Written by: Eddie Allen
Great Britain's Laura Trott raised the roof of the Lee Valley VeloPark velodrome winning omnium gold, the highlight of the last day of competition at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Trott led the competition throughout and held off a strong challenge from Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands and Jolien d'Hoore of Belgium to further underline her dominance in the multi-discipline event.
"After you win quite a lot of events, people expect you to win. It's hard," Trott said.
"You go into training sessions, you feel rubbish and then you try to think about the next event. It does sometimes get on top of you.
"(But) to race in front of a home crowd again is just amazing and it is such a confidence boost to win again here in London.
"Points race has never been my strongest event. I've been doing a lot of work with Chris Newton, who was obviously a great points race rider himself (Olympic bronze medallist in 2008).
"It's really paid off. Winning the points race at the Commonwealth Games I never expected. In the omnium it has given me a massive confidence boost."
Trott began the second half of the omnium with a slender lead of two points ahead of Netherland's Kirsten Wild.
A third place in the 500-metre time-trial boosted her lead, helped by a poor two-lap effort from her Dutch rival. Jolien d'Hoore was now Trott's principal rival, the Belgian winning the 500-metre event.
A flying lap win for d'Hoore and a fifth place for Trott narrowed the gap to just 14 points and set up a thrilling points race decider.
A watching brief was the order of the day in the points, with Trott glued to the wheel of d'Hoore who led the 22-year-old all over the track.
But Trott held fast until, late in the race, d'Hoore broke free and won a sprint to close the gap to just eight points.
Trott responded in typically crowd-pleasing fashion, sprinting from mid pack to take five points in the penultimate sprint to put an end to her rival's hopes.
The gold took Great Britain's medal total to five – four gold and one bronze.
Jess Varnish had an eventful ride in the keirin, finishing fifth after fighting through the repechage and then getting an unexpected call-up to the medal final.
Varnish finished second in the first round behind the experienced Lithuanian Simona Krupeckaite, with only the victor going through. But the Bromsgrove-born rider battled through the repechage with a classy and convincing win to take her place in round two.
The 24-year-old Great Britain rider faced a tough draw in the second round, with world champion Kristina Vogel and Anna Meares amid five strong opponents.
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