A new event on the track agenda this season is the women's team pursuit, a 3,000-metre race for squads of three.

The Russian trio won the first World Cup event in Sydney in November with a time of 3-29.072, beating Australia into second place. The Ukrainians won the second World Cup of the season in Beijing before Christmas.

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