UCI Track Cycling World Cup: Golden girl Laura Trott shines for Great Britain
PUBLISHED: 18:37 07 December 2014 | UPDATED: 18:59 07 December 2014
Omnium victory means the 22-year-old leaves London with two gold medals
Laura Trott continues to be the leading female light in British Cycling after claiming a second gold medal at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Still only 22-year-old, the former Welwyn Wheelers rider cycled to victory in the six-event omnium at the same venue where she won two gold medals for GB at the 2012 London Olympics.
Trott, who had already won gold in Friday’s team pursuit, went into the final 100-lap race 13 points ahead of Belgian Jolien D’Hoore and spent much of the race on the back tyre of her rival.
Allowing other riders who were not a threat to her overall lead to win the first eight of the 10 sprints, each of which was worth five points, Trott sprinted out in front to edge ahead of the pack on sprint nine to take the championship title by nine points.
Trott finished 12 points ahead of D’Hoore, with Netherland’s Kirsten Wild third, to take GB’s medal haul to four golds and one bronze.
The cyclist told the BBC: “I’m so happy. The points race has never been my strongest event. I’ve been doing a lot of work.
“My tactics were actually quite simple, all I had to do was follow Jolien. When I won the second from last sprint I knew it was over.”