Laura Trott won her seventh Rainbow Jersey at the Track World Championships yesterday, as she won the Omnium ahead of the USA’s Sarah Hammer and France’s Laurie Berthon.
Local girl Trott, a favourite with the sell-out crowds at the sleek London velodrome, just had to stay out of trouble over the last 40 laps of the 100-lap points race, having extended the 12-point lead she built up over the first five disciplines. As Berthon and Hammer teed up for the rush to the line on the back straight, Trott zipped past the pair, much as the Colombian Fernando Gaviria had toyed with his rivals in the men’s event on Saturday evening, to win the five points by nearly three bike lengths.
Trott, who won Olympic gold in the multi-discipline event on the same London boards four years ago, was a model of consistency throughout two days and maintained her stranglehold during the concluding points race.
He completed the race, finishing sixth as Ed Dawkins of New Zealand took silver and Awang Azizulhasni of Malaysia bronze.
If he had won, that would make it two golds apiece for the couple this week at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the same as they achieved there at the London 2012 Olympics which was when their relationship was made public after they appeared at the beach volleyball on Horse Guards Parade together.
“I could do the Omnium, the team pursuit, the points and the scratch, you never know“, said Trott.
It meant Trott opened up a 14-point lead ahead of the flying lap, the penultimate discipline.
Trott, world and Olympic omnium champion in 2012, was third and Hammer fifth, but Berthon’s second second place of the morning bumped her up to second overall. It was just incredible.
“After Jason had won the sprint I was on such a high that I was really buzzing, but after that (elimination) I was, ‘Oh, OK’”.
She added: “I felt so good in that”. After that I could ride my own race.
“She’s the one to beat but I’ll enjoy going after her”. Paul (Manning, her coach) had said to me before the start “take out the first points and you’ll feel confident, you’ll feel comfortable”. I rode stupidly really.