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Katie Archibald closes remarkable year with silver in UCI Track Cycling World Championships

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Katie Archibald concludes her remarkable year with a fourth medal in four events at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships, as the Olympic hero takes silver in the points race in Roubaix

  • Katie Archibald won silver in the women’s points race in Roubaix on Sunday
  • Archibald finished with 72 points, 12 points ahead of third-placed Kirsten Wild
  • Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky beat Scottish Archibald to gold by just four points











Katie Archibald ended her remarkable year yesterday with a fourth medal in four events at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships.

The Scot took silver in the points race on the final day of action in Roubaix, France, to add to the gold she won in the omnium and bronze in the team pursuit and madison.

It capped off a glorious few weeks on the track for Archibald (below), who claimed gold and silver at the Tokyo Olympics in August, as well as a hat-trick of titles at the European Championships earlier this month. “I feel so tired, I want to go home,” grinned the 27-year-old, who was Britain’s only Olympic champion to compete in France, while others like Laura Kenny chose to rest.

Katie Archibald won silver in the women’s points race at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships

Archibald was beaten to gold with four points by Lotte Kopecky (Centre) from Belgium

Archibald was beaten to gold with four points by Lotte Kopecky (Centre) from Belgium

“It’s so emotionally draining to want something so badly. I am really satisfied. The harder it is, the happier you are.’

Archibald is the first female British rider to win four medals at the same World Championships since Becky James in 2013. Her silver brought Great Britain’s total in France to eight medals, their best finish at a World Championship since 2016.

Great Britain’s head coach Jon Norfolk said: ‘We have experienced Olympians and younger athletes in their first World Championships and some of them have won medals, which is really encouraging. It fuels the enthusiasm and momentum we want to create for Paris 2024.”

A damning investigation by WADA recently confirmed British Cycling broke anti-doping rules by conducting their private drug tests on riders

A damning investigation by WADA recently confirmed British Cycling broke anti-doping rules by conducting their private drug tests on riders

Meanwhile, British Cycling was faced with new questions last night after the Mail on Sunday revealed that one of their leading athletes drove away from a drug tester days before London 2012.

The rider went cycling for an hour in a pre-Games training camp rather than subjecting himself to a test right away. The incident was described as ‘really disturbing’ by a senior anti-doping official, who said it should have been registered as ‘suspicious’ by UK Anti-Doping.

UKAD said it was “unable to comment on any specific activity in its testing programme”.

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