Speedster Emadi gets GB call for Euro challenge

Posted: July 4, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Bike, Track cycling
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1999 UCI Track Cycling World Championships

KIAN Emadi has won a place in the Great Britain squad for this month’s under-23s European Track Championships.

The 20-year-old, from Penkhull, will travel to Anadia in Portugal to take on the best youngsters from across the continent from July 9 to July 14.

The national kilo champion is expected to ride the kilometre, as well as the sprint and keirin, but the absence of Philip Hindes means Britain will not compete in the team sprint.

Only two male sprinters are making the trip, with Emadi being joined by Callum Skinner, a 20-year-old from Glasgow.

Selection was finalised over a two-day Dutch Summer Trophy event at Alkmaar last month which was overseen by Olympic podium performance programme coach Iain Dyer.

Emadi (1:02.060mins) lost to Dutch rider Hugo Haak by a mere hundredth of a second to take silver in the kilo and won bronze in the sprint.

He has been keen to get back on his bike for a major competition since his debut elite UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk, Belarus, in February.

At that meet, he put in an impressive 1:01.756 ride in the kilo to finish fourth overall against strong competition, beating 2010 kilo world champion Teun Mulder in the process.

He then finished sixth alongside Hindes and Jason Kenny in the team sprint after stepping into the place left vacant by the retirement of Sir Chris Hoy in April.

“It’s been a big step up to elite racing this season and I’ve really enjoyed it, that’s the big thing,” Emadi said.

Jon Dibben and Owain Doull have been given the nod for the men’s endurance races for the European under-23s event.

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott has been selected for the women’s endurance races alongside fellow world champion Elinor Baker.

Another elite world champion, Becky James, is joined by Victoria Williamson in the women’s sprint.

Emadi, right, finished eighth in the keirin and fourth in the team sprint as last year’s competition, which was also held in Portugal.
Read more: http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/Cycling-Speedster-Emadi-gets-GB-Euro-challenge/story-19473890-detail/story.html#ixzz2Y3gOj07T

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