Ethan Hayter secured Britain’s second gold medal at the UCI Track World Championships when he successfully defended his omnium title at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Paris.
Hayter got off to a stable start with fourth place in the scratch race before finishing second in the tempo race behind overall leader Shunsuke Imamura, winning nine of the sprints.
In the elimination race, Hayter stayed clear of any trouble at the front of the field and eventually finished second to lead the standings after rivals Imamura and New Zealand’s Aaron Gate failed to make the final stages.
And in the final points race, another second place finish saw Hayter secure the gold, which ended with 147 points, ahead of France’s Benjamin Thomas (127) and Gate (118).
It adds to the team pursuit gold secured by Hayter GB on Thursday night.
He said in quotes posted on British Cycling’s official Instagram account: “It’s amazing.
“The competition was pretty tough today and it was quite stressful at times because the points were so close together, maybe even up to 20 laps from the end, that I started to push myself a bit. It was great to pull it off.”
Meanwhile, Josie Knight put on a stunning ride to take bronze in the women’s individual pursuit.
Knight had set a new British record time of three minutes 20.792 seconds to reach the bronze medal race, where she came from behind, beating Germany’s Mieke Kroger by 0.543 seconds.
Knight said: “I’m so excited. It feels like the Germans have been pretty unbeatable in recent years and to go out there and qualify fourth and then walk away with the medal is just fantastic.”
Great Britain has won a total of seven medals this week.
The team’s bid for one in the women’s Madison was ended late in the race by a crash for Laura Kenny.
The race was neutralized after just 10 laps when some of the arena lights along the backstretch went out. After the restart, Belgium won a lap and took the lead ahead of France.
As the pace picked up towards the end of the laps, a New Zealand rider collided with Kenny, who suffered a bad crash on the penultimate lap. The British duo of Neah Evans and Kenny, who had been chasing a podium, eventually finished fifth.
Denmark made a late attack to grab another 10 points to come through and take bronze, while France had to settle for silver while Belgium won gold by just one point in a sprint finish.
Evans said: “I think it’s a lot of thinking to do. We knew we were in a good place physically when we walked in. We hadn’t actually trained that much together, but we knew that we would be there individually.
“So of course it was quite disappointing not to get the result that we think we are capable of, but that’s racing, Madison is notoriously chaotic and I think today’s race really showed that.
“Quite frustrating – the final sprint, I think we had the legs to get away with a medal and an unfortunate fall through other people’s mistakes cost us. But that’s racing. You win something, you lose something. It’s just a bit of a shame when it’s at the World Cup.”
Jack Carlin and Hamish Turnbull both missed a chance to compete for medals after losing their quarterfinals.
Turnbull had beaten France’s Sebastien Vigier in a photo finish to secure his place in the last eight. However, Dutchman Harrie Lavreysen, the men’s keirin champion, was too strong as he won both sprint races in the quarterfinals, as did Australia’s Matthew Richardson against Carlin.
In the women’s 500-meter time trial, Emma Finucane placed 11th with Lauren Bell in 12th as the duo missed out on advancing in the qualifying round.
France’s Marie-Divine Kouame wowed the crowd as she won gold on home soil ahead of Germany’s Emma Hinze and China’s Yufang Guo.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cycling/ethan-hayter-track-world-championships-b2203612.html Ethan Hayter successfully defends the Omnium title at the Track World Championships