Broughton blazes to stunning title double
Three of the county's brightest young stars went on a medal-winning spree at the National junior and youth track championships in Manchester.
Lucy Garner, Grace Garner and Charlotte Broughton all struck gold – with Leicestershire Road Club 14-year-old Broughton producing two stunning performances to win both the under-16 scratch and points races.
Lucy Garner made it six national and European titles this year by winning the junior points race, while her younger sister added the under-16 pursuit gold to the national omnium title she grabbed last month.
Broughton had travelled north with the under-14 omnium her main target, though she hoped to make an impression in the under-16 races.
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Nobody was quite expecting her double-gold haul, made all the more memorable as victory in the points race came after a crash, the effects of which would rule her out of the final-day omnium.
"I was really surprised," said the Countesthorpe girl, who already holds under-14 national cyclo-cross and road titles. "If someone had told me before that I would come away with two national titles I would have told them to stop joking!"
Grace Garner (RST-Trigon) had the pursuit title at the top of her priorities. "I qualified fastest and that was a confidence boost," said the Cosby racer.
"I was still nervous for the final. I was up against another Talent Team girl (Emily Nelson) who, in qualifying, was two seconds faster than her personal best and was only a fraction of a second behind me.
"With two or three laps to go, I kept peeking over to her and could see that I had a lead. I knew I had to get everything out in the last couple of laps."
She would go on to add silver in the scratch event and a bronze in the 500m time trial, while her sister was to back up her points triumph with silver medals in both the pursuit and scratch race.
For the older of the Garner girls, however, the week at the track formed part of her build-up to the defence of the World junior road title, in Holland, in just over a fortnight.
"I'm quite satisfied with the way the week went," said the Node4-Giordana sprinter. "I was pretty pleased with the points race, too. I was still able to get out on the road to train but racing on the track has helped to get the leg-speed up, so it was all good training."
The European junior road queen is currently in the Netherlands putting in a week of high-intensity road work, which will continue next week at a British Cycling training camp in Wales.