Scratch World Champion Martyn Irvine won the Points Race at the Track World Cup in Manchester.
Having qualified for the final earlier on Saturday, Irvine conserved his energy for the first half of the stage, before storming to victory with a three-point lead over second placed Lasse Norman Hansen. Italy’s Elia Viviani (ITA) took the Bronze.
The 120 Points Race is an event where riders start in a bunch, and sprint for intervals throughout the race.
With just over 30 laps to go Irvine made his move, and took the remainder of the points, with the final verdict decided on the line.
Speaking after the race Irvine said “That was a nice evening, the win changed the day around. I rode smart for the first half of the race, I didn’t want to race too much, but then I started to use my head.
"I looked around and other guys were grimacing more than me. I rolled off the front and got in the groove. A Spanish guy came across to me and we committed. It was all or nothing.”
Irvine, who won the World Championships in the Scratch Race last March, fractured his hip soon after returning to road racing.
Speaking at the track he added: “I must have done something right in rehab, looks like I need to break a leg to get good results!”