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Despite a crash early on, Katie Archibald and Manon Lloyd hit back hard to win Gold in the first Women’s World Cup Madison

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News: Gold for Lloyd & Archibald in Glasgow

Despite a crash early on after only 19 of the 80 laps, Katie Archibald and Manon Lloyd hit back hard to win Gold in the first Women’s World Cup Madison at the velodrome in Glasgow.

Despite having hit the deck and taken a few laps to get back into the race, the GB duo went on to win maxiumum points in the sprints including the final one with double points and win by two points.

Having missed scoring in the first three sprints and with the French duo on fire, the GB double act were well behind but they took the race to France’s Berthon and DeMay and during a break off the front, outscored them in the remaining sprints to win by just two points. Russia was third. Special mention to a rider who spends her season riding in Britain, Lydia Boylan of Ireland who was sixth with Irish teammate Lydia Gurley.

After the race, Scotland’s heroine Archibald said “It was fast, it was the biggest ask for us trying to get that lap. But we managed to bring it round and be competitive in the sprints. So yeah a pretty fast and furious race. I’d been there so many times with the French rider, I think it was Laurie Berthon, who I could just see out the corner of my eye, hearing it made me go all out to have that lunge; It helped!”

Lloyd said that, despite the crash in the opening stages of the race involving both British riders, they would not let that put them off their ride. I think we’re ok, the crowd got behind us and got us back on our bikes. We knew we had a good chance so we wanted to get back up and see what we could do.”

In other races, Mark Stewart, like Archibald, from Scotland, came so close to getting a home medal, finishing fourth in the Men’s Points won by Aussie Cameron Meyer. Welsh rider Sam Harrison was third.

In the Women’s Pursuit, Emily Nelson rode off for bronze was unable to beat Belarussian Tatsiana Sharakova. Eleanor Dickinson, junior RR champion this year, was 7th. There was also a Bronze medal for Lewis Oliva in the Men’s Keirin whilst GB’s Joe Truman was 13th after failing to make the finals.

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