It?s the final of arguably the blue riband event in the velodrome, the men?s team pursuit, on Monday.

After breaking their own world record in the first round, Great Britain will be the big favourites to beat Denmark and get their sixth cycling gold of the Games.

The other medal on offer is in the women?s points race, where Rebecca Romero has nothing to lose. Inexperienced in bunch racing but on cloud nine after winning the individual pursuit, it promises to be one of the most fascinating races of the Games. Can she do the unthinkable and replicated Chris Newton?s bronze medal-winning ride in the men?s equivalent? Marianne Vos of Holland will be the big favourite and there are some other strong points racers in the field but you never know…

The sprint competition reaches the quarter-final stage, with Victoria Pendleton, Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny all confident of making the last four.

Pendleton will be confident against Simona Krupeckaite. She beat the Lithuanian in the final at the World Championships in March.

Hoy faces the Malaysian Awang who has already been beaten by Jason Kenny and had to go through the repechage to reach the last eight. Kenny is up against Kevin Sireau, a tough customer.

It’s knockout now, best of three races goes through. There are no do-overs, no repechages, just straight match sprinting.

DAY FOUR Monday, August 18


? Women?s points race

? Men?s sprint quarter-finals

? Women?s sprint quarter-finals

? Men?s team pursuit finals


2 ? women?s points race, men?s team pursuit


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9.30am Women?s points race

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Marianne Vos (Netherlands)

Trine Schmidt (Denmark)

Vera Carrara (Italy)

Leire Olaberria (Spain)

Yoanka Gonzalez (Cuba)

Svetlana Pauliukaite (Lithuania)

Olga Slyusareva (Russia)

Pascale Jeuland (France)

Yan Li (China)

Katherine Bates (Australia)

Minhye Lee (Korea)

Sarah Hammer (USA)

Gina Grain (Canada)

Satomi Wadami (Japan)

Catherine Cheatley (New Zealand)

Lada Kozlikova (Czech Republic)

Lesya Kalitovska (Ukraine)

Maria Luisa Calle (Colombia)

Evelyn Garcia (El Salvador)

Rebbeca Romero (Great Britain)

Verena Jooss (Germany)

Wan Yiu Wong (Hong Kong)

Women’s sprint quarter-finals

Victoria Pendleton (Great Britain) v Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)

Natallia Tsylinskaya (Belarus) v Shuang Guo (China)

Anna Meares (Australia) v Clara Sanchez (France)

Willy Kanis (Netherlands) v Jennie Reed (USA)


Race 1: 10.05am

Race 2: 10.45am

Race 3: 11.30am

Men?s sprint quarter-finals

Chris Hoy (Great Britain) v Mohd Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)

Kevin Sireau (France) v Jason Kenny (Great Britain)

Maximilian Levy (Germany) v Teun Mulder (Netherlands)

Mickael Bourgain (France) v Theo Bos (Netherlands)


Race 1: 10.20am

Race 2: 11.00am

Race 3: 11.40am

11.15am Men?s team pursuit finals


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