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Track cycling: Evans bags European silver and bronze

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

By Dave Parkinson

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JOE Evans was delighted with his double medal haul from the European junior track cycling championships.

The Uttoxeter teenager was racing for Great Britain in Portugal, and claimed silver in the four-man 4,000m team pursuit before adding a bronze in the Madison.

Evans took to Twitter to say: "Bronze medal for me in the Euros Madison, wasn't expecting that! "Great way to end the week, cheers for the support!"

After the team success, achieved alongside Joe Holt, Gabz Cullaigh and Matt Gibson, he said: "So proud of the boys and what we have achieved. Got to say a massive thanks for all the support both at home and our families who have travelled out to watch – it was truly spectacular.

"And couldn't have a better group of lads to race with."

The quartet rode their qualifying round in 4min 12.443 sec, the fastest time they had recorded and a second ahead of the Russian favourites.

Both Britain and Russia progressed to the gold/silver medal ride-off , while it was France and Switzerland who contested bronze.

In the final, the Russian team went into the lead and at half distance were nearly four seconds up on Team GB. The British lads dug deep and pegged back the Russians lap-by-lap but came up short by 1.6 seconds.

However, the four-man British squad still recorded a new best time of 4min 11.608sec to win the silver medal.

Next up for Evans was the 3,000m individual pursuit where he recorded a time of 3min 29sec, finishing 18th overall.

The following day he rode in the points race and was disappointed not to qualify for the final.

Evans then went into the Madison two-man race with his partner Holt.

The Madison is a race where one rider is racing then slings his partner in to race and goes to rest higher up the track before being slung back in himself a couple of laps later.

With 32 riders on the track and 120 laps of the velodrome to complete, this is an exhausting and chaotic event with a complex scoring system.

At around half distance, they managed to lap the rest of the field following the Russian and Swiss teams to move into the bronze medal position.

The remainder of the race then turned into an exciting high-speed chase as other teams tried to get themselves back on level terms.

At the finish, the Russians had won with the Swiss second and the Team GB pair in third, exhausted but delighted with bronze.

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