Madison silver for Barker and Nelson at Track World Cup

Madison silver for Barker and Nelson at Track World Cup

05 November 2017 / 20:55

Elinor Barker and Emily Nelson were left beaming after a dramatic dash for the line the final sprint race saw them scoop Madison World Cup silver in Poland.

Barker and Nelson ended the Madison on 23 points, six behind reigning Belgian pair of Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’hoore in the saddles, at the first TISSOT UCI Track World Cup event of the season.

A tenacious victory in the final sprint ensured they took home silver, which they also won at the world championships in Hong Kong earlier this year, ahead of Italian duo Natale Confalonieri and Elisa Balsamo at the BGZ Arena in Pruszkow.

 

Nelson added a second medal to a memorable individual championships, having already scooped bronze with Neah Evans, Manon Lloyd and Emily Kay in the women’s team pursuit on Saturday.

The silver was Olympic and triple world champion Barker’s first of the championship having narrowly being edged out of a podium finish in Saturday’s women’s omnium.

Elsewhere, Chris Latham was on course for a medal in the men’s omnium after strong rides in the first two rounds, but a seventh-place finish in the elimination race left him fifth overall and with too much to do in the final points race.

Latham finished seventh on 106 points, 41 adrift of Switzerland’s Claudio Imhof in third, while Niklas Larsen of Denmark and Polish rider Szymon Sajnok won respective gold and silver.

Earlier in the day, Katy Marchant and Rachel James exited the keirin in the repechages, while Lewis Oliva and Ryan Owens were eliminated in the 1/8 finals of the men’s sprint, Oliva beating fellow Brit Joe Truman en route.

Philip Hindes, representing 100% ME, was beaten by Australian Matthew Glaetzer, who booked his place in the semi-finals after victory over the two-time Olympic champion.

Lloyd and Ciara Horne both rode well in the individual pursuit, but did not make the medal races, while Marchant and Sophie Capewell, in their first ever World Cup as a pair, also missed out on a medal ride despite clocking a respectable 33.391.

It capped a solid display by Britain’s cyclists ahead of the second round of the World Cup in Manchester next week.

Owens, Truman and Jack Carlin won men's team sprint bronze on Saturday, seeing off Germany in the race for third and fourth.

Photo: SWpix.com
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