MONMOUTHSHIRE rider Lewis Oliva and Risca’s Sam Harrison both won bronze medals at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup event in Glasgow at the weekend.

Riding for Welsh Cycling’s track team, Team USN, Oliva finished third in the Keirin event and Harrison was third in the points race at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

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Harrison (above right) said: “I was really happy with my performance. Darren Tudor and Welsh Cycling have put a lot of work in to me since I left the British Cycling set-up, and today’s medal was a goal for the team, and a personal goal for me. It’s a great result for Team USN.

“The plan was to save myself early on, but Mark Stewart and Cameron Meyer took a lap and I thought it isn’t going to be my day.

“In the last 40 laps I picked up some points and just started to make my way up the leader board. With 15 laps to go everything felt great, I had the legs and wanted to go for it. It was a bit of surprise, but I’m really happy.”

Harrison also competed in the UCI Class 1 scratch race alongside Newport’s Jon Mould, where they finished eighth and 15th respectively.

South Wales Argus:

Devauden sprinter Oliva (above right) said: “I was unsure how my training was going in Newport, but I could see from the sprint qualifiers I was in good form.

“It’s nice to add to the World Cup medal collection again, and to be doing it for Wales through Team USN.

“With both myself and Sam winning medals, it’s brought a spark to them as we head to Apeldoorn next week.”

Both Harrison and Oliva will be competing in the UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands from Friday.

Oliva also competed in the sprint in Glasgow, finishing ninth.

Wales’ Manon Lloyd, competing for Team GB, won two gold medals at the event.

The Carmarthen rider claimed top prize with Katie Archibald in the women’s Madison and in the team pursuit alongside Emily Kay, Emily Nelson and Eleanor Dickinson.

The GB team won five gold medals over the three-day competition, topping the medal table at the end of the weekend.