Cyclists Laura Trott and Katie Archibald were the undoubted stars for Team GB at the European Track Championships last week. The double Olympic champion Trott went one better in Grenchen, returning from Switzerland with a magnificent haul of three titles from the women’s team pursuit, scratch race and omnium disciplines. Not to be outdone though Archibald matched ‘Trotty’ by claiming three gold medals herself in the velodrome, as Britain ended the five-day meeting sitting proudly on top of the medal table just ahead of the Netherlands.

Encouraging with Rio next year

With Rio 2016 just around the corner it was an encouraging performance by the team, especially on the women’s side where they took five titles.

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Britain’s impressive tally of six golds and three bronze medals overall should help to maintain their momentum going into an Olympic year. Technical director Shane Sutton was clearly slightly disappointed with some of the results but stated: "I think for Rio - we're on track.”

Record-breaker Trott

Trott has a distinct fondness for the Euros, as her three titles on Swiss soil established the Essex lass as the most successful rider in the history of the championships. With her three golds this time around making it ten in the career of the 23-year-old at the Euros, there is every reason to see her stretch the record further in years to come.

After helping the women’s quartet in Britain’s formidable team pursuit team to expected gold, she was dominant over the 40-lap scratch event to pull clear of the challenge from Kirsten Wild and Roxanne Fournier.

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She returned to action later in the competition to continue her omnium prowess, convincingly clinching the six-discipline event on the final day by a massive margin of 36 points.

Archibald’s triple success

Chertsey-born Archibald continued the gold rush for the Brits, as the 21-year-old helped Trott to claim team pursuit (along with Elinor Barker and Joanna Rowsell Shand). The proud Scot then went solo to defend her individual pursuit title by almost five seconds and secured a third triumph in the elimination race, elevating her personal gold tally at the Euros to six overall.

Wiggins added another title

The men could not quite match the powerhouse display shown by Britain’s women. But a gold in the men’s team pursuit for Sir Bradley Wiggins, Andy Tennant, Owain Doull and Jon Dibben was promising looking ahead to next year, when the Australians will no doubt provide stern opposition. Dibben also took bronze in the omnium event.

Horne and Latham grabbed bronzes

Britain’s medal collection was boosted further through the bronze medal-winning efforts of Ciara Horne (women’s individual pursuit) and Chris Latham (men’s elimination race).

The British #Cycling team can now look forward to their next major event, as the opening round of the UCI Track Cycling World Cup sees them travel to Cali in Colombia from 30th October to 1st November. #Celebrities #Games