Sir Bradley Wiggins, Jonathan Dibben, Steven Burke and Owain Doull of Great Britain set the fastest qualifying time for the men’s team pursuit on the opening day of the 2016 UCI Track World Championships in London.
At times, Wiggins’s team-mates appeared to be struggling to keep pace with the multiple Olympic medallist and 2012 Tour de France champion, but they held it together to clock 3-55.664 and beat the time set by Australia by a narrow margin.
The Italian team of Elia Viviani, Liam Bertazzo, Simone Consonni, Francesco Lamon caused the biggest surprise, posting a 3-57.8 to set an early fast time and set a new Italian national record. They ultimately qualified fourth.
Sam Welsford, Michael Hepburn, Alexander Porter and Miles Scotson of Australia were the first to crack Italy’s time, stopping the clock at 3-55.867, enough to qualify second fastest. New Zealand were third quickest with 3-57.050.
Italy will now ride against Great Britain in round one, with Australia and New Zealand facing each other to book a place in the finals.