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Cycling - 17. November 2012.

UCI Track Cycling World Cup Day 1

Women's Team Sprint

GOLD - Great Britain (VARNISH, JAMES) - 33.428
BRONZE - France (CLAIR, MONTAUBAN) - 34.197

Jess VARNISH and Becky JAMES won Great Britain's first gold medal of the competition, riding a great race to take gold against Spain in a time of 33.428. James replaced the retired Victoria PENDLETON and she and Varnish brought the packed Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome crowd to their feet with a fine ride. This was the second World Cup win for the pair who took gold in the first round in Cali last month and are already proving themselves on the road to Rio 2016.

The bronze medal race saw France and Russia go head-to-head. The race was tipped to be close but France edged out Russia for the medal with a fine performance on track.

World Cup standings after 2 round:

1.      Great Britain (24 points)

2.      Japan (13 points)

3.      Spain (10 points)


Women's Team Pursuit

GOLD - Great Britain (TROTT, BARKER, KING) - 3:21.043
SILVER - Australia (ANKUDINOFF, CURE, HOSKINS) - 3:22.026
BRONZE - Belarus (SHARAKOVA, DYLKO, PAPKO) - 3:25.737

The two big rivals went head to head in the Women's team pursuit. The race was a closely fought in the early stages but Great Britain started to pull away at the later stages, gaining a narrow lead over their rivals. The Great Britain trio featured two of the Olympic gold medal winning squad in Laura Trott and Dani King alongside British Cycling Olympic Academy Programme rider 18 year old Elinor Barker.

In the bronze medal race Lithuania always had a lot of work to do if they hoped to beat Belarus. The pattern was set early with Belarus starting well and leaving too big a gap to the Lithuanians to close. Belarus took the bronze medal and lead the standings after two rounds of the series.

World Cup standings after 2 round:

1.      Belarus (15 points)

2.      Great Britain (12 points)

3.      Italy (12 points)

Women's 500m TT

GOLD - Belarus (PANARINA) - 34.121
SILVER - Germany (VOGEL) - 34.318
BRONZE - Spain (CALVO BARBERO) - 34.451

The Women's 500m Time Trial race saw Olga PANARINA take gold with Germany's Kristina VOGEL taking silver and Spain's Tania CALVO BARBERO taking bronze. Fresh from winning gold in the Team Sprint Great Britain's Jess Varnish took to the track again, this time finishing 6th.

World Cup standings after 2 round:

1.      Belarus (12 points)

2.      Germany (10 points)

3.      Spain (8 points)

===The UCI Track Cycling World Cup continues on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th November at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.  Action will be broadcast on BBC and follow updates on Twitter @Trackworldcup or visit www.trackworldcup.co.uk
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