Archibald doubles up in Berlin after supreme omnium showing
Katie Archibald overcame a dramatic points race crash to bag her second gold medal of the TISSOT UCI Track World Cup in Berlin.
Archibald was comfortably leading the omnium before hitting the deck with just 25 laps to go, another rider wiping her out and threatening to derail her chances.
But the Briton recovered in style to take the gold and follow her champion display from the team pursuit just 24 hours previously.
She wasn’t the only British rider to step on to the podium, with Ollie Wood and Mark Stewart maintaining their fine Madison form with another silver medal in Germany.
Floored Katie digs deep for gold
Archibald was bidding for Britain’s second straight Track World Cup omnium gold, with Laura Kenny taking the title last time out in Milton.
And with a world crown already on her palmares from 2017, there were few better to take on the challenge.
So it proved as victories in the scratch and tempo races saw the 24-year-old make a perfect start, taking a perfect 80 points from a possible 80 at the halfway stage.
Still Archibald – who was part of the team pursuit quintet to strike gold on the opening night – wasn’t done there, dramatically holding off Annette Edmondson to win the elimination race.
A collision in the points race then threatened her bid but she is made of stern stuff, dusting herself off and getting back in the race – her eventual points tally of 132 proving too good in Berlin.
Archibald finished 14 clear of silver medallist Letizia Paternoster while America’s Jennifer Valente secured bronze after being beaten by the Italian in the final sprint.
Silver lining continues for Stewart and Wood
Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood kept the silver rush coming with a second successive Madison medal of the colour.
The two have both enjoyed plenty of individual medals in the World Cup season but once again they teamed up expertly, second place their prize in Germany.
They did so by upsetting the home favourites, pipping world champions Roger Kluge and Theo Reinhardt thanks to maximum points in the final two sprints.
Once again Denmark proved the team to beat, Lasse Norman Hansen and Casper von Folsach taking a lap to finish with 44 points, 14 clear of the British duo.
Morton dominates sprint races
The world’s best will descend on London’s Lee Valley VeloPark in just two weeks’ time – and Stephanie Morton ensured she will do so in tip-top form.
The Australian breezed through the women’s sprint rounds to take her place in the final, with Britain’s Katy Marchant among those outpaced in the quarter-finals.
Come the final and there was no stopping her, with Anastasiia Voinova beaten in two races as Morton took top step on the podium.
Bronze went to Ukraine’s Olena Starikova, overcoming Daria Shmeleva in a deciding race.
Meanwhile the men’s kilo was a thoroughly-dramatic affair, with home favourite Joachim Eilers taking the win by just 0.015 seconds.
His time of 1:00.645 just proved enough with France’s Quentin Lafargue taking silver while bronze went to Theo Bos of the Netherlands.
The Dutch were not to be denied in the keirin however, with Matthijs Buchli crossing the line first ahead of Matthew Glaetzer of Australia.
Stefan Botticher of Germany prevailed in the B final, with Great Britain’s Joe Truman finishing eighth overall, while Jason Kenny missed out in the repechage.
The final day of competition will see the roles reversed as the men compete in the sprint, with the women’s sprinters taking on the keirin.
The women’s Madison will take centre stage as does the 500m time trial, with the men taking part in the omnium across the day.
The event at Lee Valley VeloPark takes place between December 14 and 16, and limited numbers of tickets are still available here.