Stars of last year’s World Cup: Niklas Larsen
The TISSOT UCI Track World Cup sees the very best in the sport square off in a hectic fight around the velodrome. We are profiling those that stole the show last year and no one did that more so than Niklas Larsen.
The young Dane won three golds and a silver at the 2017-18 TISSOT UCI Track World Cup at the age of just 20. It is safe to say this is the tournament where he made his mark on the world scene.
But that’s not to say Larsen has come out of nowhere, he had been threatening this type of performance for a few years and, indeed continued from a hugely successful World Cup campaign the year before.
His first significant win was the National Junior Road Championships in Denmark back in 2014 which clearly indicated his talent.
The first sign of success on the track came at the age of 18 where he won a silver medal in the team pursuit at the UEC European Junior Track Championships – and he followed that up in the same season with another strong performance on the road, placing seventh in the time trial at the UCI Junior Road World Championships.
In 2016, he won the points race at the UEC European Championships in France. In the same year he also picked up a silver and two bronzes in the team pursuit at the UCI TISSOT Track World Cup, Olympic Games and UCI Track World Championships respectively.
But Larsen’s breakout onto the senior world stage was undoubtedly at the 2016-17 UCI TISSOT Track World Cup. His two gold medals in the Madison and team pursuit along with a silver in the points race showcased his immense talent.
Those golds were also the only two that Denmark achieved at the 2016-2017 UCI TISSOT Track World Cup, showing that, despite his relative inexperience, he is already one of the most talented riders in the Danish ranks.
He followed those victories up last year with a stellar performance in the omnium where he seemed to be competing in a league of his own, finishing top of the standings by a huge margin of 450 points.
He also stood on the podium a further four times throughout the events. A particularly eye-catching display came in Canada in the points race where he successfully lapped the rest of the field to take the win at that meet.
The trajectory Larsen is on means he will be a dangerous opponent for anyone at this year’s TISSOT UCI Track World Cup.
See the stars of British Cycling #BackToTheTrack at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark at the 2018 TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup series between December 14 and 16. For tickets and more information click here