Cycling: Skinner falls short in quest

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Capital teenager Callum Skinner missed out on a chance to compete in today’s individual sprint medal deciders at the 
European Under-23 Championships in Portugal after 
exiting the competition at the quarter-final stage.

Skinner was sixth quickest in yesterday’s qualifiers and saw off Ukrainian cyclist Gennadi Genus before ousting his Great Britain team mate Pete Mitchell to book a place in the quarter-finals.

There he clashed with Charlie Conord of France. Skinner took the first leg in the best of three contest but the Frenchman squared matters in the 
second ride and clinched 
his semi-final spot in the 
decider.

Skinner will now be hoping to earn a podium place in his 
final event of the week, the 
Keirin, which takes place on Sunday.