Sarah Storey won her 16th World Championships gold medal today in France ©Getty Images

Britain's Sarah Storey successfully defended her women's C5 individual pursuit title at the Para Cycling Track World Championships in Montigny-le-Bretonneux to mark her 16th gold medal at the event.

The victory was never in doubt as the 17-time Paralympic champion led for the whole race to beat France's Heidi Gaugain on her home ground.

New Zealander Nicole Murray surged across the line in third to prevent another British medal with Morgan Newberry being pushed off the podium.

In addition to Storey's success, it was a brilliant day for Britain as they secured five more gold medals.

Sophie Unwin and Jenny Holl triumphed in their first ever World Championships.

The pair clinched gold in the women's tandem individual pursuit final after 3min 26.124sec to beat Lizzie Jordan and Corrine Hall who clocked in just under three seconds later in an all-Britain final.

Double Tokyo 2020 silver medallist Finlay Graham then took his first world gold in the men's C3 individual pursuit.

His time of 3:24.596 gave him a healthy lead over Dutchman Matthijs Drenth who finished after 3:30.797.

Australian David Nicholas then pipped Spaniard Eduardo Santas Asensio for bronze.

Neil Fachie and Matt Rotherham of Britain picked up a second consecutive gold on the world stage as they defended their title in the men's tandem 1000 metres time trial with a time of 59.921.

They beat countrymen James Ball and Steffan Lloyd in the decider by 0.262.

Another world title was won for the first time as Britain's Sam Ruddock cruised to victory in the men's C1 1000m time trial.

His 1:13.089 finish ensured he finished with a 1.533 advantage over Spain's Ricardo Ten Argiles begore Mohamad Yusof Hafizi Shaharuddin of Malaysia.

Katie Toft then bagged the sixth British gold with ease as she was the only competitor in the women's C1 500m time trial final.

Despite having no competition, she still recorded a respectable time of 47.212.

World Championships action is set to continue tomorrow with eight gold medals on the line.