PONTHIR'S James Ball believes there is more to come after claiming gold at the Para-cycling Track World Championship in the Netherlands.

The 27-year-old triumphed with pilot Pete Mitchell in the MB 1km time trial, causing an upset against defending champions and fellow British pair Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham.

It was a dramatic finish in the event in Apeldoorn because Ball and Mitchell were meant to complete their effort third from last.

However, they suffered a mechanical failure coming out of the start gate, meaning that Fachie and Rotherham, who was Ball's pilot when winning kilo and sprint gold at the 2017 championships in Los Angeles, went before them.

They registered a time of 1:00.190 to put them into the lead but Ball and Mitchell pipped their teammates to gold with 1:00.060.

Last year the duo won silver in the 1km time trial and bronze in the sprint in Rio and had the same results in the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

Ball was thrilled to this time be on top of the podium – and believes the duo can go from strength to strength.

"I can't believe it, we've worked so hard for that. I'm so happy," said Ball, who turned to cycling after injuries disrupted his athletics hopes as a sprinter.

"Since the Commonwealth Games we've just progressed and progressed, and I'm looking forward now to seeing what else we can do."