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The British women clocked the fastest time in qualifying for the team pursuit here in Manchester this afternoon, putting them in the gold medal final tonight.

The trio of Rebecca Romero, Joanna Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel stopped the clock at 3:25.725 to set a new worlds fastest time. They will face the Ukrainians in the final to contest the first ever women's team pursuit world title.

The race is set to be a close one as the Ukraines clocked 3:26.565, less than a second slower than the Brits.

Warming down afterwards Rebecca Romero said: "This is our first three-kilometre race together and we've only had a couple of weeks' practice so to go out and qualify fastest was good.

"I think in the final we can go out even better than that. I didn't know how I'd get on after yesterday [she won the individual pursuit gold] but I felt really good. I've only done two rides [per meeting] in World Cups before so I'm feeling really good.

"Ukraine in the final is what we expected and we'll give them a good race."


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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.