Ed Clancy suffered one of the worst defeats of his track cycling career, finishing a lowly eighth in the Track Cycling World Championship in Columbia.
The Newton flyer was part of the Great Britain’s team pursuit squad which has for so long dominated the discpline but struggled make an impression in South America.
Along with Sam Harrison, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben, the GB team produced Britain’s worst result in at least 15 years in the four-man, four-kilometre event.
There were few excuses for Britain’s team pursuit squad, including Clancy, but without another London 2012 gold medallist in Steven Burke due to illness.
The British quartet finished in 4:04.419 to place eighth, while defending champions Australia went on to win gold in 3:57.907, ahead of fastest qualifiers Denmark (3:59.632).
Clancy said: “We knew a week ago our back was against the wall.
“(But) despite the fact we didn’t have a couple of our more established riders in the line-up, we were still hoping to get a ride in the final.”