Four medals for Britain at Hong Kong World Cup
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Four medals for Britain at Hong Kong World Cup

16 January 2016 / 16:31

Philip Hindes says the signs are looking good for Rio after Great Britain’s men claimed World Cup gold in the men’s team sprint in Hong Kong.

After Matt Crampton’s efforts in qualifying he made way for Callum Skinner with Jason Kenny rounding off the trio that rode to gold.

That team clocked 43.751 to beat Poland with Britain also taking medals in the women’s and men’s pursuit and women’s team sprint.

And for Hindes the victory is proof that the Brits are on the right track as they look for Olympic gold this summer.

"It seems like every World Cup we're doing we're getting better so it's a good sign for Rio," Hindes told British Cycling.

Kenny added: "Really happy with that. Getting a couple of second rides in and having the confidence to change team and still perform with a different line-up."

The women had taken silver before the men’s triumph with Emily Nelson coming in for Laura Trott to join Joanna Rowsell Shand, Elinor Barker and Ciara Horne in the showdown with Canada.

But they couldn’t take gold in the final with the team clocking 4:20.034 – the Canadians a quarter of a second quicker.

"It was a good battle out there,” said Rowsell Shand. “We've had two really good rides in the first two rounds. We've tried different line-ups and Emily's really stepped up well today.

Earlier in the day Jess Varnish and Katy Marchant had taken silver in the team sprint while the day was rounded off with bronze in the men’s pursuit  for Germain Burton, Kian Emadi, Ollie Wood and Chris Latham.

For Varnish and Marchant the Rusvelo team of Daria Schmeleva and Anastasiia Voinova proved too fast but she says the medal is a huge confidence boost for the pair.

“This is actually our first team sprint medal for two years so we're really, really happy,” said Varnish.

“It's a big step in the right direction. We're not going to read into times too much here because they're completely irrelevant.

“We're really still up against it for Olympic qualification so to come here and put places between us and the other European countries is really been a step in the right direction.

“We're fully committed to being there in Rio.”

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