The last day of the Track Cycling World Cup in Aguascalientes, Mexico proved a profitable one for Great Britain’s cyclists.
Great Britain finished third in the medal standings at the end of the meeting, with three golds, five silvers and two bronzes, behind leaders Germany, and Australia. Matt Crampton won gold in the men’s keirin, beating Germany’s Tobias Wachter by less than 0.04 seconds. Australia’s Shane Perkins was third. Crampton’s medal was the third gold of the Aguascalientes meeting, after the women’s team pursuit team were victorious on Thursday and Owain Doull won the men’s scratch race on Friday. Women’s omnium rider Laura Trott delivered silver, after being narrowly beaten by Sarah Hammer, who led the day from start to finish, winning three out of the six events. Trott’s 26 points were seven short of Hammer’s winning total, while Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore took bronze with 27 points. Jess Varnish qualified fifth fastest in the women’s sprint, and then defeated Anastasiia Voinova and Elis Ligtlee for the Netherlands, to finish fourth, missing out on the bronze by losing 2-0 to Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee, who had already knocked out world champion Becky James in the quarter finals. There were fourth places for Doull and Jon Dibben, in the men’s Madison. From here, the riders will head to Guadalajara for the final Track Cycling World Cup of the season, from January 17-19.
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