Cycling: Flying lap is Burke’s bright spot

Steven Burke

Steven Burke

First published in Sport

STEVEN Burke ended his Revolution campaign in London with a fine second place in the individual flying lap on an otherwise disappointing weekend for the East Lancashire ace.

Burke, riding for Team Sportscover, which will become Team Haribo Beacon for this year’s road season, was joined by team-mate Pete Williams at the final round of the four-event series at the London Velodrome – the scene of Burke’s gold medal winning performance as part of Great Britain’s team pursuit squad in 2012.

The Colne cyclone was in action across the two days of racing with him and Williams struggling in the opening event where they finished last in the team elimination.

The pair then failed to finish the men’s madison despite getting off to the perfect start by claiming maximum points in the opening sprint.

Saturday brought better fortunes for Burke as he finished in second place in the individual flying lap behind his British team-mate Ed Clancy.

Burke then teamed up with Williams to finish seventh in the elimination race and repeated that placing in the madison time trial.

The 26-year-old finished eighth in the scratch race, one place higher than tema-mate Willaims as the pair sought to collect more points for the overall team classification.

In the end the duo collected 17 points which placed them eighth on the night as Rapha Condor claimed the London honours.

The final weekend of action meant Burke’s team finished ninth out of the 10 competing squads with 99 points as Rudy Project claimed overall victory.

Burke now turns his attention to the road season before returning to the track in time to compete in this summer’s Commonwealth Games.

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