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The points race sees all the riders take to the track at the same time AP Photo/Andrew Brownbill
In the following video, we've teamed up with 1992 Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman, who explains the nature of the omnium and how it's won.
Video: Omnium- track cycling event guide Part 1 presented by Chris Boardman
What is the omnium?
The omnium is the ultimate test of a track cyclist’s all-round ability, consisting of six events which test both sprinting and endurance. The video above features the discipline's first three events:
The remaining three events are covered in Part 2 and are as follows:
The points race sees all the riders take to the track at the same time
Rules of the omnium
In each event the winner gets one point, the second placed rider gets two points, the third three points, and so on. At the end of all six events the rider with the lowest total score is the winner.
The flying lap is the omnium's first event - one, single solo lap round the track
Omnium in the Olympics
The omnium will make its Olympic debut in London and its inclusion has been controversial. It has meant that the men's and women's individual pursuit - Bradley Wiggins' favoured event - as well as the men's and women's points race, and men's Madison have all been axed as individual events. Team sprint, team pursuit and keirin have been added to the women's schedule, in a bid to have a more equal spread for both sexes, with the omnium new for men and women.
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