Cycling: Croall seizes initiative in Track League

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Bruce CROALL powered clear at the top of the Meadowbank National Track League with another fine performance in the second round of competition.

The title race is already shaping up as a four-man contest, with only unattached Capital rider Scott Macrae, perennial challenger Dave Martin (Bicycleworks) and Graeme McBride (Glasgow Wheelers) looking capable of stopping Croall.

The City of Edinburgh rider beat Martin and Macrae in the 3 kilometre scratch race then won the sprint and elimination events. However, he was edged out in a tight finish to a fast-paced 8 kilometre scratch race by Derek Timmins (Musselburgh RCC) and Gus Gillies (Bicycleworks).

Former women’s champion Emma Baird (City of Edinburgh) opened her account with a win in the 500 metres handicap but youngster Katie Archibald (Edinburgh Racers) extended her lead in the table with two second-place finishes.

In the youth events, Sean Noon (Edinburgh RC), top scorer in the opening round, was an absentee as he was competing at the UK Schools Games. Team mate Sean Flynn took full advantage of Noon’s absence to post a win in the four-lap block handicap and finish runner up in the elimination race and move into pole position overall.