UCI Track World Cup, Manchester: day one – five observations

Team pursuit stars, new Scottish track queen, and Mancunian crowds all impress in Manchester

Katie Archibald – remember the name

Katie Archibald won a silver medal in the women’s scratch race. pic: Alex Broadway/

Britain’s newest track cycling star Katie Archibald continued to underline her sensational ability on the track with another strong showing over the weekend.

The 19-year-old Scot, who signed with British Cycling last month, slotted almost seamlessly in the women’s team pursuit two weeks ago as they won European gold in record-breaking time.

This time representing her trade team, City of Edinburgh, Archibald – pink hair, lip piercing and all – showed she cares little for the reputation of her rivals to produce a strong ride in the scratch race.

After Mexican Sofia Arreola stole a lap on the others, Archibald led the chase off the front of a group that included Britain’s Dani King, Italian star Giorgia Bronzini, and Australia’s Georgia Baker.

And her attack proved to be timed to perfection – rejoining the bunch in time to latch on to King’s wheel before earning a silver medal in the sprint finish.

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