Archibald scoops second Track World Cup gold in Berlin
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Archibald scoops second Track World Cup gold in Berlin

01 December 2018 / 21:05

Olympic champion Katie Archibald emphatically showed her class with her second TISSOT UCI Track World Cup gold of the weekend in Berlin.

The Rio 2016 gold medallist followed up her team pursuit title with victory in the omnium, winning the first three events of the evening before bringing home the gold.

That was despite suffering a nasty-looking crash in the final points race, taken out by another rider in the closing stages in Germany.

Undeterred, the 24-year-old got back up and carried on – cruising to the line with a total of 132 points to take victory ahead of Italy’s Letizia Paternoster.

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

As a world champion in the event Archibald certainly knows what’s it about, crossing the line first in the scratch race to open her day in perfect style.

It was to get better, with victories in the tempo and elimination races taking her to a perfect 120 points with just one event left in the day.

Leading by 16 points and having kept her tally ticking over in the sprints, a heavy collision had threatened to derail her chances of gold.

But Archibald is no stranger to winning amidst adversity, once winning a Madison race with a broken wrist.

And her perseverance paid off, dusting herself down to cross the line with gold to celebrate.

She wasn’t the only British victor with Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart bagging Madison silver for the second consecutive World Cup race.

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

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 behind Denmark.

Six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny was also in action in Berlin, though the sprinter was unable to get beyond the repechage stage in the keirin.

The final day of action will see Laura Kenny return to the track, with the four-time Olympic gold medallist looking to add to her collection with Emily Nelson in the Madison, an event that will make its Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

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