ED CLANCY: Britain’s new cycling hero Matt Walls is a quiet kid who enjoys watching Love Island and playing Call of Duty, but he has nerves of steel on the track…his gold medal in the omnium was the most dominant performance I’ve ever played. ever seen
- Matt Walls looks like a superstar in the making after his omnium gold
- He grabbed the bull by the horns and had more or less won it with 80 laps to go
- Team GB’s coaches and drivers will be lifted by what Walls did on Thursday
- Walls doesn’t get the credit he deserves and reminds me of Mark Cavendish
Matt Walls has been our most successful male endurance rider for the past two years.
I thought he might be our best bet for a medal and it turned out. I don’t think I’ve seen a more dominant performance in an omnium.
So often this format goes to the final sprint these days, but he pretty much would have won it with 80 laps to go.
Matt Walls delivered Britain’s first title in the velodrome of these Games on Thursday
I don’t know if he has ultimate confidence or nerves of steel, but it’s so unusual for someone leading the points race to grab the bull by the horns like he did.
Everyone was in disbelief when he went to the start for that lap, but he had the legs and made it look easy. Then it was a race for second place.
I was in the pit with the coaches and the other drivers and everyone just lifted up because of what he did.
We got two silver medals on Tuesday and that was a good start on the track for us, but this gold is great for the team.
The completed walls (right) dominated and made it look easy after that early lap at the start
Wallsey is probably one of our quietest team members and he keeps himself to himself. He enjoys watching Love Island and is always playing Call of Duty on his PlayStation.
But he’s a great boy and he’s confident. Being a sprinter on the road, he naturally has a bit of swagger!
I remember seeing him a long time ago and I thought he was like Mark Cavendish in many ways.
People don’t label him as a man with a huge engine or a huge talent, but he gets the job done time and time again.
He’s a quiet man who loves Love Island and PlayStation – but he has swagger and nerves of steel
With youngsters you never know if this is all they have or if they will get better and better. He already has a contract with a road team on the World Tour and you don’t know if this result will carry over to the Tour de France in the future and things like that.
But everything points to him becoming an absolute superstar. It sure looks good for him so far.
In Saturday’s madison, he and Ethan Hayter are the ones to watch.
Ethan was the man in shape in our team pursuit, so if you pair him up with Wallsey, they’ll be on the cutting edge and on the hunt for medals. They have a great chance.
Walls doesn’t get the credit he deserves and in many ways resembles Mark Cavendish (left)