Britain dominates Manchester track World Cup

By BikeRadar & AFP | Sunday, November 2, 2008 12.44am

Riders from Great Britain's successful Beijing Olympic team were out in front again as the hosts won all six golds up for grabs in Manchester, England Saturday on the second day of the opening leg of the World Cup.

Ed Clancy and Geraint Thomas, half of Britain's gold medal-winning and record-breaking team pursuit quartet in Beijing, joined up with Rob Hayles and Steven Burke to enjoy a triumph on their home track.

Bradley Wiggins, a member of the team that stood atop the podium in China, opted out in preference for Sunday's Madison while Paul Manning has retired.

Jason Kenny, sprint silver medallist behind Chris Hoy in Beijing, won gold here in the Scot's absence despite a clash in the final with Australian opponent Shane Perkins which saw the British rider crash on the home straight in the second of three races after taking the first.

World and Olympic sprint champion Victoria Pendleton collected her second gold of the weekend with a win in the 500 metres time-trial.

Teenager Lizzie Armistead also completed a double, taking the scratch race to go with her points race win on Friday. Chris Newton won the men's points race while Anna Blyth and Jess Varnish took the women's team sprint title.

Friday's results

Great Britain's track cyclists won five World Cup events on Friday night in their first action since dominating the Beijing Olymipcs.

Performance director Dave Brailsford said it was time to concentrate less on Britain's exploits in China, where they won seven of 10 events in the velodrome, and to look towards the London Olympics in 2012.

And his team were in confident mood as a mixture of familiar faces and new names took top step on the podium as the Manchester leg of the World Cup series kicked off.

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Victoria Pendleton, Ed Clancy and Wendy Houvenaghel - all medallists in Beijing - won their events. But two riders who did not make the Olympics team - Lizzie Armitstead, 19, and David Daniell, 18 - were also victorious.

Brailsford was relishing the chance to leave behind open-top bus parades, book signings and meetings with royalty and get back to the day job.

"If you count World Cups and World Championships, we're 24 races away from London," he said. "After this one, it's 23 to go, so we need to get our act together. As far as I'm concerned, Beijing's behind us and good riddance. I haven't enjoyed it, personally anyway, since we've been home. And for me, it's not about floats and the Queen and things like that. It's about racing."

© BikeRadar & AFP 2008

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