British Cycling endurance coach Chris Newton admits he was encouraged by what he saw from his team as they started the process of competing at the Track World Cup season that begins in Manchester in November.
Both the men and the women headed to Valencia, Spain, for the first track endurance qualification event with the star of the show double Olympic champion Laura Trott, who claimed omnium victory while Dani King was third.
In the men’s event Jon Dibben was Great Britain’s best finisher in third, one place ahead of Ed Clancy.
And as beginnings go Newton insists he couldn’t have asked for much more from his troops in his new role.
“It was really good results from the whole team there,” said Newton. “The overall competition was good, the men’s was particularly hard fought and very close, with the quality across the field of a very high standard. It was good to see both Ed and Jon really making their mark on the solid competition in all six events.
“Similarly with the girls, it was good to see Laura and Dani showing their form. A lot of the teams had multiple riders; I think the Spanish had five riders there. I think it would have been easy to play tactics, with one working for another throughout the event but I think Dani and Laura both had the desire to do well and be up there and qualify.
“I wouldn’t say they didn’t help each other out but equally, there weren’t afraid to chase each other down either.
“Laura rode really well in the flying lap as did Dani. They both rode a strong points race and fought hard in the elimination.
“The elimination didn’t have the usual digital readout to warn riders to leave the race. That led to a messy finish with riders not pulling out when they should have. Both riders did a solid individual pursuit with them finishing first and third there.
“Ed was head and shoulders above everyone else in the flying lap. Jon was really good in the points race, he has come on leaps and bounds in the last four months, really starting to get a grasp of that event now.”
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