GB’s Archibald seals second omnium world title in dominant fashion


atie Archibald is celebrating adding another omnium world title to her recently-clinched European crown with a dominant performance in Roubaix.

Great Britain’s two-time Olympic champion added a fourth world gold to her extensive medal haul on Friday, her second in the omnium after glory in Hong Kong four years ago.

Archibald also won the European omnium, scratch and Madison titles in Grenchen, Switzerland earlier this month.

Archibald won all four events in another perfect all-round display and was never in danger of being overhauled as she held a 23-point lead over closest challenger Elisa Balsamo going into the final race.

Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky claimed silver and Italy’s Balsamo went on to take bronze.

Archibald said: “I had a nice run in the Euros and the races here have gone quite differently. I’m happy I’ve succeeded in different ways.

“In some ways I made mistakes I didn’t make at the Euros, but I was just so unbelievably nervous and it feels so much better now.”

Archibald survived a scare in the third event, staying on her bike after her wheel had been clipped from behind as two riders crashed.

It has been a memorable year for Archibald, who won Olympic gold alongside Laura Kenny in the Madison event in Tokyo.

“It’s been 10 weeks since the Games now and we had a really solid games prep. Me and Laura have been working closely on our Madison assault,” Archibald added.

“With that, she was doing the omnium prep and I was doing a lot of that with her. We’re kind of comrades as it were, so I’ve really benefited essentially from her Olympic prep to run into this.

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