Rio Olympics 2016: Victoria Pendleton backs Elinor Barker for solo races

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GB smash world record (again) and win gold in women's team pursuit

Double Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton says Rio 2016 gold medallist Elinor Barker would be more than capable of cycling individual sprints.

Barker was part of the British women's team pursuit that won gold at Rio 2016.

The 21-year-old says she "will probably" quit Great Britain's track pursuit team to concentrate on individual races in 2017.

"I think she could do anything she turned her hand to," said Pendleton, a gold medallist in 2008 and 2012.

"I'd really like to see Elinor have the opportunity to ride the omnium."

Barker, Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell-Shand and Katie Archibald clocked a time of four minutes 10.236 seconds to beat the USA in world record time and secure gold.

Cardiff-born Barker won individual medals representing Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, securing scratch race bronze and denied gold by England's Trott in the 25km points race.

Trott claimed the omnium title in Rio taking, her gold medal tally to four - the most won by a British woman.

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