Great Britain's female riders claimed two gold medals at the Glasgow Track World Cup

Last Updated: 16/11/12 10:10pm

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Team pursuit: Winning trio powered along by new girl Elinor Barker

Team pursuit: Winning trio powered along by new girl Elinor Barker

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Great Britain enjoyed a successful opening night at the Track World Cup in Glasgow with women's gold medals in the team pursuit and team sprint.

A tense battle saw Team GB edge out Australia in the team pursuit, Dani King, Laura Trott and debutant Elinor Barker edging out a close fight in the final.

The two pursuiting powerhouse nations traded punches during the race but a powerful final kilometre allowed King and Trott to replicate their Olympic glory, while 18-year-old Barker capped a dream debut.

Jess Varnish and Becky James continued their momentum as a pairing with another victory in the women's team sprint to all but sew up the World Cup title.

Wearing the white of competition leaders the duo powered around the track in a time of 33.428, crossing the line faster than their morning qualification effort to fend off Spain.

"It's really good to be back on the podium and it's really exciting to be doing the team sprint with Becky. It's just a bonus that it was in front of a home crowd tonight," said Varnish.

"It is going to be hard without the more mature riders but we've got to make the most of this. It's going really well and we've just got to keep going."

A debut for a new-look men's team sprint squad ended in silver for Great Britain.

The German squad proved too powerful over three laps for the trio of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Ed Clancy, winning by just shy of three tenths.

The early action on the evening saw Denmark take a commanding victory in the men's team pursuit, catching a fractured German squad on the bell lap to take the first gold of the event.

The Glasgow crowd had to make do without British representation in the final, the Team GB quartet having crashed out during qualification while on schedule for the gold medal ride-off. Belgium rounded out the podium with bronze.

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