World Track Championships 2013: Day One as it happened

GB win silver behind Australia in the team pursuit final after Becky James and Vicky Williamson win team sprint bronze in Minsk.

20 February 2013 Last updated at 20:01 GMT

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  1. 1909: 

    A solid start to the Championships for Great Britain with promising performances from Becky James and Vicky Williamson in the team sprint and Kian Emadi in the kilo.

    Join us tomorrow when double Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott and Jason Kenny hit the dancefloor. There is live text commentary on the BBC Sport website as well as audio commentary on 5 live sports extra and video coverage on the Red Button, online and BBC Two. You can catch it all on the new Android app as well.

    In the meantime check out tonight's Champions League and Championship football on the BBC Sport live commentary or the Bradford City special on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Bye for now.

    Laura Trott and Jason Kenny

    Great Britain team pursuit silver medallist Steven Burke: "We gave it our all I though that Sam rode terrifically well for his age and I think that we did fairly well overall. At this point in the last Olympic cycle we came fourth, so that is two places better."


    Great Britain team pursuit silver medallist Ed Clancy: "Of course it is disappointing. In a gold/silver race you would rather win than lose. But it is bike racing, you win some and you lose them. British cycling is an Olympic programme and this is the first stage in an Olympic cycle. It is part of a long process with new faces in the team and we are in a better position than we were at the start of the last Olympic cycle."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The Great Britain team will be a little disappointed. It was not the quickest times they have ever produced. They would have hoped to have made a bit more of it than they did. This was Andy Tennant's chance to shine at the front but he didn't quite pull it off. The standard is so high though."

  5. 1851: 
    Medal ceremony

    The Great Britain team pursuit quartet greet the flower bearers with purse-lipped half smiles as they prepare themselves for Advance Australia Fair.

  6. 1849: 

    Rainbow jerseys all around for the victorious Australian team pursuit quartet and a small measure of revenge for defeat to Great Britain at this event last year and in London 2012.

  7. 1848: 

    The men's team pursuit ceremony is up next. Ed Clancy is chatting away to Great Britain team-mate Sam Harrison, shrugging and eyebrows arched, as their names are read out as the silver medal winners.

  8. 1846: 
    Medal ceremony

    Vicky Williamson and Becky James have just trooped up onto the bottom step of the podium to pick up their team sprint bronze medals. It is the German national anthem that gives the Belarusian speakers a work-out through. All the German riders seem to have a bit of heft about them by the way, their philosophy seems to be all about the torque rather the craft.


    Great Britain team sprint bronze medallist Vicky Williamson: "Really happy. We did not come in with any expectations. We both got on the track and wanted to hit it as hard as we could. I got a PB and to get a medal as well was amazing."


    Great Britain team sprint bronze medallist Becky James: "It was so unexpected for both of us. I am just shocked. It is looking good for the rest of the week. The changeover was a new thing we tried in training two weeks ago. We have had three sessions trying it out, so work to do on it but it worked out really well. This is probably the best form I have had. I have consistent training and it is nice it comes through when you have not had form for so long."

  11. 1839: 

    One step lower on the podium, but a fair bit happier, Becky James and Vicky Williamson, the Great Britain team sprint pair, have been talking to BBC Sport.

  12. 1837: 

    There was plenty of churn and effort from the Great Britain team pursuit boys, but Australia kept looking neat and tidy as fatigue set in, each rider flowing into the lead slickly and sweetly. The Aussies ditched their fourth rider fairly early but there was more than enough left in the other three riders to see them home.

    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "Great Britain were never going to match Australia. They would have gone out with a similar schedule to qualifying, ridden that to the halfway point and see where they went and where the Australian team went but they couldn't raise it. It is just the way it goes sometimes."

  14. 1832: 

    A pretty scrappy ride from a Great Britain quartet that went slower in the final of the team pursuit than they did in qualifying. Silver medals and a bit of an inquest to come. Fortunately a minute post-mortem of defeat is what David Brailsford does best.

    Former GB world champion and 5 live sports extra summariser Rob Hayles in Minsk

    "Unfortunately it came down to sheer speed and power and the British team just did not have it."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The Australians deserve that, they rode extremely well there. It just did not work out for the British team at all. Credit to the Australians, they deserve that and it is a repeat of 2009."

  17. 1830: 
    GOLD MEDAL- Australia win team pursuit

    Australia win the men's team pursuit world title with Great Britain a distant second.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The Australians have got the bit between their teeth, they know the gold medal is close to them now. It would take an absolutely catastrophe for them to lose that gold now."

  19. 1829: 

    One kilometre to go and Great Britain are down by two seconds in the final of the team pursuit. It looks all over.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "There is a weak man in the British team, I am not sure who that is but it has cost them badly."

  21. 1828: 

    Australia are forcing the pace and after 2250m of the race they have cranked their lead out to over a second.

  22. 1827: 

    Sixteen laps and after the first four Australia have a lead of a third of second. Still plenty to go and Great Britain are looking slick in formation.

    Former GB world champion and 5 live sports extra summariser Rob Hayles in Minsk

    "Ed Clancy is the start man, he is the guy at the gate and does a lap and three quarters to open the race up. That is immense. The sprint work he has been doing the last few months will have helped him to soak that start up. His top end speed is not an issue, his issue is soaking that start."

  24. 1826: 

    The final of the team pursuit is under way.

  25. 1826: 

    Great Britain clamber aboard. Ed Clancy, after a flirtation with the team sprint earlier this year, will lead them off.

    Former GB world champion and 5 live sports extra summariser Rob Hayles in Minsk

    "I can see it being a proper battle and very close. During the race, the Australians like to compare their race to the other team's progress, while Britain like to keep to their own schedule until about the 2.5km mark (of the 4km race) and not worry about what the other team is doing. Both teams should go a lot quicker than they did in qualifying too - it will be warmer in here, there will be more people and having another team on the track creates a tail-wind that makes a difference too."

  27. 1823: 

    Now for the big one...

  28. 1823: 
    Bronze medal

    It is the first of the two quartets to get three men through the four kilometre finishline who is the winner in the team pursuit. Denmark's train has proved the smoother running of the two in the bronze medal final in Minsk, almost running down the Spaniards.

  29. 1821: 

    Fortunately we are running to schedule out East. Apparently GB cycling supremo Dave Brailsford has had the Red Arrows, whose own future has just been assured themselves, in to give Ed Clancy and his team-mates a bit of a pep talk. No excuses.

    Rob Hayles, Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "After qualifying earlier, they headed back to the hotel for a recovery shake and a sandwich as well as a shower and a chance to chill. They will be on a precise schedule to get back and start their warm-up, leaving a 15-20-minute window between the finish of that warm-up and the race start. Any delay then affects them, like the wait to repair the track when a Russian rider crashed earlier."

  31. 1818: 

    Australia were the faster of the two quartets in qualifying, but the finals are very different kettles of fish. Denmark take on Spain in the battle for bronze before the main event.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentator in Minsk

    "The men's team pursuit is too close to call. I am on the fence to calling this one but I am sure it will be a great race, as they always are."

  33. 1816: 

    Great Britain won the title in last year's world championships ahead of the Aussies in a world record time before repeating the trick at London 2012.

    Since then Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh have been lured away by the glamour of the tarmac and been replaced by Sam Harrison and Andy Tennant. How will the new combination come together against the old enemy?

  34. 1811: 

    Next up, it is track pumps at dawn. Great Britain take on Australia in the gold medal of the men's team pursuit.

    Craig MacLean, Former world champion on BBC TV

    "It was technically a very good ride from Vicky and Becky. They tried different techniques to what the Germans and Australians had been doing and it certainly seemed quite effective."

  36. 1807: 

    Germany produce a storming finish to overhaul the Chinese, who led by two-tenths of second at the midway point, in the gold medal final of the women's team sprint.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "It was a fantastic ride. It was an almost identical ride for Vicky Williamson and that was al she had to do, but the form of Becky James is incredible. That new technique they have developed of moving up the track to get some slipstream worked incredibly well."

  38. 1806: 

    The Australian pair looked like they had the women's team sprint almost locked down after a rapid start, but Becky James came roaring off the wheel of Vicky Williamson to hunt down her opponent and steal bronze by a sliver of a hair's breadth. Smiles all round in Camp GB.

  39. 1802: 
    Bronze medal

    Bronze for Great Britain after a superb ride from Becky James in the women's team sprint.

  40. 1802: 

    Becky James and Vicky Williamson are crouched over the handlebars. Williamson to take the first lap. The beeps are through and we are under way.

  41. 1800: 

    Sounds simple enough, but there are tight limits on the space that Becky James and Vicky Williamson have to complete that switcheroo at top speed.

    At London 2012 their compatriots, Victoria Pendleton and Jessica Varnish were just a little too eager and one of the Great Britain's strongest gold medal contenders were relegated to eighth amid wobbly bottom lips and protests.

  42. 1755: 

    The team sprint takes place over two laps, with the first rider attempting to slingshot the second off their backwheel and into the lead at the changeover.

  43. 1753: 

    The three men who finished ahead of Emadi in the men's 1km time trial, led by France's Francois Pervis, are picking up their gongs in Minsk. In the centre of the track Great Britain's Vicky Williamson and Becky James are preparing to meet the Australians, who qualified quicker than them earlier today, in the bronze medal final of the team sprint.

  44. 1750: 

    Kian Emadi after finishing fourth in the 1km time trial: "Definitely happy. It is a great experience to come here. I gave it my best. It would have been nice to have got a medal but it is about the performance and I am happy with that. I appreciate comparisons with Chris Hoy but there is a long way to go. He is a role model and I'll see what I can do, but give me time."

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "Sarah Hammer is the only American to come to this world championships and I am sure she is glad she has. She has a gold medal in the bag already and has plenty more events to come."

  46. 1746: 

    A free-wheel finish for Sarah Hammer who reeled in Australia Amy Cure's fast start and could have caught her opponent, who began with 125m of pine separating her from Hammer, but opts to soft pedal through the final stages.

  47. 1741: 

    The United States' Sarah Hammer, second to Laura Trott in the omium at London 2012, has just begun her individual pursuit gold medal final against Australia's Amy Cure. Hammer has won this title on four previous occasions.

  48. 1740: 

    Olympic team sprint silver medallist Craig MacLean: "It is was a horrible place [for Kian Emadi] to be sitting and waiting to see how the other riders do. It was a fantastic ride from him but the other riders are more experienced. He is definitely a prospect for the future."

  49. 1736: 

    Chris Harvey: "Ridiculous to think the 1k TT didn't appear at the Olympics, this is great fun to watch. Is there a global gold shortage?"

    Quite. It is pure shoot-out drama. #bbccycling for all your tweets.

  50. 1733: 

    France's Francois Pervis takes gold ahead of New Zealand's Simon van Velthooven and Germany's Joachim Eilers in the men's kilo.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "This is a competition full of surprises. I didn't think he would recover from his start but the speed on his third lap was absolutely amazing."

  52. 1732: 

    Kian Emadi will have to settle for fourth. New Zealander van Velthooven ratchets up the speed to move up through the field and take second over the second half of the race.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "He will be absolutely delighted. We were talking about this being decided by the tiniest of margins and then he goes 1.2 seconds clear, that is absolutely incredible and incredibly unusual to see but it was an incredible ride."

  54. 1729: 

    France's Francois Pervis slices his way through the field coming home 1.2 seconds clear with a pitch-perfect ride to take the top spot in the standings. That moves Great Britain's Kian Emadi down to third and it is Simon van Velthooven who is the final rider to take the stage.

  55. 1727: 

    The Netherlands Teun Mulder flops in fourth. But my maths got lost in the excitement of the closing stages of this men's kilo time trial. Great Britain's Kian Emadi, lying second, requires one of the remaining two riders to go slower than him to give him a podium finish.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "So, Kian Emadi won't get gold. But will he get a medal in his first event at his first senior World Championships? He also goes in men's team sprint on Thursday."

  57. 1724: 

    A French rider makes a dog-ugly start, rocking and rolling out of the starting gate as he locks up his front wheel. He opts not to appeal for a restart but his heart never looks in his attempt to gather up the lost time. Three riders to go in the men's kilo time trial and all Emadi needs is one to miss his mark and the Briton will have a place on the podium.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "Visibly he was not dying as much over the last half a lap and that is where it seems this event will be played out tonight - who dies out the least in that last little bit. The German team, like the British, spend a lot of time on technique so regardless of the name we can expect a very good start from them."

  59. 1720: 

    Emadi is shunted down off the top step of the 1km time trial podium. Germany's Joachim Eilers had a lead of 0.033 seconds after 750m and a strong finish cranked that lead out to 0.306 seconds. Four riders to go.

  60. 1717: 

    Another rider steps up to the pine, swings and misses. Netherlands Hugo Haak fails to match Kian's Emadi's mark and there are just five more riders to go.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Kian Emadi gets a few slaps on the back from the Great Britain coaches as he is pushed past to begin his warm-down. He looks shattered, understandably."

  62. 1714: 

    Eric Engler is just a finishing lunge away from snatching the lead but Great Britain's Kian Emadi survives. The German looked on course for the lead with an advantage of more than 0.2 seconds into the second half of his run, but the muscular bulk that gave him the powerful start seemed to weigh him down in the final stages as he finished 0.006 seconds adrift.

    Rob Hayles, Former GB world champion on Radio 5 live sports extra in Minsk

    "Kian Emadi seemed to die off in the last half of the lap, but that's because he was going so quickly on the first three laps. Normally he has a ragged first lap, winds it up and keeps it going but that was almost the opposite. He was very clean out the start and so quick over the second and third laps. It's a big ask to get a medal though."

  64. 1709: 

    Nowhere near from Wagner who ties up badly on the final lap as he rolls through the line 1.8 seconds slower than the Briton to finish well down the field. Kian Emadi is guaranteed at least an eighth-place finish and he may well fancy his chances of making a podium appearance.

  65. 1706: 

    Kian Emadi's time of 1.01.756 has posted him well out in front of those to have already ridden, but there are another eight men who will fancy their chances of shooting his mark down. First to take a pot shot is Robin Wagner of the Czech Republic....

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "He will be pleased with that it is a first class ride at his first world championship. If he is not pleased he should be. He was fatigued towards the end, his shoulders dropping but he stayed on top of it. The British team do an awful lot of technical drills and it would have been second nature to him, bringing all of that training together here."

  67. 1704: 

    Swift, very swift. Kian Emadi is rock solid on the bike, just the legs firing like pistons, as he comes home almost half a second ahead of Dawkins to take the lead.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "We are looking forward to this one, a fresh British rider. He started cycling same age as me, 13, he did some road cycling before settling into the sprinting groove. He has fought for his place here and I am fascinated to see what he can do."

  69. 1702: 

    Here he goes and it is a clean start from Kian Emadi.

  70. 1701: 

    A good ride but Italy's Francesco Ceci cannot trouble Dawkins at the top of the timings. He is second among those to have ridden so far, almost half a second off the Kiwi. Now Great Britain's Kian Emadi strides onto the track....

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Just watching Great Britain's Kian Emadi pedal slowly round the warm-up area watched by coach Jan van Eijden. One rider to go before him in the 1km time trial."

  72. 1657: 
    Team GB alert

    Great Britain's Kian Emadi is the next but one rider up on the track. The 20-year-old is making his senior debut, but judging by his exam results he does not get too flustered under pressure - two A*s and an A in his A-levels.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The contrasting speeds between the second lap and the last quarter of the last lap for Eddie Dawkins was incredible. Visibly he was really fighting to get to the line, but I think he can be reasonably pleased with that."

  74. 1653: 

    That is how you do it. New Zealand's Eddie Dawkins, a silver medallist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, flogs every ounce of speed out of his steed to take the lead but a sizeable 0.499 seconds. His time is a 1.02.212 and he was nodding all the way to the line as he ran low on fuel over the last quarter of a circuit.

  75. 1648: 

    The teardrop aerodynamic helmet could not help Genus. He trails home fifth in the standings and gets a cool reception from his trackside coach as he rolls back to the centre of the arena.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "Krzysztof Maksel was well in advance there and just managed to hang onto it in that final lap. It did not look pleasant at all. He set that up in lap two, really accelerating then and consolidated in lap thee, before hanging on towards the end."

  77. 1645: 

    Come in rider number seven, Gennadii Genus of the Ukraine, your time is now...

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Ed Clancy and the rest of the Great Britain men's Team Pursuit squad are here, still in their tracksuits. About 90 minutes to go until their gold medal race with Australia."

  79. 1643: 

    We have a new leader. 21-year-old Pole Krzysztof Maksel made his push in the second lap and then just kept pumping through the lactic to record a time of 1.02.711.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "There are some interesting riders in the mix later on. Eddie Dawkins from New Zealand, we would like to see what he will do in a few riders' time."

  81. 1641: 

    Nitta is still out on his own at the top of the standings with six riders having had a spin, but he might want to take a snapshot of the scoreboard soon. The seeding for the race means that the best riders go latter in the running order.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The aim of course is to cover the shortest distance possible. The black line round the track is the distance and every millimetre you stray away from that increases the distance covered. Riders try to really hug that line."

  83. 1636: 

    Great Britain's 20-year-old Kian Emadi is the 11th of 19 riders to go in the kilometre. It is a simple spectacle this one - one rider hammering it around four laps of the track as fast as he can from a standing start. So far with four riders gone, it is Japan's Yudai Nitta with a time of one minute 2.934 seconds who leads the way.

  84. 1632: 

    We are up and running in the final of the men's kilo. This is not one of the events that was part of the Olympic programme in London. The UCI are still musing about the exact make-up of the schedule for Rio 2016, but the extra event that they have requested from the IOC is likely to be filled by a points race should it be granted.

    Chris Boardman, Olympic cycling champion and BBC Sport summariser

    "The temperature is the biggest single factor that affects things. A degree change of temperature will significantly change times and they want it has hot as possible. Maybe we are in to see some fast times."

  86. 1628: 

    Laura Trott and Jason Kenny may be the golden couple of cycling but in Wales it is all about Becky James and her other half - Wales giant rugby union winger George North. She told BBC Wales about the juggernaut levels of slipstream that are available when cycling behind her 17 stone, six foot four partner earlier this month.

  87. 1621: 

    No dice though for Williamson and James. The Germans and Chinese pairs both go faster than their mark in the final heat to ensure a rematch between them for the gold medal. Great Britain will take on Australia for the bronze medal at some time shortly after 1810 GMT.

  88. 1617: 

    Vicky Williamson made a good start for Great Britain and a plunging changeover from the top of the track to Becky James delivers a time of 33.762 seconds - more than a tenth quicker than the Aussies and good enough to qualify fastest so far.

  89. 1614: 

    Great Britain's Becky James and Vicky Williamson, their combined age just four years more than the absent Chris Hoy, are up next in the women's sprint qualifying. Australia on the opposite side of the track.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Temperatures of -18 were predicted in Minsk this week - instead it's a relatively mild -9 outside the Minsk Arena. Not exactly T-shirt weather, but still a pleasant surprise. We could be in for an unpredictable few days on the track too, because Britain are not the only team to have picked a lot of new faces. Some things don't ever seem to change though, and one of them is the on-going rivalry between Great Britain and Australia in the men's team pursuit. Britain have come out on top in the last two Olympics, and in the 2012 world champs too, but the Aussies will have a chance to change that when the two nations battle for gold again tonight after finishing first and second in qualifying earlier."

    GB team pursuit
  91. 1608: 

    The women's team sprint qualifying has just got underway in the first action of the day. No Britons in this one, but the heat containing the Ukraine and Spanish pairs has just clocked up the first faulty start of the day. A bit of WD40 on the starting gate and they are off cleanly at the second attempt.

  92. 1605: 

    All of which sounds very exciting, but so far this afternoon, Chris Bevan has been taking in pipe-playing, traditional Belarusian dresses, big hats, acrobats, unicycles and human-sized hamster wheels as part of the opening ceremony.

    We could scoff, but then I'm sure the Ukrainians were filling their boots when the child-catcher and Isambard Kingdom Brunel were strutting their stuff in Stratford in July.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "It has not stopped snowing in Minsk since I arrived here on Monday and there is an on-going battle to keep the roads and pavements clear, using diggers and, more frequently, good old fashioned elbow grease in the form of several armies of men armed with shovels. Because of that, there is not much cycling going on outside the Minsk Arena at present - only the German squad have been brave enough to venture out on to the icy streets - and the road version of the sport is definitely a summer activity here in Belarus.

    "This velodrome is used 24/7, however, and not just for cycling. When the world champs are not in town, the middle of the track gets taken over by badminton and table-tennis courts, and yoga and dancing sessions. No room for any of that at the moment, instead it is a mixture of mechanics and media, as well as a huge stage for the medal ceremonies."

  94. 1558: 

    You can stick in your Belarusian ruble's-worth as well on the action in Minsk. Hammer those thoughts and predictions off into the ether via 81111 from UK mobiles or on #bbccycling on Twitter and I'll scoop 'em up and paste 'em in.

  95. 1555: 

    No need to put up with my meagre words today though. There will be live video action flying at you from 1600 GMT on Red Button and online, with BBC Two joining the party at 1645 GMT.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will be waxing commentary lyrical from 1600 GMT and you can get across their coverage online to save your wireless poking finger.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Day one of these championships is certainly not just about Britain versus Australia. I've been watching Becky James and Vicky Williamson pedal furiously on the warm-up bikes ahead of their team sprint qualifier - they are actually in the same race as the Aussies but they are up against the clock because the fastest two out of 11 teams will make the finals, which are later tonight. And the first Briton to get hold of a medal could be Kian Emadi, who makes his senior world championship debut in the kilo (1km time trial), which starts at around 19:15 local time (16:15 GMT). Emadi goes 11th out of 19 riders."

  97. 1546: 

    In qualifying this morning the Great British quartet booked their place in the gold medal final. But they weren't quickest. Instead Australia's foursome qualified 0.459 seconds faster over the four kilometre course. Nothing like a whiff of the Old Enemy's lycra to get the competitive juices flowing...

  98. 1542: 

    By contrast, Ed Clancy is a bit of an old hand at this Track World Championship malarky. This is his seventh such event.

    With Peter Kennaugh and Geraint Thomas focussing on the road rather than the track, he and Steven Burke are the only survivors of the quartet that won the team pursuit title last year in Melbourne before improving on that world record in picking up Olympic gold in London.

    They are joined by Andy Tennant, who rode in the qualifying round in Melbourne before being bumped for the final, and 20-year-old Sam Harrison for this event.

  99. 1537: 

    One of those hip, young gunslingers is Kian Emadi. The 20-year-old Stoke sprinter; the son of an American academic and her Iranian husband, is Great Britain's first medal hope on this opening day.

    Sixth in the world junior track championships in 2010 over the kilometre, he is making the step up to senior level in the event tonight.

    Chris Bevan, BBC Sport in Minsk

    "Minsk seems an appropriate setting for the first track cycling World Championship since the London Olympics - this is a new city, rebuilt after World War II, and this is a new Great Britain team. British Cycling's performance director Dave Brailsford calls it the "changing of the guard" for good reason - of 16 riders, six are making their debut at a senior world championships and eight are aged 20 or younger, including four teenagers.

    "Their youthful verve is not just evident on the track, either - a few riders threw snowballs at me when we got back to the hotel on Tuesday night. Plenty of time (and snow) to get my own back, though…"

  101. 1530: 

    It all seems longer than six and a bit months doesn't it?

    The London 2012 velodrome, where Great Britain won seven golds from 10 events, is now as much mothball as pine.

    But today, as that Midas summer shrinks in the rear-view mirror, is the start of the first big step on the long journey to Rio 2016. It is first day of the World Track Cycling Championships and Great Britain are all in.

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