Laura Trott put in a sensational sprint finish to claim victory in the women’s scratch race at the Track Cycling World Championships in London.
The two-time Olympic champion was part of a seven-strong bunch battling it out for glory on the final lap, with the Brit sweeping through in the closing stages to triumph in the 10-kilometre showdown. The Netherlands’ Kirsten Wild and Canada’s Stephanie Roorda finished second and third respectively.
“With two laps to go I thought I had better go now, I’m super happy,” Trott said. Victory takes Trott’s gold medal haul at world championships to six – and she could yet another in the omnium later in the championships. It was a terrific effort from the 23-year-old, who almost single-handedly hauled a chasing pack back into contention with two laps remaining. But as those around her fatigued, the Brit somehow stayed strong and launched one final burst for the finish line, roared on by a fervent home crowd, to snatch an unlikely win.
It made amends, at least on a personal level, for Great Britain’s failure in qualification for the women’s team pursuit earlier on Thursday. The quartet of Trott, Elinor Barker, Ciara Horne and Joanna Rowsell Shand clocked the fifth-fastest time, meaning they can finish no better than third. “I know this [the scratch race] is not an Olympic event but last year in Paris this was the event that let me down in the omnium and I’ve worked so hard on it over the past 12 months,” Trott added. “The team pursuit was disappointing because we found out what our limit was at the world championships.”