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GB women win World Cup madison gold

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GB win thrilling Madison despite crash

British pair Katie Archibald and Manon Lloyd overcame a crash to win the inaugural women’s madison at the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow.

The duo collided with Russian and Belgian riders on lap 18 of the 80-lap race, which sees the riders hand-sling each other into the action.

“I thought it was all over there and then,” said Lloyd.

However, they won four of the eight sprints, including the last with double points on offer, to win from France.

“It was a pretty exciting race,” said Olympic team pursuit champion Archibald, who got “a bit of an adrenaline kick” from the fall.

The Scot added: “Somebody closed down when we came into a change coming into a sprint. There was nowhere to go.

“We all came down in a domino, which is kind of a hazard of the trade. Something about dangers in the work place. You can say that light-heartedly when we both got back up.”

The women’s madison was taking place at an elite world level for the first time – British riders Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are world champions in the men’s equivalent – and it made an immediate impact with an Australian crashing amid confusion after a false start had been called.

Following their crash, Archibald and Lloyd rode the perfect race, timing their hand-slings to perfection to win three intermediate sprints in succession and keep pace with the French pair, who led by two points heading into the final sprint.

But Olympic team pursuit champion Archibald powered round the final lap to win the sprint as Britain won on 25 points, two clear of France.

It was a second gold medal of the weekend for Lloyd, who was celebrating her 20th birthday on Saturday.

Sam Harrison, riding for Wales, won bronze in the points race.

Harrison came through in the final sprint to collect third as Scotland’s Mark Stewart, who was riding for Britain, faded in the closing stages to slip from second to fourth.