Great Britain qualify with third fastest team pursuit time in history

Team GB in team pursuit, London Track World Cup 2012, day four

The British squad set the third fastest team pursuit time in history to qualify fastest for tonight's gold medal final.

The quartet of Ed Clancy, Peter Kennaugh, Andy Tennant and Geraint Thomas set a time of 3:54.485 minutes in Melbourne, two tenths of a second faster than Australia who they will meet in the final.

Australia had been almost a second up on GB's time at the two kilometre mark, but they couldn't hold the pace in the final eight laps. Their split times slowly edged closer back down to the British marks as small gaps opened in their line-up.

With one lap to go they were still up, but lost a significant chunk of time in the final 250 metres to qualify second.

Britain's time was the fastest ever in qualifying, as the two faster times, also set by British quartets, were ridden in finals with another team on the track creating circulating air.

GB will change their line-up for the final as Steven Burke comes in for Andy Tennant.

New Zealand will ride against Russia in the bronze medal final.

Follow the team pursuit final with our live text coverage or watch it on the BBC's red button. The final is scheduled to start at 7.30pm local time, 10.30am British time.

Related links

2012 world track championships coverage index

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.