Britain second overall after final World Cup round in Cali

19 January 2015 / 10:41

After a challenging final day at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia, Great Britain did enough to seal a second-place overall finish.

The 16-person squad for the Colombian round included several Olympic academy programme riders to give them top-flight international competition experience.

And following a bronze in the men’s team pursuit from day two, Britain’s riders were less lucky on Sunday as Emily Kay finished the women’s omnium in 18th place.

Kay had started the day in 13th but, after finishing 19th in the 500-metre time trial and 22nd in the flying lap, the 19-year-old found herself back in 17th heading into the points race.

And she slipped one more spot after the final event as the Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild took gold, silver going to Spain’s Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro and bronze taken by Germany’s Anna Knauer.

In the men’s omnium Oliver Wood managed a 14th place finish after he picked up 21 points in the points race – gold going to Maximillian Beyer of Germany.

There was disappointment for Jess Varnish who failed to progress beyond the first round of the women’s keirin.

She finished third in the first round and then second in the repechage behind China’s Lin Junhong, bringing her competition to an end with a 13th place finish overall.

And in the men’s sprint Lewis Oliva and Matt Crampton both failed to qualify for the last 16 with the former losing out to Australia’s Patrick Constable and the latter going down to eventual winner Denis Dmitriev.

The final action meant Great Britain finished in second with 3704 points in the overall standings ahead of Australia who finished on 3398.5 – Germany taking top spot with 4037.5.

© Sportsbeat 2015