Great Britain leads the medal count at the World Championships in Copenhagen so far despite missing out in Saturday’s races. With one gold, two silver and two bronze, Britain has collected a total of five medals – more than any other nation at this year’s Worlds.
Nicole Cooke came the closest to winning a medal, finishing fourth in the women’s road race.
“Devastated,” Cooke said about missing a medal. “We are a team that races to win, that’s the standard we set and that’s what we wanted to do.”
The women lost momentum due to a crash with around two kilometres remaining. Its sprinter Elizabeth Armitstead lost her position and Nicole Cooke decided to go for the win on her own.
“When we went around the last corner, I decided, I am in a race winning position,” said Cooke.
She said that she had checked for Armitstead, but could no longer see her. Armitstead re-started and finished in seventh.
“All the girls rode well, everyone was at the front,” Cooke added. “It’s a shame we don’t have a medal to finish off that work because it was a fantastic race for the British team today.”
Owain Doull suffered when caught behind a similar crash five kilometres out in the junior men’s road race. He recovered and finished 24th.
“It was a real hard race all day,” Doull told Cycling Weekly. “A few of us were caught in crashes, coming into the finish, it was so hectic. Jon [Dibben] and I were going for the sprint, but it was so hard to get together, we were both pretty tired.
“I managed to get back on, but could only manage 15th or so.”
A race for Cavendish?
All the races ended in sprints so far, bar the juniors race on Saturday morning. Three men barely thwarted the bunch kick. Cooke said that a similar pattern will likely allow Mark Cavendish to win the men’s race tomorrow.
“You saw the Dutch team didn’t attack at all, they just controlled the group for the eventual lead out,” she told Cycling Weekly. “I think if the British men do that, they have some of the best time trialists, they roll along at 50 to 55 kilometres an hour. Who is going to break clear and stay clear?
“A win for Cavendish? Yeah. Launch him at supersonic speed?”
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