Published: 18 January 2014
Written by: Rebecca Ransom
Photo: Chris Kellor-Jackson
A youthful Great Britain trio collected bronze on the first day of the UCI Track World Cup in Guadalajara, Mexico. Welshman Lewis Oliva, 21, was joined by John Paul and Callum Skinner as they were awarded bronze in the men’s team sprint following relegation for France in their ride-off.
Oliva competing for Team USN at the Revolution Series in Manchester
An illegal changeover between Gregory Bauge and Kevin Sireau saw France relegated and out of medal contention. The British trio had set a time of 43.854 seconds having earlier qualified fourth. The Netherlands won gold with Germany taking silver.
Monmouthshire’s Lewis Oliva, who competed in Manchester and Aguascalientes for Wales’ Team USN, tweeted after the event, “Not a nice way to win but massive congratulations must also go to the French lads: @E_Benjamin93 @enkounia @sireaukevin #allezlesbleus”.
Jon Mould, 22, competed in the men’s points race for Team USN. With 12 sprints over 120 laps (30km) Mould collected 5 points in sprint three to finished 8th overall with Russia’s Sveshnikov taking gold. It was a hard race, with seven of the 22 finishing with a negative points total.
Wales’ Team USN was the only British entry in the Women’s Team Pursuit in Mexico. The Welsh quartet of Amy Hill, Ciara Horne, Hayley Jones and Manon Lloyd finished fifth in the qualifying stages, missing out on a medal ride off with a time of 4:34.892.
Lewis Oliva will continue to compete for Great Britain this weekend in the sprint competitions.