Amazing Archibald wins second gold in new-look omnium at European championships

Amazing Archibald wins second gold in new-look omnium at European championships

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Katie Archibald claimed her second gold medal of the 2016 UEC European Track Championships in Paris on Saturday in the omnium, after her individual pursuit victory on Friday night.

Finishing the four-race event with 141 points, the Olympic gold medallist performed strongly across all four disciplines.

The 22-year-old rider showed no signs of fatigue from the previous night's victory as she crossed the line first in the opening scratch race after 30 laps of racing but sat fifth going into the second event, after four riders took a lap on the field during the race.

In the tempo race Archibald took an early lap with Italy’s Elisa Balsamo and gained a valuable 4 points, as well as four intermediate sprint points.

Women's omnium

Going one better than her elimination race silver, Archibald timed her tactics perfectly in the omnium edition, putting her pursuit skills to good use by soloing the final four laps at full pace and leaving the rest of the field with no response.

With 108 points Archibald led the standings going into the points race, the final event of the new-look omnium; nearest rivals Lotte Kopeky of Belgium trailed her by six points and Dutch rider Kirsten WIld by 8.

After 10 laps of racing, Archibald and Wild took a lap together, putting Wild, already the winner of two starred jerseys at these championships, ahead of Kopecky into the silver medal position.

Archibald continued to race tactically, taking intermediate sprint points throughout the race and ensuring that WIld and Kopecky did not gain any opportunities to surpass her points score.

"I wanted to attack the first of the points race so that I could maintain the second half," said Archibald.

"It never works out that way, so I'm nailed but I guess it was worth it!"

Archibald in the hunt

Men's points race

Ollie Wood took a lap on the field and won a sprint to move into third place after 50 laps of the 150 lap points race.

With 60 laps remaining, Wood took a further two sprint points and moved into the silver medal position.

Men's points race

A lap from Belgian rider Kenny de Ketele moved Wood back to third place, where the competition for bronze was only tight between the British rider and riders from the Netherlands, Poland and Belarus.

Wood finished the race in fourth place, just three points off the bronze medal, as the Belarussian Raman Ramanau took vital sprint points to snatch the podium spot.

Women’s sprint

Rachel James set the seventh fastest time of 11.175 seconds in her qualifying lap for the women’s sprint competition.

Ellie Richardson was just outside of the 12 qualifiers in 12th place with a time of 11.697.

James started her 1/8 final in the first position on the start line but managed to gain an advantageous position, high up the banking, as her opponent Tatiana Kisleva of Russia took the lead.

Women's sprint

Unable to overpower the Russian, James contested the 1/8 repecharges and finished second meaning she would contest the 9-12 place final.

James hung back as her three opponents set the pace and waited to make her move until the third lap, when she accelerated off the penultimate bend and sped home to take ninth place.

Men’s individual pursuit

Mark Stewart returned to the velodrome after the rigours of the men’s omnium on Friday and put himself in the mix of the men’s individual pursuit with a time of 4:25.037.

Stewart finished the competition in 13th place, while Senior Academy rider Matt Bostock took 22nd place with a time of 4:30.148.

Men's individual pursuit


Men's individual pursuit

Women's omnium

Men's points race