Superb silver for Nelson and Barker

Superb silver for Nelson and Barker

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson won silver in the Madison on the final day of the opening round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup.

The duo scored 23 points at the BGZ Arena in Pruszkow, Poland as the Belgian world champions of Jolien D’Hoore and Lotte Kopecky took the gold with 29.

Barker and Nelson - who also won silver at the world championships in Hong Kong earlier in the year - started cautiously as they eyed up the rest of the field and saw the Belgians on 11 points after three sprints.

That was the trigger for the British riders to attack - and they won the fourth sprint and attempted to take a lap, before being reeled in by the rest of the field.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson win Madison silver at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

They won a further eight points in the next two sprints, but the class of the world champions was on show as they picked up points in every sprint throughout the race.

Britain’s only chance of gold was to win the final double points sprint - which they did - and to hope that Belgium wouldn’t take any points, but D’Hoore and Kopecky were on Barker and Nelson’s tail to take second place in the sprint and to secure the win.

Bronze went to Italy’s Maria Confalonieri and Elisa Balsamo with 13 points.

Chris Latham finished seventh in the omnium as Denmark’s Niklas Larsen dominated in Pruszkow.

Latham took sixth place in the opening scratch race, and followed that up with 32 points in the tempo race, finishing fifth.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Chris Latham finishes seventh in the omnium at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

That left Latham in third at the halfway mark, but he dropped two places following a seventh place finish in the elimination race.

Entering the final points race, Latham had 90 points in fifth place, with bronze eight points ahead of him and Niklas Larsen of Denmark in front on 116.

Latham earned sprint points throughout but was unable to take a lap - something the young Dane had no problem with as he lapped the field three times on his way to a sensational victory on 191 points.

Latham finished seventh on 104, with silver going to Szymon Sajnok of Poland on 149 and Switzerland’s Clauido Imhof getting bronze two points behind.

Sprint

In the men’s sprint, representing 100% me, Phil Hindes booked a place in the 1/8 finals by producing the fourth fastest qualifying time of 9.755.

Great Britain Cycling Team’s Ryan Owens, Joe Truman and Team Wales’ Lewis Oliva also qualified, but went into the 1/16 finals.

In a battle of the Brits, Oliva pipped Truman to the win with Owens also progressing.

100% me's Phil Hindes finished sixth in the sprint at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

In the 1/8 finals Hindes beat Colombia’s Zapata with Owens getting past New Zealand’s Mitchell, but Oliva failed to progress further.

Owens went up against Poland’s Matteus Rudyk, with the home hero coming out on top by two races to nil.

It was the same result for 100% me’s Hindes against Matthew Glaetzer, with the Australian booking his place in the semi-finals.

Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant paired up for the team sprint, with a tough draw against Germany.

In their first-ever world cup as a duo, the pair produced a time of 33.931, but missed out on a medal ride.

Marchant then moved onto the keirin, just missing out on a second round place in a photo-finish.

She was placed in the repechages, as was Team Wales’ Rachel James, with neither rider able to progress.

In the individual pursuit, Manon Lloyd set a time of 3:42.395 in qualifying - more than two seconds faster than her time at the European championships just two weeks earlier.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Manon Lloyd competes in the individual pursuit at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Team Wales’ Ciara Horne went just under two seconds faster, stopping the clock in 3:40.415 to finish sixth - with Lloyd taking 12th place in qualifying.

National champions Team KGF started at a blistering pace in the team pursuit qualifiers, looking certain to make the bronze medal ride-off.

But those early efforts proved too much as they faded in the final kilometre, setting a time of 4:08.501 - a brave effort on their first showing at world cup level.

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