Great Britain’s track cyclists yesterday evening topped the medal standings at the end of the second day of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in Manchester yesterday evening, the high point of the day from a British perspective being Joanna Rowsell’s victory in the women’s individual pursuit.
Rowsell - who just three months ago suffered a broken collarbone at the Prudential RideLondon Grand Prix - had helped set a world record on Friday as Great Britain’s women took gold in the team pursuit, with the country’s men's quartet also winning their event that evening.
Yesterday, the 24-year-old from south west London added the individual title, beating Australia’s Rebecca Wiasak in the final. Scotland’s Katie Archibald, riding for Braveheart Cycling Fund, took bronze, adding to the silver she took in Friday’s scratch race.
Great Britain and Germany both have three golds each, but Britain’s two silver medals and one bronze put it top of the standings.
However, Jason Kenny missed out on a medal in the men’s Keirin, however, finishing fourth as François Pervis of France took gold.
Ireland’s Martyn Irvine, winner of the scratch race in the Track World Championships in Minsk earlier this year, took gold in the points race, while Italy’s Marco Coledan won the individual pursuit.
The most watched video of the day, according to organisers? This one, of a crash in the 15km scratch race in the men’s Omnium.
Here’s a montage of Saturday’s racing – you can find much more on the UCI’s YouTube channel.
Racing concludes today, with live coverage on BBC from 2.40pm this afternoon.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.