Track Cycling World Championships: GB’s Neah Evans wins points race gold for first world title


Great Britain’s Neah Evans took her first major individual title in the women’s points race at the Track Cycling World Championships.

Ethan Hayter and Ollie Wood took silver in the men’s madison, bronze for Ethan Vernon in the men’s heat.

Evans won gold in France with 60 points, ahead of Denmark’s Julie Leth and American Jennifer Valente.

The 32-year-old Scot adds the gold medal to her silver in the women’s team pursuit earlier in the championships.

Hayter and Wood finished with 47 points—18 behind France, who took gold.

The British pair attacked late in the final sprint to score 10 points, putting them ahead of Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands.

The result came to Hayter a day later successfully defended his omnium titlewhile he and Wood were part of the winning quartet teams looking for gold at the beginning of the week

Vernon, part of GB’s winning team pursuit quartet, held off Belgium’s Jules Hesters to finish third in the qualifying race.

Italy’s Elia Viviani defended his world title and New Zealand’s Corbin Strong took silver.

Evans had two silver and two bronze medals at the previous World Championships. After winning his first gold on Sunday, he said: “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m full of adrenaline and excitement, but I’m happy.

“I definitely felt like I had good legs and I had a really good game plan, so I was pretty confident.”

Evans won the first sprint of the 100-lap race and did not leave the podium positions from then on, winning his first lap after Leth made the first attack.

When Denmark’s Leth won another later in the race, Evans’ grip on the lead seemed to loosen, but he was able to find his legs in the closing stages to claim a second lap and see out the win.

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