News: Gold for Archibald and Nelson

The GB team came away from day 4 of the Track Cycling Worlds with another Gold thanks to Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson as well as Silver for Jack Carlin

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News: Gold for Archibald and Nelson

Katie Archibald and Emily Nelson won Madison gold as Jack Carlin won sprint silver for Great Britain on day four of the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

Olympic champion Archibald who rides for Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling and Nelson won eight of the twelve sprints over the 120-lap race in a powerful display of team riding in Apeldoorn. They finished on 50 points, 15 clear of second place home nation, the Netherlands. For 21-year-old Nelson, it was her first World title, while for Archibald it was a third rainbow jersey.

“It’s going to take a while for that to sink in,” said Nelson. “It was really hard to see the scoreboard so I just kept going as though people were one point behind us.”
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“Our strength is our speed” says Katie Archibald, “so we said we were going to go into every sprint and capitalise,” Archibald said afterwards. “We didn’t want to take a lap, and we were going to mark out every lap, and we want to win every sprint. We tried for twelve, and eight’s good enough isn’t it!” she laughed.

“It’s fantastic. Everybody goes in the same joyous wave in this Olympic cycle,” Archibald said of the event that will be added to the programme in Tokyo 2020. “The women’s Madison is getting so much attention, so I’m grateful to be part of that big step forward.”

In the Men’s Sprint, a blue ribbon event at the championships, twenty-year-old Carlin produced the sprint display of his career to date to reach the final where he lost out to Australian Matthew Glaetzer 2-0. “I was very close to throwing up during the presentation!” Carlin said.



In other events, there were personal bests for Nelson and Ellie Dickinson in the individual pursuit. Nineteen-year-old Dickinson stopped the clock in 3:34.507 to finish seventh while Nelson set a time of 3:35.519 for ninth.

In the Men’s Omnium, Ollie Wood got his world championships under way by taking sixth in the omnium. Wood, who will race in Sunday’s Madison, was 12th in the opening scratch race before a strong finish helped him to 10th in the tempo race, winning three consecutive laps for three points. A tough elimination race ended in 15th but he rallied in the closing Points race to climb up the rankings.

Katy Marchant was eighth in the 500m time trial. Marchant qualified in seventh with a new personal best of 33.893 seconds before setting a time of 34.242 over two laps in the final.2016_ShuttVeloRapideAdvert




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