2023 UCI Junior World Track Championships: Day-by-day updates

2023 UCI Junior World Track Championships: Day-by-day updates

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The UCI Junior World Track Championships will be running from Wednesday 23 August to Sunday 27 August, showcasing the best young talent on the track. For day-by-day updates, check out the below.

Day one

Carys Lloyd kicked off the British campaign at the UCI Junior World Track Championships with a brilliant qualifying scratch race that saw her cross the line in first.

Unfortunately, Lloyd did not finish the final due to a crash, but she will continue to compete throughout the week.

carys lloyd

Day two

Matthew Brennan and Isabel Sharp both took sensational silver medals in a brilliant day two of racing in Cali, Colombia.

Brennan secured the silver in the junior men's scratch race, taking the sprint finish after winner Ruslan Kuznetsov lapped the field to take the win.

Sharp rode a tactical race to finish second in the junior women's elimination race, having just been edged out by Italian rider Anita Baima.

Matthew Brennan wins junior individual pursuit gold in Cali, Colombia

Day three

Matthew Brennan smashed the individual pursuit world record to win the rainbow jersey on day three in Cali, adding to his scratch race silver medal from day two.

The final saw Brennan resume his duel with Italy’s Luca Giaimi, in a re-match of the individual pursuit final from July’s UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships, where Brennan again broke the world record, only for Giaimi to better it 20 minutes later.

There was little to separate the two riders again here, though Giaimi enjoyed a half second advantage going into the final kilometre. However a sublime finish from Brennan saw him take the title in 3:07.092 – almost a second and a half quicker than Giaimi’s world record.

Carys Lloyd started well in the women’s omnium, taking fifth place in the scratch race and third in the tempo to put her well in contention for a medal. A tactical slip then saw her finish in ninth place in the elimination race, and despite battling well in the final points race she finished just outside of the medals in fourth.

Ben Wiggins was in action for Great Britain in the points race, and was also agonisingly close to a medal in fourth place. Wiggins took one lap and scored points in seven of the 10 sprints, meaning he went into the final lap in the bronze medal position, until maximum points for Daniil Kazakov in the final sprint saw him edged out of the podium places.

Matthew Brennan wins junior individual pursuit gold in Cali, Colombia

Day four

Isabel Sharp took her second silver medal of the championships in a fantastic display of strength in the junior women's points race on day four.

Sharp was in with a medal early on, having lapped the field twice alongside French rider Melanie Dupin and Italy's Valentina Zanzi, and collecting points with tactical speed throughout the race. 

Sharp looked to be running away with the lead, going into the final sprint lap in the gold medal position, but found herself unable to compete in the sprint. Dupin's second place in the final sprint was enough to catapult her into the world championship jersey and finish on equal points with Sharp, who had to settle for silver.

In the men's omnium, Ben Wiggins continued his fine form, taking 10th place in the scratch race and seventh place in the tempo, before riding a brilliant elimination race to finish in third and put him in fourth position going into the final points race. A tough and competitive race saw Wiggins unable to advance further, finishing in a commendable ninth position.


Day five

On the final day of the UCI World Junior Track Championships, Matthew Brennan and Ben Wiggins rounded off the event with an incredible win in the junior men's Madison.

Brennan and Wiggins worked well together, lapping the field to gain 20 points up on the field. Despite some challenges from the Italians and Belgians, Brennan and Wiggins remained focussed, finishing the final sprint in second place to secure 55 points and the world title - nine points ahead of second place.

Great Britain finished third overall on the medal table, with two world championship titles and three silvers to round off a brilliant week of racing from four strong riders.