Cycling: New Zealand win two more golds at UCI Track Cycling World Cup

Eddie Dawkins celebrates his win.
Eddie Dawkins celebrates his win. Photo credit: Cycling NZ

New Zealand's cyclists scored two more gold medals on day two of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Cambridge on Saturday.

Eddie Dawkins and the madison duo of Campbell Stewart and Aaron Gate secured gold for the Kiwis, taking their tally to five with one day remaining.

Sprint star Dawkins stormed home in the final 50 metres for a come-from-behind victory in the keirin, 0.05s ahead of Frenchman Quentin Lafargue at the Avantidrome.

"I went through the bell about 50 metres off the front guy, and I was panicking a wee bit, but the nature of being on the front early means you burn a lot of candles, and I managed to use the slipstream off Quentin Lafargue and shot past him, and it gave me the momentum to catch first place," he said.

New Zealand's other gold came in the madison, with four-time world junior champion Stewart and 2013 world omnium champion Gate blitzing the field for a comfortable win.

In a dominant display, the pair lapped the rest of the field twice to win an event which will appear at the Olympic Games for the first time at Tokyo 2020.

The New Zealanders simply outclassed the field with a masterful display of both tactics and endurance, taking two laps on the field and winning points in 10 of the 12 sprints. With the race already wrapped up, Gate and Stewart then had the sell-out crowd on their feet by taking out the final sprint to finish with 76 points overall.

The win for Stewart capped an impressive couple of days as he was also part of the men's pursuit team which set a new national record on their way to victory on Friday.

"Aaron really pushed it to get that first lap and then initiated the second as well, and I just kind of had to follow and keep pace," he said.

"I think every time I swung up, I tried to get as much rest and then hit it, gain a bit more distance and then we just consolidated."

Sunday's final day action features the men's sprint, women's keirin, men's omnium, women's scratch and madison.