Home rider Kelsey Mitchell, the Tokyo 2020 sprint champion, won gold at the UCI Track Nations Cup in Milton, Canada ©Cycling Canada

Home rider Kelsey Mitchell, the Tokyo 2020 women’s sprint champion, provided one of the high points of the International Cycling Union (UCI) Track Nations Cup held in Milton in Canada as she claimed gold in her main event.

After qualifying fourth, Mitchell went on to race the gold medal final against Martha Bayona Pineda of Colombia taking the victory in the third and final heat of the race at the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in the Ontario town.

"I am so happy with my result," the 29-year-old, winner of four Commonwealth Games medals at Birmingham 2022, said.

"I know I’m not at my best so I had to race more tactically than normal.

"Normally, I just power through it and rely on my athletic abilities to win the races.

"But I really think I learned a lot and used the track properly.

"I want to take this momentum in the training block going forward and into Worlds to hopefully get more points for Olympic qualifying."

Mexico’s Luz D Gaxiola Gonzalez took the bronze medal. 

Earlier Mitchell, in company with Olympic keirin bronze medallist Lauriane Genest and Sarah Orban, had won silver in the women’s team sprint, crossing the finish line just 0.413 seconds behind Mexico, with Poland taking bronze.

"This is very close to our best time," said Genest.

"Going for the gold medal, we had nothing to lose and we really gave it our all.

"The points we earned today are beneficial for Olympic qualification."

Nicholas Paul of Trinidad and Tobago won the men’s sprint in the concluding UCI Track Nations Cup event of the season, beating Poland’s Rudyk Mateusz in the final, with Australia's Matthew Richardson winning the bronze final.

The men’s team sprint team saw Australia defeating China, with bronze being won by Britain.

In the women’s Madison, Belgium’s world champions Lotte Kopecky and Shari Bossuyt took the win, followed by Britain’s silver medallists Katie Archibald and Neah Evans, with bronze going to Elisa Balsamo and Martina Fidenza of Italy.

Archibald added to her Madison silver by taking a notable gold in the women’s omnium ahead of Italy’s Elisa Balsamo and Jennifer Valente, the world and Olympic champion from the United States.

The men’s omnium race was won by France’s Donavan Grondin, with Tim Torn Teutenberg of Germany second and Jan Willem van Schip of The Netherlands third

Britain did the double in the team pursuits, with their women beating Germany in the final, and Canada earning bronze, and with their men defeating Italy, with bronze going to France.

Australia’s Richardson won the men’s keirin ahead of Maximilian Dornbach of Germany, with bronze going go Trinidad and Tobago’s Paul.