Vantage New Zealand men’s team pursuit break national record

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The New Zealand men’s team pursuit in action on the first morning action at the Avantidrome, Cambridge in the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup. (Credit: Guy Swarbrick)

Records fell in the day one morning session at round five of the Tissot UCI Track World Cup in Cambridge.

 New Zealand set a new National Record in the men’s team pursuit as Canada broke the All Comers Record in the women’s team pursuit.

 Men’s Team Pursuit

Regan Gough, Campbell Stewart, Jordan Kerby and Tom Sexton of the Vantage New Zealand Elite Team smashed the New Zealand Record to book a spot in the gold medal ride stopping the clock in 3:51.722.

 The New Zealand quartet shaved nearly two seconds off the previous mark set at the World Championships in Paris in 2015, beating the United States in the process having earlier qualified fastest. The race for gold will see them face off against Canada’s Vincent de Haitre, Derek Gee, Adam Jamieson and Jay Lamoureux who posted a time of 3:52.420 in the penultimate heat.

 The race for bronze will be a battle between Switzerland and the United States.

 Women’s Team Pursuit

Canada has set a new All Comers record to move through to the gold medal ride against New Zealand.

 Canada laid down an impressive marker in their round one heat win over Italy, breaking the record previously set by Australia in 2015. The quartet of Allison Beveridge, Ariane Bonhomme, Annie Foreman-Mackey and Georgia Simmerling clocked a time of 4:15.579, to break the old mark by more than two seconds.

 Vantage New Zealand Elite Team’s Racquel Sheath, Michaela Drummond, Bryony Botha and Kirstie James backed up a strong ride in qualifying to comfortably advance over Belgium, stopping the clock at 4:18.969.

 Italy will take on the Subway New Zealand Track Trade Team for the bronze medal. The young group of New Zealand riders improved by nearly 14 seconds on their qualifying ride to book a spot in the medal ride off.

 Friday’s evening session features men’s and women’s team pursuit finals and all rounds of the men’s and women’s team sprint, where the first four titles will be decided.

Nearly 500 riders and staff from 40 nations are competing at the Avantidrome in Cambridge from Friday 18 to Sunday 20 January which will be a key qualifying event for the upcoming world championships and ultimately the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

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