Six Day riders shone once again on day four of the Track Cycling World Championships in Hong Kong, with two of our stars donning the rainbow jersey as they clinched golden glory on the boards.
But the story of the day came in the women’s Madison as the event made its debut at the World Championships, and Six Day Series overall champion Elinor Barker was on the podium for her second silver medal of the week.
Barker, 22, had already won scratch race silver but added a second to her haul alongside World Championships debutant Emily Nelson, with Belgian duo Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore taking top spot.
The Brits had been well in contention from the very moment the starter’s gun was sounded, Nelson winning the first sprint before Barker finished third in the second.
But at the halfway stage, it was Kopecky and D’Hoore who held the advantage, and there they stood at the very end, prevailing with a ten-point gap over their nearest rivals Barker and Nelson.
Fellow Six Day rider Jarmila Machacova was forced to withdraw from the race alongside Czech teammate Lucie Hochmann, while Laura Brown and Stephanie Roorda did not start following the latter’s crash on Friday.
“I really enjoyed it, I was pretty nervous beforehand because we’ve both only ridden in one Madison each before,” said Barker.
“We didn’t really know what to expect. You get a general idea of how a points race or a scratch race is going to go based on the field, but between us, we hadn’t raced all of the girls in this field but it was pretty fun.
“We’re not surprised at all by the Belgians being faster than everyone else – it’s bred into them, they’re a Madison nation. Hats off to them, they were very impressive.
“It was a really hard race so it’s a pretty big achievement to be second.”
It was a triumphant day, however, for France’s Benjamin Thomas, who prevailed in a men’s omnium that saw the race for the rainbow jersey go down to the final lap.
In the end, he took top spot with 149 points ahead of New Zealand’s Aaron Gate and Six Day opponent Albert Torres Barcelo, while Maximilian Beyer finished ninth despite earlier being in contention for a medal.
Britain’s Chris Latham, who won scratch race bronze on Thursday, could only finish 18th.
Elsewhere, Six Day 2015 sprint champion Denis Dmitriev was victorious in the men’s sprint, defeating Harrie Lavreysen in the gold medal race.
Russian Dmitriev beat his opponent by 0.201 and 0.179 seconds in their first and second contests respectively.
And in the women’s individual pursuit, Katie Archibald could not back up Friday’s omnium victory with more success, finishing fifth after missing out on a place in the bronze medal race.
Her qualifying time of 3:31.331 proved not enough as America’s Chloe Dygert set the fastest time ever recorded at sea level.
Sunday’s action in Hong Kong sees the 2017 World Championships draw to a close, with the men’s Madison and 1km time trial and the women’s points race and keirin still to contest.