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  Australia win women's team pursuit world title over Great Britain  
 
  March 1st 2019  
   
  Annette Edmondson, Ashlee Ankudinoff, Amy Cure, Georgia Baker and Alex Manly. Photo: Casey Gibson  
     
  Australia are again back on the top step of the podium in the women's team pursuit upsetting traditional rivals Great Britain for the title at the 2019 UCI Track World Championships in Pruszkow, Poland.

Ashlee Ankudinoff added a third crown to her name with Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson a second as Georgia Baker and Alex Manly, both junior world champions snared a maiden title.

Appearing in control throughout the competition Australia qualified fastest on Wednesday in a time of 4mins 14.915 seconds with Ankudinoff, Baker, Cure and Edmondson sending a warning to the field.

In the first round Manly replaced Edmondson as the team dispatched a young Italian team following a mechanical issue and a false start by Italy. The time of 4mins 13.913 slightly faster than that set by Great Britain of 4mins 14.067 to set up a closely matched ride for gold.

With Edmondson returning for the final Australia took the lead over the opening kilometre before a fight back by Great Britain lead by Olympic Champions Elinor Barker, Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald with Eleanor Dickinson to give them the lead at the half way mark.

The close battle continued as both teams upped the pace to keep just ahead of the British quartet. A fast closing Great Britain nearly stole the race on the line with Australia falling apart on the closing lap, though their lead would prove enough to take the title.

Ankudinoff has been the core member of the team since going back to 2010 when she claimed her first world title with Josie Tomic and Sarah Kent and was part of the 2015 winning squad.

"It has been a couple of years since we have been on the top step. This is definitely special to share it with the four other girls plus two at home, it is a very special moment and I will never forget this," Ankudinoff said.

"It means a lot, it really means a lot. I'm proud of the girls and we put everything into this," added coach Jason Bartram. "To see it come across and see those girls get what they work for every day means everything."
 
 
       
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