JLT Condor riders claimed gold and silver medals at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester over the weekend.
Highlights of the racing can be watched on BBC iPlayer and Eurosport.
Clancy and co untouchable in team pursuit
Multiple Olympian, Ed Clancy, returned to track cycling with GB’s team pursuit squad. The four man team, which also included 2018 signing, Ollie Wood, dominated in the final against Denmark. They won in an impressive time of three minutes 55.847 seconds, leaving the Danish for dead as they crossed the line 5.688 seconds later.
Despite leading his team to gold, Ed Clancy feels the team can do better:
“I remember eight years ago we did a [3 minute] 56.4 at the World Championships here with Brad [Wiggins], Geraint Thomas and Paul Manning and set a world record”,
“Tonight we’ve gone a second faster and we’re not that happy with it! We can be quicker by the World Championships in February.
– Ed Clancy, OBE
Mould takes his first medal for Wales
Jon Mould, riding for Team Wales, took a fantastic silver medal in the men’s scratch race on Friday evening. The 40-lap race sees all riders start together with the first over the line being the winner.
The racing was fast and furious. Mould spotted an attack by Kazakhstan’s Nikita Panassenko and attacked to join Panassenko. The duo rode the final 15 laps together. Panassenko attacked on the last bend before the line and Mould out-sprinted Wil Stroetinga for a silver medal.
Speaking after the race, Jon Mould said the performance was a stepping stone to the 2018 Commonwealth Games:
“I’m proud to take a silver medal in the scratch race at a home track world cup. It was a hard race but mega to be back on the track boards and pick up silver. It is a big confidence boost for me and another step to medals at the Commonwealth Games.”
– Jon Mould
More racing for Mould and Clancy
The duo return to the London Velodrome in two weeks to represent JLT Condor the Revolution Series track series.
Mould will travel to subsequent UCI Track World Cup events in Chile and Canada with the aim of being selected to represent Wales at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and to represent GB at the World Championships.
Revolution Series UK Dates
25th November, Lee Valley Velodrome, London
2nd December, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow
6th January, National Cycling Centre, Manchester