News: Double Gold for GB at European Championships


Great Britain won gold medals in both the men’s and women’s Team Pursuit on the opening day of the European Track Championships in the Netherlands.

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There were also medals for the Women’s Team Sprint and Dani King. Day 1 of the championships saw Great Britain qualify fastest in both the Men’s and Women’s Team Pursuit but there were very different stories for each of the events.


Four of the five riders who rode for GB get their jerseys and Gold medals. L-R: Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant. Sam Harrison who rode the first round was at the hotel resting up for his next event. Photo:

Whilst the Women are still finding their legs over the new distance of 4,000 metres and breaking the world record seemingly with every ride, the men had a major fight on their hands with the Russians.

In the finals, the Women quartet was changed with Joanna Rowsell coming out and Dani King going in to join Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald whilst for the men, Sam Harrison came out to rest up for the Omnium and Owain Doull came in to join Ed Clancy, Andrew Tennant and Steven Burke, the same trio that were part of the Olympic squad for London 2012.


The five Brits who won Gold and set two World records during the day, L-R: Joanna Rowsell, Dani King, Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald. Photo:

The women’s race for the Gold medal saw Laura Trott, Dani King, Elinor Barker and Katie Archibald set another new world-record time of 4.26.453 as they soundly defeated Poland in a one-sided final. It was a different story for the Men. The Brits had a real dog fight with the Russians and after 4,000 metres, only two tenths separated them with the GB foursome finishing in a time of 4.2.258.

There were more medals in the Women’s Team Sprint where Becky James and Jess Varnish won the bronze after having qualified third fastest earlier in the day. They beat the duo from the home nation, Netherlands by half a second.


Becky James lines up in the gate with Jess Varnish before racing to a Bronze medal in the Women’s Team Sprint. Photo:

Dani King then added to the medal haul with a Silver in the Women’s Points race. The race had been a real battle with three riders, including King, on 9 points at the halfway mark. Sprints came and went and try as King did, she was unable to get her front wheel past the one of the Dutch woman Kirstin Wild, a prolific winner on the road. In the end, only one point separated them.

In the men’s Team Sprint, the British trio of Jason Kenny, Philip Hindes and Kian Emadi were fourth after being beaten by Russia in the race for the bronze-medal. In the final race of the evening, the Men’s Points, Jon Dibben who had such a strong Tour of Britain, failed to finish. No reason given as yet for that. The event was won by Tour of Britain stage winner Elia Vivani of Italy.


Silver fort Dani King in the Women’s Points race. Photo:


Jon Dibben who rode the Men’s Points. Photo:


GB Men’s Team Pursuit came away without a medal after finishing fourth in the Men’s Team Sprint. Photo:


The three World Champions for GB catch Poland in the Women’s Team Pursuit. Photo:


Jess Varnish (right) and Becky James on the Podium. Photo:


Mens Team Sprint
1. Germany (Rene Enders, Robert Fostermann, Levy Maximillian) 43.636
2. France (Gregory Bauge, Michael D’Almeida, Francois Pervis) 43.902
3. Russia (Denis Dmitriev, Andrey Kubeev, Pavel Yakushevskiy) 44.537
4. Great Britain (Philip Hindes, Kian Emadi, Jason Kenny) 44.670

Women’s Team Sprint
1. Russia (Elana Brejniva, Olga Streltsova) 33.563
2. Germany (Mirian Welte, Kristina Vogels) 33.771
3. Great Britain (Becky James, Jess Varnish) 33.771

Men’s Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain 4.02.258
(Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull & Sam Harrison (rd1)

2. Russia Ershov, Ivan & Evgeny Kovalev, Serov) 4.02.460

3. Holland (Veldt, Beukeboom, Eefting, Huizenga) 4.04.998
4. Spain 4.05.605

Women’s Team Pursuit
1. Great Britain 4.26.556
(Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Katie Archibald, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell (rd1)

2. Poland 4.35.957
3. Russia 4.34.491
4. Belgium 4.43.337

Womens Points
1. Kirstin Wild (Holland) 15
2. Dani King (Gbr) 14
3. Leire Olaberria (Spain) 13
4. Julie Leth (Denmark) 11
15. Katie Archibald (Gbr)

Men’s Points
1. Elia Vivani, Italy 76
2. Thomas Boudat, France 64
3. Eloy Teruel, Spain 51

Jon Dibben DNF



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