Mark Stewart takes points race bronze at track worlds

Another medal for Great Britain on day three as Mark Stewart grabs a bronze in a brutal points race. Australia's four strong squad gets their first gold through Cameron Meyer.

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A bronze medal in the points race on day three made up for missing out on the team pursuit for Mark Stewart. The Scot survived a brutal points race, dominated by Australia’s Cameron Meyer who took his fifth title, and held on for third place in the final sprint.

Stewart put his own team pursuit aspirations on hold ten days before the championships after regular dental work to remove and abscess finally took it’s toll. “I couldn’t keep up with the [now] team pursuit world champions. It just wasn’t happening.” He said. “I had one too many shocking track sessions. I put my hands up and said right I’ll focus on the bunch races.

“I’m devastated that I’m not world champion. But now I get to train with the team pursuit world champions and I can’t wait.”

Picture by SWpix.com - 02/03/2018 - Cycling - 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, Day 3 - Omnisport, Apeldoorn, Netherlands - Men's Points Race - Mark Stewart of Great Britain and Jan Willem van Schip of The Netherlands
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Stewart is in a group of ten riders currently vying for a position on the team pursuit squad. That number will start coming down the closer it gets to Tokyo 2020, but then there’s the likes of Jon Dibben or Owain Doull who may chose to come back in to the track team. “I love the competition. it’s only going to make me better and help drive my training. We’re going to have to ride faster than 3-50 to win the next Olympics”

Elinor Barker missed out on a medal in the women’s omnium after a crash in the elimination race wrecked her chances. She’d won the tempo race earlier in the day, but got taken out when the Canadian and Chinese riders came together and caused Barker to crash. “I think I’ve been through four sets of wheels, three skin suits and two visors. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster of a day." She said afterwards.

Elinor Barker in the women's omnium elimination race Picture by SWpix.com
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“I am disappointed. The opportunity to ride in an omnium at a world championships doesn’t come around very often when you’re in Great Britain," she said.

"I’m really, really lucky I got the opportunity and disappointed because I don’t feel like I’m riding my best this week. The opportunity came now rather than a time when I could go well. I think I’ve done well given I’ve had some bad luck”

In the men’s sprint, Britain’s Ryan Owens and Jack Carlin continued their impressive run of form moving comfortably through the rounds to make the quarterfinals that run the next day.

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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 


Since working for Cycling Weekly 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 can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!


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