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Armitstead wins silver after fall

WORLD TRACK CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Venue: Pruszkow, Poland Dates: 25-29 March Coverage: Live on BBC Two and BBC Sport website 1900-2000 GMT, Live on Red Button and BBC Sport website 2000-2045, Highlights on BBC Two and BBC Sport website 2335-0015


Britain's Lizzie Armitstead crashes during the women's scratch race at the World Championships in Poland

Armitstead takes silver despite crash

Britain's Lizzie Armitstead survived a crash to win her second medal in as many days at the World Championships, with silver in the scratch race.

A disorientated Armitstead was half a wheel behind Cuba's Yumari Gonzalez Valdivieso in the final sprint.

But Great Britain were denied a men's team pursuit medal for the first time in 10 years, finishing fourth.

Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Peter Kennaugh and Jonny Bellis were beaten by New Zealand in the bronze-medal race.

Victoria Pendleton qualified fastest in the women's sprint and made it through to Saturday's semi-finals with ease.

Pendleton, who won 500m time-trial bronze on day one and women's team sprint silver on Thursday, scorched round the track in 10.971 seconds, just 0.14 sec off a world record, in qualifying.

I almost got her but with a silver medal I'm not complaining

Lizzie Armitstead

Then she gained revenge over Australian Kaarle McCulloch, her conqueror in the team event, in two races in the quarter final.

In her first World Championships Armitstead, part of the gold medal-winning pursuit team on Thursday, was going well in the scratch race when she was knocked from her bike with eight laps left.

"I had to get back on as quick as I could. I was a little disorientated as to what lap it was," admitted the 20-year-old from Otley.

"I'm a little bit disappointed. I hesitated at a point I wouldn't have done if I hadn't crashed.

"I almost got her but with a silver medal I'm not complaining. If I'd gone a metre earlier then maybe."

Armitstead's coach Dan Hunt said: "When she reviews that race she'll learn she could've come round the Cuban.

"But she has just turned 20, she's got a lot of racing left in her and her progression has been fantastic.

"To walk away from here with a silver medal is absolutely spot on."

Only Clancy remained from the men's pursuit quartet who won Olympic gold last August and the new-look lineup were hit by a bout of food poisoning earlier this week.

Maybe we expected to get a medal - we didn't think how hard it would actually be

Peter Kennaugh

They were over a second faster than New Zealand in qualifying, in third place, but the Kiwis took the lead early in the bronze-medal race to win by 1.590 sec.

"We're all disappointed. We were looking at third at worst," Clancy told BBC Sport.

"It wasn't the smoothest team pursuit but the average age of this team is 21. To get close to four minutes twice is all right."

Olympic individual pursuit bronze medallist Burke said: "This is the learning year for 2012 so we're trying new orders and new lineups. We did the best we could on the day.

But Kennaugh admitted: "Maybe we expected to get a medal. We didn't think how hard it would actually be."

Olympic silver medallists Denmark won the event for the first time ever, just holding on to beat Australia by 0.617 sec in the final.

606: DEBATE
BBC Sport's Simon Brotherton

Germany's Stefan Nimke regained his 1km time trial title with a time of 1 min 0.666 seconds, beating by 0.045 sec Sir Chris Hoy's world best at sea level, which he set in winning the Athens Olympics.

Middlesborough teenager David Daniell recorded the fastest opening 500m in the event to finish seventh in the event, which is considered of lower priority since it was dropped from the Olympics.

And Daniell told BBC Sport he hoped his showing would help him move into the more prestigious events in the run up to London 2012.

"It's hard just to get into the team for the keirin but I'm 19, coming through the ranks and in a few years I'll look to follow Chris and get into the sprint and keirin."

The GB men's team pursuit

GB men downcast after finishing fourth



see also
GB women win world pursuit gold
26 Mar 09 |  Cycling
World track cycling photos - day two
26 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Two silvers for GB on opening day
25 Mar 09 |  Cycling
World track cycling photos - day one
25 Mar 09 |  Cycling
World track cycling guide
24 Mar 09 |  Cycling
Chris Hoy's track bike guide
02 Oct 08 |  Get Involved
Cycling on the BBC
04 Nov 08 |  Cycling


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