Pervis strikes gold again on home track

Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:38pm EST
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By Julien Pretot

ST QUENTIN EN YVELINES, France (Reuters) - Francois Pervis showed he has no equal when it comes to racing over one kilometre as he became the first rider in 14 years to scoop a hat-trick of time trial titles at the track cycling world championships on Friday.

A day after successfully defending his keirin title, Pervis held off his challengers by a whisker to pick up his third successive time trial gold.

The 30-year-old, who holds the world record in 56.303, was just above the one-minute barrier, clocking 1:00.207 to beat German Joachim Eilers by 0.087 second.

Matthew Archibald of New Zealand took the bronze in 1:00.470.

Pervis is the first rider since compatriot Arnaud Tournant, who won four years in a row from 1998, to win three consecutive time trial titles.

With six titles to his name, he is now the third most decorated Frenchman on the track at the world championships behind Felica Ballanger (10) and Daniel Morelon (7).

"I thought I had a margin of six tenth of a second and in the end it's a margin of eight thousandth of a second," said Pervis, who now only needs the sprint gold to repeat his three-title success from 2014.

"I was stuck in the final (250-metre) lap but thanks to the support of the crowd I did not feel the pain."   Continued...

Francois Pervis of France reacts after winning the Men's 1km Time Trial final at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, near Paris, February 20, 2015. REUTERS/Charles Platiau