Golden girls Kenny and Nelson seal Madison glory in Berlin
It was golden glory once again for Laura Kenny and Emily Nelson as they showed their class to take the Madison title at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Berlin.
Nelson and Kenny were the standout team throughout the race, accumulating points on every sprint, winning four of the eight, including the decisive double points victory on the final dash.
Julie Leth and Trine Schmidt of Denmark seized a lap in the closing stages to give Nelson and Kenny food for thought, but they went through the gears and took the final ten points to confirm an emphatic overall victory.
Madison magnificence from Kenny and Nelson
Their tally of 37 points was nine ahead of the Danes in second, with Belgian pair Jolien D’Hoore and Lotte Kopecky third on 14.
Their golden performance was the sole podium placing on the final day of action in Berlin, taking their overall total to five.
Lauren Bate featured in the women’s 500m time trial, and finished seventh with the top three positions occupied by Olena Starikova of Ukraine, German Miriam Welte and Daria Shmeleva of Russia.
Earlier on, Ollie Wood, part of the Commonwealth team pursuit silver winning outfit from Gold Coast in April, carried the British flag in the omnium and was placed seventh after the opening two events of the day.
Despite giving himself a chance of a second-period assault on the podium places, an early exit from the third event, the elimination, left him 13th and with too big a mountain to climb, he finished 11th overall, the same position as his points finish despite gaining a lap with a courageous ride.
Sprinters edged out in 1/8s and quarters
Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes, with eight Olympic golds between them, were surprisingly eliminated at the 1/8 by Rayan Helal and Matthijs Buchli respectively.
The pair had already helped GB to sprint silver, behind the Dutch, on Friday, but found their individual challenge halted.
And it was not the first time Helal would put the brakes on a British rider – he defeated Joe Truman, who was riding in Team Inspired colours – in the quarter-finals en route to bronze. Netherlands rider Buchli ended the day with silver.
Elsewhere, Katy Marchant’s keirin efforts ended at the repechage stage. After missing out on qualification from her heats, where she finished third behind Japan’s Yuka Kobayashi and Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands, the Rio 2016 sprint bronze medallist did not get the victory she needed to progress to the 7-12 final as she came home second behind Russian Anastasiia Voinova.
Nelson and Kenny’s win added to Britain’s golds in the team pursuit – of which they both had a starring role on Friday – and another endurance superstar, Katie Archibald, who won omnium gold on Saturday.
Wood and Mark Stewart claimed Madison silver, while the men’s team sprint were also runners-up, losing in Friday’s final to the Netherlands.
The event at Lee Valley VeloPark takes place between December 14 and 16, and limited numbers of tickets are still available here.