City of Edinburgh cycling star Callum Skinner admitted victory in the individual sprint and a podium finish in the Keirin at Saturday’s Revolution Meeting in Glasgow had come as a surprise after his preparations were interrupted by injury.
Despite still being in the recovery phase after tearing a muscle during a weights session, the 21-year-old was the top sprint qualifier with a time of 10.3 seconds.
He then disposed of Matt Rotherham and world bronze medallist Matthijs Buchli to book a place in the final. There Skinner saw off Germany’s Robert Kanter to post a win that impressed his hero Sir Chris Hoy, who was at the track to promote the bikes that bear his name. He also contested the Keirin, where he survived a dangerous move in the heats that caused a crash which ended the challenge of his team-mate John Paul. However, he was outwitted in the final by Frenchman Quentin Lafargue and had to settle for third.
“I jumped and unfortunately Quentin did a good job of defending against me and as a result I was on the outside of a three abreast drag race to the finish,” he said.