Becky James takes GB's second gold at Euro champs

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Becky James won the junior sprint title at the European championships today after a peerless performance in Belarus.

The second year junior set a personal best to qualify fastest yesterday and then won each of her matches without dropping a single heat. 

Her toughest match was against the French girl Laurie Berghon in the final, but despite some nerves the Brit didn't put a foot wrong. "She rode very well in the final, both rounds in the final were really good," Olympic Development Program Performance Director Helen Mortimer said.

"The final was the hardest, but she did everything right. She's been on the ODP for four years as she came on to it a year early. She's a real talent."

"She's coached by Jan Van Eidjen, and the other sprint coaches, so she's had a lot of skills given to her."

The junior endurance riders were also winning medals today with George Atkins and Laura Trott each taking a bronze medal in the individual pursuit.

The junior men's kilometre also runs tonight with Kian Emadi and Callum Skinner riding for Great Britain.

The European track champs run until Sunday and encorporate both the junior and under-23 competition.

More later......

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Simon Richardson
Magazine editor

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.