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Katie Archibald wins World Championship Madison Gold

Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Katie Archibald has taken the Gold Medal in the Madison, in the UCI Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, in a Great Britain team with Emily Nelson. The British pair won eight of the twelve sprints in the 120 lap race, amassing a total of 50 points, to beat the Netherlands pair into second place. Italy won a close battle with Denmark for the Bronze Medal.

Riding as part of the Netherlands team, Wiggle High5 Pro Cycling’s Kirsten Wild was denied a third World title of her home World Championships, along with former black and orange rider Amy Pieters.

“Our strength is our speed, so we said we were going to go into every sprint and capitalise,” Archibald said afterwards. “We didn’t want to take a lap, and we were going to mark out every lap, and we want to win every sprint.

“We tried for twelve, and eight’s good enough isn’t it!” she laughed.

After the Netherlands took the first sprint, the British duo promptly won the next eight to move into what was to be an unassailable lead. There were several attempts to break away and take a lap over the field, notably from Wild and Pieters, but Archibald and Nelson were able to close it down each time and win the subsequent sprint.

A late attack from Denmark was enough to win the final, ten point sprint, but Archibald responded and took the six points on offer for second place to take the British total to a round 50.

“It’s fantastic. Everybody goes in the same joyous wave in this Olympic cycle,” Archibald said of the event that will be added to the programme in Tokyo 2020. “The women’s Madison is getting so much attention, so I’m grateful to be part of that big step forward.”

Result
1. Great Britain (Katie Archibald, Emily Nelson)
2. Netherlands (Kirsten Wild, Amy Pieters)
3. Italy (Letizia Paternoster, Maria Giulia Confalonieri)

Photo: UCI

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