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Katie’s on top of the world!

17/04/2017

Katie Archibald won her first individual world title in the Omnium in Hong Kong in emphatic style on Friday night.

 After winning the first two events in the Omnium, the scratch race and the newly added tempo race, Katie had a lead of 8 points over Australian, Amy Cure going into the elimination race. Half way through it was a battle between road team mates, Lydia and Katie as to who'd be eliminated. Boylan would be elimanted and Katie ended up 5th in the elimination, with Cure (Aus) winning, putting them both on the same points overall with 112 points going the final race, the points race.

 

Riding aggressively in the early stages, picking up points and trying to force a breakaway, Archibald started to pay for her efforts, when the bunch started to split, and found her main rivals in the front of the split, with Archibald having work to do at the back of the last group. It was looking like it could be game over for the 23-year-old Scot, as she looked in desperation for a second wind of energy.

Meanwhile Team WNT Pro Cycling team mate, Lydia Boylan took a lap on the peloton to add 20 vital points to her overall score.

In the closing laps of the race there was only a few points between Archibald and Cure, but with Archibald taking 4th in the final sprint, scoring herself 2 points, she finished 8 points ahead of Amy Cure in silver and Kirsten Wild in Bronze with 123points, securing her first ever individual World Championship title in thrilling style.

 

"I feel really privileged to pull it off," she said. "It was an unbelievably grippy race, I really thought I'd lost it in the middle point but I pulled it out of the bag.

"It feels very strange, I'm used to having my girls, my team-mates, around me it's odd to celebrate by yourself but I'm looking forward to catching up with them at the hotel."

Lydia Boylan finished in 9th place with 76 points, making it her best result in a World Championship Omnium.

Earlier in the week, Emily Kay rode in her first senior track world championships, racing in the team pursuit. The GB quartet qualified 5th fastest in a new personal best of 4.21.548, and finished 5th overall in their 2nd ride a day later, making it a very successful debut for the 21-year-old.

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The first round of the HSBC Women’s Road Series, Tour of the Wolds on 9th April, was a sun trapped success with Hayley Simmonds and Natalie Grinczer making the select breakaway of 6 riders. A hard, rolling and grippy 100km course in 22-degree heat saw the race finish with 4 laps around a 2-mile circuit through the beautiful market-town of Louth. With 300metres to go there was an unfortunate crash, Simmonds could avoid it, but missed the podium in 4th place with Grinzcer in 5th. With 2 in the top 10, it meant Team WNT Pro Cycling would sit in 2nd place overall in the team standings behind rivals Drops going into the next round of the series Essex Giro, this Saturday.

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Hayley Simmonds won the 22 mile Buxton Mountain time trial on Good Friday by a margin of 3.25 minutes over 2nd place, clocking 1.01.09 in the second round of the Knight Composites Classic TT Series. Which firmly places Simmonds as the overall leader going into round 3.

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WHATS NEXT? Hayley Simmonds and Josie Knight will go against the clock in the Borsele Individual time trial on Friday 21st. Knight will then line up with Becca Carter, Hayley Jones, Eileen Roe and Gaby Shaw a day later for the Borsele road race, a typical Dutch race which always provides big crosswinds and thrilling racing.

Saturday will also see 6 riders take to the start for the second round of the HSBC Women’s Road Series, Essex Giro. Lydia Boylan and Emily Kay, both fresh from the track world championships will be joined by Natalie Grinczer, Bex Rimmington and Hannah Walker.

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