Great Britain's Doull and Christian dazzle to take Madison gold at UCI Track Cycling World Cup

December 06 2014

Great Britain’s Owain Doull and Mark Christian won second gold medals at the London UCI Track Cycling World Cup with a stunning ride in the Madison.

The pair dug deep to take a lap on the field and held off late challenges from Australia and New Zealand to take a crowd-pleasing win at the Lee Valley VeloPark Velodrome.

Both had ridden to gold in the team pursuit 24 hours earlier but showed no signs of fatigue in the 120-lap race.

“That's a good way to finish the racing for us,” Christian said.

“Great day yesterday to come away with the gold medal in the way we did and in here tonight, what a race to be part of.

“Everyone's mentioned the crowd and I'm going to do it again. I can't thank the crowd enough for the lift they give you. The atmosphere that's generated in here is incredible. It is an advantage, definitely.”

Doull added: “I've done a fair few Madisons – the world championships a few times – but it’s always is special racing in front of a home crowd.

“The crowd lifts you so much. Usually when the lactic (acid) kicks in and you're really suffering, the noise carries you. It's unbelievable.”

Elinor Barker, also a victor in the team pursuit, added points race bronze to her gold with a stirring performance.

The 20-year-old from Cardiff collected 27 points to secure a second medal, collecting two points before a lap gain handed her an additional 20 points.

She increased her tally with impressive efforts in two more sprints but could not overcome the deficit to Australia’s Amy Cure who took gold with 34 points.

Barker, who was a constant in the Great Britain team pursuit line-up on Friday, said: “I’m really happy with that, especially after having three team pursuit rides yesterday, really happy.

“I didn’t think I was going to get a medal. It took me a while to get it into it.”

Great Britain Cycling Team’s tally stands at three golds and a bronze after two days of racing.

Barker’s team pursuit companion Laura Trott is well poised for a second podium of the weekend after ending the first day of the omnium with a two-point advantage over Dutch rider Kirsten Wild.

Olympic champion Trott snatched a dramatic victory in the opening scratch race, appearing boxed in as the final sprint began Trott squeezed past Wild in the home straight.

She extended her lead in the individual pursuit as a time of 3:36.896 gave Trott another victory with Wild again forced into second.

But Wild responded in Trott’s signature elimination race, edging the 22-year-old to the line and reducing the gap to just two points with three events to ride on Sunday.

A desperately disappointing elimination race was a cruel ending to Jonathan Dibben’s day in the men’s omnium.

The 20-year-old’s foot came away from his pedal in the early stages of the race and he was the third rider eliminated, causing massive damage to his medal aspirations.

Dibben had made a solid start to his omnium campaign. Third in the scratch race as one of three riders to take a lap was followed by sixth in the individual pursuit with a time of 4:30.617.

But an agonising final race of the day has left Dibben in 11th, 43 points behind leader Fernando Gaviria Rendon of Colombia.

Jason Kenny battled through to the keirin final but it proved a race too far as he was unable to contest the medals.

The 26-year-old was forced to go through the repechage in the first round, where he defeated world champion Francois Pervis to book a place in round two.

There he left it late but came from the back to take third and a spot in the final six.

“I've just had a week off with being ill," Kenny said.

“To make the final and do a half decent lap in the team sprint, there's still the old signs. I can still mix it with the best of them.

“I'm planning to get straight into the gym on Monday and hitting it really hard. I'm keen to do some really hard training before Christmas now.”

But once the derny exited the track, Kenny found himself taking the long way around his competitors on the last lap and could not make up the ground as Germany’s Stefan Botticher triumphed.

Jess Varnish and Vicky Williamson both exited the women’s sprint before the quarter-finals. The pair narrowly missed out on a medal ride in the team sprint on Friday and endured another frustrating day in the capital.

Varnish, 24 lost out in the 1/8 final repechage having been defeated by China’s Zhong Tianshi. Williamson could not get passed Olga Ismayilova in her 1/16 final.

The final day of the completion sees the conclusion of the men’s and women’s omniums plus the men’s sprint and women’s keirin.