Junior Worlds: More medals for GB on final day


There were two more medals for Great Britain on the final day of racing at the Junior Track Cycling Worlds in Glasgow

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Dannielle Khan was beaten to the line in the Keirin which prevented the Solihull CC girl from winning her third Gold but two Golds and a Silver is still very very special. Emily Kay, from a neighbouring club, Halesowen CC before joining a pro team, won a Bronze medal in the Omnium after a storming final day.

Women’s Keirin
The final day started with the first round of the Women’s Keirin, and in heat two, first and second were the dominant women’s sprinters of these Championships, Dannielle Khan (GBR) and Nicky Degrendele (BEL).

In Round 2 of the Women’s Keirin, Degrandele (BEL), Kim (KOR), Kiseleva (RUS) moved routinely into the final of the Women’s Keirin. In the other heat, Britain’s Khan moved to the front with 250m to go, and opened four bike lengths to win alone. In her wake, Mélissandre Pain (FRA) and Martha Bayona (COL) took the remaining places in the final.

In the final of the Women’s Keirin for the medals, Mélissandre Pain (FRA) overcame the hot favourite, Dannielle Khan (GBR) with a brilliant, last gasp acceleration. Khan had ridden the final lap at the front, and, like she had in the Women’s sprint Match A for Gold, perhaps not timed the effort quite as well as she needed to and paid the price.

However, she still added a silver medal to the two golds she had won earlier in the week and is certainly a star of the future.


1 PAIN Melissandre FRA
2 KHAN Dannielle GBR
3 KIM Soojin KOR

Women’s Omnium


The Women’s Omnium resumed on day 2 of the event with the Individual Pursuit over two kilometres. Great Britain’s Emily Kay achieved the first sub-2:30 ride of the day. Her time of 2:28.858 – a Personal Best by four seconds – was threatened by Macey Stewart, who finished in 2:29.151, and never looked in danger again. Kay took the win, with Stewart second, and Anna Knauer (GER) third in 2:30.635.

The overnight Omnium leader, France;s Soline Lamboley, could finish no better than tenth, and dropped two places in the overall standings to third. Knauer replaced her at the top of the table with 10 points, followed by Stewart (AUS, 14 points), Lamboley (FRA, 15 points). Kay (GBR) moved into fourth place with two events yet to ride.

The fifth event in the Omnium was the Scratch race over 7.5 km, or 20 laps. After a cagey start, Ireland’s Hayley Priestley was the first rider to escape, with 18 laps to go. Maria Abramova (RUS) and Kinley Gibson (CAN) bridged across together and joined her.

Five laps later, Priestley dropped off the group, and rode the final 14 laps alone. With 11 circuits left, Abramova and Gibson reached the back of the peloton. Seconds before they did so, another small group attacked the peloton, containing Kinley Gibson (CAN), Maria Vittoria Sperotto (ITA) and Bailey Semian (USA). Six hard laps brought them past Hayley Priestley to the back of the peloton again.

Of the five athletes who had lapped the field, Gibson (CAN) was the best finisher in the final sprint: fifth, behind Lamboley (FRA), Knauer (GER), Kay (GBR) and Stewart (AUS). Gibson took the win, moving into bronze medal position in the provisional Omnium standings. Knauer (GER) still led, with 18 points. Second was Lamboley (FRA, 22 points), then Gibson with 23 points, and then, in turn, Stewart (USA), Sperotto (ITA) and Kay (GBR) with 24, 25 and 26 points respectively.

With one event, the 500m Time Trial, to go, Knauer looked safe, but the other two medal slots were still wide open. Riding in Heat Four of the 500m Time trial, the sixth event of the Women’s Omnium, Emily Kay (GBR) achieved a time of 37.699 seconds, surpassing the previous best time, 37.729 seconds, set by Katsiaryna Piatrouskaya (BLR) in the previous heat.

Her time stood until the final heat, between the two Omnium leaders, Knauer (GER) and (Lamboley (FRA). Those two riders set the fastest and second fastest times, in that order, with Knauer the only sub-37 second sprinter. The result brought Anna Knauer a well-deserved gold medal, with Soline Lamboley the worthy silver-medallist but Kay’s third place moved her into the Bronze medal position, a just reward for her excellent rides that day.

3. KAY Emily GBR
5. SPEROTTO Maria Vittoria ITA
6. GIBSON Kinley CAN
In a truly extraordinary Men’s Madison, punctuated by a series of crashes, errors and exhilarating attacks, the win went to Denmark. Seconds after winning the second intermediate sprint after 40 laps, Australia’s Sam Wellsford fell spectacularly. He ended up on the ground, with some nasty track rash, watching his bike disappear around the track, his handlebars hooked around the saddle post of the Frenchman Jordan Levasseur.

By the time Wellsford had remounted and rejoined the race, his torn clothing flapping in the wind, Denmark, New Zealand and Great Britain had launched the decisive attack. They made their move in lap 41 and worked together until the British rider Matt Gibson collided with a dropped rider.

As he recovered from the physical and mechanical consequences, the Danes and the Kiwis persevered together and, with 61 circuits to go, they gained a lap. The British pair fought hard, but attacks from Australia and Colombia at the front of the field prevented them ever lapping the field and, with 41 laps to go, after some 25 laps riding alone, they were swallowed up by the peloton. Their hard work had come to nothing.

In the ninety-ninth lap, a tiny error effectively decided the race. Moments before the sprint with twenty laps to go, the New Zealand pair missed a change. Ahead of them, the Danes placed third in the sprint. Things got even worse for the Kiwis when Regan Gough crashed with just eleven laps to go, in an incident that also involved the German and Czech teams.

With eight laps to go, responding to an attack by the British pair, Denmark attacked. The Kiwis responded in heroic fashion, and Gough, the faller, chased like a man possessed over the final two laps. But it was too late: Mathias Krigbaum had already crossed the line, and won a race that will long remain in the memory of the capacity crowd that witnessed it.

8 GREAT BRITAIN (Jacob Ragan & Matt Gibson)


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