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Team GB’s women’s team pursuit squad practice on the boards – SWPIX.COM

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05:20 am


Good morning and welcome to our live rolling blog from the first day of the Olympics track cycling competition at the Izu Velodrome. Built in 2011, the Izu Velodrome in Shizuoka is around 150 kilometers away from Tokyo and is the first 250-meter indoor cycle track in Japan. Much like the way in Manchester, the Izu Velodrome also houses the host nation’s national training center for cycling. With a capacity of 3,600 and a track constructed of cedarwood, the Izu Velodrome will provide the setting in which dreams will be made – and shattered – over the next five days of competition.

Today’s action gets underway at 7.30 am (BST), with the women’s team sprint qualifying before qualifying for the women’s team pursuit starting at 7.54 am. Shortly after the women’s team sprint first-round heats have been completed, it will be the turn of the men’s team pursuit competition to start at 9.02 am, which will blend seamlessly into the women’s team sprint competition which resumes with the finals at 10 am, the gold medal race scheduled for 10.09 am.

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For those expressly interested in the fortunes of riders from Great Britain, today will see the women’s and men’s team pursuit squads in action. So Katie Archibald, Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker, and Josie Knight will get things rolling first, before Ed Clancy, Ethan Hayter, Ethan Vernon, and Ollie Wood follow, both squads – with some different personnel – won their respective titles in Rio.

You can see in the above table how the next round of the competition’s match-up races is determined; the women’s team pursuit will be decided tomorrow while the men’s first-round heats that precede the finals also take place on Tuesday finals are the next day on Wednesday. Before the team pursuit competition, though, the women’s team sprint will start, with no representatives from Great Britain and contested between riders from China, Germany, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russian Olympic Committee, and Ukraine.


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