Katie Archibald grabbed her second medal of the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow as the 25-year-old took silver in the women’s madison alongside Elinor Barker.

The race was full of thrills and spills, with a number of crashes reducing the size of the field and ensuring the riders were kept on their toes.

However, Archibald and |Barker managed to avoid the trouble to finish second on 31 points, nine points behind winners Australia but well clear of third-placed Netherlands, who crossed the line with 19 points.

Their silver medal added to the gold the women’s team pursuit, which included Archibald and Barker, won in impressive style on Friday evening and the Scot admitted she was happy with yesterday’s madison ride, but learnt a number of lessons over the 120 laps and, as expected, has her sights set on improving to gold in the future.

“To be honest, I think we avoided some crashes and some of the carnage as a consequence of being out of position which is bitter-sweet. The race itself, in terms of going after the win, we’re very happy with the silver medal but I think we could have done so much better. So that’s another positive-negative. We just want to do better next time,” Archibald said.

“We learned that it’s positioning throughout. I knew that beforehand but you can see that when we invest, we’re one of the fastest there. When we invest, we’re winning sprints, we’re not just competing and so it’s just spreading that commitment in the pinch points in the middle so that we’re in a position to springboard.

“I think you saw that when we weren’t in it, we really weren’t in it because we’re trying to be efficient and move up when we can. So it’s just about reacting straight away when we can so that you don’t have to put in 110 percent two laps later when you could have put in 99 percent that lap before. I guess everybody knows that, we just have to be the ones who follow it through.”

The madison is a relatively new event for the women, only being introduced into the World Championships in 2017. Archibald won the global title in 2018 and with it entering the Olympic programme for the first time in Tokyo next summer, there is plenty of incentive for the Brits.

Archibald and Barker have both stated their double aim for Tokyo is the team pursuit and the madison but having a two-pronged focus is only a positive says Archibald.

“For me personally, and I think Elinor too, we’re both targeting the team pursuit and the madison, we’ve both stated that pretty clearly,” said Archibald.

“The team pursuit underpins everything about our squad and our programme and that’s how we have such depth in GB, because it bolsters everything about track cycling. And so to evolve that into being more technical riders and have more strings to my bow, it’s make me proud to get to Tokyo a stronger rider and a more complex rider.”

Archibald has had a busy few weeks, winning European gold silver and bronze last month ahead of this first World Cup outing of the season. Ans she has, she reveals, learnt a few valuable lessons in that period that she will take into Tokyo.

“Over the past month, I’ve learnt about investment in the lulls,” she reflected.

“It reminds me of road racing when everyone’s busting themselves to get to the top of a climb and you get to the top and you’ll ease off as you get over the top because it’s easier to pedal but that’s the worst thing you can do.

“And it’s the same here – as soon as that ease comes and everyone takes a deep breath, you have to keep pushing. So it’s a physiological target for me, to move my threshold up.”