Both Great Britain and Germany topped the standings at the conclusion of this year’s UCI Track World Cup.
Emma Trott lived up to her reputation by winning the women’s omnium with a spirited performance. However, it was Germany’s Kristina Vogel that proved to be unbeatable in the women’s keirin.
Robert Forstemann gave Germany another gold in the men’s sprint, while Canada’s Laura Brown won the women’s points race and Andreas Muller of Austria won the men’s scratch race.
Additionally, Trott earned a second gold on Friday – after winning the team pursuit title. The Brit was only in sixth position after the first day of competition. However, after placing second in the individual pursuit, followed by a win in the scratch race and winning the final time trial event, she earned a total 19 points – for the overall victory. Gillian Carleton of Canada was second with 24 points. Laurie Berthon of France took bronze with 26 points.
"If it wasn’t for the crowd, I don’t think I would have won today," Trott told BBC Sport.
“Taking a lap is so hard but I was so far behind. It was a risk I had to take. Going into the race I was six points behind Gillian. I didn’t really have a choice. I just thought, if I didn’t make it, at least I tried.”
Vogel secured her third gold medal in the keirin after winning the team sprint and women’s sprint titles. She beat Great Britain’s Rebecca James and Sandie Clair of France in the final.
Germany’s Robert Foerstemann showed his strength by winning the men’s heat1/ride1 sprint semi-finals.
After the team sprint and Keirin, Jason Kenny was only 24th in the qualifying ride, and therefore, he failed to go through to the final 16 sprints. Teammate Matt Crampton put in a better performance, however, he was beaten in the semi-finals by Njisane Phillip of Trinidad. He also faced Foerstemann in the final, but was beaten 2-0 as well – by the German rider. Australia’s Shane Perkins won the ride-off for third place to take bronze.
Laura Brown won the women’s points race – after taking a lap with four other riders and securing victory with the nine points that she earned. American Elizabeth Newell was second with 26 points, with Wan Yiu Jamie Wong of Hong Kong third, also with 26 points.
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