Katie Archibald completes an extraordinary year by winning silver at the World Track Cycling Championships
Katie Archibald completes her remarkable year with a fourth medal in four events at the World Track Cycling Championships as the Olympic hero takes silver in the points race at Roubaix.
- Katie Archibald won silver in the women’s points race at Roubaix on Sunday
- Archibald finished with 72 points, 12 points above third Kirsten Wild
- Belgian Lotte Kopecky beat Scottish Archibald to gold by just four points
Katie Archibald closed her remarkable year yesterday with a fourth medal in four events at the World Track Cycling Championships.
The Scotswoman took silver in the points race on the final day of action in Roubaix, France, to add to the gold she won in the omnium and her bronzes in the madison and team chase.
It concluded a glorious weeks on the track for Archibald (below), who claimed a gold and a silver at the Tokyo Olympics in August, as well as a hat-trick of European Championship titles earlier this month. “I feel so tired, I want to go home,” smiled the 27-year-old, who was the only Olympic champion from Great Britain to compete in France, while others like Laura Kenny chose to rest.
Katie Archibald won silver in the women’s points race at the World Track Cycling Championships
Archibald was defeated by four points by Belgian Lotte Kopecky (center)
‘It’s so emotionally draining to want something so bad. I am very satisfied. The more difficult it is, the happier you are.
Archibald is the first British cyclist to win four medals at the same World Championship since Becky James in 2013. Her silver brought Great Britain’s overall tally in France to eight medals, her best World Championship result since 2016.
Britain’s head coach Jon Norfolk said: ‘We have experienced Olympians and younger athletes in their first world championships and some of them have won medals, which is really encouraging. Fuel the enthusiasm and momentum we want to create for Paris 2024 ‘.
A convicting WADA investigation recently confirmed that British Cycling violated anti-doping rules by conducting its private drug tests on cyclists.
Meanwhile, British Cycling faced new questions last night after the Mail on Sunday revealed that one of its top athletes walked away from a drug tester days before London 2012.
The rider cycled for an hour at a training ground prior to the Games rather than undergoing an immediate test. The incident was described as “truly concerning” by a senior anti-doping official, who said it should have been registered as a “suspect” by UK Anti-Doping.
UKAD said it could not “comment on any specific activities in its testing program.”