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Last Updated: Friday, 23 February 2007, 22:47 GMT
GB trio victorious in Manchester
Chris Hoy
Hoy could attempt the kilometre world record in May
Britain's Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton all won on the opening night of the Manchester leg of the World Cup series.

Wiggins beat Russia's Alexander Serov to win in his first individual pursuit since taking Olympic gold in Athens.

Chris Hoy dug deep to come from behind and beat French rider Francois Pervis and claim the kilometre time trial.

And Victoria Pendleton saw off Guo Shuang of China to claim victory in the women's sprint.

The 27-year-old Pendleton came through a semi-final against 18-year-old Briton Anna Blyth, who narrowly lost the bronze-medal race to Australia's Anna Meares.

Wiggins produced a stunning performance, covering the 4,000m in four minutes 17.864 seconds - just two seconds outside his Olympic record and suggesting he will be hard to beat in Beijing.

He said: "To do that in a first competitive race - I'm really pleased because you can go as hard as you like in training but you never know until you get on the track."

In this event you can only be down by a small fraction so you can always get back

Chris Hoy
Fellow Olympic champion Hoy surged past Pervis in the final 250m of the time trial.

"I was sort of aware I was down as I didn't hear as much noise from the crowd as I had at the start," Hoy said.

"But in this event you can only be down by a small fraction so you can always get back."

In only his second kilometre of the season, the Scot posted his fastest competitive time on a British track, and he also rode faster than when he won the second of three world championship gold medals in 2004.

Hoy is likely to start as favourite to win a fourth when he defends his world kilometre title in Majorca at the end of next month although he expects to have to again beat Pervis, whom he compared to fellow Frenchman Arnaud Tournant.

"I wasn't expecting him to go that fast," Hoy said. "That ride was of the quality Tournant was doing."

Hoy says he is 99% certain he will make an attempt on Tournant's world kilometre record in Bolivia in May with an official announcement expected around 18 March.



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