October 31 - Sir Chris Hoy (pictured) tonight led a British clean-sweep in the men's sprint on the second day of the UCI Track World Cup at the Manchester Velodrome.


Four-time Olympic champion Hoy, who claimed one of Britain's four victories on the opening day by winning the keirin, defeated Matt Crampton 2-0 in the final for Britain's second gold of the evening after Wendy Houvenaghel's women's individual pursuit triumph.


Jason Kenny beat Australia's Shane Perkins 2-0 to claim bronze for Britain to take all three places on the podium as the hosts continued their domination of the first World Cup meeting of the season.


Sir Chris said: "If they weren't around pushing me on, there's no question I wouldn't be performing at the level I am at the moment.

"They're inspiring me and pushing me on and I'm just really grateful they're there - but I don't know how much longer I'll be grateful for.

"It's getting closer and closer, but hopefully I can hold them off to London and they can have a great Olympics in 2016."

Olympic and world champion Victoria Pendleton followed up her sprint gold on Friday with a 500metres time-trial silver, setting a personal best of 33.838 seconds as Australia's Anna Meares won gold.

Houvenaghel won the women's individual pursuit after catching Australia's Josephine Tomic in the final.

Houvenaghel, the Olympic and world silver medallist, is one of several female cyclists, including Beijing champion and fellow Briton Rebecca Romero, who are angry the event faces the axe in London in a bid to ensure gender parity across all track races.

She said: "It's devastating because this is an event that I've specialised in for the last three-and-a-half years."


The evening finished on a high when Lizzie Armitstead brought the crowd to their feet with a dominant victory in the closing event, the points race.


The 20-year-old from Yorkshire ruled the closing stages, taking the last two sprints, to repeat her win of last year in the event.



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