Almost everything Laura Trott touches turns to gold at the moment, as she racked up world, European and national titles on the track and even enjoyed a successful start to life on the road with Wiggle-Honda too. However, while her ability in the team pursuit and omnium events such as the individual pursuit and flying lap remains undoubted, bunch races have not been the 21-year-old’s forte.
But, lying fourth with just two events remaining in the first round of the Manchester World Cup, Trott turned on the style in the women’s scratch race. After seeing an early escape by Mexico’s Sofia Arreola go clear, Trott built up a lead of her own. Upon realising she had not been followed, she then ramped up the power, and buoyed by an incredibly vocal crowd she gained a lap on the rest of the field. With only Arreola now a threat for the win, Trott kept herself safe on the Mexican’s wheel before bursting past her on the final lap to win the heat. And she took her form into the final event – the time trial – in which she flew to victory to take the overall omnium victory.