UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships schedule
Published: 24 July 2014
Written by: Scott Hobro
Image: UEC Cycling
Great Britain’s Manon Lloyd became a double European champion with a superb performance in the junior women’s points race on Thursday.
Eighteen-year-old Lloyd collected 16 points over 80 laps at the UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships in Portugal.
She won her first gold on Wednesday in the junior women’s team pursuit.
"The race was so fast. I can't believe winning my second gold medal here,” Lloyd said.
“Double European champion. Can't believe I won the points race! Never been so happy,” she tweeted on Thursday evening.
Lloyd, supported by teammate Emily Nelson, won the second sprint of eight before taking further points in the fourth sprint.
Maximum points in the sixth sprint handed Lloyd the lead and she finished emphatically, first across the line on the final lap to secure her gold medal.
Gabriel Cullaigh won Britain’s other medal of the day with bronze in the men’s junior points race.
Cullaigh finished on 27 points behind France’s Corentin Ermenault on 33 points and Ireland’s Mark Downey.
It is Cullaigh’s second medal of the championships after winning silver in the junior men’s team pursuit.
“Very happy to add to my medals tonight with a bronze in the points race. Really tough race, a huge thank you for all the nice messages...” Culllaigh tweeted.
In the under-23 women’s points race, Emily Kay was sent to hospital for a precautionary check after a collision with Norway’s Anita Stenberg forced her to retire from the race.
Oliver Wood ended the men’s under-23 points race in 12th. Wood took 24 points in the the 160-lap race, Russia’s Andrey Sazanov won gold.
In the under-23 women’s sprint, Katy Marchant secured her place in Friday’s semi-finals. Rosie Blount exited at the 1/8 final repechage stage.
Marchant, a bronze medallist in the team event with Rosie Blount, qualified fourth fastest. Wins over Poland’s Urszula Los and Netherlands’ Yensa Rijkhoff put her into the final four.
The six-day event continues on Friday and concludes on Sunday.