Callum Skinner focuses on Rio 2016 qualification

Callum Skinner in action in Paris

Callum Skinner in action in Paris

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner will refocus his efforts on securing a place in the squad for the Rio Olympics next year after the Great Britain squad ended the UCI World Track Championships in Paris without winning a gold medal.

Skinner combined with Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny in the team sprint, but they finished in eighth spot behind the trio from the host nation.

The 22-year-old then produced a solid effort in a keenly contested kilometre time trial, although his time of 1 minute 1.071 seconds was good enough only for seventh place behind Frenchman Francois Pervis who clocked 1:00.207.

Skinner also lost out to a home opponent in the individual sprint. After qualifying in 23rd place with a time of 9.983 seconds, he was pitted against the eventual gold medallist Gregory Bauge in the first round of knockout racing.

Olympic champion Kenny, who also bowed out in the opening round, remains upbeat about British prospects in Rio. “We can turn it around in 18 months,” he said. “We’re not a million miles away.”