Clancy philosophical in defeat as Team Pursuit ramps up

track world championships, track worlds, 2010, track champs, copenhagen, chris hoy, victoria pendleton, great britain

Great Britain got to within two-and-a-half seconds of the world team pursuit record in Copenhagen last night, but it wasn't enough to sweeten the bitter pill of defeat.

For all the team's talk of focusing on London, and process over outcome, the riders still reel in defeat. Speaking after winning the silver medal in one of the most thrilling team pursuit races in years, Ed Clancy couldn't hide his disappointment. "As soon as you see you finished second....... argh, we're used to winning in team GB and people expect us to win, and anything other than a win always seems like a bit of a disappointment," he said.

"We knew the Aussies were coming strong at the moment, they've got a good bunch of young lads. I guess they just did us on the day. We can't be disappointed with our ride."

"We went great in qualifying. I think that was the fastest we ever went and in the final we went better, but fair play to the Aussies, they had us on the day."

In winning the gold the young Australian team rode faster than they had since the Athens Olympics in 2004. "We haven't even gone close to that time since Athens, so to come out and ride that, is fantastic," said Australia's Jack Bobridge.

"Since Beijing, we were posting '58s and haven't been able to crack that. That was absolutely everything we had, we can't explain how happy we are."

The British team can take comfort in the fact that yesterday's final wasn't a demonstration in everything they have. Both Geraint Thomas and Bradley Wiggins are missing from the track team as they focus on the road.

The intervening years between Games are used to bring on the young riders but the experienced hands are always in the background. The re-emergance of the Aussies prove they might be needed. Either way, the team pursuit is once again making for thrilling viewing.

           Australia       Great Britain

1km     1:02.819        1:03.291

2km     57.011           57.168

3km     57.578           57.168

4km     58.246           57.949

Time    3:55.654        3:55.806

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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.