Illness hits Burke bid to add to medal collection in Colombia

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Colne cyclone Steven Burke was unable to help prevent Olympic champions Great Britain missing out on a medal in the men’s team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in Cali at the weekend.

Burke travelled with the squad to Colombia, despite being ill, but didn’t recover in time to help his teammates, and his absence was keenly felt as Ed Clancy, Sam Harrison - a late replacement for Burke, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben placed eighth in the event.

The 25-year-old has helped Britain win the 2012 team pursuit at the World Track Championships and Olympics, and 2013 European Track Championships, but this time around Britain, silver medallists in 2013, fell short.

They were the 12th of 13 teams to start, and highly-fancied to win a medal of some sort, but failed to add to their collection.

Clancy pointed to a lack of competition for places, with Andy Tennant, the 2012 world champion, was not selected following illness, joining Burke.

Clancy said: “We’ve had some problems.

“We knew a week ago our back was against the wall. [But] despite the fact we didn’t have a couple of our more established riders, we were still hoping to get a ride in the final.

“That’s sport. Some days you go better than you think, other days you don’t go quite so well.

“We have tried a different approach. Perhaps it just hasn’t paid off.”