The temperature in the Laoshan velodrome yesterday afternoon was controlled at 29.5 degrees. Not as hot as it is outside, and not as hot as the form of Team GB. ?Everyone?s getting a bit fruity,? the cycling team?s head coach Shane Sutton told us. ?They?re all ready to go.?
The riders did look mightily impressive as they turned out some training efforts at near race pace. Watching a rider train doesn?t have the same impact as watching them race, but nonetheless, there?s no disguising the speed in the British rider?s legs.
Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny and Chris Hoy did three standing start, half-lap efforts and one rolling start full race length effort, while the team pursuiters did two race pace efforts although the first was cut short when Bradley Wiggins suffered a minor technical problem.
Wiggins is now back on form after catching a virus at the pre-Olympic training camp in Newport where, according to Sutton he was; ? too weak to scratch himself. He?s turned it round, and he?s rocketing around now, he?s ready. You can tell when he?s ready through his body language. He?s taking the piss out of me all the time so he must be going well!?
Sprinter Victoria Pendleton was also looking good and apparently putting out some good numbers in the two flat out, one-lap efforts she did yesterday. ?Preparation has been perfect, all the coaches have been fantastic,? said Sutton. ?It?s just activation now and the taper.?
Having arrived in Beijing the day before, Mark Cavendish was on the track for an hour, riding round on the blue line with Chris Newton and three Italian riders looking relaxed. The Manxman had done a two-hour road ride soon after arriving and had done another hour on the road in the morning before hitting the boards.
Sutton confirmed who would be riding the qualifying round of the Team Sprint on Friday and Team Pursuit on Monday (click here for a full schedule), they are:
Team Sprint ? Jamie Staff, Jason Kenny, Chris Hoy
Ross Edgar set to come in for the second round.
Team pursuit ? Ed Clancy, Paul Manning, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke
Bradley Wiggins to be rested after the individual pursuit, and then return for the all important second round.
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Victoria Pendleton shares a joke with BC coaching staff between training drills on the track.
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Chris Hoy, the fastest man on the planet, prepares himself for a Team Sprint starting effort
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