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Gold for Hoy as Pendleton takes silver in Melbourne

Sir Chris Hoy
Olympic champion Hoy is aiming to rack up qualification points for London 2012

Chris Hoy won the men's keirin to clinch another gold at the track World Cup event in Melbourne

But Victoria Pendleton had to settle for silver in the women's sprint, behind Australia's Anna Meares.

Meares won the Commonwealth Games sprint in October, after Pendleton opted to miss the event.

On day two of competition - where vital qualification points for the 2012 Olympics can be gained - Ed Clancy took bronze for Britain in the men's omnium.

Scotland's four-time Olympic champion Hoy - who was beaten in the opening knockout round of the men's sprint at last month's European Championships - left nothing to chance by winning his heat and second round races to progress to the final unbeaten.

The 34-year-old then claimed victory ahead of Teun Mulder of Holland and France's Mickael Bourgain in the final.

Olympic qualification points vital - Hoy

"It's been a really positive first World Cup for me and a really enjoyable experience as well," Hoy told the British Cycling website .

"The results have reflected my training performance over the last few weeks, but it's not until you actually get to race day when you're able to show if you can produce the goods in competition."

In the women's sprint, the British duo of Pendleton and Varnish were paired together in the best-of-three quarter-finals as Pendleton saw off the challenge of her team-mate 2-1 after losing the opening race.

She then progressed through the semi-final when Olympic bronze medallist Guo Shuang of China crashed, setting up a final meeting with Olympic silver-medallist Meares.

Commonwealth champion Meares won the first two races, meaning there was no need for a decider as Pendleton had to settle for the runner-up spot.

Britain's Olympic champion has been racing with a back problem sustained in training.

But she said: "I am pleased with my form, you can't be fast all the time and you have to make choices about racing.

"Anna is probably the most experienced rider on the scene. She's still here at the top of her game."

World champion Clancy was second entering the second day of the six-event omnium competition and finished third in the individual pursuit, the fourth event.

A 12th-placed finish in the scratch race was followed by first place in the time trial, which promoted him into third overall as New Zealand's Shane Archbold triumphed.

pigeons in the park

Saturday's final day of competition will see Britain line up in the men's team pursuit - with Clancy, Steven Burke, Luke Rowe, Jason Queally and Andy Tennant up for selection for the four-man team.

Hoy will not ride in the men's sprint but Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton will take part, while the women's keirin will feature Pendleton and Varnish.

Great Britain traditionally use the three World Cup events outside the UK each year to blood younger riders, but this year have sent a strong squad to each event.


Riders for Melbourne

Male: Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Jason Queally, Luke Rowe, Andy Tennant.

Female: Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish.

Riders for Cali

Male: Ed Clancy, Matt Crampton, Sir Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny.

Female: Katie Colclough, Wendy Houvenaghel, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton, Jess Varnish.

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GB sprinters win Melbourne medals
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Olympic qualification vital - Hoy
26 Nov 10 |  Cycling
Kenny scoops Britain's third gold
07 Nov 10 |  Cycling
Hoy suffers shock Poland defeat
06 Nov 10 |  Cycling
Brits win Euro team pursuit golds
05 Nov 10 |  Cycling

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