Three of a kind for cycling golden girl

Cycling world championships special LIFE will never be the same again for triple world cycling champion Vicki Pendleton. How can I top that? asked the 26-year-old Mid Beds girl after winning the team sprint, sprint and keirin in the world championships

LIFE will never be the same again for triple world cycling champion Vicki Pendleton.

"How can I top that?" asked the 26-year-old Mid Beds girl after winning the team sprint, sprint and keirin in the world championships at Palma, Mallorca, over the weekend.

The Stotfold star surpassed her previous achievements at the newly built Spanish velodrome.

Her first gold was in a new championship event - the team sprint.


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Vicki's partner was 18-year-old ex-world BMX champion Shanaze Reade from Crewe.

The duo set the fastest time in the heats by 0.3 of a second.

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In the gold/silver run-off against the Netherlands, Vicki, riding second, took over a three-thousandths of a second deficit from Reade.

She then rode the fastest second lap of the event to win the gold with a new competition record of 33.6 seconds.

Friday saw the start of the sprint event and she comfortably won her first round match before beating team-mate Anna Blyth.

Belarussian Natallia Tsylinskaya, the defending world champion, was beaten in the next round and Vicki then moved on to the Cuban, Lisa Rodrigue.

World title two came in the final against Shuang Guo of China with the margin of victory a full two lengths in both rides.

The keirin competition saw her breeze both her heat and the semi-final.

In the final, defending champion Christin Muche of Germany came down hard from the start on to Anna Meares of Australia who in turn pushed Vicki off the track. The event was restarted without Muche.

After another false 'start', the third start worked with Vicki taking up second place in the string of riders.

With a lap to go, she started her run to the line around the outside and as she came off the last bend there were no challengers.

The triple gold medallist, in tears as she came off the track, said: "I can't believe I have done all three.

"My favourite medal is definitely the sprint. It is the Olympic event and the one I train for."

And she added: "This is going to be a hard act to follow. I am just going to keep working hard on my form and keep improving."

Vicki had won gold medals in the 500m time trial, the keirin and the sprint back in February at Manchester in the final World Cup track event.

Her sprint success also meant she took the overall World Cup.

The four World Cup events - in Moscow, Los Angeles, Sydney and Manchester - are the equivalent of a league.

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