Aberdeen cyclist Evans delighted to claim Track World Cup gold on home territory

Emily Nelson, Elinor Barker, Neah Evans and Katie Archibald of Great Britain celebrate after winning the Women's Team Pursuit during the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup at National Cycling Centre on November 12, 2017 in Manchester, England.

Aberdeen cyclist Neah Evans today admitted securing a world title on home soil made the gold medal glory extra special.

The 27-year-old triumphed in the women’s team pursuit in the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester.

Evans, who recently moved to Manchester, claimed the title along with fellow Scot Katie Archibald, Emily Nelson and Elinor Barker.

The Great Britain team defeated Italy in the final, posting an impressive time of 4:16:803.

The winning time was an improvement on the 4:18.471 the quartet set in qualifying.

It was the fastest time by a British squad since Archibald and Barker joined Laura Kenny and Joanna Roswell Shand in breaking the world record to take gold at the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Evans said: “A first gold at World Cup level is really special.

“To do it in front of a home crowd makes it extra special and it is something I will always remember.”

Originally a hill runner, Evans took up cycling in 2013 while recovering from a running-related injury

The Aberdonian joined the Podium Ambition Pro Cycling team in 2016 and dominated the racing at the Revolution Track Series.

She won the UCI Omnium in both Manchester and London Revolution events. Following that success Evans was selected to race in the World Cup for Great Britain.

Meanwhile, team-mate Emily Nelson hailed the squad depth in the women’s team pursuit.

Nelson said: “We rode six riders in the event and it wasn’t just the four of us in the final.

“That is really promising to see for the upcoming Worlds, Olympics and Commonwealth games.

“We have such strength in depth that we are able to have six or seven riders that are strong enough to be in the team. We are really happy as it is the fastest time we have done since the Olympics.

“To do it in front of a home crowd cheering us all the way was great.

“We could really hear them and that helped.”