• The Australians in action during the Women's Team Pursuit first round during Day Three of the UCI Track Cycling World Championships (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Team USA have smashed Australia in the women's Team Pursuit to end their UCI Track World Championship title defence.
Cycling Central

5 Mar 2016 - 6:30 AM 

Australia's defence of the women's team pursuit cycling world title has been shattered by team USA in a brutal display of power.

The quartet of Annette Edmondson, Georgia Baker, Ashlee Ankudinoff and Amy Cure set the world alight 12 months ago when they twice smashed the team pursuit world record en route to gold at the 2015 world championships in Paris.

But they were unable to emulate that feat, nor that of their male counterparts who secured a stunning gold on Thursday night, and the best they can now hope for is fifth.

The USA posted a blistering time of 4 minutes 14.806 seconds - little more than a second shy of the world record - to blow Australia's 4 minute 18.559 second effort away by nearly four seconds.

It was an improvement on Australia's qualifying round on Thursday, when they posted a time of 4 minutes 20.830 seconds to narrowly scrape through with the fourth-fastest ride.

They later raced off against Italy for 5th place with a dominating ride which ended in a catch inside the final kilometre.


Australia will take on Italy in the fifth-sixth showdown.