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Omnium bronze for Clancy

Last Updated: 05/08/12 11:39pm

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Ed Clancy: Finished strong to make sure of a bronze medal in the velodrome

Ed Clancy: Finished strong to make sure of a bronze medal in the velodrome

Hansen takes gold for Denmark

Ed Clancy produced a gutsy ride to win the final event of the omnium and secure a bronze medal on the track.

The Brit put his fast start to good use to win the kilometre time trial, the sixth and final round of the event, to add another Olympic medal to his collection.

Clancy, who took gold on Friday in the team pursuit event, saw his medal chances hang in the balance after a disappointing scratch race in the penultimate round.

Second spot in the closing time trial was enough to hand gold to Denmark's Lasse Norman Hansen, the 20-year-old capping a brave performance after crashing mid-way through the scratch race.

Bryan Coquard of France was consistent throughout the two-day competition to claim silver as the Sunday evening session drew to a close.

"I've always been saying that I've been coming here for the team pursuit as I always do I stick all my eggs in that basket," Clancy said. "Perhaps mentally it was so hard getting up the next day to go into a full blown omnium.

"I had the form of my life - the kilo, the pursuit, the flying lap, PB by a mile in all of them."

After sewing up Bronze, Clancy told British Cycling: "I had the form of my life - the kilo, the pursuit, the flying lap, PB by a mile in all of them. It's just a shame in the bunch races I got torn apart by the specialists. I always knew it would be touch and go to get a medal.

"It's an emotional rollercoaster out there, one minute you are winning the next you are completely out of the race. That was the story of the last two days.

"At one point I was looking at getting that gold medal in the scratch but it just slipped away."

Scratch troubles

Tenth was not the result Clancy wanted in the scratch, the Yorkshireman having won the sprint from the remainder of the field after nine riders had escaped to put on lap a crucial lap on the field.

Heading into the race sitting second on the leaderboard with a slender two-point deficit to Australian Glenn O'Shea, Clancy was unable to follow the move and saw his points tally balloon out to 29 points.

Level Clancy on points at that stage, Hansen went down after a touch of wheels with the Brit, the pair fighting hard to bridge across to the move.

Shortly after a group of eight riders put a lap on the field, putting Clancy and world champion O'Shea on the back foot with Hansen also taking a lap after picking himself up off the floor.

Shoot-out

The event went down to the wire, with Hansen, Coquard and Italy's Elia Viviani heading into the deciding round all tied on 25 points.

Clancy had laid the foundations for his medal early on Saturday, having got off to the best possible start having won the flying lap, topping the standings with a single point.

Despite a set-back in the points race he would battle back with a crowd-pleasing fifth in the elimination race. Second in the individual pursuit brought the track star back into the medal running and so it finished with a fine bronze.

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