Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker capped off a perfect week at the UEC Track Elite European Championships in Grenchen with victory in the Madison – Archibald’s 20 th elite European title and her third of the championships.
Emma Finucane further burnished her growing reputation with a sensational silver in the women’s keirin, as the Great Britain Cycling Team signed off from the championships with four gold, six silver and two bronze medals. Women’s Madison
On the hunt for her third European title of the championships, Katie Archibald teamed up with Elinor Barker for the Madison, and Archibald put the pair in the driving seat from the off, sprinting to maximum points in the second and fourth sprints.
Olympic champion in this event, Archibald’s bike handling was put to the test as she looked to set Barker for the fifth sprint, narrowly avoiding a crash, and Barker repaid her by taking maximum points once more. Barker then followed this up with another victory in the seventh sprint, giving the pair a commanding lead.
The race was by no means over however, and Barker had to work hard to chase down a dangerous group containing Belgium, The Netherlands and Italy with 48 laps to go. Further points in the ninth and a victory for Archibald in the 10 th sprint further strengthened their hold on top spot, and as others turned their attentions to silver and bronze, Barker eased to victory in the final sprint to see the pair take a flawless victory […]
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