Men's team pursuit squad take first European title in nine years on day two of 2024 UEC Track Elite European Championships Team pursuit
Great Britain’s first European title win of the night came from the men’s team pursuit squad of Dan Bigham, Ethan Hayter and Ethan Vernon, with Charlie Tanfield coming in for Ollie Wood who rode yesterday’s qualifying rounds. Taking on world champions Denmark in the gold medal race, Vernon set a strong pace which saw Great Britain taking consistent turns on the front to create a marginal lead of only a couple tenths of a second in the first few kilometres.
A closely fought race, the Brits controlled their pace as Vernon peeled off, leaving Bigham to take a long turn on the front. With 1km to go, Bigham increased the gap on the Danes to over a second, crossing the finish line in style as European champions for the first time in nine years. GBCT women team pursuit took silver After setting the fastest time of 4:12.866 in yesterday’s qualifying rounds, the women’s team pursuit squad started their gold medal ride off against Italy comfortably. The first 2km saw the lead consistently switch, with just hundredths of a second separating the teams.
However, with less than 2km to go, things started to unravel for the Brits as the Italians created a gap that the Brits struggled to hold. As the gap moved to over a second, a split formed within the British line up and unable to regroup, […]