LONDON, March 6 Back together again, British duo Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish proved the long wait had been worthwhile as they reunited in a blaze of glory to win Madison gold at the world track championships on Sunday.
The Championships drew to a close with Britain finishing top of the medals table on five gold, one silver and three bronze, while Germany were second after earning three titles.
"A month after [the Manchester Worlds victory, Cavendish] won his first Giro stage", said Wiggins. We've conquered the world in those eight years.
Then, with 11 laps to go, Cavendish came off his bike but the Manxman returned to the saddle despite later admitting to feeling dizzy.
"Like Barack Obama, over eight years we've had a good term in presidency".
He said: "To win a world title in your home country - it doesn't get much better".
Wiggins took off his helmet to salute the crowd in celebration and Cavendish raised his arms aloft as "the boys are back in town" was played at the velodrome.
"It's my last race on this track so it wasn't a bad one was it?" said Wiggins who kissed the track at the end of his winning ride.
"I tried to get enough points early and I'm just so happy", said Trott.
"It was like The Smiths getting back for one last time, and to do a gig like that..."
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These 200 laps were another chapter in a remarkable shared sporting history.
"I didn't realise he'd crashed". "I was out of it by then, just foaming at the mouth the last 10 laps".
"I added the scratch event in as a bonus event, I like to do a bunch event before the omnium itself but it was harder than I imagined".
The three teams knew that, if Wiggins and Cavendish were to move 50 metres ahead, they would never be brought to heel but, critically, the pair managed to escape with the Spanish, and Wiggins's skill at riding solo - which won him the Tour and gold in London 2012 - did the rest, with Cavendish providing equally vital surges of pace: the ideal pairing of speedster and stayer. "We're the flawless pair for this event". He may actually be racing with Cavendish in the London Six Day event this autumn but it was a nice line.
"We kept biding our time and knew everyone was on their knees and it became now or never because we didn't come here to finish fourth". It will be like the old days.
'I'm a professional cyclist so I wouldn't say I'm excited to be wearing the GB kit, but I'm definitely proud, because I've always been proud to represent my country'. That was in contrast to the consummate display showed by his team-mate Jon Dibben to take the world title in the discipline on Friday evening, albeit against a far weaker field.
Earlier Laura Trott did not put a wheel out of place as she claimed her second gold medal of the week with a dominant victory in the omnium having already won the scratch race.
The 27-year-old from Bolton has a habit of peaking every four years and had more Olympic gold medals than world titles - until coming from behind to beat Australia's Matthew Glaetzer in 2-1 in the final. I believe Cav is, from years and years ago, a very good little TPer and, when he's on form, I'm sure he can pull his weight.
Olympic champion Jason Kenny has won gold in the men's sprint on day four of the Track Cycling World Championships. It was just incredible.
The 2013 keirin champion measured his effort wisely in the second round, taking third place behind Joachim Eilers of Germany and Edward Dawkins on New Zealand to make the final.