Great Britain fail to qualify for pursuit finals

Great Britain place eighth in the men's team pursuit with a young team. Denmark will race Australia in the gold final

Great Britain in the Men's Team Pursuit Qualifying
(Image credit: Casey B Gibson)

Great Britain finished a disappointing eighth place in the men's team pursuit qualifying round in Cali, Colombia today.

Double Olympic champion Ed Clancy lead a new-look team that included Sam Harrison, Jon Dibben and Owain Doull. Their time of 4-04.419 minutes was over two seconds slower than fourth placed New Zealand.

"Behind the scenes we’ve had some problems. We knew a week ago we had our backs against the wall," admitted Clancy. "We're the GB cycling team, you’re always expected to do all right despite the fact we didn’t have a couple of our more established riders. I think we were still hoping to get a ride in the final, but that‘s sport, some days you go better than you think, some days you don’t go so well."

Chris Newton is covering the men's endurance squad while Paul Manning stays at home for the birth of his child. "As a team we’re disappointed, but you can’t change what you’ve got in there," said Newton.

The result is the team's worst since 1999. Since then they have won a medal each year save for 2009 when they finished fourth.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly 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 can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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