Madison silver for Britain's Barker and Nelson at UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Madison silver for Britain's Barker and Nelson at UCI Track Cycling World Championships

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Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson won silver for the Great Britain Cycling Team at the inaugural women’s Madison at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Olympic champion Barker, 22, and worlds debutant Nelson, 20, collected 34 points over 120 laps to finish behind Belgium duo Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D'Hoore on 44 points.

Great Britain Cycling Team have now won four medals in Hong Kong - one gold, two silver and one bronze.

"I was nervous because we'd only ridden one each before, we didn't know what to expect," Barker said. "I'm not surprised at all by the Belgians winning - they are a Madison nation, so hats off to them, they were impressive."

Nelson added: "I'm really happy, that was such an exciting race.

“I can't wait to do more of them. I think it should be in the Olympic programme."

Owens fourth in sprint

Ryan Owens took an encouraging fourth place in the men’s sprint to end his debut world championships.

The 21-year-old was defeated 2-0 in the bronze-medal final by New Zealand’s Ethan Mitchell.

Owens had defeated  Max Niederlag 2-1 in a thrilling quarter-final before losing out to Dutch rider Harrie Lavreysen in the semi-finals.

Archibald just misses medal ride

Newly crowned omnium world champion Katie Archibald was back in the individual pursuit with Eleanor Dickinson.

Archibald just missed on a bronze-medal ride, her qualifying time of 3:31.331 putting the 23-year-old in fifth.   

Dickinson, just 18 and making her world championships debut, clocked a new personal best in 3:34.982 for 12th place.

In the women’s 500m time trial, Olympic bronze medallist Katy Marchant was 13th in a time of 34.659 seconds.

Latham 18th in omnium

Scratch race bronze medallist Chris Latham had a challenging day in the omnium.

Twentieth place in both of the opening two events - the scratch race and tempo race - followed by 13th in the elimination race left Latham last heading in to the points race.

Two more points in the final event took Latham’s total to 22 and 18th overall as France's Benjamin Thomas won gold. 

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Great Britain Cycling Team at the 2017 UCI Track Cycling World Championships - day four