CYCLING: ALSAGER'S Emma Davies made a fine start to her 2004 Olympic year by taking a bronze medal in the women's individual pursuit in the World Track Cup.
The 25-year-old is one of Great Britain's biggest medal hopes at this summer's Athens Games after taking on the mantle of leading women's individual pursuit rider from Yvonne McGregor.
She made a fine start to her build-up programme by winning bronze in her first World Cup race of the year at Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Emma told the British Cycling Federation's website www.bcf.uk.com: 'It is always nice to stand on a podium and get a medal. I have had a gold and silver in World Track Cups before and it's nice to finish off the collection and get a full set.'
In 2002, Emma just missed out on a podium position at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and the World Championships in Copenhagen by finishing fourth on both occasions.
She is aiming to go one better in Greece and has started 2004 with some acclimatisation work in the Australian sunshine.
Emma's schedule takes her to Spain before she returns to the North West for the World Cup event at Manchester Velodrome from April 9 to 11.