Winning ugly - Why the team pursuit is the most exciting thing in cycling right now

The European Championships showed why the future of the blue riband track discipline is in rude health

Filippo Ganna leads the Italian team pursuit squad
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead /

If you’re not a fan of the team pursuit, you think it’s too clinical, too calculating, too true to the form book then you need to watch last night’s European Track Championships finals.

Not only is this track meet the starting point for the Paris Olympic cycle (it’s the first place to pick up points for nations to qualify) but it provided a thrilling first chapter in what could well be the defining rivalry of the cycle - Italy v. Great Britain.

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