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Points race
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This is a combination of an endurance race and a sprint race.

The race takes place over 40km for men (that is 160 laps of the track), 25km (or 100 laps) for women with a sprint finish for additional points every 10 laps.

For each sprint finish, the first four riders across the line take 5,3,2,1 points respectively with double points awarded on the last lap.

It is scored similarly to the Madison but instead of teams of two it is a solo event.

Points are in fact a secondary factor - the main objective being to gain a lap on the rest of the field.

Spain's Juan Llaneras struck gold in Sydney
Llaneras won four years ago

If a rider can lap the field then he or she wins the race.

If more than one rider gains a lap or the whole field finishes on the same lap, then points decide the outcome.

This event tends to be a battle between the sprinters, who try to take a windshield from the other riders, and the strong distance riders will try to gain a lap on the rest of the field.

It makes for very tactical racing with a lot of riders on the track at the same time.


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