Skinner focuses on individual events after GB flop

Callum Skinner (Getty Images)
Callum Skinner (Getty Images)
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Capital cyclist Callum Skinner will switch his focus to individual events at the UCI World Track Championships in Paris after he and his Great Britain colleagues delivered a disappointing performance in the team sprint.

Skinner linked up with Philip Hindes and Jason Kenny to produce a below-par time in qualifying and failed to reach the medal ride-offs.

Hindes posted the seventh fastest time on the opening lap and, although Kenny moved the Britons up to fourth, Skinner, making his World Championship debut, struggled to maintain the momentum and slipped back to leave the squad in eighth spot overall.

Despite the setback, Great Britain sprint coach Jan van Eiden remains confident the same three riders will be ready to bid for honours at next year’s Olympic Games.

He said: “We have got 18 months until Rio so we’ll aim to turn it around by then.”