Great Britain qualify fastest for Rio Olympics men's team pursuit

Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Steven Burke and Bradley Wiggins come within a whisker of breaking world record in men's team pursuit qualifying at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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Great Britain's set the fastest time during the men's team pursuit qualifying round in the Rio Olympics to come very close to breaking the world record on Thursday.

Sir Bradley Wiggins, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Ed Clancy put in a finely-tuned performance to set a time of three minutes and 51.943 seconds over 4,000 metres on the Rio track. The ride was the second fastest in history, and just short of the world record of 3-51.659 set by GB at the London 2012 Games.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.