France win big on final day at world cycling championships

Russian Federation and New Zealand won the first gold medals at world track cycling championships Wednesday.

Dutch rider Kirsten Wild finished third in the 100-lap race.

There was a bright spot in Team Canada's Thursday at the Hong Kong world track cycling championships, but there wasn't much to shout about.

The 22-year-old Valente is also scheduled to compete in two other races at the world championships conducted by UCI, cycling's global governing body, the individual pursuit and the Madison. "It was just about getting to her rather than (points)".

The Olympic team pursuit gold medallist has also temporarily relocated to Glasgow from Manchester - a change being as good as a rest - and has been coaching herself.

"I think the Keirin requires a little bit less zing than the sprint".

Owens stole a march by launching his sprint early to win the first bout but Niederlag levelled matters before the decider was determined by officials.

She said: "It was very bad to ride".

"I had this one chance to focus on it, not that I would have changed yesterday for anything. The outcome was what we got tonight which is great". "And if you don't believe me, I'm going to take a photo and put it on my Instagram".

It could make for an intriguing selection battle, with Archibald, Emily Kay, Nelson and others also in the mix.

A late surge from Britain's Barker, a team pursuit Olympic champion, saw her snatch the points race title from United States' Sarah Hammer.

The Welshwoman led Hammer until the American went off on her solo mission, succeeding with fewer than 20 laps to go.

Barker then celebrated with the Union Flag and on-looking team-mates Manon Lloyd and Kay.

"It would've been not unexpected for them to come here a little bit reserved, a little bit reticent nearly, bearing in mind the level of public criticism there's been over British Cycling over recent months".

The official said they were happy with the atmosphere throughout the 10 sessions over the five days, revealing that four sessions were sold-out at the 2,000-seater venue.

"It's really nice to be part of a squad like that".

  • Julie Sanders