Laura Trott and Becky James both added to Great Britain’s medal haul on the final day of competition at the track cycling world championships in Colombia.
Trott finished second to a flying Sarah Hammer in the women’s omnium while James salvaged a bronze medal in the keirin. “I’m happy,” Trott said afterwards. “I’m trying to put little pieces together and they’re slowly coming together.”
Trott couldn’t match Sarah Hammer over the weekend, losing one or two places to the American in each event. She rode her best ever points race, but a mistake in the elimination – the event she almost always wins – saw her finish fourth. The final gap was six points.
“I’m 100 per cent committed to [the omnium]. I do, I absolutely love it. The thing is team pursuit’s always going to come first for me. I love riding with the girls and I reckon that that team pursuit that we won out here was probably my favourite one.”
“And I know people are going to be ‘oh, you won the Olympics’. The Olympics was different because it was a home event. It was a massive deal to us because it was the Olympics. But this one was so relaxed and because we had the little mishap as well, when we came down it actually made it really funny. We were laughing about it till the end of the omnium.”
>>Download the result of the women’s omnium
Becky James’s keirin bronze, her second of the championships, was further consolation for missing out on a medal in the individual sprint. James won four medals, two golds, last year, but was eclipsed by the Germans Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte in Cali who between them won all four sprint medals.
“Vogel has been flying all season. She deserved it but I was going out to win it,” James said after the keirin. “I should have tried to beat her to the jump. But I really enjoyed it. It’s a nice way to finish.”
Although there is no panic over James’ performances, she has dipped from last year’s performance in Minsk, something head coach Shane Sutton said she must learn from. “Last year I had the perfect run-up. From when the Olympics were on all the way up to the worlds I had really hard training, and I was on top, top form.”
“This year has been just a little bit more laid back. A completely different approach. I was a little bit worried in the weeks leading up to this because I just didn’t think I was getting the form.”
>>Download the result of the women’s keirin
What the Germans did in the women’s sprint events, François Pervis did singlehandedly in the men’s events. The French team came here drastically understrength as Gregory Bauge and Kevin Sireau both failed to qualify for the sprint and the keirin, but went away with three gold medals thanks to Pervis.
After first winning the kilometre time trial he went on to dominant wins in both the keirin and the sprint. Pervis won each of his three keirin races on route to gold and didn’t lose a single sprint match over the two days of competition.
“It’s the first time for me. The first time I’ve won the sprint and Keirin and I did an amazing time in the kilo, under one minute,” Pervis said. “Everybody pushed me and it (Cali) is my second home.”
Video: Watch François Pervis win the men’s sprint gold