Published: 31 January 2014
Written by: Simon Powers
Great Britain’s sprinters won one silver and three bronze medals in the inaugural event at the brand new Velodrome de Saint Quentin-en-Yveline on the outskirts of Paris.
The invitational event was designed to showcase the best of the venue’s state-of-the-art facilities in front of visiting delegates and media. The new 74 million euro facility will now be the new headquarters of the French Cycling Federation (FFC).
British Cycling Olympic Podium Programme athlete Jason Kenny started proceedings on the brand new track with a silver in the keirin just missing out on the top spot to Francois Pervis of France.
In the women’s sprint Victoria Williamson beat France’s Sandi Clair in the quarter finals for a place in the semis. Katy Marchant lost out to Virginie Cueff and found herself having to fight her way through the repechage to stay in with a chance of a top four place. Things didn’t go Marchant’s way and she eventually finished in fifth place overall.
Willimason lost her ride against Cueff in the semis forcing her to contest for a Bronze in the minor final. Riding against Olivia Montauban, she eventually took bronze.
Current Olympic sprint champion Jason Kenny was the only Great Britain representative to make it past the first round in the men’s individual sprint. He lost to prime adversary Gregory Bauge in the semi-finals but beat David d’Almeda in the minor final, earning him a bronze medal with Bauge eventually taking the overall win.
In the women’s keirin, Katy Marchant secured a Bronze medal with the win going to Virginie Cueff and the silver to Olivia Montauban.
All three medallists will now compete in round four of the current Revolution series at the National Cycling Centre this Saturday.