Evans denied scratch gold in Poland

Evans denied scratch gold in Poland

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Great Britain Cycling Team’s Neah Evans crossed the line first in the scratch race at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Pruszkow - before being relegated for riding on the blue band.

It meant Evans missed out on a first-ever medal on the global stage on just her second world cup appearance for the Great Britain Cycling Team.

In a star-studded field with riders such as Jolien D’Hoore, Amalie Dideriksen and Rachele Barbieri in the field, Evans stayed calm as three riders made early breaks to take a lap.

Russia’s Mariia Averina, Poland’s Justyna Kaczkowska and Lithuania’s Olivija Baleisyte all made their move and it seemed as if they would divide the medals between them.

But Evans thought otherwise - and bravely attacked alone, catching the breakaway trio in the closing stages of the race before then taking the win in the closing stages - but the commissaires ruled that she had gained an advantage by riding on the blue band and relegated her to fourth place with Averina taking the gold.

It was a day of double duty for Evans, who earlier had joined with Manon Lloyd Emily Nelson and Emily Kay to began the Great Britain Cycling Team campaign in this season’s world cup in the team pursuit qualifiers.

Great Britain Cycling Team's women's team pursuit quartet of Manon Lloyd, Neah Evans, Emily Kay and Emily Nelson qualified third fastest

They posted the third fastest qualifying time, stopping the clock in 4:25.980 to set up a clash with Canada in Saturday’s first round.

Italy set the fastest time in qualifying, with a time of 4:24.006.

Both Great Britain’s men’s and women’s team sprint lineups made it through to round one after a solid start in qualifying.

Great Britain Cycling Team's men's team sprint line up of Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman finished fourth-fastest in the qualifiers

The trio of Jack Carlin, Ryan Owens and Joe Truman - gold medallists in the opening world cup round in Glasgow twelve months ago - set a time of 43.593, the fourth fastest in the qualifying heats.

They were 0.567 seconds behind the team from Netherlands and will now face off against Beat Cycling Club - a Dutch trade team - for a place in a medal final.

Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant teamed up the first time at a world cup in the women’s team sprint and took to the track at the same time as fellow Brits Ellie Coster and Rachel James from Team Wales.

Great Britain Cycling Team's Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant qualified for round one of the team sprint at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Poland

The Great Britain Cycling Team duo set a time of 33.798 - with the Welsh pair a further second back.

That saw Capewell and Marchant through to the first round as the eighth-fastest qualifiers, where they will face Germany, while Team Wales finished 14th.

In the women’s points race, Emily Nelson got off to a terrific start, picking up a point in the opening sprint and another two points by the halfway mark.

But the trio of Belgium’s Lotte Kopecky, Ukraine’s Ganna Solovei and Coralie Demay of France took a lap on the rest of the field, and finished in that order for Kopecky to take the gold.

Nelson picked up a further three points and finished ninth.

Matt Bostock finished sixth in his first-ever world cup points race.

Like Nelson before him, the 100% me rider started well, picking up two points in the first sprint before winning sprints six and eight to sit on 12 points.

100% me's Matt Bostock finished sixth in the points race at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Poland

But he was unable to score in the final four sprints, finishing in sixth place with Kazakhstan’s Nikita Panassenko winning gold.

Team Wales’ Samuel Harrison finished eleventh on two points.

100% me’s Joe Holt made it safely through to the men’s scratch final.

The Senior Academy rider finished fourth in his heat and will take on the 15km final on Saturday.

In the men’s team pursuit, national champions Team KGF made the step up to the world stage and qualified for Sunday’s first round with a time of 4:01.571.

The team of Daniel Bigham, Charlie Tanfield, Jacob Tipper and Jonathan Wale set the eighth fastest time.