Matthew Walls and the duo of Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny struck gold as Great Britain finished the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup in London with a flourish this afternoon.
Archibald and Kenny teamed up for the women’s Madison, and scored in all but one of the sprints before a phenomenal final lap from Kenny made sure of the victory.
The triumph represents the pair’s second gold medal of the weekend after their team pursuit win on Friday evening.
After today’s race, Kenny said:
“We rode well as a pair. I felt very aware of where we needed to be throughout the race, and we were coming in for the sprints at the right time. We bring something very different – I couldn’t have led out for six laps like Katie did, and we planned for me to be in for the final sprint – and it worked.
“I knew we didn’t actually need to win that final sprint, because Australia had already gone backwards, but you want to please the home crowd! I went absolutely full gas, and absolutely loved it!”
Australia – represented by Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson – took silver, while Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore of Belgium completed the podium.
Walls then gave the home crowd more to celebrate, as he completed his full set of weekend medals with a stunning victory in the men’s omnium.
Consistent finishes of third (scratch race), second (tempo race) and second (elimination race) gave Walls a lead going into the final event of the day, the points race.
Mexico’s Ignacio Prado threatened that lead by drawing level with Walls’ overall points tally as he gained a lap on the field, but the 20-year-old Briton – who won team pursuit bronze and Madison silver earlier on this weekend – wasn’t to be denied, as he proved too strong for Prado in the closing stages.
Elsewhere, Team Inspired’s Jack Carlin was agonisingly edged out of the medal positions in the men’s sprint, losing a deciding race for bronze to Dutchman Jeffrey Hoogland. Hoogland’s compatriot, Harrie Lavreysen, claimed gold ahead of Australia’s world champion Matthew Glaetzer.
Earlier in the competition, Ryan Owens was defeated at the quarter-final stage by European champion Hoogland, and Jason Kenny was edged out by Mateusz Rudyk in the previous round.
Katy Marchant also came up just short in the women’s keirin, finishing fourth in the final after she battled through the rounds via the repechage. Australia’s Stephanie Morton took gold, Daria Shmeleva (Russia) silver and Poland’s Urzsula Los bronze.