2014 UCI Track Cycling World Cup London

 

On the final day of the UCI Track World Cup at Lee Valley VeloPark, the women’s omnium concludes and the sprinters race the kierin

 

OMNIUM

 

In the women’s omnium, Laura Trott never relinquished the lead she took on day 1.  She maintained her lead by taking third in the 500m TT and fifth in the flying lap.   Kirsten Wild (Ned) who had finished day one in a very close second position rode a disappointing time trial, placing 16th and even though she rode an excellent flying lap, to place 2nd she went into the points race in third place but with some considerable margin to close to Trott. 

 

Laura Trott London Track World Cup Omnium

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Meanwhile, Jolien D’Hoore from Belgium excelled in both of the sprint disciplines, placing first in the TT and flying lap.  This put her into second place going into the points race.  With the new format, technically anyone can win going into this final race, as the points earned are added to the total omnium points earned up to that point in the competition, but in reality, nothing short of a disaster was going to topple Trott.

 

London Track World Cup 2014

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The points race was in fact a steady affair, which made life easy for Trott, although Jolien D’Hoore did close the gap a little.  However Trott strengthened her overall point lead by winning the penultimate sprint and the the Olympic champion brought home the gold.

 

Women’s Omnium – Silver: Belgium (Jolien D’Hoore), Gold: Great Britain (Laura Trott), Bronze: Netherlands (Kirsten Wild)

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Women’s Omnium - Result

Gold: Great Britain (Laura Trott)

Silver: Belgium (Jolien D’Hoore)

Bronze: Netherlands (Kirsten Wild)

 

KIERIN

 

The other women’s event was the kierin, which was won by China's Guo Shuang, who collected gold ahead of Kristina Vogel (Germany) while Hyejin Lee (Korea) took the bronze medal.

 

London Track World Cup Kierin

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Great Britain’s Jess Varnish was riding in an attempt to win a medal after disappointing early exits in both the team and individual sprint events.  After failing to make it through in the first round, Varnish made the second round via the repechage and faced a challenging heat including Australia’s Anna Meares and world champion, Kristina Vogel.  Varnish narrowly missed a crash with Frenchwoman, Olivia Montauban, she stayed upright but was knocked out in the second round; however a twist of fate saw her compete in the final after Russian Gnidenko was relegated. Varnish finished fifth overall as.

 

Women’s Keirin - Silver: Kristina Vogel GER, Gold: Shuang Guo MSP, Bronze: Hyejin Lee KOR

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Women’s Keirin - Result

Gold: Shuang Guo MSP

Silver: Kristina Vogel GER

Bronze: Hyejin Lee KOR

 

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