Capital cyclist Callum Skinner confirmed he is well on the way back to full fitness when he finished runner-up in the international sprint at the Revolution Meeting at Lee Valley Velodrome in London.
The 23-year-old, who was forced to miss the British Track Championships at the end of September, recorded the third fastest time in qualifying when he clocked 10.252. That was beaten by the Czech rider Pavel Keleman and the Briton Matthew Rotherham.
Skinner got the better of Irishman Eion Mullen in the quarter-finals, then saw off Rotherham 2-1 in the best-of-three semi-final to set up a showdown with Kelemen. And the Czech had too much power for his Scottish opponent, taking top spot 2-0.
Skinner lined up in the Keirin but his efforts in the sprint had taken their toll and he failed to progress from his heat.
The action in the six-leg series will come north on 28 November when the fourth round takes place at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.