Sparkling Trott revisits 2012 with omnium win

Laura Trott celebrates winning the Women's Omnium
Laura Trott celebrates winning the Women's Omnium
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Laura Trott rued missing out on a ‘perfect six’ after delighting the partisan crowd at the Track World Cup with an omnium victory which sparked memories of London 2012.

The Olympic champion claimed her second gold of the three-day event and Britain’s fourth after wins in the men’s and women’s team pursuits on Friday and Madison success for Owain Doull and Mark Christian on Saturday, when there was also a points race bronze for Elinor Barker.

Trott won the omnium, track cycling’s equivalent of the heptathlon, with 193 points, with Belgium’s Jolien d’Hoore second on 181 and Kirsten Wild of Holland third on 167.

The 22-year-old from Cheshunt was thrilled with replicating her successes of London 2012 in the Lee Valley VeloPark, formerly the Olympic Velodrome.

“I’m so happy,” said Trott, a key figure in the team pursuit win.

“The last few days have been incredible. It’s probably one of the most enjoyable omniums I’ve done. The home crowd was incredible. I have so many family and friends here – you want to win in front of them, of course you do.

“I don’t want to lose on this track, not after what I did at London 2012. That just gives me that little bit extra.”

Trott won all six omnium disciplines in October’s Revolution event in the same arena and won the first two disciplines on Saturday.

“All my team-mates said to me ‘you are going to win all six’,” she said. “I was thinking ‘maybe I could do this’. (But) after losing the elimination race, the perfect six went.”

Trott has made the elimination race, in which the final rider exits every other lap, something of her speciality but was beaten by Wild in the third discipline.

Trott’s win was the undoubted highlight of a final day for Britain which saw Jon Dibben place seventh in the corresponding men’s event, won by Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria.

Jess Varnish benefited from a relegation to take her place in the women’s Keirin final won by Guo Shuang of China. World champion Kristina Vogel was second and Varnish fifth.