Madison gold for Kenny and Nelson in Berlin
Cycling Track

Madison gold for Kenny and Nelson in Berlin

02 December 2018 / 18:27

Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson charged to a supreme triumph in the Madison as Great Britain ended the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Berlin with five medals.

It was the second title for the pair after they had ridden to team pursuit glory on Friday night, and added to Katie Archibald’s magnificent omnium win on Saturday.

There was a silver lining for Britain’s men’s sprint team, who were runners-up on the opening night, while John Archibald and Ollie Wood ensured Madison silver on day two.

Despite several Brits hoping to end the championships on a high, it was just Nelson and Kenny that managed to force their way on the podium.

They were a cut above the rest of the field in the Madison, winning four out of the eight sprints and taking points from each round.

Danish riders Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt momentarily flew to the top of the leaderboard after they took a lap in the later stages to put the Brits’ win in doubt.

However, Kenny and Nelson powered clear in the final dash to take double points and confirm a superb win on the Berlin boards, finishing on 37 points, nine ahead of the Danes.

Elsewhere, Ollie Wood put in a courageous shift in the omnium, but an early exit from the elimination leg of the four-event competition cost him dearly, and despite gaining a lap in the points race, he could only manage 11th.

Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes would have had their eyes on being among the medal positions at the start of the day, following on from the Friday night team silver.

However, they came up against two respective class acts in Rayan Helal and Matthijs Buchli and were eliminated at the 1/8 stage.

Frenchman Helal, who went on to win bronze, haunted another British rider, Joe Truman, in the quarter-finals as he beat the Brit – riding for Team Inspired – in two rounds, while Dutchman Buchli lost to Matthew Glaetzer of Australia in the final.

Katy Marchant was flying the flag in the women’s keirin, but her challenge was ended after failing to win her repechage following a third-place finish in the opening heats.

Nelson and Kenny’s victory was Britain’s third gold, after Katie Archibald bounced back from a crash to take omnium gold on Saturday and the three of them conspired to power the women’s team pursuit to the title on the opening evening.

Kenny and Hindes had already won team sprint silver, alongside Ryan Owens in Saturday’s final, while Wood and John Archibald sealed men’s Madison silver on day two.

Sportsbeat 2018

Picture: SWpix.com