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Glory for British men
Great Britain's men won team pursuit gold in the first final of the Manchester Track World Cup with a comprehensive defeat of old adversaries Australia.
The British quartet of Ed Clancy, Steven Burke - both London 2012 champions in the event - Andy Tennant and Owain Doull were the only squad to qualify in beneath four minutes in the four-man, four-kilometre event and lived up to their billing as favourites by going quicker in the final.
The British squad won in three minutes 58.552 seconds, with Australia's Luke Davison, Alex Edmondson, Mitchell Mulhern and Miles Scotson second in 3mins 59.064secs.
Australia set off quickest, but the British quartet overhauled their rivals at the halfway mark and increased their advantage in the remaining 2km.
Australia shed a rider for the final kilometre, leaving them with the minimum three for the finish, and Britain's four men pushed forward, propelled by the familiar partisan din of the Manchester crowd, to take victory.
Following excursions to London and Glasgow, the British round of the Track World Cup event was returning to Manchester for the first time since February 2011, when Bradley Wiggins was in the victorious team pursuit squad.
Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have expressed an interest in riding the event at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016, but there is plenty of strength in depth in the line-up, as proved by Doull's emergence, and they will have their work cut out if they do pursue a place in the squad.
Denmark (4:01.893) were third ahead of Holland (4:03.916).
Victoria Williamson and Becky James were second in the women's team sprint behind world and Olympic champions Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte of Germany.
Williamson and James, bronze medallists in Minsk in February as the Germans won the world title, finished in 33.635, with their rivals taking gold in 32.788.
Chinese trade team Max Success Pro Cycling took bronze ahead of Russia.
This time last year Clancy was experimenting with the men's team sprint event, but reverted to his favoured endurance event for February's World Championships and is already targeting a third Olympic gold in the team pursuit in two-and-a-half years' time.
Clancy, who led the squad to European gold in Holland last month, said: "This is the real start of Rio. Last winter everyone was picking themselves up after the Olympic hangover.
"We did all right. We didn't set the world on fire. We did a great ride in qualifying, we just didn't quite back it up in the final, but it was our third weekend on the bounce after Apeldoorn and the Revolution.
"We were on our limit there, apart from Burkey, who made it look pretty easy.
"We'll have a good go at the worlds."
Burke hopes Britain can use the performance as a marker at the start of the season and ahead of next February's World Championships in Cali, Colombia.
Burke said: "It's the first round of the World Cup, a good time .58 (3:58).
"We can have a look at that and hopefully get better in the next round (of the World Cup), out in Mexico and build up for the worlds. It's all good so far."
There are others in contention who could put pressure on the quartet.
Sam Harrison was reserve and Jon Dibben was riding in the men's omnium.
Burke added: "With six guys going for four spots coming into the worlds, at the moment I couldn't name who will be in the team. It's fantastic to see."