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Double World Cup gold for Victoria Pendleton

Ed Clancy in the world champions’ colours (pic: British Cycling)

Olympic sprint champion Victoria Pendleton claimed her second gold medal, and Great Britain’s third, with victory in the keirin at the second World Cup of the season in Cali, Columbia.

Pendleton opened her Cali account with team sprint victory with Jess Varnish on Friday, before settling for silver in her favoured discipline – the sprint, in which she has been world champion since 2007 – after being beaten by Germany’s Kristina Vogel on Saturday.

But, with the women’s keirin due to make its Olympic debut at London 2012, the 30-year-old progressed to the final unbeaten on Sunday and made no mistake to bag gold ahead of France’s Sandie Clair and Virginie Cueff respectively.

That capped a golden weekend for Great Britain, who finished top of the medal table, after Clancy’s performance in the omnium.

Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Clancy produced a stunning kilo ride – the final event of six – to clock 1:01.773 minutes to trump home favourite Juan Esteban Arango Carvajal.

Clancy won omnium gold at the 2010 World Championships in Copenhagen but the points and scratch races, as well as the individual pursuit, have since been lengethened – and Clancy proved he has the mettle over the full distance and now wears the World Cup leader’s jersey.

Meanwhile, Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy was forced to settle for sprint silver after being beaten by France’s world record holder Kevin Sireau.

And Sireau, Gregory Bauge and Michael D’Almeida trumped Hoy, Matt Crampton and Jason Kenny, winners at round one in Melbourne, in the team sprint.

Wendy Houvenaghel claimed individual pursuit silver, before combining with Katie Colclough, and Laura Trott for team pursuit bronze, with world champions New Zealand winning gold.

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