Katy Marchant believes Great Britain’s cyclists are “in a really good place” after winning two medals on day one of the European Track Cycling Championships in the Netherlands.
Marchant was part of the women’s team sprint quartet, alongside Sophie Capewell, Emma Finucane and Lowri Thomas.
They couldn’t quite topple first-placed Germany, but silver still marks a strong start to 2024 for Team GB, who have set their sights on glory at this summer’s Olympic Games in France.
Marchant is confident they can continue their success in Paris, as they look to follow up on the glory of Tokyo 2020, where Britain topped the cycling medal table.
“We keep pushing the Germans to almost breaking world records every time we come up against them, if not breaking world records, so it’s really exciting.
“We have a long-term goal, obviously that’s Paris, and we’re confident in our ability. I think as a team we’re in a really good place.”
Finucane believes Great Britain have what it takes to squeeze in front of Germany this summer.
“We are coming. We are not far off, so I am really excited.
“We nailed our processes and put down a time that we are really proud of.”
Success in the women’s team sprint was followed by Will Tidball winning silver in the men’s elimination, where he came second to Tobias Hansen of Denmark.
“It is a good start to 2024,” he said. “I am excited, it’s a big year. After winning the worlds last year, that was massive.
“If you had told me last year that I’d be getting a medal at the Euros I’d probably be happy, but the fact I’m a bit disappointed shows the standard I am going for now.”