EIGHTH GOLD FOR BRITAIN IN MADISON
Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins have won the Madison after a thrilling race at the World Track Championships.
That makes it eight gold medals for Great Britain - a record for a single nation in a World Track Championships.
The previous record of seven golds was held by France in 1999 and Great Britain in 2007.
For Bradley Wiggins, it's his third gold medal of the week after the individual and team pursuits. He dedicated his win to his dad.
“That one was for my dad who died a couple months ago. It was his event but he never managed to win world title, so that one's for him. It was a special moment for me.”
“I set out to win three titles but never really thought it was possible. It’s easy to predict but the Madison is such a lottery and anything can happen. It’s such a huge relief to get it done and come away with the gold.”
“We had a game plan and just tried to score points. We tried to get a lap but it didn’t come off but we sneaked away and got it and the points we accumulated at the end meant it came down to the last sprint fortunately.”
“We’re going to go away and ride our road programmes and so hopefully we’ll be in even better form in Olympic. We want to win and hopefully be on fire.”
Mark Cavendish was unsure if he would ride this morning due to a groin injury but fought the pain to win the world title.
“It was still hit and miss if I rode this morning because when I warmed down after the points race I got an injury in my groin. I had some physio and so it was then just a case of bearing the pain.”
“It’s brilliant to win in Manchester, it's what keeps you going when you're going for the lap.”
“We went through a lot of stick this winter. I came off a long road season last winter and my form wasn’t that good in the World Cup but we had our plan all along to come here and win the world championship and we’ve proved a point by coming here and doing it.
“Me and Brad compliment each other, with my speed and Brad’s endurance, it’s a perfect combination for Madison. We were a heavily marked team because we’re in Manchester and because we’re good. We had to wait for everyone else to be on their knees before going for it. And that’s when we did it. It hurt us but we’ve got the depth of the road racing.”
1. Great Britain (Mark Cavendish & Bradley Wiggins) 19pts
2. Germany (Roger Kluge & Olaf Pollack) 13pts
3. Denmark (Michael Morkov & Alex Rasmussen) 11pts
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