Callum Skinner bounces back with Keirin victory in London

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner returned to winning ways in his first post-Commonwealth Games outing, recording an impressive success in the Keirin London meeting at Herne Hill Velodrome.

Skinner had gone into the Glasgow games with high expectations, but he failed to perform to the high standards he had produced earlier in the season and also suffered from several tough draws.

He exited the individual sprint at the hands of eventual winner Sam Webster (New Zealand), featured in the team sprint squad that just missed out on the medal ride offs, and bowed out of the Keirin against strong opposition. However, the 21-year-old insists that he has learned valuable lessons.

And he showed that his confidence remains intact when he saw off a 24-strong field to bag top spot in London. Competing in the colours of the Rigmar Racers team, Skinner chalked up two wins and a second-place finish in his three preliminary races to book a berth in the final.

And, in the decisive race, he displayed all of his race craft to power home ahead of Miles Stovold (SES Racing) and Dutchman Michael Veen to take the honours.