Two more silvers for Ben Swift

HI HO SILVER: Ben Swift on his way to silver in Saturday's men's points race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

HI HO SILVER: Ben Swift on his way to silver in Saturday's men's points race at the Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia (AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill)

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ONCHAN-based Ben Swift followed his success in Wednesday’s 15km scratch race with silver medals in both the men’s points and Madison races as the UCI Track Cycling World Championships came to a close in Melbourne over the weekend.

On Saturday the Yorkshireman rode a tactically perfect race to clinch second behind home favourite Cameron Meyer in the points race.

The Australian dominated the event from start to finish, but Swift finished within a point of the multiple world champion thanks to a win on the race’s final gallop.

Belgium’s Kenny De Ketele claimed bronze.

On Sunday’s final day of competition Down Under, Swift teamed up with Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas to claim his third medal of the championships in the a thrilling Madison race.

The GB pairing’s strategy in the early part of the race was centred around winning key sprints and not contesting others, a ploy which, after four gallops, saw Thomas and Swift top the leaderboard ahead of early aggressors Germany. The race was shaken up by Austria who were first to take a lap, then completely blown apart by a stunning attack from the Australian pairing of Leigh Howard and Meyer. The Netherlands, Belgium and Italy followed, the quartet gaining a lap, while GB and other teams chased down.

As the dust settled, seven teams, including Swift and Thomas, had gained a lap and despite the Australian’s aggression, Howard and Meyer found themselves lying in third behind Great Britain as the race entered its latter stages.

Going into the final sprint, the Dutch pairing of Schep and Stroetinga, on zero points, threatened to spoil the party, attacking with fury with 16 laps to go in an attempt to take a lap.

This provoked a frantic chase from Belgium, GB and Australia, who had it all to lose.

Eventually with the lap board ticking down, it was clear that the Dutch move wasn’t going to stick and Belgium took the title, GB a fine silver, capping an excellent week’s racing from Swift, Thomas and the rest of the Great Britain team.

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