Kenny and Archibald raise the Lee Valley VeloPark roof as TISSOT UCI Track World Cup concludes in style
Katie Archibald and Laura Kenny blew the field away once more as they crowned a magnificent final day of TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup action in London with a sublime Madison gold.
The pair, the engine room of the sensational Great Britain team pursuit snaring of the United States on Friday, picked up from where they left off as they lifted the roof off Lee Valley VeloPark with a display of power and dominance.
Matt Walls made it two British golds on the night with a powerhouse performance in the omnium – the European elimination champion sealing a magnificent success after being consistent throughout.
In a Madison final which was interrupted by a crash eliminating both Russia and the United States, Kenny and Archibald exerted control from the off as they went about racking up the sprint points.
A spirited Australian challenge from Amy Cure and Annette Edmondson saw them briefly top of the tree, but the British duo cranked through the gears to finish with a flourish as Kenny powered home in a searing final double-points sprint to finish on 34 points.
Edmondson and Cure ended proceedings second on 19, with Belgians Jolien D’Hoore and Lotte Kopecky taking bronze.
There was Australian gold in the form of Stephanie Morton, who raced to a second title of the weekend as she bagged the keirin ahead of Russian Daria Shmeleva and Poland’s Urzula Los.
Great Britain’s Katy Marchant crossed in fourth, while Colombia’s Martha Bayona Pineda and Kyejin Lee of Korea crashed out mid-race.
Meanwhile, Walls raised both arms aloft as he confirmed his victory in the fourth omnium race of the day – the points contest – and as well he might.
Walls clocked third in the scratch race before claiming runner-up in the tempo as he set up a thrilling evening of racing, tied on 74 points with both Sebastian Mora Vedri and Christos Volikakis.
Italian speedster Viviani, the Olympic omnium champion, sped to victory over Walls in the elimination race before a points contest unfolded that was dripping with drama.
The lead changed hands several times, with as many as six riders having a real chance of gold deep into the race.
But it was Walls who had the extra gears when it mattered and he claimed a superb gold with 131 points, Mexican Ignacio Prado Juarez second on 123 and Viviani, who won the final double points sprint despite crashing earlier on, third on 114.
It completed a full set of medals for Walls over the weekend’s racing, after he won bronze in the team pursuit and Madison silver alongside Fred Wright.
While he also followed in the footsteps of Mark Stewart and Ollie Wood as an omnium medallist this Track World Cup season.
Elsewhere, Jeffrey Hoogland edged out Team Inspired’s Jack Carlin in the sprints.
Carlin lit up the arena the first leg of his semi-final against Harrie Lavreysen – a monumental early attack catching the Dutchman off guard as the Scot surged clear.
However, the fearsome Lavreysen hit back with two wins from two to set up a titanic battle in the final against Australian Matt Glaetzer, who beat Hoogland in a decider in their last-four clash.
And Lavreysen took advantage of a rare error by the powerful Australian as he deftly dived for the inside line and streaked to victory in the second leg, en route to a 2-0 in the showpiece final.
Carlin’s fellow Brit Ryan Owens was beaten by Hoogland in the quarter-finals, while six-time Olympic champion Jason Kenny suffered an early exit at the hands of Polish rider Mateusz Rudyk.
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