Gold for Barker on day of mixed fortunes for Britain at Track World Championships

Elinor Barker landed a surprise gold medal in the scratch race as she held off Kirsten Wild in a fast finish. This followed solid team pursuit qualifying rides, but the British sprinters were off the pace on day one. Round up from day one of the 2019 UCI track cycling world championships

Elinor Baker pulls on her fourth world champs jersey after winning women's scratch race Picture by -

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Six months ago, Elinor Barker almost quit the sport. The Olympic and three-time world champion had fallen out of love with cycling and was ready to walk away from it. In Poland tonight she took her fourth world title after a surprise win in the women's scratch race.

"It’s a massive surprise. It feels really bizarre. Just to get here felt like such an achievement in itself." Barker said. Here to focus on the team pursuit, she had stayed out of trouble throughout the race, only making her move with a lap and half to go.

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.