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Glasgow World Cup: Varnish takes sprint silver

Jess Varnish claimed women’s individual sprint silver as Great Britain began life without Victoria Pendleton at the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow.

Pendleton dominated the individual sprint before retiring earlier this summer, winning Olympic gold in Beijing and silver in London, as well as six world titles between 2005 and 2012.

Jess Varnish took silver behind Germany’s Kristina Vogel in the women’s individual sprint (© British Cycling/

The mantle has now been passed to Varnish, who partnered Pendleton in the team sprint at London 2012, and Becky James, who took bronze in Glasgow.

Varnish beat James 2-1 in the semi-final at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome to setup an encounter with Kristina Vogel, but the German Olympic team sprint champion emerged triumphant with a 2-0 victory in the final.

Varnish said: “It was good. It’s nice to be actually in a final. I just want to be able to step it up another level now. I’m not in the best shape, so I’ve not played all my cards. It’s really nice to gain experience at the moment and build on to the World Championships.”

Meanwhile, Laura Trott lies fourth overall at the halfway stage in the women’s omnium. The double Olympic champion, part of Great Britain’s victorious women’s team pursuit trio on Friday, was off the pace in the flying lap and points race but won the elimination race in stunning style to kick-start her challenge.

Finally, Jon Dibben finished fifth in the men’s omnium on his World Cup debut, claiming victory in the men’s individual pursuit en-route.

But a dramatic crash ended Jason Kenny’s challenge in the men’s keirin and the triple Olympic gold medallist has now withdrawn out of Sunday’s individual sprint.

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