GB (and the Commonwealth) dominate women’s team pursuit

GB qualified for the women’s pursuit final at the World Cup with the fastest ride by 3 seconds. What was really remarkable was that they switched out European pursuit champ Kate Archibald for rookie Amy Roberts and still posted a 4:20.166, just 0.1 off the qualifying time. GB has such depth in the TP now, it seems they could probably put out two line-ups that would be competitive at world level.

GB will face Canada in the final, with Australia taking on New Zealand for bronze. So it’s the Commonwealth on top which just makes it even more of a pity that the team pursuit didn’t feature at the Commonwealth Games. Had the Games featured a 3-women 3k pursuit it would have been arguably the highest quality event of any sport at the Games. The top 4 teams in the World would have been there, and given today’s showing by GB featuring three Welsh riders, arguably it would have been the top five teams. Add in a Scotland team including Archibald, Turvey and perhaps Joiner, and the competition would have been one to savour. One to ponder in time for Gold Coast perhaps?

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