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Geraint Thomas?s loss in Beijing was certainly the gain of youngster Steven Burke, who picked up a bronze medal in the individual pursuit and, with it, cast aside any lingering disappointments he may have had from this year?s World Track Championships.

Burke only heard that Thomas was focusing on the team pursuit ? and that he had his big chance ? hours before he was due to ride the individual pursuit.

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