10 Aug 2013

Another medal for NZ in Scotland

5:44 pm on 10 August 2013

Central Otago cyclist Liam Aitcheson has earned his second medal at the UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Scotland.

Aitcheson, who won a silver medal as part of the team pursuit on the opening day, took the silver medal in the 25 kilometre men's points race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow.

The 18-year-old, who also won a silver medal in last year's world championships in New Zealand, produced a superb final sprint which saw him move from fifth place overall to second by a single point.

After a careful start, Aitcheson played an aggressive role, pushing a breakaway group of seven to put a lap on the field. From there Frenchman Benjamin Thomas collected the sprint points to take a big lead but Aitcheson saved his legs for a final flourish, passing a four riders in the last lap to get up for third.

There was an agonising wait, with officials relegating one of the key medal contenders, before confirming Aitcheson in second place in the final sprint - which edged him up over five other riders into the silver medal position.