Another international track meeting and another whitewash by the British team. It was business as usual at the Manchester World Cup, but even by our own very high standards these performances were something special.
With less than 1,000 days to go until the Olympics, this was the start of the proper build-up for 2012 and on the strength of this performance our riders are set for unprecedented success.
Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton still reign supreme in the sprint, but with four riders in the top five of the men’s competition, you can see GB’s strength in depth. Our youngsters are also getting better, much better, and are not afraid to challenge the old guard for selection.
Things are changing fast. Bradley Wiggins has been deposed as Britain’s current quickest pursuiter after Geraint Thomas managed a 4-15 in qualifying. The 23 year old’s performance is now the third best of all time and the fastest using conventional tri-bars. And it was only his second individual pursuit series, after the previous weekend’s National Champs.
It’s no wonder the BBC devoted most of Sunday afternoon to TV coverage from the velodrome, and Sir Chris was even given a mention on the 10 o’clock news.
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Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly magazine