this time just 250 m to G it is all about the time. Well, they

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are riding well and finishing very strongly. That steady and middle

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section I think is paying dividends now, driving for the line. Here come

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the British trio over the line. 3. 56. 796, quicker than the qualifying

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round earlier. A much smoother performance from them. A really good

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use of efforts. Long and short-term getting the best out of the team,

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rather than everybody trying to do even two seconds faster. They are

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going to have to be pleased with that. It is a world class time and a

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World Championship. Andy Tennant, a different effort to what we have

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seen in the team sprint so far. Once you get this started, you've got

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nearly four minutes of riding you have to contend with afterwards and

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of course, Andy Tennant when he's done that start, he has to get on to

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the back and into shelter, having had that effort, whilst the team is

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still trying to accelerate. It is a tough job. Certainly a decent ride

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from Great Britain in that first round. Well, many World

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Championships have been won with times slower than that. The real

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difference here is the way that nations like Australia were riding

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when we saw them a little while ago in that qualifying ride. We'll see

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them out on the track again. It will 's be interesting to see how they

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back up that first performance where they very nearly broke the World

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Record. We talked about them getting a catch, didn't we? They had the

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benefit of the slipstreaming but then had to go around the traffic

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for extra distance now they are going so quick it is possible they

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could get another catch or a close catch, your absolute ideal, you

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don't quite meet the team in front, they just carry you through that

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last kilometre. I will be surprised if they don't try to do the same

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thing again but probably assuming they will go all the way through

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they'll be saving that for the final.

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Just to remind you, the winners of this heat coming up and the next

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will race for the world title a little bit later on. New Zealand and

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Italy now and then after that you have Australia and France. It will

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be a battle royale between those two. I think New Zealand -- I'm

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surprised New Zealand are still in the competition to be honest. I know

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it wasn't intentional but that touch of shoulders caused the crash with

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the Canadians. Do you think the Canadians pulled off the top of the

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track because he thought the gap was there? He had just been tapped on

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the shoulder. You lean against it to counterbalance and then suddenly

:01:42.:01:44.

there is a wheel in front of you and there is nowhere to go. As Joe Rawal

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-- as Joanna Rowsell said earlier on, think it is a fault with the

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format in the qualifying which means that that kind of thing is going to

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happen. Away they go, plenty of experience in the Netherlands's

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line-up. Filippo Ganna, he is still just 20 years of age for Italy, but

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he blasted his way around to win the individual pursuit title, so what a

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fantastic young talent he is. Francesco Lamon is the final young

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rider for the Italians. Fantastic time in qualifying, 3.55, very

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respectable. I mention Filippo Ganna and in that context I should have

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mentioned Simoni, Sony in the context of good young riders. He won

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the under 20 Three Rd race championship in 2015. The New

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Zealanders should have the edge here and they have certainly got the

:02:54.:03:01.

experience. The coach at the start of the track using a difference

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Chatterjee and showing them their lap speed. -- different strategy.

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Not much in it after the opening kilometre. Very close but pacing

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your ride is so important here. New Zealand behind at the minute but

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there is nothing in it at all. Have the Italians got the staying power

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to hang in there with New Zealand? They are the underdogs here but they

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are putting the pressure on. Two seconds between the previous round

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but we have said time and again it's about backing that up and being able

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to repeat that performance. It could come down to who it is that makes

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the mistakes. It is Liam Bertazzo, who wrote the Giro d'Italia last

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year, who leads the way. They have got plenty of writers and endurance

:03:51.:03:54.

and staying power in this squad. It's actually the New Zealanders

:03:55.:03:57.

that are going slightly slower in this round, the Italians raising

:03:58.:04:00.

their game to chase for a medal opportunity. New Zealand have got

:04:01.:04:12.

themselves in front by nearly a second now. Very interesting

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handlebar design, sometimes limbs put in place at the front of the

:04:19.:04:24.

bike to deflect air around the body. Everything counts when you're going

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this fast. First technical observation of this championship.

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It's taken longer than usual! New Zealand with their interesting

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design, looking very impressive here. 1.73 seconds their advantage

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with five laps to go. New Zealand sailing along serenely here, heading

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for the World Championship final. Still with the four riders. Both of

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these squads still with their full comes on out there on the track.

:04:59.:05:02.

Well done to the Italians for fighting hard all the way through

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this. They looked like they were really pushing on but they are

:05:08.:05:11.

paying the price now. They tried to take it to New Zealand for as long

:05:12.:05:14.

as they could, to try to hang in there. New Zealand so good, hard to

:05:15.:05:19.

live within this sort of situation. New Zealand are actually going to

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post a very similar time to this morning, round about 3.53. The only

:05:25.:05:29.

team at the moment who I think challenge Australia. Down to three

:05:30.:05:36.

as they come round to take the bell. They take the bell, 215 metres to

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go. The New Zealanders are cracking and the Italians are not 1 million

:05:42.:05:47.

miles away, you know. This is a really spirited effort from the

:05:48.:05:50.

Italians. They are sticking together well here. Remember, it is a

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third... Well, they had enough in the bag but they fought all the way,

:05:59.:06:05.

didn't they. Italy are 3.55 .945, the Italians have gone quicker than

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Great Britain. It was a good ride by them. New Zealand too have moved

:06:11.:06:14.

themselves forward, so they can be pleased with that. I beg your

:06:15.:06:17.

pardon, they've gone slightly backwards. But those times quick

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enough to do the job. So, New Zealand, as a winner of heat three,

:06:23.:06:28.

according to our sheets, that means they will go through to race for

:06:29.:06:30.

gold and silver a little bit later on. New Zealand only going down to

:06:31.:06:45.

three riders fairly late in the day. Trying to push to make sure they got

:06:46.:06:50.

in the final, but keeping a little bit in reserve, if that's possible,

:06:51.:06:53.

in a situation like this, with races coming back to back. Looked smooth

:06:54.:06:58.

until the last couple of laps and then cracks just starting to show.

:06:59.:07:01.

They've been put under pressure, they had to fight for that one. It

:07:02.:07:05.

wasn't a given by any means, they had to fight for an easy around. But

:07:06.:07:09.

they knew they had to post a good time as well. The men's team pursuit

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finals tomorrow night at 12:53pm lunch time UK time, we are seven

:07:20.:07:24.

hours ahead here. They will have a bit of recovery time overnight ahead

:07:25.:07:26.

of those finals. But here come Australia now. Up against France.

:07:27.:07:35.

Sam Welsford, the 21-year-old from Western Australia, Cameron Meyer,

:07:36.:07:40.

vast Lee experienced, he is in this quartet as well. Kelland O'Brien at

:07:41.:07:46.

18, at the opposite end of his career. And Porter as well for

:07:47.:07:56.

Australia. Away they go. This is a very young team for France. They

:07:57.:08:01.

were second in Glasgow in the World Cup last winter. These four riders,

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the four riders in the blue of France, are the European Champions

:08:08.:08:10.

Cup they won that last year. We've been talking about the Australians

:08:11.:08:15.

going to the final and they are certainly the quickest by far in the

:08:16.:08:20.

previous round, but you've got to actually do it again and they have

:08:21.:08:22.

certainly started blisteringly quickly. They have the French, to be

:08:23.:08:28.

fair. But the Australians are on top of it. They are trailing a little

:08:29.:08:33.

bit but they will be happy. There was a confident out of the blocks.

:08:34.:08:39.

Such depth of experience amongst them here. I will be waiting to see

:08:40.:08:45.

how they back up their ride from earlier in the day. They were so

:08:46.:08:49.

impressive in the league qualifiers. They are real fighters. We've just

:08:50.:08:53.

seen a little bit of a sloppy change but that is the way they write, on

:08:54.:08:59.

the ragged edge. They may pay a little bit for that opening time and

:09:00.:09:03.

I will be surprised if they get near that again. But I don't think

:09:04.:09:07.

they're going to mind. They just now need to do enough. They've got all

:09:08.:09:11.

the times in front of them, they know what they need to do. Still ten

:09:12.:09:16.

and a half laps to go. Australia with a distinct slower opening...

:09:17.:09:25.

Well, it's not a distinct advantage for Australia at all, France going

:09:26.:09:28.

well here. But it's close enough and they will be riding to a schedule

:09:29.:09:37.

here, you feel. The French are really excelling. I think they might

:09:38.:09:42.

be paying for this one but like Italy, they're just going to take it

:09:43.:09:46.

to them and why not? Sam Welsford on the front for Australia at the

:09:47.:09:51.

moment. The French are in bits already, I'm afraid. They've lost a

:09:52.:09:54.

man more than halfway through the race. Thomas was struggling to hold

:09:55.:10:03.

onto the wheel there. It's all over for them now. It's a long way to go

:10:04.:10:08.

when you've lost 25% of your engine power. Alex Porter on the front for

:10:09.:10:14.

Australia. They look very comfortable, very impressive and is

:10:15.:10:19.

vertically -- is vertically ... This event looks great. It looks

:10:20.:10:28.

like they're almost not trying. Very fluid. You see what has been going

:10:29.:10:35.

on in the wheels... We're talking around 800 watts of power on the

:10:36.:10:38.

front here and they barely get a rest on the back before they've got

:10:39.:10:42.

to do it again. It's a series of sprints now, so fast. We're talking

:10:43.:10:46.

about what it must look -- what it looks like but not how it must feel

:10:47.:10:55.

like, it will be... Not quite looking like France are riding

:10:56.:10:57.

through treacle but Australia started to reel them in. They are

:10:58.:11:01.

almost in the same straight. Australia have three laps to go and

:11:02.:11:04.

they are heading for a World Championship final, which will be a

:11:05.:11:08.

good race against New Zealand, by the looks of it. Two and a half

:11:09.:11:12.

seconds slower at this point than their previous round but that's OK,

:11:13.:11:15.

they are getting information from their previous round. France

:11:16.:11:22.

collapsing fast now in these closing stages. Less than half a minute of

:11:23.:11:28.

racing to go now and they will be happy when it's over. One lap to go

:11:29.:11:33.

for Australia. All still together, looking really good here in pursuit

:11:34.:11:37.

of a world title that has eluded them since 2012, the last time the

:11:38.:11:42.

championships were held down under in Melbourne, Australia coming up

:11:43.:11:48.

and over the line. That is the time that they could have beaten if they

:11:49.:11:53.

had needed to do so. They didn't even need to qualify fastest but

:11:54.:11:56.

they did it anyway. They are relieved that one is out of the way,

:11:57.:12:01.

I think. They did enough. They've not show you what else they've got.

:12:02.:12:09.

They did it comfortably. Good rides from Australia and New Zealand in

:12:10.:12:12.

those last two heats. STUDIO

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The gold medal race will be Australia against New Zealand and

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the good news for Great Britain is that they are into a bronze medal

:12:18.:12:21.

race and that will be against Italy. For the men's team sprint, a time

:12:22.:12:24.

that was fast enough that would have put them into a bronze medal race

:12:25.:12:28.

but because they lost to the Netherlands they couldn't get there,

:12:29.:12:31.

the way the format works. Let's get the reaction of Jack Carlin, Ryan

:12:32.:12:33.

Owens and Joe Truman. Well, Jack, your first ever time on

:12:34.:12:44.

the World Championship 's stage, so disappointing to miss out on a gold

:12:45.:12:46.

medal race but how pleased are you with the way you've been able to

:12:47.:12:50.

perform here? I think as a team we came here with not much expectation.

:12:51.:12:54.

We obviously are all disappointed because we wanted to be in the gold

:12:55.:13:01.

medal ride off, any gold medal ride offs in general. It's just

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disappointing. But it just didn't happen, there were better teams

:13:06.:13:08.

there today and it just didn't come together well for us. I think it

:13:09.:13:12.

does show the depth in this British sprint team. You had an incredibly

:13:13.:13:15.

blistering start you have been able to give this team. Yeah, there were

:13:16.:13:22.

positives and negatives in the race. You're right, there's a lot of depth

:13:23.:13:26.

with us and a lot of positives to take from today. Ryan, I must say,

:13:27.:13:32.

hugely impressive ride from you again. Just how pleased are you with

:13:33.:13:36.

the way that this season has gone? Picking up a couple of gold medals

:13:37.:13:41.

in World Cups and that European silver. Obviously we've had a dream

:13:42.:13:47.

run up till now really. We are still pretty close to our best time ever

:13:48.:13:52.

today. Still really disappointed. We've come here with the form of our

:13:53.:13:57.

lives and a few little technical things could have done differently

:13:58.:14:00.

and it would have been a very different story. It's encouraging

:14:01.:14:03.

for us to know going forward that we can polish that up in the next few

:14:04.:14:08.

rights and then we could be onto a real winner and hopefully next time

:14:09.:14:12.

the result will be different. I certainly think the rest of the

:14:13.:14:15.

world will be looking at this young team and thinking where do they keep

:14:16.:14:18.

producing these young maiden sprinters from, Joe? We've got a

:14:19.:14:24.

good group of guys working at the velodrome and we have got a

:14:25.:14:27.

fantastic support team around us. I can't thank them enough for having

:14:28.:14:32.

progressed as well. We haven't really been fully able to execute

:14:33.:14:36.

today but as I say, we win as a team, lose as a team. We work

:14:37.:14:40.

together as a team. Not just the rest of the world that will be

:14:41.:14:44.

watching on with interest, Jason Kenny, Callum, Philip Heintz will be

:14:45.:14:47.

looking at the times you've been able to put in and hoping they can

:14:48.:14:52.

still hold onto a place! Of course, we're all battling for those

:14:53.:14:56.

positions and they have been helping a sale of building towards today.

:14:57.:14:59.

Even this morning I spoke to Callum about something in my own right.

:15:00.:15:04.

They've all been a big help for us to be able to get to this point

:15:05.:15:08.

really. Just a shame when not going to be fully able to execute what

:15:09.:15:12.

we're capable of today. A top five finish, for fastest on the day, you

:15:13.:15:15.

should be very proud of that. Cheers.

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A case of what might have been, Chris, but they're being very mature

:15:18.:15:23.

about it. I think it's good to see disappointment, it showed ambition

:15:24.:15:27.

and hunger. You got to take the positives. The cat Jack Carlin come

:15:28.:15:30.

his first lap was the quickest of any team. A 12.53 was truly world

:15:31.:15:39.

class. When they get it right on the day they are as good as any team. It

:15:40.:15:42.

didn't quite work out for them today. We've got a great squad, not

:15:43.:15:49.

just those three, Phil and Callum and Jason. It's a formidable squad.

:15:50.:15:54.

Real strength in depth, as they say. Back to Hong Kong for the women's

:15:55.:15:59.

team sprint final, starting with the bronze medal race, Germany against

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China. COMMENTATOR: And away they go, it is

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Germany against China here in this race for the bronze medal, with

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Miriam Welte and Kristina Vogel against the Chinese pair. It is with

:16:11.:16:29.

Kristina Vogel and it is her job now to bring home the bronze for

:16:30.:16:36.

Germany. She is up against an Jim Leighton -- Jim Hong

:16:37.:16:41.

. They led from start to finish. It wasn't the colour medal they were

:16:42.:16:47.

hoping for, it wasn't the colour they thought they had the potential

:16:48.:16:50.

to get after the final round but at least they are on the podium. They

:16:51.:16:54.

underperformed in the previous round and they will be bitterly

:16:55.:16:56.

disappointed because I thought they were the team to beat hereafter that

:16:57.:17:01.

strong opening performance in the middle and you can't have an off

:17:02.:17:04.

moment in something as explosive as this. So it looks like they're going

:17:05.:17:09.

to salvage something from this. But it's not the medal they wanted. So,

:17:10.:17:16.

another one for Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte to add to their

:17:17.:17:21.

collection. STUDIO

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Yes, but as Simon said, not the colour they would have wanted. We

:17:25.:17:30.

got the gold medal race, Australia against Russia. Jo, who wins it?

:17:31.:17:38.

Australia. Russia. Just to make it exciting! Just to mix it up a bit.

:17:39.:17:40.

Back to Simon. COMMENTATOR: Kaarle McCullogh on the

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right floristry Leah. Defending champions rusher up against the

:17:57.:18:02.

Australians. The confidence of the Australian too. You can see that the

:18:03.:18:05.

gap and that is not about fatigue, it's just winding up for the

:18:06.:18:08.

changeover and what a beautiful change it was. And now it is

:18:09.:18:19.

Voionova against Stephanie Morton! Who is it going to be? It is gold

:18:20.:18:22.

for Russia! 32.5 -- 30 2.500 and 20. It is gold once

:18:23.:18:40.

more for the Russian pair, Shmeleva and Voinova. Kaarle McCullogh had to

:18:41.:18:47.

settle for silver this time around with Stephanie Morton. You can see

:18:48.:18:52.

the pace there, that was what did it for them. They might not have been

:18:53.:18:55.

as fluid as the Australians but such a powerful start gave them an

:18:56.:19:00.

enormous lead. Three tenths of a second in the first lap in an event

:19:01.:19:05.

like this is an awful lot. It was an great change and finish from

:19:06.:19:13.

Australia. It is Voinova who brought it home, she is now a four time

:19:14.:19:18.

world champion and Shmeleva, at 22, the younger rider in the duo, she

:19:19.:19:23.

was a star as a junior and won five world titles as a junior and now she

:19:24.:19:26.

is on the top of the podium in this elite event. Rusher too good for

:19:27.:19:34.

Australia, they take gold and Australia finish with the silver

:19:35.:19:36.

medal. -- Russia were too good. STUDIO

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And here we go now with the men's team sprint. We're going live now,

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we were just a fraction delayed for the bronze medal race. Here is

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Simon. COMMENTATOR: And it's France against

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Poland here. Remember, France looked really good in that first round but

:20:00.:20:03.

the Polish coaching crew going absolutely mad on the inside of the

:20:04.:20:07.

track. And the French are looking a little bit ragged but I think that

:20:08.:20:12.

is because of the pace. Strong start from them, 17.7, not the fastest

:20:13.:20:15.

that we've seen but it doesn't need to be the fastest at this stage, it

:20:16.:20:19.

just needs to be enough. Work to do at the moment but they are so, so

:20:20.:20:23.

close. A hundredth of a second in it here. This is really close, it will

:20:24.:20:28.

be the blinking of an eye and it is France who get it by less than two

:20:29.:20:31.

tenths of a second! Great finish from them. Great finish. Poland off

:20:32.:20:39.

the mark. Two tenths of a second faster. France, not a great start

:20:40.:20:44.

but what a fantastic finish by them. There is Edelin, a who had that

:20:45.:21:00.

false start in the last round. He got away cleanly this time. It

:21:01.:21:06.

wasn't his best work but boy, what a finish here. Just laying off the

:21:07.:21:18.

wheel, coming at it now. And he spent a lot of time in the wind.

:21:19.:21:24.

Paid off for most of that race. I'm not sure what that was intentional

:21:25.:21:28.

or not but boy, he certainly had the endurance to keep it going.

:21:29.:21:33.

Absolutely delighted there. Great result for France. Pervis coming in

:21:34.:21:43.

for what was effectively the semifinal, he was the man who made

:21:44.:21:48.

the difference in getting them that ride and then Quentin Lafargue

:21:49.:21:55.

coming in for the final itself. It was a big risk after seeing how

:21:56.:22:02.

Pervis performed. Here we go now for the final itself, with New Zealand,

:22:03.:22:05.

no surprise to see them where they are. A slight problem at the moment

:22:06.:22:09.

just getting the bike fitted in the gate. It's all part of this event,

:22:10.:22:13.

being able to deal with the pressure and everything that is going on

:22:14.:22:18.

around you. Some of your competitors have already finished and are

:22:19.:22:21.

celebrating and you've got the big one all still ahead of you, staying

:22:22.:22:25.

focused on your own ride. But they are absolutely delighted, always

:22:26.:22:31.

good to see. Interesting to see who the Dutch are going to go within the

:22:32.:22:36.

final as well. Their line-up is much changed between the qualifying round

:22:37.:22:44.

and the final round. Well, we've seen if you 80 performances so far

:22:45.:22:47.

and slight upsets. New Zealand should be the fastest starter. But

:22:48.:22:55.

let's see if they can roll it out again. Can they back it up? Just

:22:56.:23:01.

over 20 seconds away from this final. So, they've changed it yet

:23:02.:23:10.

again. There are going to be tough to beat.

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Three laps of the track to determine who will be the world champion. And

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leading the way now, Mitchell, and the gun has gone and New Zealand

:23:30.:23:34.

have heard it as well and sat up. Well, let's have a look. A hush over

:23:35.:23:43.

the velodrome. As the riders just slowly circled the track. It will

:23:44.:23:48.

have to go through that process of preparing themselves for the final

:23:49.:23:54.

all over again. It's nail-biting stuff. Let's have a look and see

:23:55.:24:03.

what happened here. Well, it looks like it might have been... Well,

:24:04.:24:10.

there were certainly -- there was certainly body movement but I'm not

:24:11.:24:13.

sure there was physical movement there. I think that's more the case,

:24:14.:24:19.

it was New Zealand who cause that one, I think. It looked like Sam

:24:20.:24:24.

Webster, maybe. They know it is so, so important to get off the mark

:24:25.:24:28.

fast. They're just pushing it and pushing it to the absolute limit, to

:24:29.:24:34.

gain every possible advantage. Start gates go back out as they have to do

:24:35.:24:41.

all that again. At least both teams heard it this time. Early on, China

:24:42.:24:45.

didn't hear it at all and they completed their three laps! Then

:24:46.:24:52.

looked around nonplussed when people were wondering why they were still

:24:53.:24:58.

waiting. As McChrystal racing. They haven't stopped yet. You keep your

:24:59.:25:06.

legs moving. Being held when you've got hot muscles ready to release

:25:07.:25:10.

power, being held in the gate attic for too long is not ideal will stop

:25:11.:25:15.

no team wants to be the first to go in -- go on line themselves up.

:25:16.:25:21.

Brinkmanship at work. The crowd enjoying their evening

:25:22.:25:33.

out. A little out of town, this velodrome. But it is in the centre

:25:34.:25:46.

of the city, surrounded by parklands. Beautiful parklands and

:25:47.:25:51.

there is and other stadium right next to it. Completely surrounded by

:25:52.:25:56.

tower blocks as well, almost as far as you can see. Still just a few

:25:57.:26:01.

moments for these two teams to adjust the bikes and get ready to go

:26:02.:26:02.

in this World Championship final. STUDIO

:26:03.:26:08.

And the good news for cycling fans watching is that we're not coming

:26:09.:26:12.

off air at half-past, obviously, we want to see the conclusion of this

:26:13.:26:16.

and have various conversations about what has happened on the first day

:26:17.:26:22.

of these championships, so we will be staying on air until quarter to

:26:23.:26:23.

three. COMMENTATOR: So, just a minute or

:26:24.:26:34.

two away from this final race of the day. Unfortunately, neither team had

:26:35.:26:41.

got too far before they were called back in. Certainly had some

:26:42.:26:45.

challenges with the apparatus this evening. Another gate issue. Having

:26:46.:26:48.

some trouble with the other one on the other side of the track.

:26:49.:27:02.

Being able to deal with all of these different issues, being able to deal

:27:03.:27:08.

with the pressure, it is all part of the event. I wouldn't like to be in

:27:09.:27:14.

their shoes. The countdown very much on now. Carefully textured clothing

:27:15.:27:26.

to turn the air flow turbulence around the outside of the arms.

:27:27.:27:31.

Three laps of the track. New Zealand, two times the three riders

:27:32.:27:42.

for New Zealand have won the world title including last year in London.

:27:43.:27:46.

They had to settle for silver in Rio, won by Great Britain, the gold.

:27:47.:27:54.

Both teams are well spread out. I think it might be intentional in the

:27:55.:27:59.

case of New Zealand. But certainly not the Netherlands. A bit

:28:00.:28:03.

disastrous for them. They didn't hold onto the pressure well. And New

:28:04.:28:08.

Zealand now should be world champions again in just a few

:28:09.:28:12.

seconds time. Dawkins has only got to go around the banking one more

:28:13.:28:16.

time and into the finishing we go coming comes the Finnish! And

:28:17.:28:22.

Dawkins takes it. 44.409 but it wasn't about the time, it was about

:28:23.:28:25.

getting your nose over the line first and that is what New Zealand

:28:26.:28:28.

have done and three times these riders together have been champions

:28:29.:28:34.

of the world and they are once more. Great ride for New Zealand. The

:28:35.:28:37.

class in the field. They take the world title. Least ragged I think is

:28:38.:28:43.

the way I would describe that one! What a fightback by the Netherlands,

:28:44.:28:47.

though. It was an absolute disaster after the first lap. But they kept

:28:48.:28:52.

their heads and kept on fighting. They held their own. Pulled back a

:28:53.:28:59.

tenth or so but New Zealand already got themselves enough on the margin

:29:00.:29:02.

that they could afford to make a mistake. A little bit ragged but

:29:03.:29:07.

they dealt with the pressure better in the end. The Dutch looked as in

:29:08.:29:12.

they were two separate races on that first lap. It was -- the gap was

:29:13.:29:19.

absolutely enormous between rider one and two. New Zealand 43.1 in

:29:20.:29:24.

their previous round, 43.2. Nearly a tenth of a second

:29:25.:29:33.

difference. But as you say, it doesn't matter, they won the race.

:29:34.:29:39.

Yeah, it wasn't their best effort but they had done the hard working

:29:40.:29:42.

getting to the final and they were able to it home. Gold for New

:29:43.:29:46.

Zealand on this first night of racing in Hong Kong and another gold

:29:47.:29:50.

medal. When the and his team-mates. What a trio they are. Commonwealth

:29:51.:29:55.

champions as well. They won that in Glasgow. And that brings the racing

:29:56.:30:01.

to its conclusion for this first day. We're just waiting for the

:30:02.:30:07.

official results to come in, to confirm.

:30:08.:30:10.

As the celebrations begin for New Zealand.

:30:11.:30:17.

That's the grandparent of one of the riders I bumped into earlier on in

:30:18.:30:22.

the stands. A great ride by New Zealand in the

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end. They take the world title. Netherlands finish with a silver

:30:27.:30:32.

medal and bronze for France. STUDIO: And all guys there, Chris

:30:33.:30:36.

you used to raise against. New Zealand team have been around for a

:30:37.:30:39.

long time. Dawkins I felt for him in the third and final lap. Three rides

:30:40.:30:42.

in the space of a an hour-and-a-half. The fatigue that

:30:43.:30:46.

creates is immense. You see the damage that did to him. That was a

:30:47.:30:51.

slower ride than the bronze medal ride off but enough to beat the

:30:52.:30:54.

Dutch team who had their own problems of the the second rider

:30:55.:30:58.

there lost a wheel at the start. Created a huge opening which meant

:30:59.:31:02.

he wasn't following the air of the first rider, he was pushing his own

:31:03.:31:03.

air, which is a compromise. first rider, he was pushing his own

:31:04.:31:06.

air, which is a compromise. It can make a massive difference.

:31:07.:31:09.

The New Zealanders have taken home the gold medal. In terms of British

:31:10.:31:15.

performances, silver medal forElinor Barker. Head coach Ian Dyer has been

:31:16.:31:21.

reflecting on the first day's races with Jill Douglas. Ian, a good start

:31:22.:31:26.

to the World Championships but let's talk about the team pursuit. It is

:31:27.:31:29.

the team into the bronze medal race, you must be happy to see that. It is

:31:30.:31:36.

nice to get that group of guys into the medal race. I think it'll be a

:31:37.:31:41.

tight battle against Italy tomorrow. They've come up well for this event.

:31:42.:31:44.

I this till' be close. It is likely there will be another team change

:31:45.:31:47.

before tomorrow. You made a team change after qualifying but you have

:31:48.:31:53.

a few cards to play, haven't you? Yes, good depth there. We came up

:31:54.:31:59.

short in qualifying, so we made a decision to change two guys right

:32:00.:32:02.

away. We had a much better first rounded there this evening. So we've

:32:03.:32:07.

got to do a bit of number crunching before tomorrow. We know we're going

:32:08.:32:10.

to make a change but we don't know where the data will lead us just

:32:11.:32:18.

yet. The Australian looking good. So close to the World Record. A great

:32:19.:32:21.

ride. We are all getting to grips with the new qualifying format. Two

:32:22.:32:25.

teams per heat is a difference for us. And I think if you hit that

:32:26.:32:31.

qualifying pretty fresh, depending on your draw and what your catch

:32:32.:32:35.

looks like, there is a lot of variabilities to play with, as we

:32:36.:32:41.

have seen can skew qualifying a bit. Talk about fast times, what about

:32:42.:32:47.

the team sprint. The young team from Great Britain finishing for the

:32:48.:32:53.

fourth fastest time. They don't get to ride a medal race but they've

:32:54.:32:56.

sent out a strong message. They have done well. Done well all winter. In

:32:57.:33:03.

the European Championships and delivering fast times. Today's

:33:04.:33:07.

qualifying, a few little details in there but again we saw really strong

:33:08.:33:11.

times from them. It didn't quite go our way in the first round, in the

:33:12.:33:15.

semifinal round, so like you say, just the way the draw works out, you

:33:16.:33:19.

can be the fourth fastest time but still not get a medal chance so

:33:20.:33:23.

they'll be disappointed with that. They were hoping for more but that's

:33:24.:33:27.

just a sign of how far they've come this past year and I'm sure there is

:33:28.:33:31.

plenty more to come. You weren't tempted to pop Calum Skinner into

:33:32.:33:36.

that race? We did talk about it but in fairness he has only really

:33:37.:33:38.

prepared for the sprint here. We need to respect that. Calum had a

:33:39.:33:43.

great year last year. I think that might have been a little bit unfair

:33:44.:33:48.

on him, having not really done a lot of team sprint prep to throw him in

:33:49.:33:53.

and because he has been foe cousin on the individual event we couldn't

:33:54.:33:56.

be certain what he had. -- focussing.

:33:57.:33:59.

And Joe held up his end of the deal in the qualifying. I don't think the

:34:00.:34:04.

need was there. What about Elinor Barker, your podium place on the

:34:05.:34:08.

opening day, a virl medA close to get the gold. We were all urging her

:34:09.:34:18.

around. -- a silver medal. She did a super job and in the in recent weeks

:34:19.:34:27.

with the selection, we talked Katie Archibald and Calum and having the

:34:28.:34:32.

opportunity to take part in other events. A super ride. The way the

:34:33.:34:37.

break worked I think the Italian got a great run to the finish but Elinor

:34:38.:34:43.

did everything she could. A good start. Yes one on the board so let's

:34:44.:34:47.

hope for more this week. So sensible. He has been part of the

:34:48.:34:52.

team since 2002. He knows never to panic on day one but he mentioned

:34:53.:34:58.

thelight. Eleanor bark he isser's silver -- Elinor Barker's silver med

:34:59.:35:02.

A talk us through the final two lap abouts where she gets in an

:35:03.:35:05.

unfortunate position and gets collared from behind. Six riders

:35:06.:35:11.

gained a lap and all vying for position. She is in second now. Just

:35:12.:35:14.

on the outside of the Dutch rider, trying to get around but it is a

:35:15.:35:19.

long way around but she wants it lead out this sprint and Kirsten

:35:20.:35:24.

Wild the Dutch rider is an incredible sprinter. Previous World

:35:25.:35:29.

Champion. El is probably thinking right now she's nailed it, got

:35:30.:35:32.

around probably the favourite of the race but it's now just a quarter of

:35:33.:35:37.

a lap too far, maybe and the Italian rider sits in nice and takes a nice

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run-up coming out of turn 4 and that finishing straight just pips on her

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on the line, it is incredibly frustrating but I think El looked so

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strong and I think there is so much more to come for her this week. She

:35:52.:35:56.

has potentially three more eevents. She might race in the team pursuit

:35:57.:36:00.

tomorrow. Even though she told us in her interview she wasn't. Yes. And

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Barbieri, the last two laps she was sat behind Kirsten Wild, correctites

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a huge pocket air to ride behind. A perfect run to the finish for the

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Italian and the worst-case scenario for etch linor who is been on the

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outside. A great turn of speed but not enough. And Elinor Barker we

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might see her in the team pursuit tomorrow. What are the other two

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events? The madison on Saturday with Emily Nelson and the points race on

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Sunday. All events are up for change but that's what she is anticipate

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currently down for. Starting off with a silver will only make her

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hungrier for more, for wins. So a lot more to come for her and indeed

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British cycling. hungrier for more, for wins. So a

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lot more to come for her and indeed British cycling.

:36:44.:36:47.

It has been a turbulent time. It there has been an independent review

:36:48.:36:51.

commissioned to look at the set up with allegations of bullying. That

:36:52.:36:56.

review hasn't been made public. Various things leaked but British

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cycling has come up with a plan it has published to move the sport

:37:01.:37:04.

forward. Part of that new culture is a new Performance Director. He has

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come from sailing, his name is Stephen Park he has been speaking to

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Jill Douglas. Congratulations on the new job. You

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have enjoyed enormous success with the British sailing team but what

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attracted you to the cycling job? I think opportunity it perhaps bring

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some of the skills I have learned through my time at sailing into

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cycling. You know cycling is still the biggest British Olympic sport.

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There was an opportunity to perhaps step up and to take the opportunity.

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They don't come around very often. Ultimately I've started getting

:37:38.:37:40.

involved more in cycling my se. It has become a little bit of a passion

:37:41.:37:46.

at a personal level. Headlines like - bullying, sexism in British

:37:47.:37:49.

cycling, these have dogged the sport in recent months. When you applied

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for this role, do you feel as though now you've been happeneded something

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of a poisoned chalice? You could look at it like that but from my

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perspective, it is the opportunity to be part of the next generation of

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British cycling without trying to dismiss any of the allegations that

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have been made or any of the issues made, many of which British cycling

:38:14.:38:17.

have taken on board and are working hard to deal with. We are seeing

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more and more cyclists coming forward, pointing out that perhaps

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some of the things that have made it to the press don't necessarilip

:38:26.:38:29.

represent their experiences. D necessarily represent. And certainly

:38:30.:38:34.

in the experiences I have had, and more importantly in the last 24-48

:38:35.:38:37.

hours here, they don't represent what I see. What I see is a group of

:38:38.:38:44.

athletes that are know cowed on their game -- that are focussed on

:38:45.:38:48.

their game. A group of support staff who are passionate about delivering

:38:49.:38:51.

the best performance. Everyone is very conscious about that. They are

:38:52.:38:54.

conscious about some of the issue that is have gone on in the past but

:38:55.:38:57.

more importantly they are focussed on what they need to do here in

:38:58.:39:01.

terms of their own roles and getting stuck into that and, so, it'll be a

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great opportunity, as I say, to regain that public confidence and

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hopefully give the British public pride in the performances that we

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are used to, in terms of those fantastic medal-winning

:39:18.:39:18.

performances, like World Championships and Olympic Games and

:39:19.:39:22.

Paralympic Games and also the confidence in how we're achieving

:39:23.:39:26.

those performances. Previous income bants have all come from a cycling

:39:27.:39:30.

background, you have come in completely left field with no

:39:31.:39:35.

experience as a coach in cycling, or as a cyclist yourself. Can you

:39:36.:39:39.

achieve success without that background in the sport? Yes, I'm

:39:40.:39:43.

absolutely confident of that. I wouldn't be here if I didn't feel I

:39:44.:39:47.

was confident in being able to do that. I'm in the here trying to

:39:48.:39:50.

replace the people that have gone before me. They have done a

:39:51.:39:54.

fantastic job. I suppose I'm bringing a different type of

:39:55.:39:56.

knowledge but the same level of passion and I would hope the same

:39:57.:40:02.

level of application. We have got some fantastic technical brains

:40:03.:40:05.

within the sport so hopefully it's really not so much -- I'm not

:40:06.:40:10.

looking at telling them what needs to happen I'm looking at providing

:40:11.:40:14.

Chalabi en, direction, support and leadership to the team as a whole

:40:15.:40:24.

and I think -- at providing a challenge, direction support and

:40:25.:40:27.

leadership to the team and I hope we can' deliver those performances to

:40:28.:40:31.

get to Tokyo 2020. It is not the first time that somebody has moved

:40:32.:40:43.

from one sport to a completely different one but it is the first

:40:44.:40:47.

time in cycling, what is your reaction to this appointment? Well I

:40:48.:40:50.

think he's level headed. He has shown he can lead a team that's very

:40:51.:40:53.

competitive and can deliver at the highest level at the Olympic Games

:40:54.:40:56.

and he is not underestimating the challenge. It'll be a huge challenge

:40:57.:40:59.

for him but I think a great opportunity for him to come in and

:41:00.:41:03.

really try to look forward. A lot of negativity in the press for the last

:41:04.:41:06.

year surrounding the team but I think it is about focussing on the

:41:07.:41:09.

good side of the sport. The good side of the things we have been

:41:10.:41:13.

doing as a team and look to the future. It gives a a chance as well

:41:14.:41:16.

for a completely new perspective. I think it is really exciting. I think

:41:17.:41:20.

it's very easy for anybody in any walk of life to get set of noe your

:41:21.:41:24.

ways. And always do things the same way but to have a new person come in

:41:25.:41:28.

with a very different perspective of things, from a very successful sport

:41:29.:41:30.

but a different sport, I think it's a really exciting time, to be part

:41:31.:41:33.

of British psychingling. I really hope he makes some good chance

:41:34.:41:37.

changes and I'm excited about the future. As I mentioned the

:41:38.:41:42.

independent review isn't public but cycling have come up with a

:41:43.:41:49.

response, pre-empting it. They've created a new role, an HR-type role,

:41:50.:41:56.

really trying to focus not just on performance but also on supporting

:41:57.:41:59.

the athletes during their career and when they time comes to retire or

:42:00.:42:06.

not make the grade or team. I think it's a really positive,

:42:07.:42:08.

forward-thinking way to approach it. So we have a new CEO Julie

:42:09.:42:15.

Harrington. We've got Stephen Park obviously and a new team management

:42:16.:42:19.

set-up but it is recognising that there were areas, where they had

:42:20.:42:22.

fallen short and hadn't given support to the athletes that they

:42:23.:42:25.

might have done but I would say for all there has been negativity about

:42:26.:42:28.

the team, there's still a lot of positivity. A lot of people

:42:29.:42:32.

supporting them, saying that that isn't necessarily the #1350er7bs

:42:33.:42:40.

they've had in their - the experience they've had within their

:42:41.:42:45.

time within the team. I it is not that that makes the papers. I think

:42:46.:42:50.

you think that's not been balanced Well, the problem is, the people who

:42:51.:42:54.

are motivated to complain and have rights to complain, but the people

:42:55.:42:58.

motivated to complain go forward to give their side in the independent

:42:59.:43:02.

review whereas a lot of the athletes who've had a neutral or positive

:43:03.:43:04.

experience haven't gone and given their side of the story. So it can

:43:05.:43:09.

seem skewed, so that isn't to say that the opinions of those people

:43:10.:43:12.

who have come forward aren't valid, they are, but I think perhaps it can

:43:13.:43:16.

be a skewed perspective. British cycling trying to get back on the

:43:17.:43:20.

front foot and a performance at these World Championships could be

:43:21.:43:24.

ignited. More to come tomorrow. A fantastic silver medal today for

:43:25.:43:28.

Elinor Barker in the scratch race. Tomorrow we have Katy Marchant In

:43:29.:43:37.

the sprint. Goodbye for now. I have never known

:43:38.:43:44.

an atmosphere like this.

:43:45.:44:08.

Clare Balding introduces the opening day's action from the annual track cycling World Championships, held this year in Hong Kong.

Three gold medals are up for grabs in this session - the men's and women's team sprints and the women's scratch race, won in 2016 by Britain's most successful female Olympian, Laura Kenny. The absence at these championships of the pregnant Kenny, along with her husband Jason, means early British medal hopes rest with Olympic gold and silver medallist Callum Skinner in an otherwise inexperienced men's sprint team.

Sir Chris Hoy provides expert analysis, with commentary by Simon Brotherton and Chris Boardman.


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