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By Agence France Presse, and USA Cycling
New Zealand edged Great Britain to take victory in the men’s team pursuit Saturday at the Union Cycliste Internationale Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, England.
Great Britain had led the Kiwis into the dying seconds before just missing out on the line.
The team’s bid had been hampered by illness, with both Mark Cavendish and Rob Hayles falling sick with viruses this week.
Hayles blamed his virus and also an incident at his local supermarket when he “clothes-lined” a bag snatcher attempting to escape on a bicycle.
“That’s got to be worth at least a couple of seconds,” he added before praising both teams for their efforts.
“That was a proper fight,” said Hayles. “There was no holding back in that won. It was full on.”
Meanwhile, Australia’s Katherine Bates took the women’s individual pursuit ahead of American Sarah Hammer, who collected her second medal in so many days at the World Cup. Hammer claimed the gold medal in Friday’s women’s points race.
Full results can be found here.