European Championships 2018: Laura Kenny helps GB qualify fastest in team pursuit

European Championships: GB ease to top of qualifying in women’s team pursuit
2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow, Edinburgh and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
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Laura Kenny’s bid for three golds at the European Championships got off to a good start as Great Britain were fastest in team pursuit qualifying.

The four-time Olympic champion, fellow Englishwoman Ellie Dickinson, Wales’ Elinor Barker and Scot Katie Archibald will face the French quartet at 15:46 BST on Friday for a place in the final.

Kenny, 26, returned to racing this year after having her first child.

Rowing and gymnastics also featured on day one of the new multi-sport event.

In total there are seven sports which have merged their European Championships into one 11-day competition for the first time.

In the cycling, Britain set a time of four minutes 19.330 seconds in the 4,000m pursuit time trial, more than two seconds faster than defending champions Italy, with Germany third and France fourth.

Friday’s afternoon session will see the hosts face France while Italy take on Germany for a place in Friday evening’s final.

Home favourite Archibald, like Kenny, is a 10-time European champion and is targeting four gold medals.

The Scot, 24, will also compete in the individual pursuit, omnium and madison, although she suggested the individual pursuit could be dropped because it is not an Olympic event.