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Great Britain going for Gold in women's team pursuit

Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker won Madison gold last night. Credit: PA

Great Britain will ride for gold in the women's team pursuit at the Track World Cup later on Sunday after delivering another dominant ride in the first round in Manchester.

Olympic champions Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker were able to enjoy a lie-in after winning Madison gold on Saturday night and allow Manon Lloyd and Emily Kay to hook up with Neah Evans and Emily Nelson for a comfortable victory over Belgium.

The British quartet covered the four-kilometres distance in a time of four minutes 23.780 seconds, almost catching Belgium on the final lap.

That was almost two seconds faster than the time set by Italy, who will be their opponents for gold later in the day, when Archibald and Barker may return.

The all-British Team Breeze squad of Jessica Roberts, Jenny Holl, Ellie Dickinson and Rebecca Raybould were beaten by Russia in their heat, recording a time of four minutes 31.229 seconds.

Katy Marchant was back in action on Sunday morning in the individual sprint, reaching the last 16 before being edged out by world champion Kristina Vogel of Germany.

Brian Cookson loses UCI presidency election

Brian Cookson has been the UCI president for four years. Credit: PA

Brian Cookson has lost the election for the UCI presidency to David Lappartient by 37 votes to eight.

Cookson has been the UCI chief for four years having been elected to the post in September 2013 at the UCI Road World Championships.

Having previously been likely to be re-elected unopposed, Cookson has now been replaced by the former leader of the Professional Cycling Council, Lappartient.

The 44-year-old is known as a shrewd operator both in cycling and away from the sport having proved popular in French politics.


Froome heading to Road World Championships

Froome recently won the Vuelta and the Tour de France. Credit: PA

La Vuelta winner Chris Froome will compete in the time trial at the UCI Road World Championships in Norway next week, British Cycling has announced.

Froome, fresh from completing a rare Tour de France-Vuelta double in Madrid at the weekend, will not take part in the road race in Bergen. But he will take one of Britain's two places in the time trial, with reigning British champion Steve Cummings getting the other.

The men's time trial in Bergen on Wednesday, September 20 will be contested over a 31-kilometre course which features one significant climb up Mount Floyen at the finish. Froome's main rivals are expected to be Giro d'Italia winner Tom Dumoulin of Holland and the reigning world time trial champion Tony Martin of Germany.

There is no space for Mark Cavendish in Britain's nine-man squad for the men's road race as the Manxman continues his recovery from the shoulder injury which ended his Tour de France in July, while Geraint Thomas is also absent after a testing season which saw him crash out of both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Instead, the team will features two Olympic gold medallists on the track - Owain Doull and Pete Kennaugh - along with Adam Blythe, Mark Christian, Jon Dibben, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift and Scott Thwaites.

Former world champion Lizzie Deignan is fit to lead the women's team following an appendectomy, and will be supported by Hannah and Alice Barnes, Elinor Barker, Dani King, Mel Lowther and Hayley Simmonds.

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