Archibald and Barker claim Madison silver on final day of UCI Track World Cup
And there was also an amazing podium finish for late replacement Mark Stewart.
Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker added to their medal collection with silver in the women’s Madison while Mark Stewart took a remarkable men’s omnium silver on the final day of the UCI Track World Cup in Glasgow.
Amid the usual chaos of the Madison, Archibald and Barker had to battle their way through a race in which they too often found themselves out of position as Australian duo of Annette Edmondson and Georgia Baker won gold.
The penultimate event of the night then saw Dundee’s Stewart – called into the team as a late replacement for the ill Ethan Hayter on Saturday night – ride his way to second place behind European champion Benjamin Thomas in the omnium.
But positional errors cost them as they invested too much energy closing gaps rather than challenging at the front.
“There were moments where we avoided some crashing and carnage as a consequence of being out of position, which is bittersweet in itself,” said Archibald, who nevertheless declared herself happy with silver and encouraged by the result.
“I feel we could have done better. It’s positioning throughout. You can see when we invest, we’re winning the sprints and it’s just kind of spreading that commitment throughout so we’re in position.”
Stewart’s performance was one of the stand-out moments of the weekend.
The 24-year-old had been sitting at home in Manchester watching the racing on television on Saturday night when he got a call asking him to get himself on the M6 as a replacement for Hayter, who had just ridden to second place in the Madison alongside Ollie Wood despite a stomach bug.
Stewart only arrived in Glasgow at 1.30am, grateful to a friend for doing the driving, and having been handed the opportunity he took it with both hands.
The 24-year-old won the tempo race and then rode strongly in the closing points race to take silver behind European champion Benjamin Thomas.
“With the strength of our squad, it wasn’t just, ‘Come up and see what you can do’,” Stewart said.
“You know if you’re going to race, you’re taking someone’s place and you’ve got to perform, so I was actually quite nervous.
“You’ve just got to keep no stone left unturned so when an opportunity like this comes along you can deliver.”
Earlier in the day, Ireland’s Felix English ended his long wait for individual success at a World Cup with gold in the men’s scratch race, in which Wood took fourth for Britain.
The 27-year-old took Madison gold with Mark Downey in Los Angeles in 2017 but had endured a string of near misses when it came to individual events until now.
“I’ve come fourth 11 or 12 times so to actually win one makes up for all the other missed medals,” English told the PA news agency.
Jason Kenny looked strong as he made it through to the final of the men’s keirin but once there he was caught out of position at the back and forced into a long effort which he could not sustain to the line, finishing fourth as France’s Sebastian Vigier won.
“I was caught napping a bit when the (derny) pulled off and ended up dead last, which is a disaster because it’s not a long race,” Kenny said.
“I was forced into (going long). The race dictated when I went. But the whole weekend has been massively positive. We’re chipping away… It’s a massive step up from last year and hopefully now we can build on it.”
Katy Marchant, who won the women’s keirin on Saturday for her first gold medal at this level, was unable to follow it up in the individual sprint and was eliminated in the quarter-finals.
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