Kenny makes triumphant international return with world team sprint silver
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Kenny makes triumphant international return with world team sprint silver

28 February 2018 / 21:14
One comeback race, one World Championship medal. Jason Kenny is not wasting time getting back into the swing of international track cycling.

The 29-year-old had not raced internationally since winning his fourth, fifth and sixth Olympic gold medals at Rio 2016 but put all that to one side in impressive style in Apeldoorn.

Teaming up with Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens, Kenny found himself in a familiar position on the podium with a team sprint silver medal draped around his neck, Britain's first of the competition to bring the opening night to an end in fine style.

A superb first lap wasn't quite enough for the British trio to usurp the flying Dutchmen on their home boards but, with one medal already in the collection ahead of a busy week, there is plenty of promise in the pursuit of rainbow bands.
Owens told British Cycling: "I'm really happy with that, I've had an up and down season, some highs and lows through the World Cups,

"So to come to the big one of the year and get it right, I'm pretty proud as a team we could pull it all together.

"We've had a few training camps and had a good atmosphere between everyone, there's a lot of competition for spots but that's not hindered anything, we've all been working together.

"We used five riders today and everyone played their part so we're really happy with that.
That's certainly evident in the men's team pursuit where another medal is guaranteed, the team of Ed Clancy, Charlie Tanfield, Kian Emadi and Ethan Hayter booking their place in the gold-medal race after a stunning squad performance against Germany.

Now just one race stands between them and the top of the podium - not bad for the likes of Tanfield who hadn't even dreamed of being on these boards 12 months ago.

But after making some tough decisions, the 21-year-old is here and riding with - and beating - the world's best, with a metallic reward set to come his way.

Already a team pursuit and omnium world champion, Katie Archibald's bid to add scratch race rainbow bands to her collection fell narrowly short, settling for sixth place in a tight and intriguing race.
Gutsy as ever, a place in the top three proved just a step too far as Kristina Wild held off the challenge in a race where tactics were strewn from left to right and back again.

There was further encouragement too for debutant Lauren Bate and Katy Marchant, thrown into a World Championship team sprint and more than holding their own despite an early exit.

The afternoon's action also saw Laura Kenny make her return to the track, Britain's most successful female Olympian of all time at the end of her comeback trail after giving birth in August.

Riding with Elinor Barker, Emily Nelson and Archibald, only the American team finished in a quicker team pursuit time, leaving the British quartet safely through to Thursday's first round.

Pictures: SWpix.com

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