Britain ends World Cup with commanding performance
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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Britain ends World Cup with commanding performance

by Agence France-Presse at 4:14 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Track, Race Reports and Results
Sir Chris Hoy won his third gold at the Track World Cup here on Sunday as Great Britain ended the meeting with yet more medals.

Four-time Olympic champion Hoy, who at this event was making his international return from injury, added team sprint gold to the keirin and sprint crowns he'd already won and in the process replicated his Beijing haul.

In all Britain won 10 golds from 17 events, as well as four silvers and a bronze medal on their home track.

Sunday saw Britain's women's pursuit team set a new world record time of three minutes 21.875 seconds, the trio of Lizzie Armitstead, Joanna Rowsell and Wendy Houvenaghel taking 0.54sec off the previous record.

In the men's pursuit, the British team clocked the second-fastest time in history, 1.081sec down on the time Great Britain set in Beijing.

Hoy, who injured his hip in his last World Cup meeting in Copenhagen in February and so had to miss March's World Championships in Poland, was delighted with his performance.

"I don't think I could've expected anything more," said the Scot. "Even this morning when I woke up with sore legs, I don't think I could've expected to go as quick as we went today (Sunday).

"That last lap was a 13.02 (seconds) and I believe that's the fastest time ever for a third lap of a team sprint. Quicker than Beijing, quicker than anyone's ever done."

Reflecting on his injury, Hoy added: "It gave me time to get over the whole post-Beijing period and made me realise just how much I missed being on the bike.

"I've come back and I've enjoyed it as much as I was doing before Beijing."

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