Cycling: Britain's dominance leaves rivals perplexed

Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:58pm EDT
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By Martyn Herman

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - As Britain's track cyclists left Rio's velodrome on Tuesday with their saddle bags laden with gold, their rivals were left scratching their heads wondering just how they managed to keep peaking at the Olympics.

"Of course we are wondering," Germany's Kristina Vogel, who did stem Britain's charge by winning the women's sprint, told reporters on the final day of a memorable track program.

"It seems they do nothing for three years, then they start at the Olympics and kill us."

Yet there had been question marks over Britain's dominance of the boards this year.

A slow start to the season was followed by head coach Shane Sutton stepping down in controversial circumstances shortly after the team had begun to click at the world championships in London with titles in five of the 19 events.

Other envious nations must have hoped the British Cycling "machine" might finally have snagged its chain.

How misguided they were.

On Tuesday, Laura Trott cruised to victory in the omnium shortly before her fiance Jason Kenny rounded off a momentous six days by powering to keirin gold, his third of the Games.   Continued...

2016 Rio Olympics - Cycling Track - Victory Ceremony - Men's Keirin Victory Ceremony - Rio Olympic Velodrome - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 16/08/2016. Gold medalist Jason Kenny (GBR) of Britain poses with his gilfriend, women's omnium gold medalist Laura Trott (GBR) of Britain.   REUTERS/Matthew Childs