GB claim team pursuit gold at the European Championships in important Olympics scrap

Men’s quartet move closer to Paris qualification with victory over Denmark

GB men's team pursuit squad with their european championship gold medals
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SWpix)

Great Britain’s men’s team pursuit squad claimed a resounding gold medal at the European Track Championships on Thursday evening, their first at the competition in nine years. 

The quartet of Dan Bigham, Ethan Hayter, Charlie Tanfield and Ethan Vernon rode to a new British record in the final against world champions Denmark, stopping the clock at 3:45.218, and winning by over a second. Ollie Wood, who rode instead of Tanfield in the qualifying heats and first round, also received a medal.

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.