King, Mundy win Bendigo International Madison carnival's women's madison

WESTERN Australia's Bella King achieved back-to-back victories in Saturday night's women's madison at the Bendigo International Madison carnival.

Just days after returning from winning bronze in the teams pursuit at the world titles in Colombia, King joined forces with Jess Mundy to win the 60-lap duel in Bendigo.

Fans were treated to thrilling sprints, some daring breakaways and some drama in the second edition of the Regional Academy Cycling Excellence and TDT Training-backed classic.

The madison was a highlight of the women's night promotion run by women.i.s.e.

After an early puncture, King and Mundy were declared a lap down.

The decision was later overturned and King-Mundy went on to dominate.

The SASI Marketing-sponsored team won the last five sprints in a row.

The exclamation mark was the last sprint in which King was slung into the fray near the 200m mark in fourth place.

King powered past the scoreboard and onto the finishing straight to win the sprint.

By race end, King and Mundy were on 40 points as world points score champion Amy Cure and Ashlee Ankudinoff finished on 26 points.

Bendigo's Tayla Evans and Macedon's Lauretta Hanson put in a superb effort to be third overall on 16 points.

Next best were Macey Stewart and Josie Talbot on 14, Alex Manly and Dani McKinnery on 10.

Late call-ups for the race, Bendigo sisters Imogen and Marquessa Jelbart scored four points, but were two laps behind.

Lisa Hanley and Rebecca Williamson, and Sarah Mortley and Rachael Swain took on a top-class field.

The madison champions were rapt to have etched their name on the honour board for the second or first time.

"I am absolutely stoked," King said.

"There was some confusion after the early puncture and being called a lap down.

"I was stoked when we were back level on laps and really started to control a lot of the sprints.

"Jess put in a fantastic ride."

A year earlier King and Ashlee Ankudinoff were the inaugural women's madison champions on Bendigo's track.

"I cannot thank the organisers of the Bendigo International Madison and the sponsors for making this race possible," King declared.

Mundy went from third in the 2013 edition to being a winner.

"This is such a special event."

Mundy said she and King started to "find their groove" from 40 laps to go.

"Amy and Ash started really well. We knew as the race went on to be in front of or right near them in the spints."

One of the country's exciting prospects in road racing, Mundy is at the South Australia Sports Institute and will head to Europe in August-September to contest several tours.

After being in WA for just a week in the past four-and-a-half months, King will take a well-earned break at home.

When not cycling, King is in the fifth year of studying medicine.

Once again she put in a clinical performance on Bendigo's cycling track. .

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