Callum Skinner readies to sprint on November 10
Injury may have hampered Callum Skinner’s European campaign in Berlin last week but the double Olympic medallist insists it won’t be long until he’s back on two wheels.
Skinner – who won team sprint gold and individual sprint silver in Rio last year – was ruled out of the kilo final with a back injury, having qualified seventh fastest.
Having taken a break from the track post-Olympics, Skinner missed out on the medals at the World Track Championships earlier this year, a disappointment that only added to his motivation to reach the podium places at the Europeans.
But while that wasn’t to be, Skinner isn’t one for dwelling on missed opportunities – he’ll soon be back in training and he knows more success is headed his way.
“We approached the Euros a little different to normal, trying to train through it,” said the 25-year-old.
“I maybe put my body under a little bit of stress and in the kilo, my back went in the first quarter of a lap.
“I softened up a little bit which you can’t really afford to do in the kilo. I spent the rest of the day hobbling around.
“I’m looking to get back to training by the end of the week, and start working towards the next competition.
“Fortunately, it’s looking like it’s more of a muscle spasm than anything to do with the bones or joints, so hopefully it should be on the mend.
“It was the first kilo I have done since 2015 and I have been European kilo champion before, so just out of my own curiosity I was quite keen to see how I was, so it was very disappointing to get injured so early on.”
Skinner will be back on the track next month after being named in the Great Britain squad set to compete at the UCI Track World Cup in Manchester.
Based at the city’s HSBC UK National Cycling Centre day-in, day-out, it’s familiar territory for Skinner as he sets his sights on a fruitful season on the boards.
“Riding in front of a home crowd makes all the difference,” he said.
“It gives you that little extra push over the line when the crowd really gets behind you, you definitely know those cheers are for you.
“Manchester is probably my favourite track, which I think gives me that little extra advantage.
“When I was just starting out as a professional, Manchester was always the place where I was given the opportunity to set PBs and was probably the location that gave my career that springboard.
“My aims for the World Cup depend on what the other nations bring. I just want to do well and keep building on the progress I’ve made all season towards the World Championships and Commonwealth Games.”
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