Deep in the bowels of the Olympic velodrome, with just a handful of journalists, photographers and British Cycling officials watching, Jason Kenny was somewhat unceremoniously crowned 2011 individual sprint world champion.
Kenny had finished second to Gregory Bauge in the sprint final in Apeldoorn, Holland, last March – but the Frenchman was stripped of his title last month for an anti-doping violation.
That elevated Kenny, an Olympic silver medallist in the discipline, to world champion – and the 23-year-old was awarded the rainbow jersey, albeit a junior one, by British Cycling president Brian Cookson ahead of the London-leg of the Track World Cup.
Bauge’s French team sprint squad also lost the gold won in Apeldoorn, leaving Germany’s trio to collect their jerseys in London.
Bauge was disciplined for one missed drugs test, and issues surrounding rider availability.