Track World Championships day 5: Trott wins Omnium, Wiggins/Cavendish with Madison gold

Sprint one-two for China, Joachim Eilers wins men's keirin title

After five days of competition, the Track World Championships came to a close with the final four gold medals awarded to the victors. Following a poor start to the week Great Britain ended with a bang, claiming two medals in the women's omnium and the Madision. Germany took another gold with Joachim Eilers in the keirin and China dominated the sprint with Tianshi Zhong beating teammate Lin Junhong in the women's sprint. 

Madison

The 50 kilometre Madision closed out the five-day World Championships with 16 nations competing for the final gold medals of the competition. It was an aggressive ride from the off and several teams gained a lap on the bunch, putting themselves into prime position for the title.

One of those countries was Colombia with their newly crowned omnium champion Fernando Gaviria, who would later crash. France and Switzerland also stole laps, as did Australia thanks to a huge solo effort midway through the race.

The night would belong to the pairing of Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins, who racked up the most points in the first half of the race, but then faced a massive challenge of trying to steal back the lap on those four teams. They bided their time, waiting until the last 20 laps when Wiggins followed Albert Torres from Spain and the two teams worked together to lap the field despite a desperate chase from Australia.

Their celebration was short-lived as Cavendish touched wheels and crashed in a bend in the closing laps, but he managed to get back in the race and help the team finish sixth in the final sprint.

It was the second world title for the British pair, who last won in 2008 in a similar fashion.

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish 2016 Madison World Champions

Trott secures Omnium title after points race

Laura Trott won her second title at the 2016 UCI Track World Championships on Sunday afternoon, riding an assured points race to seal gold in the Omnium.

Trott, the reigning Olympic champion in the discipline, led by 12 points going into the sixth and final event, and she took 17 points across the 10 sprints to stretch out her lead at the top of the overall standings.

Laurie Berthon (France) and Sarah Hammer (USA) played out an entertaining tussle for second and third overall and after being neck and neck for much of the race it was the Frenchwoman who won the final sprint to take the silver medal.

"My coach said I should try and win the first sprint and after that I could relax a bit," said Trott, explaining her tactics. She did just that and, though she was prominent in other sprints, her main task was simply to mark Berthon and Hammer. 

"The Olympics is no different, I’m going there to win and I’m looking forward to it now," added the 23-year-old, sending out an ominous signal to her competitors in Rio after a week that also saw her collect scratch race gold and team pursuit bronze. 

Laura Trott (Great Britain) celebrates her Omnium gold medal

Eilers doubles up with Keirin title

Joachim Eilers capped a brilliant week in London by taking gold in the men’s Keirin on Sunday afternoon. The German was the strongest in a sprint that was fired up early and, having come to the front with a couple of laps to go he managed to hold his speed all the way to the line.

Ed Dawkins (New Zealand) was a not very close second, while Malaysia’s Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) took a second consecutive bronze medal in the discipline.

“I rode two laps at the front and no one was able to catch me – it was absolutely crazy,” he said before collecting his medal from the podium.

“I won two World Cups, was the World Cup leader, and now world champion, so I hope at the Olympics I can do it again,” he added, pointing to his rich vein of recent form and heightened expectations ahead of Rio this summer.

There were roars of approval inside the London velodrome as Jason Kenny wound up his sprint but then confused silence as the recently-crowned sprint champion, having had to start from behind, cracked and sat up with half a lap to go.

Joachim Eilers (Germany) with the keirin world championship

Zhong cruises to sprint gold in all-China final

Tianshi Zhong was a dominant force in the women’s sprint competition, beating defending champion Kristina Vogel (Germany) in the semifinal before comfortably seeing off Lin Junhong in an all-Chinese final.

The 25-year-old, who won gold in the team sprint at last year’s Worlds, only needed two rounds to get past both competitors in the best-of-three match ups. In the gold medal-winning ride, Junhong led out into the final lap but Zhong came round with ease and by the line her advantage was a good few bike lengths.

The bronze medal went to Vogel, who eased past Olympic champion Anna Meares (Australia) in the third/fourth place ride, taking it 2-0.

Tianshi Zhong and Lin Junhong (China) celebrate gold and silver in the sprint

Women's Omnium 500m Time Trial

Following an exhilarating elimination race to close proceedings on day four, the women’s omnium picked up once again in the penultimate session of the Track World Championships. The 20 riders had a 500-metre test against the clock with Australia’s Annette Edmondson bouncing back from a disappointing opening few events to take the victory.

Edmondson’s time of 35.095 was just under five hundredths of a second quicker than Laurie Berthon of France. She remained fifth in the overall classification but has closed the gap with two events still to go. Laura Trott (Great Britain) put some distance between herself and Sarah Hammer (United States) at the top of the standings with third place in the time trial. 14 points now separate the two after Hammer could only manage 10th.

Annette Edmondson wins the 500m time trial in the omnium

Women's Individual Sprint – Quarter Finals

The women’s sprint competition also resumed after the qualification rounds of Saturday morning. The match-up of the round was heat one where Australian teammates Anna Meares and Stephanie Morton went head to head. Meares claimed victory in the opening bout but Morton forced it to a decider by claiming the second by a fine margin. It was not so close in the final round as Meares took the initiative and beat Morton by more than a bike’s length.

Defending champion Kristina Vogel (Germany) made it through in two straight fights, despite the best efforts of Natasha Hansen (New Zealand). China got both their riders through to the next round with Lin Junhong and Tianshi Zhong taking it in two also.

Men's Keirin

There were a few surprises in the opening round of the Keirin as two of last year’s medallists failed to automatically qualify and had to go through the repechage. Defending champion Francois Pervis (France) completely blew up in the final lap of his heat and trailed home in last place, continuing a terrible competition for the French team.

Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia) found himself boxed in during his heat, which only saw four riders finish after a crash, and took third. Newly crowned sprint champion Jason Kenny (Great Britain) had no such problems, sailing through as the winner of the heat. The man who finished second to Kenny in the individual sprint, Matthew Glaetzer (Australia), was also sent packing into the repechage.

Edward Dawkins (New Zealand) was the only rider from the 2015 podium to make it through cleanly, finishing second to Yuta Wakimoto heat two. Dawkins’ teammate Sam Webster also went through into round two, which will be the first event up in the afternoon session.

Pervis and Awang would salvage their Keirin competition in the repechage by winning their heats. Glaetzer didn't go as well and found himself out of the competition sooner than he would have wanted. 

Women's Omnium Flying Lap

Consistency has been the watch word for Laura Trott and while she hadn’t won an event yet she has been in the top three in each one. Trott continued that run with third place in the flying lap to extend her lead in the overall competition. Laurie Berthon moved herself up to second overall with a solid performance to take the third fastest time. Sarah Hammer, who does not favour the short events, slipped down to third while Annette Edmondson moved up a position into fourth.

Canada’s Alison Beveridge posted the quickest time of the event as the only rider to break the 14-second barrier. Her time of 13.924 also broke the velodrome record set by Trott as she rode to victory in the Olympic Games.

The omnium will conclude with the points race during the evening session.

Men's Madison Final

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bradley Wiggins/Mark Cavendish (Great Britain)21 pts
2Morgan Kneisky/Benjamin Thomas (France)14 
3Sebastian Mora Vedri/Albert Torres Barcelo (Spain)12 
4Claudio Imhof/Thery Schir (Switzerland)11 
5Cameron Meyer/Callum Scotson (Australia)10 
6Jordan Arley Parra Arias/Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Colombia)6 
7 (-1 lap)Kenny De Ketele/Moreno De Pauw (Belgium)15 
8Martin Blaha/Vojtech Hacecky (Czech Republic)1 
9Kersten Thiele/Domenic Weinstein (Germany)1 
10Andreas Mueller/Andreas Graf (Austria)1 
11Pieter Bulling/Luke Mudgway (New Zealand)1 
12Alex Rasmussen/Jesper Morkov (Denmark)2 
13Dion Beukeboom/Wim Stroetinga (Netherlands)2 
14King Lok Cheung/Chun Wing Leung (Hong Kong)  
15Elia Viviani/Liam Bertazzo (Italy)10 pts
DNFVladyslav Kreminskyi/Roman Gladysh (Ukraine)  
Keirin Round 1 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sam Webster (New Zealand)  
2Chaebin Im (Korea)  
3Adam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)  
4Nikita Shurshin (Russian Federation)  
5Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)  
6Francois Pervis (France)  
Keirin Round 1 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)  
2Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)  
3Hugo Barrette (Canada)  
4Jacob Schmid (Australia)  
5Francesco Ceci (Italy)  
6Chao Xu (China)  
Keirin Round 1 Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
2Jason Kenny (Great Britain)  
3Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
4Rafal Sarnecki (Poland)  
5Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands)  
6Matthew Baranoski (United States)  
Keirin Round 1 Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joachim Eilers (Germany)  
2Sergii Omelchenko (Azerbaijan)  
3Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata (Colombia)  
4Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic)  
5Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)  
6Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)  
7Michael D'Almeida (France)  
Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic)  
2Chao Xu (China)  
3Matthijs Buchli (Netherlands)  
DSQAdam Ptacnik (Czech Republic)  
Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Francois Pervis (France)  
2Francesco Ceci (Italy)  
3Rafal Sarnecki (Poland)  
4Hugo Barrette (Canada)  
Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
2Andrii Vynokurov (Ukraine)  
3Jacob Schmid (Australia)  
4Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)  
Keirin Round 1 Repechage Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nikita Shurshin (Russian Federation)  
2Matthew Glaetzer (Australia)  
3Fabian Hernando Puerta Zapata (Colombia)  
4Michael D'Almeida (France)  
5Matthew Baranoski (United States)  
Men's Keirin Round 2 Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joachim Eilers (Germany)  
2Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)  
3Jason Kenny (Great Britain)  
4Nikita Shurshin (Russian Federation)  
5Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic)  
6Sam Webster (New Zealand)  
Men's Keirin Round 2 Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
2Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
3Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)  
4Francois Pervis (France)  
5Sergii Omelchenko (Azerbaijan)  
6Chaebin Im (Korea)  
Men's Keirin Final 1-6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Joachim Eilers (Germany)  
2Edward Dawkins (New Zealand)  
3Azizulhasni Awang (Malaysia)  
4Maximilian Levy (Germany)  
5Yuta Wakimoto (Japan)  
6Jason Kenny (Great Britain)  
Men's Keirin Final 7-12
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
7Sergii Omelchenko (Azerbaijan)  
8Nikita Shurshin (Russian Federation)  
9Chaebin Im (Korea)  
10Sam Webster (New Zealand)  
11Pavel Kelemen (Czech Republic)  
12Francois Pervis (France)  
Women's Sprint 1/4 Final Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Meares (Australia)  
2Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
Women's Sprint 1/4 Final Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tianshi Zhong (China)  
2Kate O'Brien (Canada)  
Women's Sprint 1/4 Final Heat 3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
2Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)  
Women's Sprint 1/4 Final Heat 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lin Junhong (China)  
2Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)  
Women's Sprint 5-8th Place Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
5Natasha Hansen (New Zealand)  
6Kate O'Brien (Canada)  
7Wai Sze Lee (Hong Kong)  
8Stephanie Morton (Australia)  
Women's Sprint Semifinal Heat 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Lin Junhong (China)  
2Anna Meares (Australia)  
Women's Sprint Semifinal Heat 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tianshi Zhong (China)  
2Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
Women's Sprint Gold Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tianshi Zhong (China)  
2Lin Junhong (China)  
Women's Sprint Bronze Medal Final
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Kristina Vogel (Germany)  
4Anna Meares (Australia)  
Women's Omnium 500m TT
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annette Edmondson (Australia)0:00:35.095 
2Laurie Berthon (France)0:00:35.143 
3Laura Trott (Great Britain)0:00:35.273 
4Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)0:00:35.424 
5Allison Beveridge (Canada)0:00:35.567 
6Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)0:00:35.672 
7Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:00:35.705 
8Sakura Tsukagoshi (Japan)0:00:35.940 
9Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)0:00:36.050 
10Sarah Hammer (United States)0:00:36.330 
11Anna Knauer (Germany)0:00:36.418 
12Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)0:00:36.620 
13Lauren Ellis (New Zealand)0:00:36.747 
14Tamara Balabolina (Russian Federation)0:00:36.776 
15Simona Frapporti (Italy)0:00:36.784 
16Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)0:00:36.848 
17Xiao Ling Luo (China)0:00:36.872 
18Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong)0:00:37.072 
19Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)0:00:37.172 
20Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)0:00:37.705 
Women's Omnium Flying Lap
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Allison Beveridge (Canada)0:00:13.924 
2Laurie Berthon (France)0:00:14.012 
3Laura Trott (Great Britain)0:00:14.216 
4Annette Edmondson (Australia)0:00:14.232 
5Sarah Hammer (United States)0:00:14.275 
6Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)0:00:14.372 
7Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)0:00:14.395 
8Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)0:00:14.409 
9Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)0:00:14.551 
10Lauren Ellis (New Zealand)0:00:14.555 
11Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)0:00:14.558 
12Sakura Tsukagoshi (Japan)0:00:14.562 
13Anna Knauer (Germany)0:00:14.618 
14Simona Frapporti (Italy)0:00:14.714 
15Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong)0:00:14.742 
16Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)0:00:14.809 
17Xiao Ling Luo (China)0:00:14.836 
18Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)0:00:14.851 
19Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)0:00:15.103 
20Tamara Balabolina (Russian Federation)0:00:15.104 

Women's Omnium final standings

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Trott (Great Britain)201 pts
2Laurie Berthon (France)183 
3Sarah Hammer (United States)182 
4Allison Beveridge (Canada)159 
5Annette Edmondson (Australia)158 
6Jolien D'Hoore (Belgium)157 
7Kirsten Wild (Netherlands)153 
8Lauren Ellis (New Zealand)143 
9Marlies Mejias Garcia (Cuba)124 
10Amalie Dideriksen (Denmark)119 
11Leire Olaberria Dorronsoro (Spain)100 
12Simona Frapporti (Italy)98 
13Anna Knauer (Germany)95 
14Mei Yu Hsiao (Chinese Taipei)82 
15Tatsiana Sharakova (Belarus)73 
16Xiao Ling Luo (China)70 
17Angie Sabrina Gonzalez (Venezuela)67 
18Sakura Tsukagoshi (Japan)62 
19Xiao Juan Diao (Hong Kong)56 
20Tamara Balabolina (Russian Federation)48 

 

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