Seventh in madison for duo Hayter and Wood at world championships

Seventh in madison for duo Hayter and Wood at world championships

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Having won a silver medal together in the team pursuit on Thursday evening, Ethan Hayter and Ollie Wood finished seventh together in the men’s madison race on the final day of competition in Poland.

The pairing started the race, following attacks and gaining a lap with 120 laps to go, putting them provisionally into fourth and within touching distance of the podium spots.

It was from this point that both the riders were left chasing the race, having to chase on to the back of the bunch at one nervous moment.

Bronze medallist in the omnium on Saturday, Hayter said:

“You can have a bit of a plan, but we should have had a bit more composure. We knew there would be laps to win and that’s what we tried to do but, we missed the move that first went and spent quite a lot, I can’t remember a lot of it, [but we] ending up taking [the lap] ourselves.”

Teammate Wood said: “For whatever reason we couldn’t recover, or get in the right position to recover, and from then on it was tough. The bunch was full gas, there was always someone trying to take a lap.

“When it’s like that, there’s always people taking all sorts of risks, you’re over, you’re under, unless you’re at the front, you’re just a passenger, you’re spectating the race and that was our mistake I think.”

After competing with Elinor Barker in Saturday evening’s women’s Madison, Neah Evans could only manage seventh in the women’s points race on the final day of competition.

Evans crashed half way through yesterday’s Madison, but still took to the line in Pruszkow for the race.

Having won the national points race title back in January, the Scottish-rider, was unable to emulate her performance where she beat fellow British riders from the podium programme.

Alexandre Manly of Australia was the winner of the race, besting Ireland’s Lydia Boylan by one point after taking third in the final sprint.

After winning silver at the track world cup in Hong Kong back in January in the keirin, Katy Marchant started the event on the final day of the world championships having already competed in the team sprint, 500m time trial and sprint events.

Yorkshire-born, Marchant missed out on the win in the first round, and it looked like she would leave the competition after missing out in the keirin repechages.

New Zealand’s Olivia Podmore was relegated for exiting the sprinters line and it was deemed Marchant would progress to the quarter finals.

A strong heat wasn’t the ideal draw for Marchant who charged early with her sprint but would cross the line last and wouldn’t continue to the semi-final.

Speaking of her overall championships, Marchant said:

“There’s been a few people panicking around these world championships. And for Great Britain we have had a very average competition.

“But to remind myself I had a look back at where we were in Paris four years ago and we were about where we are now. So, I would say we’re definitely going in the right direction.

“But I’ve had by far my strongest season this year, competing in all six world cups. I’m probably one of the only riders in this arena who can say that. That took its toll. But hopefully now we can spend the next year finding that peak speed again.”