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Britain strike gold at last as Elinor Barker proves a point

Welcome boost: Barker claimed Britain’s only gold of the championships yesterday PICTURE: GETTY

ELINOR BARKER finally broke Great Britain’s golden duck at the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Berlin by winning the women’s points race.

The 25-year-old added a fifth world title to her collection as she twice lapped the field — the second a superb solo effort — to win by 16 points from American Jennifer Valente.

After Valente and Holland’s Kirsten Wild were part of a group that took an early lap on the field, Barker joined a five-strong counter-attack, catching up with 60 laps to go.

The winning move came when Barker attacked again with Alexandra Manly but quickly dropped the Australian to lap the field solo and push well clear of her rivals.

‘It’s all a bit of blur,’ said Barker, who was also points race world champion in Hong Kong in 2017. ‘It never felt like there was a defining attack but at some point I looked around and there was only two or three people there and then I looked up and there were people all the way up.’

Despite not being an Olympic event, the points race gave Barker a welcome boost five months out from Tokyo.

‘Yeah, it always feels pretty good. It’s not irrelevant it’s not an Olympic event but it doesn’t make it feel any less incredible,’ she added.

Barker was also part of the women’s team pursuit squad that took silver last Thursday but suffered disappointment in Saturday’s Madison when partner Neah Evans crashed late in the race, effectively ending their medal hopes.

‘I would have much rather won the Madison to be hones. I was very happy with how I rode I just didn’t end up with a medal,’ she added.

Barker’s medal proved to be Britain’s fourth and last of the championships.

Katy Marchant was denied a place in the women’s keirin final as Ellesse Andrews pipped her in a photo finish.

Ethan Hayter and Ollie Wood finished ninth in the men’s madison race.