Brits third at Euro Track Champs
In-form Archibald consolidates strong Brit performance
Two gold medals from Katie Archibald helped GB to third in the medals in the European Track Championships in Berlin last weekend.
Archibald took the first of her two golds in the individual pursuit on Friday, defeating Polish rider Justyna Kaczkowska by more than three seconds in 3:29.328.
Having also won a silver medal in the team pursuit, she then took her third medal of the Championships in the omnium, winning the tempo and elimination race, before picking up points throughout the points race to successfully defend her European title.
Following her omnium win, Archibald said: “I’m happy — it felt like a bit of a cheat last year. It was post-olympic year the first time I won and I thought ‘have I gotten away with it?’, so I’m happy to defend my title.”
Great Britain’s third gold medal came in dramatic fashion in the women’s Madison, where Elinor Barker and Ellie Dickinson won the final sprint of the race.
Barker said. “I felt fit enough to have quite an attacking race. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that second lap but managed to get enough sprints and time off the front to pick up the points we needed.”
The three golds and one silver is slightly less than the team achieved in the 2013 European championships — also three years out from an Olympics — where it won three golds, two silvers and a bronze.
At the weekend Great Britain finished behind Germany and France, which each had five golds, with Germany also winning four silvers and three bronzes to finish top of the table.
The younger members of the British team gained valuable experience in senior competition, with 20-year-old Joe Truman impressing with a sixth-place finish in the kilo.