After a four year wait, Laura Trott has re-claimed the rainbow stripes in the Omnium at the UCI World Championships held in London.
The 23-year-old who won Olympic gold in the Omnium and Team Pursuit in London in 2012 was part of GB’s Bronze medal Pursuit team at the 2016 World Champs, and also claimed an individual win in the Scratch as well as the Omnium.
The discipline is made up of a culmination of points from the Scratch Race, Individual Pursuit, Elimination Race, Time Trial, Flying Lap and Points Race. Trott was neck and neck with USA’s Sarah Hammer going into Sunday’s events, but by the dawn of the points race was already 12 points up. She then went on to claim the first and fifth sprint, picking up points on the third, sixth and eight race for the line as well – giving her an overall lead of 18 ahead of France’s Laurie Berthon.
Trott’s win sits alongside four further gold medals for GB, as well as one silver and three bronze medals, two of which come from sprinter Becky James and the Team Pursuit squad. The results put the blue, red and white skinsuits top of the leaderboard – a promising sight ahead of the Rio games.
What a pretty, pretty medal table. That’s the final standings from the 2016 Track World Champs. Awesome by GB! ???????? pic.twitter.com/00gdIUyYF1
— Team GB (@TeamGB) March 6, 2016
The exceptional performances come on the same weekend the World Champ Lizzie Armitstead won the first race of the new UCI Women’s World Tour – Strade Bianche – a strong suggestion that if all this success continues, Britain’s women in cycling can certainly expect an exciting Olympics ahead.