The 2016 Track World Championships concluded on Sunday night in London with Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish winning the madison, much to the crowds delight. The final day of the five-day event also saw rainbow jerseys handed out to women’s omnium champion Laura Trott, Joachim Eilers in the men’s keirin, his second gold medal of the week, and China’s Tianshi Zhong.
“You couldn’t have written a better script in the last 30 to get the lap again. It was like deja vu to eight years ago,” Wiggins said of his madison win with Cavendish, referencing their Manchester 2008 triumph.
Having won the women’s scratch title on day 2, two consistent days of racing in the omnium saw Trott regain the title she won between 2012 and 2014, including the Olympic gold medal. Trott led the omnium by 12 points ahead of the final event with Laurie Berthon (France) and Sarah Hammer (USA) capable of overhualing her lead in the points race. In the end, the 23-year-old was untroubled by her rivals, adding 17 points to her tally for her seventh career world title.
With the kilo title already in the bag, Germany’s Joachim Eilers added a second rainbow jersey to his palmares in a photo finish final to the men’s Keirin. The silver medal went to New Zealand’s Eddie Dawkins in a repeat of the 2015 keirin final with Azizulhasni Awang also repeating his result 12-months on.
“I won two World Cups, was the World Cup leader, and now world champion, so I hope at the Olympics I can do it again,” Eilers said.
Tianshi Zhong recovered from suffering the disappointment of relegation in the immediate aftermath of winning the women’s team sprint with Gong Jinjie to claim her first individual world title. The 25-year-old, who won the team sprint title last year, qualified second fastest than saw off Kate O’Brien and Kristina Vogel before besting Lin Junhong in the final without need for a third race. The bronze went to Vogel with the German getting the better of Anna Meares (Australia).
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