Dibben and Latham take European bronze

Great Britain added two medals to their European Track Cycling Championships haul as Jon Dibben and Chris Latham both earned bronze in Switzerland on Saturday.

Dibben took bronze in the omnium after bouncing back from a difficult start to the event that saw him ninth heading into the final event – 42 points back on Elia Viviani.

But he produced a brilliant performance to twice take a lap and finish in third place just three points behind Viviani.

For the 21-year-old the bronze is his second medal of the week after he helped the team to pursuit gold on Thursday.

“It went well for me. Once I got my first lap, I kind of picked it up and morale picked up, so in a way, it hurts a little bit less but still it’s tough,” he told British Cycling.

“I certainly came here looking for a medal, and maybe a win, and then as the omnium progressed, going into that points race, pretty much a medal was almost a long shot really, I’d have to race well and get a little bit lucky, which I did, so very happy in the end.”

Elsewhere Latham was third in the elimination race with Brian Coquard and Simone Consonni first and second respectively.

“It’s a stand-alone event, everyone just wants to be near the front, nowhere near the back,” he said.

“It’s hard, you want to duck and dive as well as be up there as well so I thought I did alright keeping up there at the beginning.

“You’re never sure. The strongest guy will always win but if you make a mistake, that’s it, you’ve messed it up.”

And Laura Trott could make it three gold medals as she enters Sunday’s omnium in pole position with team pursuit and scratch gold already in the bag. She currently sits top on 118 points – 12 points clear of her nearest rival.

Sportsbeat 2015