Having conquered the team pursuit on Thursday, Ethan Hayter added another rainbow jersey to his wardrobe with victory in the men’s omnium at the UCI Track World Championships .
The Brit, who also won the event at last year’s championships, looked assured across all four races, crossing the finish line with a 20-point winning margin.
“It’s incredible," Hayter told Cycling Weekly inside the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines track centre. "I think it’s going to take some time to sink in.
“It’s one of the hardest things I’ve done,” the 24-year-old added. “The bankings are higher and the transitions are quite steep, so the speed is on and off a bit more. It just makes it really tactical.
“I think over the four events, by the end of the last race, I was probably the strongest,” he continued. “I knew I could control the race.”
Last year, Hayter won two events in the omnium, before drawing out a resounding 54-point swing in the final race. The Brit cut his victory finer this time round, finishing fourth, second and second respectively in the scratch, tempo and elimination races.
In the dying moments of the points race, France’s Benjamin Thomas dug deep to gain a lap on the field, leapfrogging his opponents to take the silver medal. Aaron Gate (New Zealand), the star of the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, finished in third.Great Britain’s Josie Knight also claimed her second medal of the championships with bronze in the 3,000m individual pursuit. The 25-year-old set a new British record in qualifying, clocking […]