World Track Cycling Championship - Day One

Earlier today, Hong Kong's Velodrome opened its doors to riders from around the world on the first day of the UCI World Track Cycling Championship.

Today's events provided viewers with plenty of action including 3 finals, a number of false starts as well as a painful looking crash involving Canada's pursuit team (which is definitely worth a watch!). It also seems that there were several technical faults with the starting gates, which appeared not to release the riders at the start of some races.

Despite these problems, young GB medal hopeful Elinor Barker was part of a nail-biting sprint finish in women's scratch race. She paced the event fantastically staying in the main peloton until she joined a small group breakaway in the second half of the race. With three laps to go, she powered into pole position, where she stay til the last 20 metres when she pipped at the post by Italian, Rachele Barbieri. She collected her first medal in a senior track competition.

However, there was disappointment for the Men's Sprint team, who lost out to the Netherlands by an agonising two-hundredths of a second in round one of the competition.

Despite their disappointment Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman were all making their senior track debut, so there is still a lot of hope for them in the coming months.

Meanwhile, GB's medal hopes are still up and running in both the men's and women's team pursuit where they groups are in contention for the bronze medal. The women's team recorded a personal best of 4 minutes 21.548 seconds, so they look in good shape for the next round.

Tomorrow looks to be an equally exciting day with finals in the team pursuits, men's keirin, and men's scratch race. More details to follow tomorrow!

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