Wiggins, Cavendish and Trott excel on golden day for Great Britain


Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish raised the roof by winning gold the final race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships on Sunday after Laura Trott had claimed another rainbow jersey for Great Britain in London.

The stage was set for British cycling greats Wiggins and Cavendish to put the icing on the cake in what has been a great week for the hosts and the duo did not disappoint a raucous crowd at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

Eight years on from winning their first madison world title, the pair secured Britain's fifth gold of the championships to ensure they topped the medal table with nine overall ahead of Germany - who won eight titles.

Cavendish suffered a late crash, but the pair - who fell out when they failed in the madison at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games - were not to be denied victory after claiming 21 points to France's 13, with Switzerland filling the podium.

The 35-year-old Wiggins dug deep to mount an attack 168 laps into the 200-lap event and was rewarded despite the late drama, as Cavendish picked himself up to produce one final sprint.. 

Wiggins kissed the track and also planted a kiss on Cavendish, then said: "That was my last race on this track...and it wasn't a bad one."

Trott also put on a show by winning the omnium title to take her second rainbow jersey of the week and a third medal at the event at the venue where she claimed Olympic gold in the same multi-discipline event four years ago.

The outstanding Trott finished 201 points ahead of silver-medal winner Laurie Berthon to regain the title she won as a teenager in Melbourne back in 2012 a day after her fiance Jason Kenny won sprint gold. 

There was a surprise in the women's sprint event, as Tianshi Zhong beat Lin Junhong in an all-Chinese final.

Lin beat Olympic champion Anna Meares in her semi-final, but failed to get the better of her compatriot - who sealed her place in the final by ending Kristina Vogel's reign, leaving the defending champion to settle for bronze.

Germany's Joachim Eilers won gold in the men's keirin ahead of New Zealand's Edward Dawkins and Azizulhasni Awang of Malaysia on the final day of the competition which saw Great Britain make a statement ahead of the Rio Olympics.