UCI Track World Cup 2013/14: round two – five observations

Records tumble in Mexico while Great Britain's men's sprint team return to form

Rising Welsh star Owain Doull had already outlined his precocious ability by helping the men’s team pursuit team to European Championship gold and then victory in the opening round of the World Cup.

And one of the newest additions to Great Britain’s men’s endurance squad showed he has more than one string to his bow too, with victory in the scratch race in Mexico.

Welshman Owain Doull earned scratch race gold in Mexico, to mark him as one of the riders to beat at the World Championships in Cali next year (pic: Alex Broadway/

The 20-year-old showed the benefit of his growing experience too, having earlier finished fifth in the discipline at the World Championships and then 11th last month in Manchester.

On both occasions no rider was able to escape the field, but this time the Welshman  set himself up for victory with a strong escape effort alongside Hong Kong’s King Lok Cheung.

Having earned his lap, Doull stayed safe in the bunch before out-sprinting Cheung to earn the biggest individual success of his career to date.

He will face bigger challenges come the World Championships with Italy’s Elia Viviani and Irish world champion Martyn Irvine among those absent from the event at the weekend.

But Doull has none-the-less earmarked himself as one of the men to beat in Cali, and the Welsh rider will bid to replicate compatriot Becky James’ achievements this year by earning two gold medals at the World Championships.

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