Gold and silver for Edgar in Sydney
CyclingThe first track cycling World Cup competition of the season in Sydney saw Ross Edgar, from Ousden, in Suffolk, win gold and silver in the team sprint and sprint competitions where over 40 competitors from 32 countries took part, including eight reigning or ex-Olympic and World champions.
The first track cycling World Cup competition of the season in Sydney saw Ross Edgar, from Ousden, in Suffolk, win gold and silver in the team sprint and sprint competitions where over 40 competitors from 32 countries took part, including eight reigning or ex-Olympic and World champions.
In the sprint event, Britain had three entrants of which Craig MacLean and Edgar qualified first and second fastest.
To reach the final, Edgar had to dispose of Japanese ace Watanabe in the first round. In the quarter- finals, he met Polish champion Lucasz Kwiathowski, who he beat in two straight rides.
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His semi-final opponent was Dutchman and ex-world champion Teun Mulder, who took Edgar to three rides before he claimed his place in the final against team- mate and ex-world champion Craig MacLean.
This again went to the third leg decider after Edgar won the first leg and then lost our to a photo-finish in the second. Edgar had to settle for silver.
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GB team-mates and Commonwealth champions Edgar, MacLean and Chris Hoy faced stiff opposition in the team sprint.
After 10 hard races on the Saturday, Edgar and MacLean were suffering sore legs but Team GB qualified first and lined up to meet Holland in the final for gold and silver.
The Holland team included Theo Bos, current double world champion and Teun Mulder, ex-world champion. GB won with a great time of 44.2 seconds which meant another trip to the podium for Edgar.