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What is the Team pursuit - Part 2

Great Britain Cycling Team in the team pursuit

Great Britain are currently the Olympic champions in both the men’s and women’s team pursuit.

Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell Shand and Laura Kenny took the title in the first-ever 4km, four-rider women’s team pursuit in Rio, setting a new world record of 4:10.236 in the process.

The men achieved the same honour, with Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins winning gold in a new world record of 3:50.265.

The current women’s world champions are the USA - with Kelly Catlin, Chloe Dygert, Kimberly Geist and Jennifer Valente winning a second successive American team pursuit world title in Hong Kong in 2017.

Great Britain is the most successful nation in women’s team pursuit history - winning six of the ten team pursuit world titles. 2017 was the first year in history that the British women’s team pursuit squad did not win a world championships medal - the six-woman squad of Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Ellie Dickinson, Emily Kay, Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson will be hoping to make a return to the podium at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn.

Australia are the current men’s team pursuit world champions, with Sam Welsford, Cameron Meyer, Alexander Porter, Nick Yallouris, Kelland O’Brien and Rohan Wright winning gold in Hong Kong.

The Australians are the most successful men’s team pursuit nation in history, winning 12 world titles since its introduction as an elite event in 1993.

Great Britain have won the title on four occasions - with the 2018 team pursuit squad of Ed Clancy, Kian Emadi, Ethan Hayter, Mark Stewart, Charlie Tanfield and Ollie Wood hoping to secure the first British men’s team pursuit world title since 2012 at this year’s world championships in the Netherlands.

Watch the team pursuit at the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Qualification for the men’s and women’s team pursuit takes place on Wednesday 28 February at 2pm GMT.

The fastest eight men’s teams will then meet in the first round later that day just after 8.30pm GMT.

The team pursuit medals will be won on Thursday 1 March, with the women’s first round and finals and men’s finals taking place in the evening session, which begins at 5.30pm GMT.