One day after Victoria Pendleton’s anticlimactic exit from the saddle at Fakenham, opinion among racing professionals was sharply divided on the key question of whether she should now be tried in the furnace of the Cheltenham Festival.
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Britain's all-conquering track cyclists did not have the honour of winning the gold medal that took the home team past the Beijing total of 19 on Tuesday.
The king and the queen will take to the gleaming boards of an Olympic velodrome for the last time on Tuesday evening.
While Britain's queen of the track crashed to earth, the knight of the velodrome hurtled to his fifth Olympic gold medal on Thursday.
Drama and tumult, as always, shadow Victoria Pendleton.
The evening session at "the Pringle" opened with Victoria Pendleton and Anna Meares meeting in the semi-final of the sprint, which felt as if an evening's boxing was opening with the leading heavyweight bout.
If this test event is about markers, signposts and confidence-boosting on the road to London, then Great Britain's team sprinters Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish and their team pursuit counterparts Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell have set off in the grandest style possible.
When the tale is told of Victoria Pendleton's Olympic sprint title defence in August next year, it will be intriguing to see what significance she gives to the evening when she won the European keirin title here.