Germany’s women have smashed the world record to win the team sprint final at the track cycling world championships at the Stab Velodrome in France.
Lea Friedrich, Pauline Grabosch, Emma Hinze grabbed the gold in a time 46.064 seconds with the Russian Cycling Federation team taking soilver and Great Britain claiming bronze.
Olympic champions the Netherlands defeated France in the men’s team sprint final, with Germany taking the bronze.
The Dutch led from start to finish as Jeffrey Hoogland, Harrie Lavreysen and Roy van der Berg added to their Tokyo gold medal with a time of 41.979.
It was, however, a decent performance by the French, who won an unexpected bronze medal at the Tokyo Games.
Italy’s European champion Martina Fidanza broke away from the bunch and quickly opened an unassailable lead to claim the first gold medal of the world championships in the women’s scratch race.
Italy set the best time in the men’s pursuit qualifying before easily beating Britain while France took a comfortable win against defending champions Denmark to set up a final showdown with the Olympic champions on Thursday.