Great Britain wins two gold medals at junior Worlds

The British junior track team went on a gold run on the final day of racing at the Junior Track World Championships in Montichiari, Italy yesterday.

Laura Trott closed the Omnium with a win in the individual pursuit and 500-metre time trial to take gold. That added to the gold medal ride by Dan McLay and Simon Yates in the Madison only an hour before.

Trott’s Omnium win today capped an amazing run of rides throughout the last two weeks: fourth at the road time trial last week in Offida, and a silver medal in both the points race and individual pursuit.

Great Britain’s juniors will leave Italy today with seven medals:

Gold – Laura Trott, Omnium

Gold – Simon Yates and Dan McLay – Madison
Silver – Laura Trott, points race
Silver – Laura Trott, individual pursuit
Silver – Daniel McLay, Samuel Harrison, Simon Yates and Owain Doull, team pursuit
Silver – Sam Harrison, Omnium
Silver – Harriet Owen, scratch

Head endurance coach, Darren Tudor explained Friday that the Worlds had been fruitful. “Sam has improved well here, he was the fastest Brit ever over three kilometres in the individual pursuit, and Laura Trott went four seconds quicker than her own national record in the individual pursuit…”

Although it’s Britain’s biggest haul since the 2006 junior worlds, the sprinters will return home without a medal. There were some encouraging performances however. Lewis Oliva was fourth in second round of keirin and eighth in the final, Kian Emadi was sixth in the one-kilometre time trial and Victoria Williamson qualified third fastest and then finished sixth in the sprint.

See this week’s Cycling Weekly magazine for more on the British junior track squad.