Rowsell Shand backing Katie Archibald to shine at Track World Cup

Rowsell Shand backing Katie Archibald to shine at Track World Cup
By Sportsbeat

10/11/2017 at 03:16Updated

Joanna Rowsell Shand expects Katie Archibald to build on her great form this season when the Track World Cup comes to Manchester.

Archibald - who won team pursuit Olympic gold in Rio - will make her first appearance of the new World Cup campaign this weekend, having sat out the Poland leg.

This year has seen Archibald come into her own on the track, winning individual pursuit and omnium gold at the European Championships last month having being crowned World champion in the latter event, in April.

She won World Cup gold in the Madison alongside Manon Lloyd in Glasgow last year, and for two-time Olympic champion Rowsell Shand, her former teammate can get even more medals in Manchester.

"Katie's incredible," she said.

"I was 23 when I won my first Olympic bronze so she is younger than I was when she won her first Olympic gold.

"You can't buy experience so the more experience you get from riding bike races, competing in big competitions, that will always mean that the nerves are not always as bad the next time around.

"I think and I am sure that she is going to win some more at the World Cup.

"She's in an interesting situation where she's got the label of being the best in the world and I'd love to see her win again in Manchester."

The second Track World Cup of the season gets underway on Friday, with Archibald likely to compete in the omnium, team pursuit and Madison.

It will bring back fond memories for Archibald, who won her first World Cup medals in the city in 2013 with scratch race silver and bronze in the individual pursuit.

In addition to her World and European success, Archibald also successfully defended her Six Day London title last month.

And while Rowsell Shand knows all too well the feeling of being number one, she believes Archibald can cope with the pressure of being the favourite.

"When you are the champion all eyes are on you and everyone wants to beat you so it does make it more difficult," she said.

"The key for her will to be to not let all that get to her and focus on her performance.

"She already races very well and she's already got a very good tactical brain.

"I'm sure she'll smash it."

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