Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker claimed silver medals on the final day of competition at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.
After their team pursuit triumph on Friday evening, Archibald and Barker joined forces for the Madison, and quickly established themselves in the upper reaches of the leaderboard.
When the British duo were well-placed going into a sprint, more often than not they took maximum points, however they failed to contest every one, allowing the consistent Australian duo of Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker to build a lead.
Despite Archibald and Barker’s best efforts, Australia kept themselves just out of reach at the top, and left the British pairing locked in a battle for silver with Dutch world champions Kirsten Wild and Amy Pieters.
It was a battle that they won in fine style, delighting the home crowd with some aggressive riding in the final laps, eventually winning the last sprint to take their overall total to 31 – nine points behind the Australians and 12 ahead of the Dutch.
Barker said after the race:
“It was a little bit mixed. We’re not massively happy with how we rode – we could have been a lot better. We were good and we were fast in the sprints, but we didn’t actually compete in enough of them. However, it’s quite nice that even when we’re not performing as well as we can, we can still medal.
Following her gold medal in yesterday’s keirin, Katy Marchant broke her flying 200m personal best on the way to the quarter-finals of the women’s sprint competition. She recorded the third fastest time of the morning – 10.754 – to earn herself a bye into the 1/8 finals.
There, she met America’s Madalyn Godby, who had beaten young Briton Sophie Capewell a round earlier. Marchant edged her out on the line to set up a quarter-final meeting with Olena Starikova, which the Ukrainian took 2-0.
The medals won today take Great Britain’s tally to six over the weekend, after golds in the women’s team pursuit and keirin, and silvers in the men’s team sprint and Madison during the opening two days of competition.
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