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Ed Clancy makes strong start to World Cup meeting

FORMER Holme Valley Wheelers rider Ed Clancy had to settle for silver as he took over the mantle of Sir Chris Hoy in Glasgow.

FORMER Holme Valley Wheelers rider Ed Clancy had to settle for silver as he took over the mantle of Sir Chris Hoy in Glasgow.

The Great Britain men’s sprint team enjoyed a strong showing in the opening session of the Track World Cup in Glasgow, as two-time Olympic gold medallist Clancy began his experiment with the team sprint – riding alongside London 2012 winners Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny – in fine fashion.

The trio, with Clancy taking the place of Hoy, qualified second fastest in 44.134 seconds.

However, Germany were in the same heat as the hosts and qualified fastest in 43.790secs to set-up a final meeting with the hosts.

The final followed the pattern of the qualifying round with Great Britain coming home second.

However, Jess Varnish and Becky James won the hosts’ first gold medal of the opening international competition at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in the women’s team sprint, before the women’s team pursuit squad also triumphed.

Olympic and world champions Laura Trott and Dani King were joined by Elinor Barker, the world junior road time-trial champion, and won in three minutes 21.043 seconds.

 

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