Laura Trott claimed Great Britain’s only gold medal of the opening round of the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia, on Sunday, dominating the women’s omnium event.
Trott – who is reigning Olympic champion in the omnium and team pursuit – won the tough six-discipline event by a significant margin over second-placed Laurie Berthon of France.
Although Trott went into the final points race round with a comfortable advantage over her rivals, she did to want to leave anything to chance and finished second to the USA’s Sarah Hammer to seal the victory after gaining a lap.
“As much as it was a nice position to be in going into that race, I wanted to come away from the race knowing that I can take laps, knowing that I am strong enough to do that,” Trott said to British Cycling.
“You can throw it away in a points race, you can’t just go into the race and think ‘I’ll just follow’. I guess proving to myself I can do it if I have to.”
Earlier, GB’s Andy Tennant had secured silver in the men’s individual pursuit, with German Dominic Weinstein taking the win. Jon Dibben finished fifth in the men’s omnium behind Viktor Manakov (Russia).
Britain’s lack of results in the sprint disciplines continued to be a concern in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, as the nation’s male and female riders all missed out on contesting the finals.
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Denis Dmitriev (Russia) won the men’s sprint; Joachim Eilers (Germany) won the men’s keirin; Tianshi Zhong (China) took gold in the women’s sprint; and Kristina Vogel (Germany) won the women’s keirin.
Trott’s gold, Tennant’s silver and the GB women’s team pursuit bronze were the sum total of Britain’s medals in Colombia. Most surprising was the GB men’s team pursuit squad’s failure to contest for a medal.
The 2015/16 UCI Track World Cup continues in Cambridge, New Zealand, over December 5-6. The third and final round takes place in Hong Kong over January 16-17 2016.