'In medal hunt!' Team GB cyclists storm through despite 'losing the wheels' in qualifiers


    Great Britain took second place on the women’s team pursuit in track cycling as gold is still within reach. On the last lap, the team began “losing the wheels” as Katie Archibald opened a gap on her teammates. They finished on 4:09.022 becoming the second-fastest behind Germany which is on 4:07.307.

    Former track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy told BBC News: “I think we were focusing on America and GB, we’re obviously a threat but that was an absolutely incredibly time.

    “But you’ve got to remember that’s with just a single team on the track.

    “You’ve got to remember the world record was previously set in the final with two teams on the track, you get an aerodynamic benefit from two teams circulating at the same time.

    “It makes that performance even more impressive.

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    “We saw the Germans were very, very consistent; they stayed together very well.

    “The Americans and the GB team did look a little bit ragged towards the end there but it’s going to be incredibly exciting.”

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