Track World Cup Classics - Trott thrills in London Track World Cup

Track World Cup Classics - Trott thrills in London Track World Cup


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As the London Track World Cup entered full flow in the capital, the penultimate warm-up to the Games itself was a chance for Great Britain to experiment with options for the omnium event which would make its Olympic debut that summer.

Laura Trott had already set a new world record with Dani King and Joanna Rowsell in the team pursuit earlier in the competition, but would go solo in the six-discipline event. On the Saturday evening, the final event of the night was the elimination race and would provide a thrilling conclusion to the session.

As the Devil took the hindmost, Trott survived time and time again often with a late charge from the back of the field, rallying the partisan crowd who endured the agony and ecstasy as each lap went by and the field gradually diminished.

Yet Trott remained, all be it with some narrow misses as the laps tumbled, and eventually was left with 2011 omnium world champion Tara Whitten to fight it out for the win. In a finish befitting to the race that had unfolded, Trott edged her opponent on the line in what was undoubtedly the race of the day if not the event.

Ultimately Trott would go on to finish in the bronze position, but it was only a taste of what was to come. In Melbourne, the 20-year-old again executed the perfect elimination race on her way to becoming world champion and replicated that performance back in London to become a double Olympic champion in the team pursuit and omnium.