Jason Kenny has confidence in new Great Britain team sprint line-up
Jason Kenny is confident Great Britain's new-look team sprint line-up can challenge for major honours.
Last Updated: 17/11/12 11:26am
Two-time Olympic team pursuit champion Ed Clancy was making his debut in the shorter event alongside two of the three-man London 2012-winning team, Kenny and Philip Hindes, at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.
Clancy, riding in the position filled by Sir Chris Hoy in August, performed well as the British trio finished in 44.175 seconds in just their second competitive ride, following qualifying this afternoon. Germany won in 43.887secs.
With February's Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk in mind, Kenny said: "We've definitely got potential to go really, really fast in this combination. We just need to do the same again but a bit quicker now."
Clancy, 27, added: "You try to talk it down, but you do feel it a bit when you're riding with two Olympic champions who have just done a world record and you're in the Chris Hoy Velodrome, keeping his seat warm for him.
"It's like 'bloody hell, hope I'm not riding round on my own for three laps', so it could've been worse. I think I did a reasonable job."
Britain won two titles on the opening day, in the women's team pursuit and women's team sprint.
World and Olympic champions Laura Trott and Dani King were joined by Elinor Barker in the three-kilometre event, but the trio made a ragged start in their first ride together.
Barker, 18 and studying for her A Levels, was a late replacement for world and Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell, but it was King who struggled, losing contact with Trott in the latter stages.
Trott, who won double gold in London, did not hide her thoughts after the trio put together a much-improved ride to win in 3:21.043 ahead of Australia.
The 20-year-old said: "We had a break after the Games, so we were never going to come into this with top form.
"It was a bit like hope for the best and see what happens. And obviously Dani didn't have a great ride...
"We changed two things from qualification. Me and Elinor had to do half a lap longer each to take a bit away from Dani."
Trott's competition continues with the six-discipline omnium.
"I'm not really looking forward to it; it's going to be hard," the Olympic champion said. "I just love riding my bike and that's it, really. That will get me through, hopefully."
Jess Varnish and Becky James' focus also turned to individual competition after victory in the women's team sprint, but the men's team pursuit squad's competition ended with a painful crash.
Simon Yates was fifth and Jon Mould 10th in a men's scratch won by Switzerland's Tristan Marguet ahead of Ireland's Martyn Irvine.
At the halfway stage of the men's omnium, Jon Dibben was out of contention for a medal.