Trott wins omnium gold in Glasgow

World and Olympic champion Laura Trott completed a successful return to competitive action with omnium gold at the Track World Cup in Glasgow.

The Briton did enough in the closing 500m time trial to overhaul Australian Ashlee Ankudinoff for gold.

Trott had already won the team pursuit with Dani King and Elinor Barker at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Friday.

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I’m not fit – I’m not going to lie

Laura Trott

“I can’t believe it,” Trott told BBC Sport. “I’m so tired. I don’t even know what I’m doing here!”

Trott won the the individual pursuit, the fourth of six omnium events, on Sunday morning but was seventh in the scratch race to fall behind Ankudinoff overall by two points.

She therefore had to beat the Australian by a minimum of two places in the closing time trial to take gold, and her time of 35.867 seconds was enough.

The 20-year-old will now head to Australia for a training camp, admitting: “It’s so hard coming back from the Olympics and having to get your head around racing again. I’m not fit – I’m not going to lie.

“I just came here for the home crowd and the support they gave us at the Olympics – you just want to give them something back.

“Physically, Laura Trott has the gifts required, but it’s about the desire beyond those physical gifts. It’s mental toughness, the desire to keep working; it’s about training three times a day, being physically sick with muscles aching. There’s no doubt Laura enjoys what she does and that’s the key thing. If she keeps the same attitude, we’ll be talking about Laura for many years to come. She’s a very driven athlete and can handle the pressure, and it’s rare to see in someone so young.”

“To compete in your home World Cup, I just wanted to do it and to say thanks. I can’t believe that I won.”

Becky James finished fifth and Jess Varnish ninth in the women’s keirin, with Germany’s Kristina Vogel taking her second gold of the weekend.

“To get a silver yesterday in the individual sprint, I was really happy with that,” said Varnish. “With the keirin, it’s about getting in there and learning.”

A strong German team also dominated the men’s individual sprint as Stefan Boetticher won gold.

Olympic champion Jason Kenny was absent

after a heavy crash in the keirin

on Saturday, leaving Philip Hindes as Britain’s sole representative.

Hindes himself tumbled to the track after suffering a slipped chain as he lost to Czech Pavel Kelemen in the first round.

“First proper sprint competition since junior worlds,” Hindes

said on Twitter. 

“You learn from mistakes and today I learned a lot!”

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