Record breaker Thomas takes track gold

Wales’ Geraint Thomas has lead Great Britainto gold and a new world record on the opening day of the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne.

The Cardiff rider was part of the four-man, team pursuit that edged out Australia in a momentous final that saw Great Britain register the fastest ever time of 3 minutes 53.295 seconds as they claimed a first world title in the event since 2008.

The time beat their own previous world record which they set whilst winning gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"I didn't think we'd ride that time," said Thomas, who was also part of the Olympic-winning team in 2008.

"I am surprised that we broke the world record.

"It was only in the last few days that we thought we're going to get close to this'.

"It's a great day."

The win puts Great Britain right in contention ahead of this summer’s London Olympics as they look to defend their Beijing gold.