Cycling: Capital ace Katie helps GB clean up

Katie Archibald shone on her first World Cup appearance for Great Britain
Katie Archibald shone on her first World Cup appearance for Great Britain
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Former City of Edinburgh cyclist Katie Archibald passed another milestone in her fledgling international career when she featured in the all-conquering women’s team pursuit squad at the UCI World Cup in Mexico.

The 19-year-old from the Capital, who raced in the colours of the Braveheart team in last month’s opening leg in Manchester, was making her first World Cup appearance for Great Britain and she helped the quartet strike gold and set two new world records.

Archibald, now a member of the British Cycling Academy in Manchester and riding for the Madison Boot Out Breast Cancer Team, replaced double Olympic champion Laura Trott in the squad that had set the previous best. The Scot combined with Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Elinor Barker to clock four minutes 19.115 seconds in qualifying. That trimmed around half a second from the previous best and set up a gold medal decider against Canada.

And it was more of the same in the second ride, as the British squad dominated the final, powering around the boards of the high-altitude Aguascalientes track in a stunning time of 4:16.552 to set another new standard.

The Canadians were unable to respond and trailed home more than six seconds adrift.