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Archibald storms to omnium gold despite late crash in Berlin

Archibald storms to omnium gold despite late crash in Berlin

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The faultless Katie Archibald recovered from a final-race crash to claim her second title of the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup weekend with victory in the omnium.

The three-time world champion was taken out in the points race but recovered valiantly, riding her way to Berlin victory after dominating the first three races of the day.

That saw her join Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood on the German podium, the two securing their second successive Madison silver with a dramatic late finish of their own.

The pair won maximum points in the final two sprints to usurp world champions Germany and take second spot, with Denmark once again taking gold.

Archibald hits omnium perfection

After Laura Kenny’s gold in Milton last time out, back-to-back World Cup omnium titles were on the line for the Brits with Archibald tasked with the four-race test this time around.

World champion in the event in 2017, Archibald certainly replicated that form and started on the perfect note, crossing the line first to take victory in the scratch race.

It was to get better for the 24-year-old, winning the tempo race to head into the evening session with 80 points from a possible 80, leading Italy’s Letizia Paternoster by eight points.

Katie Archibald celebrates her omnium gold

Still Archibald – who was part of the team pursuit quintet to strike gold on the opening night – wasn’t done there, dramatically holding off Annette Edmondson to win the elimination race.

That saw her leading with just the points race to go, though a heavy collision in the closing stages had threatened to derail her chances.

But triumphing through injury is not an unfamiliar task for a rider who once won a Madison with a broken wrist, adding 12 points to her total to finish with a hefty 132.

That was ultimately 14 clear of silver medallist Paternoster while America’s Jennifer Valente secured bronze after being beaten by the Italian in the final sprint.

Silver lining continues for Stewart and Wood

Silver in Canada and now silver in Berlin, it’s a colour of medal that’s becoming more and more familiar for Stewart and Wood.

The two have both enjoyed a bounty of individual medals in the World Cup season but once again they teamed up superbly, second place their prize in Germany.

Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood won Madison silver

They did so by upsetting the home favourites, pipping world champions Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt in the final sprint to earn a higher place in the podium.

Indeed, that was the reward for a wonderful late effort, taking a maximum 15 points from the final two sprints to finish with another medal to their names.

Once again Denmark proved the team to beat, Lasse Norman Hansen and Casper von Folsach taking a lap to finish with 44 points, 14 clear of the British duo.

Marchant reaches sprint quarter-finals

As it did in Canada, the women’s sprint threw up a battle of Britain, with Katy Marchant overcoming compatriot Lauren Bate in the 1/16 final.

But Olympic bronze medallist Marchant was far from done there, reaching the quarter final before missing out to eventual champion Stephanie Morton.

The men’s keirin also had British representation with Team Inspired’s Joe Truman reaching the B final, coming eighth overall, while Jason Kenny missed out in the repechage.

The final day of competition will see the roles reversed as the men compete in the sprint, with the women’s sprinters taking on the keirin.

The women’s Madison will take centre stage as does the 500m time trial, with the men taking part in the omnium across the day.

More information on the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup, London, can be found here.