COLNE’S Steven Burke (pictured, second right) helped the Great Britain team pursuit squad to gold in the final of the Track World Cup in Manchester on Sunday.
The 22-year-old joined Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas and Ed Clancy to win the four-man, four-kilometre event in three minutes 55.438 seconds, ahead of New Zealand in second in 4mins 00.314secs.
In the week the Olympic Velodrome was officially opened, Britain - the world record holders - laid down a marker ahead of London 2012.
While disappointed not to beat their world best of 3:53.314, GB clocked 3:57.471 in advancing to the final as fastest qualifiers, and put in a supreme display to take victory by almost five seconds.
Their winning time was the fifth-quickest ever recorded, and Burke, who won bronze medal in the individual pursuit at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, said: “I was a little bit disappointed, but as a nation we’re still the team to beat. We might not be the world champions, but we showed we’ve still got it.
“Having Bradley Wiggins and Geraint Thomas back is brilliant for morale. When they come back they strengthen the team so much.”
Next up for Britain is the World Championships in Apeldoorn, Holland in a month’s time, with the team looking to exact revenge for defeat to Australia in last year’s Worlds in Denmark.