CW’s British performances of 2011: No. 16

Number 16: Britain’s world champion team pursuiters

The road from Apeldoorn was not paved with gold. There were some encouraging silver and bronze medals but anyone expecting a repeat of Majorca 2007 was in for a disappointment.

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Fortunately, a fantastic couple of rides by the British team pursuit trio of Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott and Dani King delivered the only gold medal of the week.

They were pushed quite hard by the USA in qualifying. Britain’s time of 3-23.642 topped the rankings ahead of the Americans’ 3-23.965.

But as any pursuiter will tell you, the thing that sets teams apart is the ability to back up one fast ride with another.

The USA team slowed by a second-and-a-half in the final, whereas the British went fractionally faster.

The fact that Trott and King were 18 and 20 underlined just what a fine performance it was.

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