Silver service for Kenny and Archibald

Olympic champions Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald ended the European Track Cycling Championships on a high as both won their third medals of the week in Apeldoorn.

The duo teamed up to win silver in the women’s madison with 31 points, just two points behind Danish winners Amalie Dideriksen and Julie Leth.

The Olympic team pursuit champions began the race brightly winning the first two sprints but after a missed changeover in the fourth sprint they lost a bit of momentum.

However, they recovered well to win the eighth and tenth sprint before taking double points in the final sprint to give themselves a chance of clinching gold, but the Danes were on their wheels to snatch the title.

Earlier in the week, Archibald and Kenny were joined by Neah Evans and Ellie Dickson as they claimed gold in the team pursuit; while the 25-year-old Scot secured bronze in the individual pursuit and four-time Olympic champion Kenny won silver in the omnium.

After securing Great Britain’s ninth medal of the championships, Archibald believes there were plenty of positives to take from the performances.

“I’m exhausted – we put everything into that,” Archibald said.

“I’ve got stuff to work on personally and we’ve got ways we can improve as a team, so while I wish we had scored those two more points for gold, I still feel optimistic about future races.”

Elsewhere Matt Walls and Ollie Wood brought the competition to a close, as they finished eighth in the men’s madison.


Sportsbeat 2019