Great Britain took bronze in the men’s team sprint to open their account on day one at the European Track Championships in Lithuania.
British Cycling Podium Programme athlete Matt Crampton along with Academy Programme athletes Lewis Oliva and Callum Skinner beat Russia in the ride-off for third in a time of 45.081 at the Cideo Arena in Panevėžys - with the Russians relegated for an improper changeover.
The trio – made up entirely of national champions – had earlier recorded a time of 45.221 for third fastest in the afternoon’s qualifying session, behind Germany (44.892) and Poland (45.078) who contested the gold and silver medals with the former triumphant.
Defending European keirin champion Matt Crampton was chosen for the man one role with national sprint champion Callum Skinner at man two and Lewis Oliva – part of the national team sprint championship winning line-up with Dave Daniell and Pete Mitchell – at man three.
For Crampton, the defence of his keirin title awaits on Sunday whilst he will also take part in Saturday’s individual sprint alongside senior European championship debutant Callum Skinner. Oliva, also making his first appearance in an elite European championship, will compete in the keirin.
Academy Programme athlete Victoria Williamson will also be in action over the weekend in the individual sprint and keirin disciplines.