In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Démare wins GP de Denain; Team USA defends women’s team pursuit world title in thrilling race over Australia; Whistleblower claims Team Sky breached ‘no needles’ policy; Specialized takes blame for component failure causing Terpstra’s Paris-Roubaix crash; Did spectator try to pull Stybar’s arm in Roubaix velodrome?; Specialized CEO Sinyard ‘I believe truly that two years from now everybody will be riding disc brakes’; Gilbert on rivals at Brabantse Pijl: I let them lose; Nizzolo finally over injury, set to return at Tour of Croatia; Battle on the Border postponed; Boonen enjoying retirement; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 1 highlights; Video: Van der Poel catching air over Meeusen; Video: Celebrating British Cycling.
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The Team USA women’s pursuit squad successfully defended its world championship title in Hong Kong on Thursday, narrowly beating Australia in the final, 4:19.413 to 4:19.830.
— UCI Track Cycling (@UCI_Track) April 13, 2017
“That was a fantastic battle with a very good Australian team,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics. “We had a fight to the very end. Hats off to the Aussies, they rode a great race.”
Team USA took the early lead but Australia came back, as they had in the preliminary round against Canada. The lead changed three more times before the finish.
Heading into the bell lap, Australia led by 0.412 seconds, but Chloe Dygert moved to the front to drive Team USA to the come-from-behind win and turn the deficit into 0.417-second victory.
Earlier in the day, Team USA posted a fast time of 4:18.716 to defeat Italy and advance to the gold medal match, with Dygart also taking a massive pull in the final laps to ensure advancement.