World track championships

As it happened

By Mike Henson - BBC Sport

In summary

  • Becky James wins gold in keirin
  • Laura Trott wins silver in omnium
  • Doull & Yates 11th in madison
  • Live across the BBC

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  1. 1421

    The Belarus organisers look like they are going to squeeze in one last cheerleading routine from their overworked dancers. There are pom-poms, but I'll spare you the rest - Becky James victory is a far better moment to leave the scene on.

    Thanks for all your messages. I think the one thing we can guarantee after the last five days is that we can all do this again pretty soon. Bye for now.

  2. 1417

    For all the mud that has been slung at cycling recently, and much of it well-deserved, there is something magically about those rainbow jerseys. The ultimate bit of sporting stash.

  3. 1413
    Medal ceremony

    UCI top brass Pat McQuaid safely negotiates the legally-hazardous task of helping a young lady into a new cycling jersey. Becky James turns stage left and and God Save the Queen gets going.

  4. 1410

    Becky James completes the last of her media commitments before taking to the podium. She will probably get plenty of practice in that over the rest of her career as well. Right, the fanfare has begun, the platters of medals are carried to the stage and the women's keirin presentation can begin.

  5. 1407

    The men's madison medallist are posing for their group shot. Only one final thing remains on the Minsk 2013 agenda. Appropriately enough it will involve Becky James and the British national anthem.

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    Craig MacLean - Former world champion on BBC TV

    "They did not come into this with any particular targets, but it is a remarkable medal haul from these championships for Great Britain. Becky James has been the star of the Championships and it just goes to show what a decent run of training can do."

    Great Britain finish at the top of the medals table with a total of nine - five gold, two silver and two bronze. Australia and Germany each picked up eight medals.

  7. 1358

    Double world champion Becky James: "It's going to take a while to sink in. It feels like a complete dream. I want to thank everyone for helping me . It's been tough but we finally made it. Can't believe I've got two golds, two rainbow jerseys."


    Paul Clarkson: (external) "That was awesome Becky James #Keirin world champion."]

    Believe in Lucas: (external) "YES BECKY JAMES!!! Hope Vogel is okay."

    The German was walking, rather gingerly, back to her team pen. She got caught down on the flat of the track and did not have the traction needed to stay upright as the race headed into the home straight.

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    Chris Boardman - Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "Nobody could have asked for more, or dreamt of more before this week."

  10. 1355

    Becky James' grandparents get another chance to revel in her success as she greets them at trackside. She is still shaking her head in disbelief. The winning margin was a healthy 0.116 seconds over Jinjie Gong. Lisandra Guerra was third.

  11. 1350

    In total command. Becky James covers the attack of Lisandra Guerra and leads from front to back. A second world title in the bag and a meteoric new star is lighting up British Cycling's firmament.

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    Kristina Vogel in second and Cuba's Lisandra Guerra attacks from deep...

  13. 1349

    We are under way cleanly at the second attempt and Becky James drops straight in directly in the draft of the derny.

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    A bit of an odd false start. The field looked like they were waiting for an instruction from one of the commissaries and were caught unawares as the derny whizzed round.

  15. Rob Hayles
    Rob Hayles - Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "If Becky wins a fourth medal. it's unprecedented. I'm so nervous for her. I so want her to do it. There's no pressure on her. I hope she goes out there relaxed and calm."

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    That sounds like a big disadvantage, but the derny does not rack up the speed quite as sharply as it once did.

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    Becky James draws last spot in the gold-medal final. She will be at the back of the line of riders following the derny and will have a bit of ground to make up to get into optimum position once it departs with two and half laps to go.

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    France's Sandie Clair takes the minor final. Now the big one...

  19. Rob Hayles
    Rob Hayles - Former world champion on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "We talked up the British duo so that result was a big disappointment. Owain Doull struggled but that's bike racing, you give what you've got on the day. It was a quick race."

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    A man in a black catsuit is firing up the derny. The women's keirin gold-medal final is coming up shortly with Becky James. First though is the scrap for positions seven to eleven.

  21. GB's Owain Doull after he finished 11th in the madison with Simon Yates: "I didn't have the legs for it. Simon was carrying me round for most of it. It was certainly an experience."

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    Great Britain's Owain Doull and Simon Yates finish 11th on 2 points and could not get their teeth into any of the most exciting bits of action in that madison race.

  23. 1335

    France see it home to take gold, but it is Spain's heroic late surge that is the big news on the last lap. They take five points to Germany's one and leapfrog into silver medal position.

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    Spain attack one last time in an attempt to take silver from Germany.

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    Switzerland could get silver with a sprint victory and a lap gain. It is a big ask though.

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    France, Germany and Spain catch up to the back of the pack to gain a lap. France now have 18 points, four clear of Spain, with both enjoying a lap advantage over the rest of the pack. Australia, the Netherlands and Switzerland have set off in pursuit of a lap gain but it is too late for gold with only one final set of sprint points and seven laps remaining.

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    Spain, France and Germany working in harmony and it looks like they might have broken the spirit of the rest of the field. It is a European Union diplomat's dream.

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    The added bonus of attempting a breakaway is that you gather up the sprint points in doing so. France cross first on sprint number eight to take five points and move onto 13. They are three clear of Italy and Ukraine.

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    Chris Boardman - Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "There are lots of teams showing fatigue now. It's a war of attrition."

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    Germany looked happy to sit on the rear wheel of Spain, but they are now co-operating, doing some shifts on the front of the group of two. They are making some decent ground and France like the look of this. They buy in as they make the effort to cross the divide.

    Three riders might be enough to take this group away decisively. Great Britain are still sat back in the pack.

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    Spain have made an attack in pursuit of a potentially decisive lap gain. They are chased by Germany and, although they have gained a third of a lap over the rest of the field, Switzerland are beginning to respond form the peloton in an attempt to quell this little uprising.

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    Switzerland move up to joint second overall as they win the sixth sprint to go level with France on eight points. Ukraine still out in front on ten.

  33. 1312

    Not long now until Becky James saddles up in pursuit of her second gold medal of the championships. Can the 21-year-old add the keirin title to Saturday's sprint success? About half an hour until we find out...

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    The Czech Republic take the fifth sprint with Great Britain not in contention. Ukraine still lead overall with those two early sprint victories on ten points as we start the last 100 laps. Germany and then Denmark both go off hard attempting to make a break as others recover from the sprint. Neither can get away though.

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    Chris Boardman - Olympic cycling champion on BBC TV

    "The madison is a highly skilful race and beautiful to watch."

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    Great Britain get on the board as they follow France and Belgium across the line on the fourth sprint. All of these intermediate sprints would be blown out of the water should any team manage to take a lap out of the rest of the field. Gaining a lap trumps any number of points. It is a death-or-glory tactic, but some teams lack the sprint power to rely on anything else.

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    I hope Owain Doull and Simon Yates got a session on Dr Peters' counselling couch. Trying to pick a path through the madison melee takes grandmaster concentration.

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    The British cyclists do a lot of work with psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters and Joanna Rowsell explains: "It's all about getting in the zone, not getting overawed. Go into the race and do your race. Becky is the rider of the championships for me. She needs to stay in that zone, full of calm and focus."

  39. Laura Trott on Twitter after her omnium medal (external): "Silver in the omnium :) pretty happy with that. Fair play to Sarah Hammer!"

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    With riders dipping in and out at will to swap in for their team-mates, it is hazardous work being a madison rider. Those riders not racing soft pedal around the top half of the banking just to add to the chaos. Understanding the race is like trying to pick a tune of white noise at times. Italy have just won the third sprint, Great Britain yet to score, Ukraine still lead overall.