BRI­TISH DUO SHINE AGAIN

Procycling - - GENT SIX -

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

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