27 Mar 2009

Women win silver in World Cycling Championship

9:36 am on 27 March 2009

The New Zealand women's team pursuit have won the silver medal on the second day of the World Track Cycling Championships in Poland.

The trio of Alison Shanks, Jaime Nielsen and Lauren Ellis were edged out by Great Britain in a close final, with the New Zealanders clocking a personal best of 3 minutes 23 seconds over 3000 metres, a seond slower than the British team, the defending world champions.

It was Alison Shanks second medal at the championships, following her gold in the individual pursuit yesterday.

Earlier New Zealand clocked a solid 3:26 to be the second fastest qualifier.

It was the first time New Zealand had entered a team in the women's team pursuit.

In other results world Omnium champion Hayden Godfrey had a creditable ride to finish eighth in the men's 15km scratch race. The Christchurch rider ended up being isolated with Britain's Tour de France star Mark Cavendish behind a seven-strong break. With the break mindful of Cavendish's prowess, they kept the pace high and did not allow the pair to bridge up to the pack.

Godfrey will contest the five-race Omnium on Monday.

Earlier World Cup winner Jesse Sergent had a disappointing ride to be fifth fastest and miss out on a medal chance in the men's individual pursuit.

Fellow Manawatu rider Simon Van Velthooven did not qualify in the men's kierin.