The final day of competition at this most unusual of Revolutions saw the conclusion of bith Omnium competitions, Men’s and Women’s Keirins and the return of Cav and Wiggo to the Madison. A fitting finale to three days of racing in Derby.
Photos by Chris Maher
1km Time Trial
The second day of the Men’s Omnium competition opens with the Kilometre time Trial – and it’s a discipline that JLT’s Ed Clancy excels at. Given his overnight lead, the most likely outcome was that he would pull further ahead of the rest of the field.
His time of 1:02.628 was – as expected – head and very broad shoulders in front of the nearest challenger – Chris Latham of 100% Me – on 104.383. Roy Eefting of the Netherlands was just a couple of tenths behind the young Brit on 1:04.690, with his compatriot Tim Veldt less than a tenth further back on 1:04.770. And Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish showed he was far from finished. The Time Trial bars may not be his favoured weapons on the road, but his time of 1:05.282 reminded everyone of his track pedigree and was good enough for 5th place – just ahead of Team Wiggins’ Jon Dibben.
If there’s an Omnium discipline that Clancy has made his own, it’s the Flying lap. The nature of the scoring in the Points Race is such that even (yet) another win wouldn’t have been enough to guarantee Clancy the overall, but it certainly put all the pressure on his rivals.
Again, the big man didn’t disappoint and his time of 13.120 was comfortably quicker than Eefting’s 13.210 – but it was Cavendish’s performance in third place which will have given him most to think about-not just for that day’s Points Race, but for the race for the single Omnium spot in Rio next summer. 13.352 wasn’t a long way behind in absolute terms, but – as Clancy observed afterwards – Ed’s been training for this far 8 years, Cav for 8 days. Dibben wasn’t completely out of contention, either, and must have been delighted with his performance in this company. 13.655 was good enough for fifth, just behind Veldt. Moreno De Pauw of Belgium was sixth.
So the charge was on in the Points Race and – although France’s Benjamin Thomas racked up the most points – taking two laps and scoring a total of 64 to secure fourth overall, it was Cav who was the most significant player in the race. the problem was, wherever car was, Ed wasn’t far behind.
Both lapped the field and Cavendish took two sprints, four second places and four thirds to get within eight points of Clancy by the end, but with the Yorkshireman following him home on the three sprints before the finish, there was nothing the Manxman could do to furtherreduce the deficit.
Latham and Dibben, meanwhile, were locked in their own battle to wrest third back from the charging Thomas – and settle their own personal fight. Dibben needed to win the final sprint to have a chance and he managed that and – for an instant – he was one point ahead – but third place on the line and two points was enough to put Latham back on top by a point – with Thomas dropping to fifth a further point behind. Kenny de Ketele of Belgium took sixth.
500m Time Trial
In the women’s 500m Time Trial it was again the overnight leader that was in control from the start on the second day of competition – although the margin was a lot slimmer. Laura Trott of Great Britain clocked 35.972 – just ahead of Belgium’s Jolien D’ Hoore on 36.282. Laurie Berthon of France wasn’t far behind, either, on 36.421 -with Ireland’s Lydia Boylan 4th on 36795. Leire Olaberria stayed in touch for the top three with fourth place on 37.132 with Malgorzata Wojtyra of Poland on 37.253 in 6th place.
It was Trott and D’Hoore first and second again in the Flying Lap, but the margin was just hundredths of a second- Trott taking maximum points with a 14.424 – the Belgian dropping another two points behind in the overall with a 14.472. Berthon had to settle for third again with a 14.688 ahead of compatriot Pascale Jeuland on 14.744. Katie Archibald of Great Britain and Wojtyra made up the rest of the top 6.
Trott had led the competition from start to finish but D’Hoore had always been close behind – close enough that the overall result was by no means a foregone conclusion. Each of them scored in all but one of the sprints and it was the Belgian who had the edge-outscoring her rival 27 points to 21.
She was still in with a chance of snatching the win with two sprints to go – just three points separated them.She managed a second place, but, unfortunately it was behind her rival. Five points was the gap and a win would see the two riders tied on points witi the decision going to D’ Hoore on count back – if – and it was a big if – Trott failed to score. the Belgian did her part and took the final five points of the race, but Trott took second on the line to clinch the overall.
The rest trailed in their wake. Jeuland took third, 47 points behind D’Hoore, with Katie Archibald in fourth a further five back. Laurie Berthon was fifth, six behind her with Emily Kay 11 points back in sixth.
The ever spectacular Cristo Volikakis of Greece headed home British duo Lewis Oliva and Matt Crampton to take the first of the six places in the final. Team sprint colleagues Jason Kenny and Philip Hindes took a 1-2 in the second heat – although Hindes wasn’t at the front on this occasion – with rising star Hugo Haak of the Netherlands clinching the final spot.
It was a GB 1-2 in the final with Kenny edging out Lewis Oliva. Volikakis took third, ahead of Crampton, with Haak and Hindes completing the result.
Great Britain’s Dannielle Khan and Katy Marchant took the first two places in the first heat of the Women’s Keirin – with Tania Calvo of Spain taking the third final berth. France’s Sandie Clair won heat 2, ahead of Laurine van Riessen of the Netherlands and Olivia Montalban of France.
Marchant’s good form was carried over into the final, where she headed home Clair and Khan. Calvo was fourth, ahead of van Riessen and Montauban.
The Men’s Madison saw Cavendish and sir Bradley Wiggins reunited after an eventful partnership ended in 2008 with a World title in front of an ecstatic crowd in Manchester and disappointment -and note little acrimony after failing to repeat the victory at the Olympics in Beijing.
The Madison, sadly, is no longer an Olympic event but it remains a crowd favourite and the ultimate test of raw speed, endurance and bike handling on the track. German Burton and Matt Gibson of the Olympic Development programme took thesadly, is no longer an Olympic event but it remains a crowd favourite and the ultimate test of raw speed, endurance and bike handling on the track. German Burton and Matt Gibson of the Olympic Development programme took the opening two sprints but, ominously, Cav and Wiggo were second in
the first and third in the second.
The former World Champions took the next two sprints, with Burton and Gibson still hanging on and scoring points in both. the balance of the race was changing, though. Belgian duo Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw had taken second behind Burton and Gibson in Sprint two -and behind Cav and Wiggo in Sprint three – and they would finish the race having taken second in every sprint except the first. Unfortunately for them, the Cav and Wiggo train was now unstoppable.
They had to settle for third in Sprint five – 100% ME duo chris Latham and Mark Stewart leading home the Belgians – but they won the remaining three to take a comfortable – and hugely popular – win.
Latham and Stewart followed up their win with three third places in the closing sprints, allowing then to overhaul the early leaders Burton and Gibson on the the to take third by a single point.