Katie Archibald col­umn

Se­cond-place Madi­son fin­ish best British re­sult in Poland

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Great Bri­tain’s Eli­nor Barker and Emily Nel­son claimed the sil­ver medal in the women’s Madi­son at the open­ing round of the 2017-18 Track World Cup in Pruszków, Poland, on Sun­day.

The pair’s re­sult was the high­light of the week­end for the Great British squad, which also se­cured two bronze medals.

Barker and Nel­son fin­ished in run­ner-up spot be­hind Bel­gian duo Jolien D’hoore and Lotte Kopecky, the cur­rent world cham­pi­ons in the dis­ci­pline.

Both pairs fought hard for the vic­tory, with the GB duo fin­ish­ing on 23 points to Bel­gium’s 29. Italy came in third to round out the podium.

The Madi­son event re­turns to the Olympic sched­ule for Tokyo 2020, for both men and women, after be­ing ab­sent from the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.

Nel­son had ear­lier taken a bronze medal in Poland as part of GB’S women’s team pur­suit line-up along­side Neah Evans, Manon Lloyd and Emily Kay, by beat­ing Ger­many in the ride-off. Italy took the gold medal with Canada in se­cond.

GB’S sprint­ers se­cured bronze in the men’s team sprint, with Nether­lands tak­ing first place ahead of France.

British na­tional team pur­suit cham­pi­ons Team KGF, how­ever, suf­fered a dis­ap­point­ing week­end. Hav­ing qual­i­fied in eighth in the first round, the team went down to three rid­ers early in the se­cond round and were lead­ing en­ter­ing the fi­nal kilo­me­tre but dropped their third rider, re­sult­ing in a time over a minute down on the Swiss team they were rac­ing.

It was the first time the squad have rid­den at World Cup level and they will doubt­less hope to im­prove next time.

The five-date 2017-18 Track World Cup con­tin­ues with round two in Manch­ester this com­ing week­end (Novem­ber 10-12). The squad will have a greater num­ber of Olympic vet­er­ans than the one fielded in Poland, with Steven Burke, Ed Clancy and Katie Archibald all in ac­tion.

Barker and Nel­son proved the best Brits in Pruszków

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