Britain face France in another team sprint final

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The rivalry between Great Britain and France's team sprint riders continues, after the nations qualified for the gold medal final.

Great Britain's trio of Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton, who replaced the injured Sir Chris Hoy, set a fine time of 43.738, only to see Gregory Bauge, Michael D'Almeida and Kevin Sireau sneak inside it.

Britain won gold at the Olympic Games in Beijing last summer, and the French were victorious in Manchester a year ago.

Qualifying round

1 France 43.614seconds

2 Great Britain 43.738

3 Germany 43.911

4 Australia 44.115

5 Poland 44.865

6 Malaysia 44.996

7 Netherlands 44.999

8 Japan 45.139

9 China 45.201

10 Russia 45.513

11 Ukraine 45.713

12 Spain 45.771

13 Greece 46.578

14 Czech Republic 46.594

15 Colombia 46.722

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Sports journalist Lionel Birnie has written professionally for Sunday Times, Procycling and of course Cycling Weekly. He is also an author, publisher, and co-founder of The Cycling Podcast. His first experience covering the Tour de France came in 1999, and he has presented The Cycling Podcast with Richard Moore and Daniel Friebe since 2013. He founded Peloton Publishing in 2010 and has ghostwritten and published the autobiography of Sean Kelly, as well as a number of other sports icons.