British riders continued to win medals on day two of the Los Angeles track World Cup on Saturday. Chris Newton just missed out on gold in the points race, while Ross Edgar (SIS) beat team mate and first year senior Jason Kenny for bronze in the sprint. The talented under 23 Academy team finished fourth in the team pursuit, going two seconds faster in the ride-off for bronze.
Chris Newton showed all his class in the points race but was beaten by talented 19 year-old Australian Cameron Meyer. Newton lead the race thanks to some excellent tactical riding but lost out in the final laps when Meyer got away and won the final sprint to score a total of 24 points, while Newton was only eleventh and finished with 20 points.
Britain had four riders in the top eight after the sprint qualifying round but only Edgar got a medal after experienced Italian Roberto Chiappa beat Chris Hoy in the quarter-finals and then did the same to Kenny in the semi-final. In the ride-off for third and fourth Edgar beat Kenny 2-0 but with Matt Crampton also finishing tenth overall against riders much older riders, the result did not give a fair indication of the Britain?s strength in depth in world sprinting. France?s Gregory Bauge won the gold medal beating Chiappa 2-0 in the final with times of 10.960 11.014.
The future also looks bright for British hopes in the team pursuit after an academy team of first year senior riders finished fourth against teams a lot older and more experienced.
Jonny Bellis, Steven Burke, Ross Sander and Andrew Tennant qualified fourth in a time of 4:12.052 but then went two seconds faster in the ride off for bronze (4:10.461) and pushed the Russian team to set 4:08.947 – the fastest time of the night.
On Sunday Hoy, Edgar and Kenny will chase gold in the team sprint event.