Truman showcases all-round skills with national second

131196_CYCLING_1/5/13''Sam Clark for i-team. ''Cycling action from the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131196-699)
131196_CYCLING_1/5/13''Sam Clark for i-team. ''Cycling action from the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (131196-699)
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Joe Truman underlined his track talent with a superb second spot in the National Youth Omnium grand final.

The 15-year-old, who rides for Portsmouth club i-Team/KSL/InTandem, breezed through the southern area qualifiers.

And he found only Sportcity Velo starlet Tom Rotherham too good in the under-16 boys’ finale at Palmer Park in Reading.

Truman, from Petersfield, clocked 1min 6.72sec in his two-lap time trial, which put him third in the standings of the four-discipline event that tests a track racer’s all-round skills.

Fresh from scratch and Italian pursuit wins in the Knowsley Track League earlier this month, a seventh-place finish in the Devil – or elimination race – left him playing catch-up.

And while he went on to dominate the scratch and keirin, Truman had to settle for second spot overall.

Fareham Wheelers’ ace Brendan Drewett finished 12th in the final under-16 boys’ reckoning, with three 11th places – including a time trial of 1:09.01.

Truman’s i-Team club-mate Sam Clark took on the country’s best under-12s.

After the time trial was scrapped, he put 19th place in the Devil firmly behind him when netting eighth in the scratch race.

The Petersfield School rider then took 13th in the keirin to finished in the same spot overall.

Earlier this month, Clark joined a raft of track starlets who headed to Blackpool for the National Youth Circuit Championships.

He clocked 37:30.33 after 10 laps of the North Shore track to rank 18th at under-12 level, while Fareham Wheelers’ Caitlin Peters was the fifth girl home in 37:31.58.

Will Cooper, from i-Team, completed 17 laps in 1hr 6.33.86 to place 49th at under-14 boys’ level.

And his brother, Charlie, stopped the clock in 1:18:25.61 after 20 laps of the closed circuit in Lancashire.

That effort saw him finish 63rd in the under-16 boys.