OLYMPIC hero Steven Burke extended his medal haul by winning silver in the team pursuit at the Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk.
The ‘Colne Cyclone’ teamed up with Ed Clancy, Andy Tennant and Sam Harrison as Great Britain bid to retain their title, sealed after beating Australia in their own back yard last year with a record-breaking ride.
But it didn’t go to plan for the London 2012 gold medal-winning Brits as their rivals finished more than four seconds ahead to reclaim the world championship crown and distance themselves from memories of Melbourne.
Australia led throughout the 16-lap final, even though Glenn O’Shea dropped out entering the final kilometre, leaving Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alex Morgan to hold off Britain in the finale and win in three minutes 56.751 seconds.
However, despite a below par time of four minutes 00.967 seconds, it was another medal for Britain as they set out on the road to Rio 2016.
Clancy said: “It does hurt to lose to the Aussies, but it’s an Olympic programme. It’s bike racing, you can’t win all the time.
“It’s disappointing, but if you don’t look at it so black and white there’s a lot of positives.”
Burke was scheduled to race in the individual pursuit yesterday after replacing Tennant, hoping to replicate the success of the Aussies, Germany, the United States and France who all took gold on the opening day.