UCI Track World Cup: Manchester day three – five observations

Team GB's endurance squad in rude health; work to be done by the sprinters but time on their side

Great Britain in good shape building towards Worlds

A familiar sight as Great Britain’s golden girls celebrate more team pursuit success on the podium (pic: Alex Whitehead/

So, what have we learned overall?

From Sir Dave Brailsford at the top, through all the coaches and down to the riders, each of them insists these World Cups are merely stepping stones – key performance indicators.

So what did performances in Manchester indicate?

Well, the overall World Cup lead certainly bodes well ahead of Cali next year, as the two team pursuit squads continue to lead the way.

Endurance racing as a whole is certainly in good shape, with all of Great Britain’s gold medals coming from those various disciplines.

In the sprints there appears to be more work to do, although Becky James, Vicky Williamson and Jess Varnish continue to post encouraging results from a women’s point of view – albeit while the Germans continue to sweep the medals.

There is still plenty of time until the Worlds though – three and a half months no less – and Great Britain will be pleased with their overall performance in Manchester.

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