Loughborough Echo

Capewell clinches team sprint bronze in Roubaix


LOUGHBOROU­GH’S Joe Truman and Sophie Capewell turned on the style at the Senior European Track Championsh­ips as the pair’s performanc­es secured their places for the Track World Championsh­ips.

Competing in the sprint events in Grenchen, Switzerlan­d, the current Loughborou­gh students achieved impressive fourth and fifth finishes and joined British Cycling’s squad for the Championsh­ips in Roubaix, France.

Capewell looked in fine form, taking a bronze medal alongside Milly Tanner and Blaine Ridge-DAvies in the women’s team sprint on the opening day of the world championsh­ips as Loughborou­gh’s credential­s on the world stage continue to grow.

Both Capewell and Truman students are currently on stretch degrees, combining competing with British Cycling and studying on campus.

Speaking about their success, Dr Dave Nichols, Loughborou­gh University’s Cycling Programme Manager and Lightning Cycling lead, said: “For two Loughborou­gh students to be combining prestigiou­s academic degrees with world-class cycling is validation of our belief that elite cycling and higher education does not have to be a choice for talented young people. Loughborou­gh has an impressive track record of supporting world-class athletes in our multi-sport environmen­t, and we are now breaking new ground in cycling too.”

Joe Truman added: “I’m very proud to be studying at Loughborou­gh, there is no university I’d rather be at when it comes to balancing elite sport and higher education.

“Loughborou­gh has given me the opportunit­y to continue my career as an elite sportspers­on while at the same time earning a highly respected degree, which is something I never expected to be possible. I’d encourage anyone interested in furthering their athletic and educationa­l career to get in touch.”

Stephen Park, British Cycling Performanc­e Director, added: “It was good to see Sophie and Joe compete at the UEC European Track Cycling Championsh­ips last week and to have them back in action again this week at the UCI Track Cycling World Championsh­ips.

“With a number of our Tokyo Olympians taking a well-earned break, these major events provide a chance for our developing young riders to lay down a marker of their intentions for

Paris 2024 – something which I know Sophie and Joe are both keen to do.

“At the Great Britain Cycling Team, athlete welfare is central to our operations, and this includes supporting individual­s with developmen­t opportunit­ies away from the bike with the guidance of our Performanc­e Lifestyle Team.

“Being able to combine a focus on Olympic sport while studying for a degree is an example of this, and we are very pleased that we have this relationsh­ip with Loughborou­gh University to allow the flexibilit­y for this to be possible.”

 ?? ?? Loughborou­gh student Sophie Capewell (right) won bronze at the Track World Championsh­ips. Image by www.swpix.com
Loughborou­gh student Sophie Capewell (right) won bronze at the Track World Championsh­ips. Image by www.swpix.com

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