i-Team pride as Truman bags bronze in Athens

Joe Truman, centre. Picture: @JoeTCyling on Twitter
Joe Truman, centre. Picture: @JoeTCyling on Twitter
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Joe Truman helped steer Great Britain to their first medal at the UEC Under-23 & Junior European Track Championships in Athens.

The i-Team star, who lives in Petersfield, joined Jack Carlin and Alex Joliffe in delivering bronze in the men’s junior team sprint.

Truman & Co beat France by 0.162sec in the minor final to clinch the spot on the podium on Tuesday.

The trio finished fourth in qualifying with a time of 46.162.

But in the bronze-medal race they turned the tables on the French, who had been 0.243 quicker over the 750m distance earlier in the day.

Guy Watson, who founded i-Team in 2003, has been delighted by Truman’s progress.

The teenager has followed in the footsteps of the likes of Dani King and Jon Dibben in earning international honours for the Portsmouth club.

Watson said: ‘We are really proud of Joe.

‘The way he is going is fantastic and he is only just starting to bulk out.

‘He looked like he would make a very good team pursuiter – a little bit like Rob Hayles, who was junior sprint champion.

‘He may still go that way but it is looking a lot less likely now.

‘Joe has got such a great attitude.

‘He is super-talented but he doesn’t talk about it.

‘He still comes out on club rides with us.’