Track Worlds – Day 4 in Paris

Laura Trott in the mix for the Omnium title after two wins from three events on day 4 of the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris

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Track Worlds – Day 4 in Paris

In the six-discipline event, Trott sits in third overall having won two of the day’s three races. The double Olympic champion finished 13th in the opening Scratch race behind rivals Sarah Hammer, Australian Annette Edmondson and Dutch rider Kirsten Wild in a bunch sprint.

The Olympic champion fought back winning the individual pursuit and then Trott, who has finished with the Silver medal in the event at the last two World Championships, was in a different class as she won the Elimination race. Trott sits on 96 points, two behind Edmondson and six adrift of Wild ahead of Sunday’s events.

Great Britain’s sprinters continued to perform below par as both Jason Kenny and Callum Skinner were knocked out in the 1/16 finals of the Men’s Sprint. “We can turn it around in 18 months,” Kenny added looking ahead to the Rio Olympic Games. “It’s not like we’re 100 miles away. There’s all the time in the world”.

Jon Dibben finished the Men’s Omnium in 12th after the final three disciplines. Dibben was 15th in the Kilo and 17th in the Flying Lap. In the last event, the Points race, Dibben took two laps on the field as well as three sprint points to take his total to 123 and lift him three places overall. Colombian Fernando Gaviria Rendon defended his title with Australia’s Glenn O’Shea second and Italian Elia Viviani third.

“Overall, not a great result,” Dibben said. “The times in the timed events weren’t what I had done in training and what I expected but sometimes it doesn’t come together like you want it to. I’ve still got the confidence there. I’ve done the times before in the timed events. If I’d have done my best times that I’d done before this weekend I’d of been right up there really.”

Andy Tennant was fifth in the Men’s individual pursuit. Swiss rider Stefan Kueng won gold, Australian Jack Bobridge silver and France’s Julien Mourice bronze. In the Women’s scratch race Elinor Barker was 17th.

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