Katie Archibald strikes gold as GB win World Cup madison

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Great Britain claimed two gold medals on the second night of the Track World Cup in Manchester with victories in the men’s team pursuit and the women’s madison.

Scotland’s Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker of Wales won the madison by two points from the Belgium pair Lotte Kopecky and Jolien D’Hoore, the reigning world champions.

Archibald, pictured, crossed the line second behind D’Hoore in the last of the eight sprints to concede four points, but the British pair had enough in hand to claim gold after winning five of the first six.

In the men’s team pursuit, three-time Olympic champion Ed Clancy, racing on the track this weekend for the first time since the Rio Olympics, combined with Steven Burke, Kian Emadi and Oliver Wood to completely dominate their final against Denmark.

They won in an impressive time of three minutes 55.847 seconds, leaving the Danish for dead as they crossed the line 5.688 seconds later.

Earlier, the all-amateur Team KGF – the British national champions – missed out on a bronze as they clocked a time of three minutes 58.455, 1.157 seconds behind the French.

Today, Britain will aim to ride for gold in the women’s team pursuit after comfortably setting the fastest time in qualifying.

Archibald, Barker, Emily Nelson and Neah Evans topped the time-sheets after covering the 4,000 metres distance in four minutes 18.471 seconds, more than three-and-a-half seconds faster than Italy in second place and nearly nine seconds ahead of Japan in third.

They will now face the fourth fastest team, Belgium, in today’s first round, hoping to book a place in the final.