Olympics 2012: Pick of the Day – Women’s Track Cycling Team Sprint

Can Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish put the pedals to the medal in the Women's Team Sprint?

Track Cycling: Women’s Team Sprint Final


4pm (qualifiers), 5:59pm (finals) BBC1, BBC Olympics 7

The women’s team sprint is two laps of the 250m track, with two women on each team, reaching speeds of up to 35mph. Victoria Pendleton, who won gold in the individual sprint in Beijing, needs no introduction — it’s her third Games. She’s riding with Jess Varnish who will lead the way in lap one; Pendleton will do the anchor lap.

Their big competitors will be the world champions from Australia; Germany, who set a world record earlier this year; and China. They’re the three countries Great Britain have got to muscle out of it if they want the top spot. Varnish and Pendleton were second in the world championships in 2011, so they’ve got the pedigree. It’s just a matter of getting it right on the day. Hugh Porter


Read our beginner’s guide to the team and indiviual track sprinting events here