The Lee Valley Velopark once again proved to be a happy hunting ground for the Scottish cyclists on day three of the Commonwealth Games with at least one more medal guaranteed.
Fresh from a historic gold medal on the opening night, Neil Fachie and Lewis Stewart picked up where they left off, making light work of the rounds in the Men’s Tandem B Sprint to set up another tilt at gold this evening.
The bunch racing also got underway, with Mark Stewart opening his account at these Games in the first of two heats in the Men’s Scratch race. Contested over 15km or 30 laps of the track, the Dundonian showed great poise, especially after nearly being taken out in an opening lap crash, to safely advancing in eighth position, not doing any more than he needed too.
In the second race it was John Archibald and Kyle Gordon taking to the line for Team Scotland, but unfortunately with the bunch still together inside two laps to go there was a huge crash with half of the field hitting the ground. Thankfully Archibald avoided it and Gordon was quickly back on his feet. Both riders advance to the final this evening. Our thoughts go out to the two riders recieving medical attention.
Back with the sprints, Jack Carlin once again showed his class, a run of straight victories seeing him back this evening, where he’ll aim to build on the Keirin silver he won last night. Carlin looked in complete control throughout and knows that just two opponents stand between him and gold.
Unfortunately for Ali Fielding, who like Carlin produced a strong flying 200 in the qualification round, was drawn against his countryman in the first of the head-to-head contests, and despite pushing him close, he couldn’t quite match the 2018 silver medallist’s speed, and so bowed out of the competition.
The female tandems will also be in action this evening and hunting for silverware in the 1000m Time Trial.
Full results from the morning session, plus a detailed timetable, can be found here