Laura Trott battles for cycling omnium gold at London 2012 Olympics

Cyclist Laura Trott

Cyclist Laura Trott


OLYMPIC cycling champion Laura Trott starts her quest for a second London 2012 gold medal at the Velodrome in the omnium later today (Monday).

The 20-year-old Welwyn Wheelers member won the women’s team pursuit gold with Team GB compatriots Dani King and Joanna Rowsell on Saturday evening amid extraordinary scenes.

Watched by former Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney, the British trio blew way the United States in the final with a world record time – the team’s sixth in as many rides at the event.

Today (Monday), diminutive Hertfordshire girl Laura goes in the first three events of the omnium – track cycling’s equivalent of the heptathlon in athletics.

New to the Olympic programme, the omnium features riders competing across six disciplines over the course of two days.

The Women’s Omnium explained

The Omnium consists of the following six events:

1) Flying Lap: This is a straight 250m time trial against the clock.

2) 20km Points Race: Riders score points for sprints which occur every 10 laps during the race, and for lapping the field.

3) Elimination Race: A bunch race with an intermediate sprint every two laps. The last rider each time is eliminated.

4) 3,000m Individual Pursuit: Two riders start at opposite sides of the track and race against the clock.

5) Scratch Race: A straightforward race for all competitors over 10km. The first woman to cross the line wins.

6) Time Trial: Each competitor rides 500m aiming for the fastest time.

The six women’s events are the flying lap 250m time trial, 20km points race, elimination race, 3km individual pursuit, 10km scratch race and 500m time trial. (See guide for an explaination on each event).

The opening discipline, the flying lap, is due to start at 4.08pm today (Monday).

The points race follows around 5.06pm, with the elimination race rounding off day one at 6.18pm.

Day two opens with the individual pursuit at 10.19am on Tuesday.

The penultimate race, the 10km scratch, begins at 4.07pm.

The omnium medals will be decided after the closing time trial, which starts from 4.53pm.

In each event, the winner gets one point, the second-placed rider gets two points, the third three points, and so on.

At the end of all six events, the rider with the lowest total score is the winner.

Laura, who started her cycling career at the Gosling Sports Park track in Welwyn Garden City, is the current world champion at the omnium and will start as favourite for gold.

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