Great Britain claim silver double at European track championships in Portugal

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Gabriel Cullaigh and Oliver Wood added two silver medals to Great Britain’s tally at the UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships on Friday.

Gabriel Cullaigh and Oliver Wood added two silver medals to Great Britain’s tally at the UEC Junior and Under-23 European Track Championships on Friday.

Cullaigh won his third medal of the competition in Anadia in the men’s scratch, beaten at the line by Italy’s Attilio Viviani at the end of the 40-lap race.

The 18-year-old already has a silver medal from the team pursuit and bronze in the points race to his name. Cullaigh’s teammate Joe Holt was 17th.

“Happy to get on podium again tonight! 2nd in the Scratch Race, being caught on the line is bittersweet but I gave it all I could...,” Culliagh tweeted after the race.

In the under-23 men’s scratch race, 18-year-old Wood was part of a group of five riders who took a lap on the field. France’s Benjamin Thomas had the edge at the finish with Wood following closely behind.

“Second in European scratch race tonight! Almost didn't recover from the 160 suffer fest last night. On to Madison next with @ChrisLatham9,” Wood tweeted.

Katy Marchant came close to a bronze in the women’s under-23 sprint. Marchant faced Spain’s Tania Calvo Barbero, levelling the tie at 1-1 before Barbero clinched the deciding heat.

Seventeen-year-old Joe Truman was fifth in the junior men’s sprint and Matt Rotherham 17th in the under-23 men’s sprint.

Emily Nelson and Megan Barker, already European champions in the team pursuit, were fifth and 17th respectively in the junior women’s scratch race.

The fourth day of racing also saw the men’s junior and under-23 omniums begin in the new format for the discipline.

Matt Gibson is just 10 points behind Belgian race leader Robbe Ghys after winning the individual pursuit.

Gibson has 98 points to Ghys’ 108 with the scratch race and elimination race also complete.

Chris Latham sits in seventh in the under-23 men’s contest on 86 points, leader Viktor Manakov has 114 points after the scratch race, individual pursuit and elimination race.

The Great Britain Cycling Team have now won two golds, three silvers and two bronze medals at the championships, which reach their penultimate day on Saturday.

Results

Men’s junior sprint
Men’s under-23 sprint

Women’s under-23 sprint

Women’s junior scratch

Women’s under-23 scratch

Men’s under-23 scratch

Men’s junior scratch

Men’s under-23 omnium - standing after race 3

Men’s junior omnium - standing after race 3

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