Cycling: Callum Skinner leaves New Zealand empty-handed

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Edinburgh track sprinter Callum Skinner ended the weekend empty-handed after contesting two events at the UCI Track World Cup at the Cambridge Avantidrome in New Zealand.

Skinner went into Saturday’s session with his eye on a podium finish in the team sprint, linking up with Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny to contest the bronze medal ride-off against the Australian trade team Jayco AIS.

However, the British trio only managed to record 44.039 
seconds and lost out to their rivals by a comfortable margin after the Australians posted a time of 43.733 seconds.

The 23-year-old clocked a time of 10.091 seconds in 
qualifying for the individual sprint, paying the price for a slow start to his ride against the clock. That ranked him 18th of the 41 starters, with Australia’s 
Matthew Glaetzer recording 9.698 to lead the way.

Skinner then bowed out in the first round of knockout racing after going down against Czech rider 24-year-old Pavel Kelemen.