Great Britain wins their first gold of the European Championships

Laura Kenny returned to winning ways as Great Britain won their first gold of the European Championships with victory in the women’s team pursuit on the track in Glasgow.

Katie Archibald, Laura Kenny, Elinor Barker and Neah Evans faced off against Italy and dominated from the start. Archibald put in an outstanding performance helping the GB cycling team to secure their first win in the velodrome.

Laura Kenny’s return to racing

Laura Kenny returned to racing earlier this year after giving birth to son Albie with fellow multiple-Olympic champion Jason Kenny. Coming back to competition, her approach has changed. With a new perspective, Laura Kenny has been able to realise that her training and lifestyle does not need to be 100% perfect. Instead, she is more relaxed and able to enjoy riding.

The 26-year-old told BBC: “It’s great. For me, having a year out, I never knew when I was coming back and whether I’d actually make it back to the top table.

“But it’s great to be back in front of a home crowd. I’m still a bit away from the form where I left off. I want to go to Tokyo in the form of my life and I am still chasing it, but right now it’s the best that I’ve felt in a long time.”

For Laura Kenny and Katie Archibald, today’s gold medal was their 11th European title. Both will be aiming to further their tallies with Kenny competing in the madison and elimination. Archibald is also teaming up with Kenny in the madison, and also racing in the individual pursuit and omnium.