Cycling: Gold for Skinner in Guadeloupe

Callum Skinner excelled in the kilometre time trial. Pic: Getty

Callum Skinner excelled in the kilometre time trial. Pic: Getty

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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner added to his growing reputation on the international scene when he struck gold at the UEC European Track Championships in Guadeloupe.

The 22-year-old had signalled his outstanding form when he took four titles at the British Championships last month, securing his spot in the Great Britain squad for the European event where he is contesting the same four disciplines.

The Rigmar Racers rider had already featured in the team sprint, where he combined with Welshman Lewis Oliva and England’s Matt Crampton as Britain finished sixth, and in the individual sprint, where he qualified in sixth spot before exiting in the first round at the hands of the experienced Greek competitor Christos Volikakis.

But Skinner, who learned his craft at Meadowbank Velodrome, made no mistake when it came to the kilometre time trial, powering round three circuits of the 333.3-metre concrete outdoor track and stopping the clock at 1 minute 2.399 seconds. That time was good enough to secure the title by a margin of 0.075 seconds ahead of Germany’s Joachim Eilers, with Quentin Lafargue of France completing the podium.