Cycling: Callum Skinner has Good Friday with wins

CAPITAL cycling star Callum Skinner made a successful start to his 2013 campaign when he recorded two wins and a second place at the Herne Hill Good Friday Meeting in London yesterday.

Despite the chilly conditions, the 20-year-old City of Edinburgh rider proved to be the quickest qualifier in the sprint with a time of 11.08 seconds.

The mark was substantially better than that of German Robert Foerstemann, who was second fastest, while, Skinner’s team mate John Paul took fourth spot.

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Skinner just got the better of Paul at the semi-final stage but had no answer to the all-round power of Foerstemann in the final.

However, Skinner avenged that loss when he took the honours in a desperately tight finish to the Keirin, with Paul and Foerstemann in the minor places.

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Skinner then chalked up his second win of the day when he pipped Paul for top spot in the 500 metres handicap.