Callum Skinner and Katie Archibald impress in Manchester

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EDINBURGH cyclist Callum Skinner rounded off a good start to 2014 when he took third place in the sprint at the Revolution Meeting in Manchester.

The 20-year-old showed good form in qualifying then progressed to the semi-finals where he was beaten by eventual winner Jason Kenny. However, Skinner turned on the style in the third-place decider to beat Matt Crampton, winner of the Keirin in last month’s second leg of the UCI World Cup.

Skinner has been selected by Great Britain to contest the third round of that competition in Mexico later this month. He will be joined on that trip by his City of Edinburgh team-mate John Paul, who earned a surprise call-up. Paul was dropped from the British Cycling Academy last year and has been following his own training programme over recent months.

The selectors have opted to send only one rider for the women’s endurance events. That spot has gone to Olympian Dani King, meaning former City of Edinburgh rider Katie Archibald will be rested.

Archibald produced another impressive performance in Manchester winning the women’s points race and finishing second to Olympic champion Laura Trott in the elimination race.