Track World Cup Gold for Laura Trott

Team Pursuit Squad take an impressive Bronze despite being one rider down

Image: Guy Swarbrick for British Cycling

Laura Trott triumphed against the competition and earned Gold in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Omnium this weekend, whilst the Team Pursuit squad secured Bronze despite racing with a roster of just three riders against other nation’s quartets.

Gold medallist Trott dominated the six events, finishing with 213 points, 53 ahead of next best rider France’s Laurie Berthon.

Trott won three European titles in October and looks to be in fine form for the fast approaching summer Olympics in Rio.

The Great British Women’s Team Pursuit squad was thrilled with their Bronze, after taking to the final with just three riders.

Image: Guy Swarbrick for British Cycling

The team qualified with Laura Trott, Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell Shand, and raced the final with Rowsell Shand, Katie Archibald and Ciara Horne. Elinor Barker was unwell and unable to race, but the rules state the team must start with four riders.

Barker took to the track, but pulled off once the 16 laps of the Alicides Nieto Patino velodrome began. The team of thee then continued, beating the Chinese by less two tenths of a second.

Rowsell Shand told British Cycling: “Racing with three was quite a battle but we enjoyed it and got it, just, thanks to Elinor for putting us up on the line when she wasn’t feeling up for it.”


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