Team GB place second in Track Cycling World Cup after winning 3 golds at the Manchester event
Victories in the Women’s Madison as well as both the Men’s and Women’s Team Pursuit secured a trio of gold medals for Britain. The 3 day event hosted in Manchester was the second of five Track Cycling World Cup weekends, following on from the opening event in Pruszków, Poland last week.
Steven Burke, Kian Emadi, Ed Clancy, Ollie Wood won the first gold of the weekend with victory over Denmark in the men’s team pursuit, breezing past the competition and finishing 5.688 seconds quicker than the Danes. Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker built upon the earlier success of the men’s team, triumphing in the women’s madison after a closely contested race. The duo combined for a total of 32 points, edging out world champions Belgium by just two points.
Not satisfied with just the one gold medal, Archibald and Barker followed up their Saturday victories with another track success on Sunday. Joined by Emily Nelson and Neah Evans, the women’s pursuit team blew away their Italian counterparts, posting a time of 4:16:803. Finishing nearly 5 seconds faster than their opponents, the time marked the fastest time for the British team since their gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Team GB finished second in the medal table, just behind Germany, who claimed 4 golds at the event. The next weekend of the Track Cycling World Cup is set to take place in 3 weeks in Milton, Canada