British sprinters off the pace on day one

The team sprint competition is a perennial problem for the British camp, and they're no closer to solving it 18 months out from the 2016 Rio Olympics as both the men's and women's team qualify in eighth place.

Britain's track sprinters face a mammoth task if they are to raise their game to medal standards in the team sprint events in time for the 2016 Rio Olympics. On the opening day of competition in Saint Quentin en Yvelines near Paris, both GB's mens and womens team sprint squads qualified down in eighth position, well outside the medal ride-off positions.

This is familiary territory for the men's squad which hasn't medalled in this event since taking silver in Apeldoorn in 2011. The last time they won the world title was 2005. They are however reigning Olympic champions from London 2012 having also won the Olympic title in Beijing 2008. Each time dumbfounding their rivals by turning their performances around at the very last minute to not only win, but doing so in world record times.

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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.