Manon Lloyd and Ellie Dickinson tasted madison gold as the Great Britain Cycling Team finished the European Junior and Under-23 Track Championships in Portugal with a bang.
Already having accrued 20 medals heading into the final day of action in Anadia, the Brits continued to find success with a further four podium finishes.
The madison proved particularly fruitful as, in addition to Lloyd and Dickinson’s U23 success, Jenny Holl and Pfeiffer Georgi took bronze in the women’s junior event and the team of Rhys Britton and Jake Stewart did likewise in men’s junior madison.
Jack Carlin also climbed the podium by taking men’s U23 keirin bronze, as the Great Britain Cycling Team head home with a mammoth 24 medals in their luggage – including seven golds.
Holl and Georgi kicked off the medal rush in the morning session as the latter climbed off the boards following an unfortunate mid-race crash and still ensured the duo finished third on 21 points, as Italy held off Russia for the top two spots.
Britton and Stewart then followed in their compatriots’ footsteps in the men’s junior madison. Belgain duo Fabio van den Bossche and Nicolas Wernimont blitzed the field and the pair from the Czech Republic took second but the young Brits more than held their own to keep the medals flowing.
Carlin then made it three bronzes on the day as he came through his U23 keirin heat in second place, edged through the semi-final in third and held off late attacks from behind to also clinch third in the final, with Harrie Lavreysen of the Netherlands and Czech rider Jiri Fanta taking first and second.
The best was yet to come however as Lloyd and Dickinson rounded off their stellar week with a hard-fought gold in the women’s U23 madison.
The duo were sat in silver medal position ahead of the final sprint of the 25km race but a perfectly-timed surge from Dickinson saw her motor past her rivals to take maximum points and the gold medal, pushing previous leaders Russia into second spot.
Elsewhere on the final day of action, Matt Bostock and Mark Stewart narrowly missed out on a men’s U23 madison medal as they finished fourth, only two points behind second-placed Russia and Ukraine in third.
Sophie Capewell made it through the women’s U23 keirin heats, but finished fourth in her semi-final, and Joseph Truman couldn’t join Carlin in the men’s U23 keirin final after he too was knocked out at the semi-final stage.