Tennant takes bronze in individual pursuit
After taking silver in the team pursuit, Andy Tennant claimed bronze with third place in the individual pursuit at the Track World Championships. The competition for the third spot on the podium split the home crowd as Tennant rode off against his Great Britain teammate Owain Doull.
Doull came out quicker over the opening kilometre but Tennant pulled it back and eventually beat him by just under two seconds. “I wasn’t expecting it, this was a big surprise for me and one that I’m delighted about,” Tennant told the press.
“It’s not that important because it is a different event entirely. These events are more for fun, although, I can tell you it’s not that fun during it, but there is some satisfaction at the end. You can show that you’re going well and it puts you in good stead. It’s a different event to the team pursuit. The team pursuit is more of a sprint discipline now but it does give you confidence going forward. Everything in the programme is about Olympic events so these events are secondary. Going well in the IP definitely gives you confidence that you can go well in the TP, but yesterday’s ride was more important.”
Tennant is one of several riders who are fighting for a spot in Great Britain’s team pursuit squad in Rio. Britain brought six riders for this World Championships and tested several line-ups throughout the two days of competition, where they would go on to take silver behind Australia. With Mark Cavendish also looking for a spot to ensure his place in the Omnium, there are no guarantees for Rio.
“To be honest, my preparation over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been struggling,” he said. “I got a ride in the semis and I wasn’t really expecting that opportunity, and I stepped up, which personally I was very chuffed about. I think we’re on that right track. I’m not going to bet my house on it, I can’t afford to do that. I’ll bet 10 quid. I think as a squad we’re moving in the right direction and obviously Cav doing well in the Omnium is going to put a spoon in the pot and stir it up.”
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