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Success for Lichfield riders at World Cup cycling event in Manchester

Two Lichfield cyclists have been making their mark at the Tissot UCI World Cup cycling event in Manchester.

Emily Nelson won gold with her British team-mates at the National Cycling Centre, while Sophie Capewell clocked a personal best in the women’s team sprint.

Emily Nelson and the victorious women's pursuit team. Pic: SWpix.com

Emily Nelson and the victorious women’s pursuit team. Pic: SWpix.com

Nelson, riding alongside Neah Evans, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker, crossed the line in a time of 4:16.803 – almost five seconds quicker than their European champion opponents Italy.

It ensured a clean sweep for the home nation in the team pursuit events, with the men having clinched the titlethe previous night.

And with just under three years before their Olympic title defence gets underway, Nelson admits the future looks bright, such is the talent of the British squad.

“I think we went into the final with a plan, to start a little steadier,” she said. “In qualification, we went out too fast and blew a little towards the end, but we held our schedule this time and we went faster. We’re really happy.

“This was the first time we’ve raced together as a four. There are so many of us that the team switches up a
lot. It’s really good that we have such strength in depth.

“That’s the fastest time Great Britain have done since the Rio Olympics and I think that’s really promising looking
ahead to the World Championships and beyond.”

Elsewhere, Capewell hailed a job well done as she rode alongside Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant in the women’s team sprint.

Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant. Pic: SWpix.com

Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant. Pic: SWpix.com

The British duo finished seventh in only their second World Cup appearance as a pair, with 19-year-old Capewell delighted to be learning from one of the best in the business.

“I’m really happy,” she said. “I got a new personal best both individually and as a team with Katy.

“I absolutely love competing at this level. The fact that we’re still progressing and we’re still learning is great.

“I am really looking forward to the future. I want to be up there with the rest of them and it’s really inspirational to race against the best in the world.

“Katy is amazing. She has really helped me out and helped me come on as a rider. We’re riding more efficiently and hopefully that will keep going for the rest of the year.”

Hot on the heels of the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup, tickets for the 2018 HSBC UK National Track Championships in Manchester are now on sale online ticketmaster.co.uk/britishcycling.

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