Mixed fortunes for Team GB over the last three days, but no denying a long weekend of spectacular action. With Becky James replacing the retired Victoria Pendleton, she and Jess Varnish brought home the first gold medal of the Track Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome beating Spain to take the top spot in the Women’s Team Sprint. In a closely fought battle for Gold in the Women’s Team Pursuit, GB held their nerve to the line with Olympic Gold Medalists Laura Trott and Dani King joined by 18-year-old Dani King taking victory over Australia in second and Belarus in third.
Silver for the Men’s Team Sprint came courtesy of Ed Clancy, Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny who were beaten by Germany. Kenny’s luck failed to hold on day two though as a clipping of wheels with Germany’s Stefan Boetticher saw him wiped out of contention in the closing stages of the Keirin final and ultimately withdrawn from competition.
Considerably better form from Jess Varnish on day two, taking Silver behind Germany’s Gold in the Women’s Sprint, having gone head to head against teammate Rebecca James for her place in the final run-off.
The third and final day of competition undeniably belonged to Laura Trott, winning Gold in the omnium to add to her matching medal from the opening day’s Team Pursuit.