The crowd in the velodrome tonight were treated to another spectacle from Britain’s Laura Trott, winning the omnium elimination race. Her tactics and exceptional race craft whipped them up in to a frenzy that saw 6,000 people chanting her name as she came in to the final lap.



Chanting was replaced by a roar as she sprinted away from Sarah Hammer (USA) in the back straight opening up half a dozen bike lengths with just a few turns of the pedal, winning with ease.



Trott may well be the best bike racer in the whole of the British squad. Her tactics, positioning and bunch riding defy belief as she surges through gaps that don’t exist time and time again. And not once did she put any other rider in danger.



The elimination race is perfectly suited to her abilities as the ‘last one out’ system every second lap sees the bunch ride together and surge across the line each time a rider is eliminated. It’s all about positioning



At the London world cup in February Trott put on a show that almost made a mockery of the field. For the second half of the race she sat at the back and sprinted past everyone in the final metres. Each time it looked like she wasn’t going to make it, each time she did.



It had the crowd on their feet. She didn’t, however, use the tactic here, instead spending more time on the front, the safest place to be. The few times she was stuck at the back she rode through the middle of the bunch to get out of trouble. Each time sending the crowd wild.



On the last lap it was her against Hammer, but there was no contest as the 20-year-old Briton accelerated away down the back straight with ease.

The two now lead the omnium on 12 points after three events. Trott also won the flying lap, beating French sprinter Clara Sanchez by just 0.001 second. She was, however, marked out of the points race and so couldn’t gain a lap as nine other riders did.

Trott’s strongest event, the 500m time trial is the last one on the six event program that concludes tomorrow. In the individual pursuit there should be little between her, Hammer, Annette Edmondson (Australia) and Tara Whitten (Canada) making scratch race crucial.

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