Great Britain Cycling Team leave track worlds with six medals

Great Britain Cycling Team leave track worlds with six medals

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Great Britain Cycling Team ended a superb 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships with six medals after five days of racing in Apeldoorn.

Despite being unable to add to their tally on Sunday, the team leave the Omnisport Apeldoorn with two golds, three silvers and one bronze medal - third in the medal table behind hosts Netherlands and Germany.

Team sprint silver on day one, followed by a first men’s team pursuit gold since 2012 and women’s team pursuit silver on day two gave Britain a strong start in Netherlands.

Points race bronze for Mark Stewart on day three was backed up with a stunning Saturday which saw 20-year-old Jack Carlin win sprint silver, and Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson win Madison gold.

“We’ve had a fantastic week here in Apeldoorn,” performance director Stephen Park said.

“The team have really performed well, in a fantastic atmosphere, and we’re thrilled with the whole week. To come away with a good medal haul is really pleasing and sets us up well going through to the Commonwealth Games for some riders and Olympic qualification later in the year.”

Sunday’s action

Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart missed out on bronze by just one point after an epic effort over 200 laps in the Madison.

Wood and points race bronze medallist Stewart took six points on the last sprint to finish on 36 with Australia’s Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson on 37.

Britain were the only nation in the top four not to collect a 20-point lap gain but sprinted well to stay in the medal hunt.

Germany won gold with 53 points with Spain taking silver on 45 points.

Elinor Barker finished 12th in the points race with seven points as Kirsten Wild took the world title with 49 points. Jennifer Valente won silver as Jasmin Duehring collected bronze.

Barker had taken to the start line to attempt to defend the title despite crashing in the omnium on Friday. The Olympic team pursuit champion rode bravely over the 100 laps with an unsuccessful lap again attempt after 50 laps, collecting one sprint win and one third place .

In the kilo, Callum Skinner narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final. The Olympic team sprint champion set a time of 1:00.778 to take ninth with the top eight moving into the final.

Joe Truman finished 12th in 1:01.464 with three riders went under 60 seconds in qualifying.

Katy Marchant completed her championships with ninth in the keirin after taking third in the minor final. The Olympic bronze medallist was second in the first round to book her place round two, where fourth saw her miss out on reaching the main final.