Two golds for France, Barker and Vogel end World Championships on high note


There were two gold medals for France on the final day of the UCI Track World Championships, while Elinor Barker claimed a first individual world title and Kristina Vogel topped the podium yet again.

It proved to be a gripping finale at the Hong Kong Velodrome on Sunday, with French duo Ben Thomas and Morgan Kneisky winning a marathon final race.

Thomas and Kneisky showed great endurance to come out on top in the 200-lap men's madison, seeing off the challenge of Australia pair Cameron Meyer and Callum Scotson. Belgium's Moreno De Pauw and Kenny De Ketele took bronze.

Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish denied Thomas and Kneisky gold in London last year, but they got their tactics spot on to go one better as the Australia team finished four points behind them.

Thomas was able to celebrate two golds in as many days after winning the omnium title on Saturday and Kneisky now has four world titles to his name - three in the madison. 

Francois Pervis roared "I'm on holiday now" after winning the men's 1km time trial title for a fourth time.

The experienced Frenchman was the last rider to go out and thrived on the pressure, clocking one minute 0.714 seconds to blow his rivals away.

Tomas Babek and Pervis' compatriot Quentin Lafargue were presented with silver medals after they both recorded times of 1:01.048.

Great Britain's Barker produced a rapid late burst to snatch the points race title from Sarah Hammer of the United States. Kirsten Wild took bronze for the Netherlands.

Team pursuit Olympic champion Barker won scratch and madison silver this week and the best was to come on the last day, decisively lapping the field with five circuits to go and Hammer was unable to respond.

Germany's two-time Olympic champion Vogel sealed a ninth world title - and a second this week - by retaining her keirin title, finishing 0.061secs quicker than Martha Bayona Pineda of Colombia. 

Australia finished top of the medal table with 11 in total - three of which were gold - and France's final-day heroics enabled them to overhaul Russia to finish second with five.