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Cavendish and Wiggins win Madison world championship

British pair win thrilling race despite late Cavendish crash

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish have won the Madison at the UCI Track World Championships in London, the second time they have taken the rainbow jersey in the event, having won it the last time the event was in the UK at Manchester in 2008.

It was a thrilling race in which France, Colombia and Switzerland gained a lap on the competition early on, putting them into the medal places, but throughout the 200-lap race the British pair picked up points at the sprint.

Again and again they tried to get away and finally, with around 33 laps remaining and time running out, they managed it and helped by the Spanish pair made the junction to enable them the Britons to jump from fifth to first, both smiling as Wiggins gave Cavendish a handsling immediately afterwards.

There was late drama as Cavendish hit the deck with 11 laps remaining, but he was quickly back in the saddle to take the third Madison world title of his career, having also won at Los Angeles in 2005 with Rob Hayles.

"When we went we had to give everything," Cavendish, whose hopes of making the Olympics are in the balance after he finished sixth in the omnium yesterday told the BBC afterwards.

"I hit my head hard so I was a bit dizzy, but I just wanted to get back on and finish with Brad. It could be my last one [Track World Championships] so it's just perfect to go out like this with Brad."

Wiggins, who now has seven world titles on the track and will be aiming for a fifth Olympic gold medal in Rio this summer, said: "You couldn't have written a better script. It's so nice to be world champion again."

Great Britain end the week by topping the medal table with five gold medals.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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baucutts | 8 years ago

The full thing is available on iplayer. If you go on the episode of day 5 that is listed, and then scroll down to until you see more epis odes from this series, there is another day 5 video that shows from the cut. Its been quite a while since I've welled up watching sport but today was definitely a moment like that.

kamoshika replied to baucutts | 8 years ago
baucutts wrote:

The full thing is available on iplayer. If you go on the episode of day 5 that is listed, and then scroll down to until you see more epis odes from this series, there is another day 5 video that shows from the cut.

Thanks! Had looked but obviously missed that. That's my evening's viewing sorted  1

duzza | 8 years ago

Highlights are on Eurosport 2 tomorrow at 7pm, unless the tennis overruns.... Shame on you BBC

dassie | 8 years ago

Managed to find the event on iplayer;  after the BBC tennis/ cycling red button shift...

Great result and an excellent few days track cycling.    laugh

kamoshika | 8 years ago

Awesome ride! Anyone know if it's on iPlayer anywhere? I was following updates on the train back from London having been to see some of yesterday's action at the track. Planned to watch the whole race when I got home, only to find that the end of the track cycling programme is actually the tennis that overran, and the Madison got bumped to the red button (which doesn't seem to be on iPlayer). Really want to see more than just two minutes of highlights of it...

Dr Concrete | 8 years ago

This news should generate an entirely positive thread.

What a pair, what a way to close the track worlds!

Surely, the only question to be answered is the one posed by Cav during their interview, will They be back as a pair to race the London 6 day?

here's hoping......

CXR94Di2 | 8 years ago
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Well done  1

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