News: Golden Junior Worlds for GB Team


Four medals including a world title for Rebecca Raybould during the first three days of the Junior Track Worlds in Switzerland

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News: Golden Junior Worlds for GB Team

Over the first three days of the Junior Worlds in Switzerland, GB has won four medals including a world title for Rebecca Raybould. The others came in the Junior Women’s Points, (Roberts),  Junior Men’s Points (Walls) and Junior Men’s Team Pursuit ( Matt Walls, Ethan Hayter, Reece Wood and Rhys Britton).

The highlight on day 3 at Aigle was the Gold medal for Raybould in the Junior women’s Scratch race whilst Matt Walls also stood on the podium after getting a silver medal in the Junior men’s Points race.

Raybould’s victory came after she rode off the front for over 10 laps. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I was just going as hard as I could because I saw the Canadian coming at me very quickly on the last lap. I didn’t know I had won it until a few metres to go. I thought 11 laps was a bit early (to go solo) but I thought I’d just take the chance and try and get there – I’m so happy!”

The Silver for Matt Walls came in a chaotic Points race and after he explained “It was a hectic race, pretty much full on the whole time; I dug deep and managed to come out with second,” said Walls. “We all found it tough – there was a big crash behind me so it was quite chaotic; I took the chance and managed to get the lap.” .. continued after advert


In other races, Fred Wright is riding the Junior Mens Omnium and in the first three events he secured fourth spot finishes in the Scratch race and Elimination race and fifth in the Individual Pursuit, leaving him in fourth place with one day to go. In the Women’s Sprint, Sophie Capewell was the eighth fastest qualifier with 11.447 and went on to beat Daniela Colilef of Chile in the 1/16 round and Australia’s Tahlay Christie in the 1/8. She lost the quarter final two nil.

In the Junior Men’s 1km time trial, Alex Jolliffe was 23rd and Lewis Stewart was 21st whilst in the Junior Women’s individual pursuit, Jessica Roberts was 12th and Emily Tillett 19th.

On day 2, the Junior Men were the Bronze medallists in the Team Pursuit after Matt Walls, Ethan Hayter, Reece Wood and Rhys Britton beat home nation Switzerland by three seconds. The Women’s foursome of Jessica Roberts, Rebecca Raybould, Dickinson and Lauren Dolan were fifth. In the Junior Women’s 500m time trial GB’s Bate-Lowe was 13th whilst Sophie Capewell was 12th.

Jessica Roberts won GB’s first medal of the World Championships with a silver in the Junior women’s Points race. The former RST Racing rider caught the field napping when she took a lap with 23 laps to go, catapulting herself into third place before adding to her points tally with three points from the penultimate sprint and five in the final one to book her spot on the podium.

“I was a bit annoyed I didn’t get a few more points at the start of the race, because I was only three points off the win,” said Roberts. “But it was my first world champs and I can come back next year, stronger and try again.”

The Junior Women’s Team sprint saw Sophie Capewell and Lauren Bate-Lowe sixth whilst it was the same for the Junior Men of Hamish Turnbull, Lewis Stewart and Alex Jolliffe.

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