Published: 3 November 2013
By Scott Hobro/Simon Powers
Laura Trott won her second gold medal of the Manchester UCI Track Cycling World Cup with a spectacular performance in the omnium.
Double Olympic champion Trott added the title to gold earned in Friday’s team pursuit world record ride.
Second in the individual pursuit followed by victories in the scratch race and 500m time trial meant that 21-year-old Trott finished five points clear of Canada’s Gillian Carleton.
The result was a repeat of the double she achieved at last year’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup event in Glasgow.
Great Britain finished second in the medal standings with eight medals - four gold, two silver and two bronze, but lead the UCI Track Cycling World Cup standings after the first round of three with Australia second.
Keirin world champion Becky James won silver in the discipline to add to her team sprint medal of the same colour and sprint bronze, Germany’s Kristina Vogel winning a third gold in Manchester.
Welshman Jon Mould, riding for Team USN, took bronze in the scratch race with a courageous ride.
After her second win of the weekend, Trott paid tribute to the Manchester Velodrome crowd. "You know how well you're going because of them,” she said.
"I don't think I would've won if it wasn't for them. In the 500 as well, my first half-lap felt horrendous, but they were cheering and I was like, 'I've got to do it, haven't I?'"
On the scratch race win, which turned the omnium in her favour, Trott added: "I'm normally terrible at them. I went into the race six points down and I was really on the back foot.
“My coach (Chris Newton) said to me I've got to at least try to win.”
Matt Crampton came close to bronze in the men’s sprint but lost out to Australian Shane Perkins as Jason Kenny exited in qualifying. The Olympic champion set the 24th best time with only the top 16 progressing.
World omnium silver medallist Trott had entered the second day of the event in sixth but a strong effort in the pursuit lifted her to third. She then gained a lap in the early stages of the scratch race as had Poland’s Malgorzata Wojtyra.
Trott beat the Pole in the final sprint and the victory put her top with just the 500m time trial remaining. Going out in the last heat with Carleton, a fastest time of 35.331 over the two laps secured a second gold in three days.
James was also looking to add to her medal collection and made serene progress by winning the first and second rounds of the keirin convincingly.
In the final the in-form Vogel attacked with one lap remaining and although James came close, the 21-year-old couldn’t pass the German.
“I’m really happy with coming away with a silver medal,” James said.
“Today has gone really well in general, getting a win in the first two rides. It was more about the tactics than anything.
“I was really relaxed going into it. I wanted to try one from the back and the middle so I thought I'd try the final from the front and see how it went.
“Kristina Vogel has got incredible form at the moment. She just took the race on. It was kind of perfect for me because I could just get up onto her wheel but she had the legs on me at the line but I'm really happy with how it went.
“I felt really relaxed, I feel I learned so much out there and tried so many tactics and I found that I ride so much better when I'm relaxed. It couldn't have gone much better today.”
Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton, team sprint bronze medallists on Friday, contested the individual sprint.
Kenny’s time of 10.154 was not quick enough for the 1/8 finals as nine riders went under 10 seconds. Crampton stopped the clock in 10.015 second to go through in tenth.
The former European champion then beat Australian Peter Lewis and Czech rider Adam Ptacnik to set up a semi final clash with Njisane Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago.
But Phillip ended Crampton’s run with a 2-0 win to leave the British rider facing Australia’s Shane Perkins for bronze. Perkins inflicted the same score line to leave Crampton fourth, Germany’s Robert Forstemann defeating Phillip for gold.
Team pursuit winner Elinor Barker was 11th in the women’s points race with five points, while Owain Doull finished in the same position in the men’s scratch race.
|Men's sprint 200m t.t. (16)||Qualifying|
|Women's omnium IV||Individual pursuit 3km|
|Men's sprint||1/8 final|
|Women's keirin||1st round|
|Men's sprint||1/4 final|
|Men's sprint||1/4 final B|
|Men's sprint||1/2 final B|
|Women's omnium V||Scratch 10km|
|Men's sprint||Finals B 9-10 & 11-12|
|Men's sprint||5th to 8th places|
|Men's sprint||1/2 final|
|Women's omnium final||500m time trial|
|Women's omnium overall||Final standings|
|Women's keirin||2nd round|
|Women's points race 20km||Final|
|Men's scratch 15km||Final|
|Men's sprint||Finals 3-4 & 1-2 (3rd)|