News – Bronze Medals for GB


With two scintillating rides, Jon Dibben and Chris Latham won Bronze medals at the European Championships on Saturday

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News – Bronze Medals for GB

It was another exciting day for Great Britain as their Endurance riders brought home more medals with more in the offing after a stunning set of rides from Laura Trott.

In the Men’s Elimination race outside of the Omnium where it was first introduced into the championship schedule, Chris Latham showed experienced beyond his years to duck and dive and finish third behind prolific pro winner in Europe on the road, Bryan Coquard of France and Italian Simone Consonni.

Latham explained afterwards “It’s a stand-alone event where everyone just wants to be near the front and nowhere near the back. It’s hard, you want to duck and dive as well as be up there so I thought I did alright keeping up there at the beginning. You’re never sure. The strongest guy will always win but if you make a mistake, that’s it, you’ve messed it up.”

Jon Dibben’s Awesome Omnium Finish
But as good as Chris Latham’s ride was, the one by Jon Dibben in the final round of the Omnium, the Points race, was just out of this world. Going into the event, the toughest of all the rounds of the Omnium with more pressure than other rounds as well, Jon was in 9th place, 42 points behind leader, top roadman sprinter Elia Viviani.

Dibben, Team Pursuit winner at these championships, took two laps, picking up maximum points as he did and simply bossed the Points race to pick himself up a well earn Bronze medal. “It went well for me” he said after.

“Once I got my first lap, I kind of picked it up and morale picked up, so in a way, it hurts a little bit less but still it’s tough”.

“I certainly came here looking for a medal, and maybe a win, and then as the omnium progressed, going into that Points race, pretty much a medal was almost a long shot really. I’d have to race well and get a little bit lucky, which I did, so very happy in the end.”

Laura Trott’s Stunning Day 1 in the Women’s Omnium
Great Britain’s Golden girl, two already in the championships, showed why she is the winning machine for Great Britain with three stunning rides to finish day 1 in the Women’s Omnium in first place.

Second in the Scratch race after a win in the same event outside of the Omnium the night before was a good start but then two wins in the Pursuit and Elimination race showed she is a class apart in this field.



With three events to come on Sunday, Trott stands in provisional gold position on 118 points, 12 clear of her nearest rival.

“The scratch race went how I wanted it to really. We let the Lithuanian (Ausrine Trebaite) go, which wasn’t too bad because it’s only two points to make up in the Points race. “I led it out, which I was really happy with because normally I just sit in and wait for the sprint and you can end up getting a right wheel or you can end up getting the wrong wheel so I didn’t want that to happen.”

“A 32 (3:32) in the individual pursuit which gave me the fastest which again I was pleased with. The elimination race is always such a stressful one. Before the start all the sensors were broken and it’s just more time to think about it rather than just get on and get it done. So I got stuck in and I’m just glad that I won that too.”

There was more disappointment for the Sprinters in the 500 metre Women’s Time Trial where rising star Katy Marchant was fourth in an event where Russian Anastasia Voinova took the gold in a new world record. Team-mate Victoria Williamson seventh.

In the Kilometre for men, Matt Crampton finished eighth as Dutch rider Jeff Hoogland claimed his second gold of the championships. In the final event of the day, defending individual pursuit champion Andy Tennant had to settle for fifth place and Matt Gibson 17th. The winner from the home nation Switzerland, Stefan Kueng won the gold with a stunning 4.14.9 in the final.

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