Burke helps Britain win gold in World Cup team pursuit

Steven Burke, Andrew Tennant, Mark Christian and Owain Doull with their team pursuit gold medals
Steven Burke, Andrew Tennant, Mark Christian and Owain Doull with their team pursuit gold medals

Colne’s Steven Burke helped Great Britain win the men’s team pursuit at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London on Friday in emphatic fashion.

For Britain, it was a first world cup victory in over a year.

Ed Clancy, Burke, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant qualified in second, and were drawn against Denmark in the first round.

There followed a tight contest, with both teams losing a man in the final stages, before Great Britain edging home to earn a place in the gold final.

Mark Christian replaced Clancy for the final and New Zealand started well, taking the fight to Great Britain.

But the Kiwis were pegged back, with the British quartet bacvk in front after the first kilometre.

The lead wavered for the next kilometre before New Zealand lost a man and then another in the space of a few laps.

Christian followed suit was with a kilometre to go but Burke, Doull and Tennant saw Britain home in 4:01.151 for their first World Cup win since the first round of the 2013/14 World Cup in Manchester.

Burke said: “It was a first for us, three rides in a day and I have to say it was really hard.

“We had a bit of a practice doing it last week in training. We needed to try and get used to that sort of day and learn from it may bring.

“It was a tough day out and I’m just glad we came out with a win really.”

Meanwhile, Burke is likely to link up with Team Sky’s development squad next year.

This year Burke rode for Haribo-Beacon, but he could make the switch in 2015.