Manchester World Cup: Day 3


The final day of competition at the Manchester World Track Cup saw a Gold for Laura Trott, Silver for Becky James & Bronze for Jon Mould

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Coming into day 2 down the table in sixth place, Laura Trott stepped up a gear or three and cleaned up in the final three events to win the Gold much to the delight of the crowd who love a British winner. It was Laura’s second Gold of the event, the second of the riders from the Team Pursuit line up to achieve that. Joanna Rowsell did the same with a win in the Individual Pursuit (Women).

Trott started off the second day with second place in the Individual Pursuit and then really set the track on fire with wins in the Scratch race where she lapped the field and the 500m time trial. The achievement of doing the double (Team Pursuit/Omnium) is something she has repeated many times including the last Olympics. Both events she won are Olympic ones.

Laura complimented the crowd at the velodrome who only had to see a GB jersey at the front to get on their feet and cheer loudly. “You know how well you’re going because of them. I don’t think I would’ve won if it wasn’t for them. In the 500 as well, my first half-lap felt horrendous, but they were cheering and I was like, ‘I’ve got to do it, haven’t I?'”

Talking about the Scratch race victory, Laura explained “I’m normally terrible at them. I went into the race six points down and I was really on the back foot so my coach said to me I’ve got to at least try to win.”

Silver for Becky James in Women’s Keirin
World champion Becky James of Wales added a Silver medal to the others she has won at Manchester on the weekend. Making her way to the final in convincing style wearing the rainbow stripes, James was looking to try and beat a rider who has proved to be unbeatable in Manchester, Kristina Vogel of Germany. That unbeaten winning run continued for Vogel in the Keirin though.


James did her best to get on terms with Vogel but the German girl was simply too fast. “I’m really happy with coming away with a silver medal,” James told BC after the race. “Today has gone really well in general, getting a win in the first two rides.”

“It was more about the tactics than anything. I was really relaxed going into it. I wanted to try one from the back and the middle so I thought I’d try the final from the front and see how it went.”

“Kristina Vogel has got incredible form at the moment. She just took the race on. It was kind of perfect for me because I could just get up onto her wheel but she had the legs on me at the line but I’m really happy with how it went. I felt really relaxed, I feel I learned so much out there and tried so many tactics and I found that I ride so much better when I’m relaxed. It couldn’t have gone much better today.”

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Jon Mould, riding for Team USN (Wales) finished his World Cup on a high winning a Bronze medal. The NFTO Pro Cycling rider in 2014, bounced back from a tough Points race the day before to mix it with Tour of Britain stage winner Elia Viviani, finishing one place behind the Italian. Owain Doull was 11th.


In the Men’s Sprint, Jason Kenny failed to qualify on a day when many of the top stars failed to get through. World record holder Kevin Sireau was last in qualifying, a second slower than his world record!

There was good news for GB though as Matt Crampton qualified 10th and the rider normally more at home in the Keirin, fought hard to make it through to the Bronze medal ride off where he was beaten by Aussie Shane Perkins.

In the Women’s Points race, Elinor Barker was 11th. Great Britain finished second in the medal standings with eight medals – four gold, two silver and two bronze.

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