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  Emily Nelson Blog: Coupe de France Fenioux Piste  
  June 2nd By Emily Nelson  
  Great Britain women's track endurance squad at training camp in Majorca. Emily Nelson fourth from left. Photo: Supplied.  
  Following a busy track season that included riding two rounds of the World Cup series winning silver in the team pursuit in Hong Kong, plus three wins and 10 podiums at the Revolution series, Emily Nelson earned selection for a home World Championships finishing fifth in the points race.

Following several months on the road with Team Breeze racing in Europe and domestically in Great Britain, Nelson returned to the boards in May for the Coupe de France Fenioux Piste at the Vélodrome de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines where she claimed her first top 10 in an international omnium.

Having done only two track sessions since the World Championships, which was the beginning of March, I knew that I would feel nothing like I did back then! As a squad we've done a lot of road racing and training in Britain and abroad over the past two months, which has been a great experience.

Getting the chance to race on the track was something I was really excited and looking forward to doing. A couple of days before though at the Lincoln GP, I crashed just after the neutralised section after riders came down in front of me. I finished the race, but was pretty sore and in quite a bit of pain for the next couple of days and didn't end up riding. It meant that my lead in to the omnium in Paris wasn't what I wanted!

The first race of the omnium is the scratch race. The pace was really on for the whole race as lots of people kept attacking. I managed to get into a break with my GB teammates Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Emily Kay. A couple of other riders got a lap after we did, with nine of us in total a lap up. With three laps to go I attacked to the bottom of the track and lead out the sprint. I was fourth in the sprint, but Laurie Berthon didn't get the lap so I finished third overall.

In the individual pursuit I didn't get a great start, and it went downhill from there! I finished eighth in the event, but it wasn't a good time from myself. The elimination race didn't go much better for me either! I got caught at the back from the start of the race and ended up stuck around the top. With that level of racing, making a mistake such as that is really hard to come back from. I was out and got a finish of 13th, which was not a good result. I was placed ninth overall after day one, which I was really disappointed with. However with another three races still to go I just took each race as it came and focused on trying to finish higher overall.

Day two of the omnium started with the 500m time trial and was followed by the flying lap. Both these events I performed technically really well in, I'm just lacking that top end speed needed.

Going into the points race I was in 10th place. I was determined to move up places and the finish in the top 10 which I've never managed before in an international omnium! The points race was fast and furious again as lots of riders wanted to get laps to try and move up places. I managed to get 12points overall which put me fourth in the points race. This meant that I managed to move myself up to eight place overall which I was really happy with!

Although overall the omnium didn't go how I wanted it to go, I was very happy with how I performed and have lots to take forward to my next track races.
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