6 golds, 11 medals for GB on track

It says something when a 6-gold, 11-total medal haul represents the weakest performance in the velodrome since 2004. Make no mistake, this was one of GB’s most impressive showings, winning a medal in every event we were entered.

Every member of the team who rode (thoughts to Ciarra Horne and Ryan Owens) won a medal and Calumm Skinner in the kierin was the only time a Brit entered a race and didn’t stand on the podium.

With less time trial based events on the schedule that in previous games, results were less controllable and yet Team GB controlled them nonetheless.

Once the men’s Team Sprint sped around in the qualifying round the writing was on the wall for the rest of the world. If one member of the team is on fire, so will the rest is the lesson we’ve learnt over and over.

Jason Kenny and Laura Trott were the two biggest stars taking their individual golden totals to six and four respectively. The most pleasing results were surely those of Becky James who came back from injury and the cancer scare to win to silvers. Given the form she was in it was almost surprising she didn’t take gold.

In a couple of years when GB is struggling to medal at World Champs, we need to remember that the fabled “GB Olympic boost” is very real, and there’s no reason to think it won’t magically reappear in Tokyo.

 

 

 

Latest GB all-time Kilo ranks

Chris Hoy 58.880
Kian Emadi 58.933
Callum Skinner 60.125
Ed Clancy 60.908
Jason Quealey 61.230
Jody Cundy 61.466
Craig MacLean 61.530
Matt Crampton 61.669
David Daniell 61.698
Joe Trueman 61.742
Jason Kenny 62.042
Jaimie Staff 62.074
Steve Burke 62.180
Lewis Oliva 62.749
Matthew Rotherham 62.810
Mark Cavendish 62.868
Jon Allen Butterworth 62.986
Jonathan Dibben 63.082
Bruce Croall 63.212
Christian Lyte 63.355

Latest GB Pursuit ranks

Chris Boardman 4:11.114 World Champs Manchester 29-Aug-96
Boardman 4:13.353 World Champs Manchester 28-Aug-96
Geraint Thomas 4:15.015 World Cup Manchester 30-Oct-09
Bradley Wiggins 4:15.031 Olympics Beijing 15-Aug-08
Wiggins 4:15.165 Olympics Athens 20-Aug-08
Wiggins 4:15.976 World Champs Palma de Mallorce 29-Mar-07
Wiggins 4:16.304 Olympics Athens 21-Aug-08
Thomas 4:16.477 World Cup Manchester 18-Feb-11
Mark Cavendish 4:16.878 Olympics (Omnium) Rio 14-Aug-16

Omnium tight after three events

Based on past results, especially the World champs, Hansen of Denmark will likely be the man to beat in the Kilo tomorrow. He won in London with a 1:02.4. Cav was down in 12th at 1:04 in London ┬ábut is clearly quicker now. One key will be to get ahead of Viviani who shapes up as his major threat. He went 1:02.6 at the worlds, just behind Gaviria and ahead of O’Shea. Beating out that little group will be key. Boudat was down the pack in London and could ride himself out of contention. Kluge will also need improvement from his 1:04 to keep pace.

The Frenchman and German are also weaker in the flying lap and if they don’t improve significantly could be gone as contenders after 5 events. Viviani is the fastest on paper in the flying lap, but Cavendish might well surpass him in Rio. If he does he will hope that one or two other riders (O’Shea and Tim Veldt are the best bets) can put themselves in between him and the Italian.

If all shapes up according to the form book expect Viviani to hold a slender edge over Cavendish going into the points race with a pack of Hansen, Gaviria, Kluge and possibly Boudat in hot pursuit. That could make for a cracking finale.

 

 

 

Cav in third after day 1

A brilliant 4:16 in the IP and a solid ride in the Elimination left Mark Cavendish in their after day 1 of the omnium. Thomas Boudat of France leads on 106 points, Elia Viviani is on 104 with Cav on 96. Roger Kluge and Fernando Gavaria are on 90, with favorite Lasse Hansen on 86 after last place in the elimination. Another favorite Glen O’Shea of Australia is back on 76. All to play for tomorrow.