BRITISH DUO SHINE AGAIN
At midday on the Sunday, the inale of the U23 AVS Cup was held. In recent years Britons have thrived at the amateur Gent Six. Recent winners include Matt Gibson and Chris Lawless in 2014 and Simon Yates and Owain Doull in 2011. In 2007, Peter Kennaugh and Adam Blythe won when they were the youngest pair in the U25 ield. This year, British Cycling sent two teams. The U23s crashed out, but the juniors, 17-year-olds Zach Bridges and Sam Watson, got stronger. BC coach Stuart Blunt said: “We’re keen to use this event because of this track and its uniqueness. It’s mainly the shortness, so everything happens quickly... There are more changes and as soon as you’ve thrown your partner in, you’ve got to get ready for the next change.” Watson and Bridges regained a lap after a 20-minute chase, and their superior points tally netted the win against older and more experienced opposition. “We came into this week using it as training almost... We didn’t expect to win,” Watson told Procycling.
Eyes on the prize as Viviani hand slings team-mate Keisse into the race