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Young British cyclists see success in Manchester

Young British cyclists see success in Manchester

Britain's young cyclists issued a warning to their older compatriots on the second day of the World Cup event in Manchester on Saturday _ no one's place on the national team is guaranteed.
With little competition coming from other countries _ Britain won all six gold medals on Saturday _ riders from the world's outstanding track cycling nation are instead competing against each other to stake early claims to places in the team for the 2012 London Olympics.
Lizzie Armitstead, 19, completed a double in the women's endurance events by taking the scratch race with a final-lap sprint. She came in ahead of Tara Whitten of Canada, with Britain's Alexandra Greenfield taking bronze. Armitstead won the points race on Friday.
The young British team of 20-year-old Anna Blyth and 17-year-old Jessica Varnish took the women's team sprint, defeating Germany in the final. Russia took the bronze.
And Jason Kenny _ at 20 already a double Olympic medalist _ took the men's sprint title ahead of Shane Perkins of Australia. Both riders slid across the line on the floor in the second and final race after crashing in the final meters.
Britain's Matthew Crampton took third. Britain's sprint gold medalist from Beijing, Chris Hoy, is not competing in Manchester.
There was also success for the older members of the British team. Victoria Pendleton, 28, took her second gold of the competition, winning the 500-meter time-trial ahead of Jinjie Gong of China and Miriam Welte of Germany.
The men's 4,000 meters team pursuit final was between Britain and Denmark, a repeat of both the Olympic and the world championship finals _ and the result was the same, too. The British team of Steven Burke, Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas and Rob Hayles dominated from the start, catching their opponents before they had completed the full distance, for an instant victory.
The Netherlands took the bronze after Russian trade team Lokomotiv crashed.
Chris Newton, last year's World Cup men's points race champion, easily took the first points race of the new season _ 20 points ahead of Eloy Teruel Rovira of Spain. Iljo Keisse of Belgium took bronze.
Newton missed this year's world championships after breaking his collarbone but returned to take the bronze medal in Beijing.