British sprinters back on podium to usher in a new era

The British men won their first team sprint medal in seven years at the track worlds in Apeldoorn, boasting a strength in depth that bodes well for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond.

GB men's team sprint silver medal Apeldoorn. Photo:

Five British riders stood on the podium to collect their team sprint silver medals in Apeldoorn. Alongside 29-year-old Jason Kenny, one of Britain’s greatest Olympians and the ‘old man’ of British Cycling’s sprint squad, stood Phil Hindes (25), Ryan Owens (22), Joseph Truman (21) and Jack Carlin (20).

Over the course of three rides on the opening night, the five riders were swapped in and out of the three-man event to win Britain’s first team sprint medal in seven years. This level of flexibility is very different to the team’s traditional approach, but in part has been forced upon them by the strength in depth the squad currently enjoys.

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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.