BERLIN (Reuters) – Reigning champions Australia and Britain got a impolite awakening on the UCI observe international championships as Denmark left them trailing within the males’s crew pursuit qualifying spherical to shatter the sector listing.
The blue-riband occasion has historically been a struggle between Britain and Australia at each international championships and Olympics, however neither can now problem for gold in Berlin.
Denmark’s powerhouse quartet of Lasse Norman Hansen, Julius Johansen, Frederik Madsen and Rasmus Pedersen scorched across the wood forums, finishing the four,000m distance in three:46.579.
Australia, who had held the sector listing with three:48.012, may just organize most effective 5th quickest with three:50.015.
Britain, with veteran Ed Clancy going for a 6th international identify within the self-discipline, have been 7th in three:50.341, fractionally slower than the time they rode to wreck the sector listing en path to gold on the Rio Olympics in 2016.
It subsidized up Clancy’s pre-event declare that the crew pursuit has advanced right into a extra speed-heavy self-discipline and whilst Britain may have new aerodynamic motorcycles and gear in Tokyo, they now know precisely how top the bar has been raised.
Australia have been lacking injured Kelland O’Brien who was once a part of their 2019 international record-breaking crew.
Denmark, New Zealand, France and Italy have been the quickest qualifiers and can move into the primary spherical in a while Wednesday as the one international locations chasing gold and silver.
Australia and Britain, who’ve received the final 4 males’s crew pursuit international titles, will probably be left scrapping for bronze.
Australia’s girls’s crew have been additionally 5th quickest in qualification, which means they too can not opt for gold.
Britain, lacking Laura Kenny, have been second-quickest in the back of the US whose highway time-trial international champion Chloe Dygert powered her crew across the Berlin velodrome.
The American time of four:11.2 and Britain’s four:11.eight have been the second one and 3rd quickest instances ever ridden.
The primary medal of the championships, a get dressed practice session for the Tokyo Olympics, takes position later with Britain’s four-times Olympic champion Kenny participating within the scratch race.
Her husband Jason will lead Britain within the males’s crew dash which can be made up our minds later.
Reporting by means of Martyn Herman; modifying by means of Ken Ferris and Ed Osmond