Great Britain's cyclists grabbed a trio of medals on first day of UCI Track World Championships

Great Britain claimed three bronze medals on the opening day of the UCI Track World Championships in France.

Jess Roberts claimed her first world medal on her debut in the event with third place in the women's Scratch race.

She was followed by the two sprint teams, with the women taking the podium by just eight thousandths of a second.

Roberts, a European silver medallist in August, finished behind Italy's defending champion Marina Fidanza and the Netherlands' Maike Van Der Duin, claiming her second-successive silver medal, at Saint Quentin en Yvelines, a venue which will double as the Olympic velodrome in 2024.

"I'm really happy with that," the 23-year-old told the BBC.

"My grandad passed away on Saturday and he used to take me all around to races so this is a race for him. I had him on my shoulder to the finish line.

"It is so nice to be back on a podium again. I nearly quit the sport last year so I'm so proud of myself for keeping going."

The women's sprint team of Lauren Bell, Sophie Capewell and Emma Finucane matched the team's bronze from last year's worlds but improved their time by one-and-a-half seconds to edge out the Netherlands by the tightest of margins.

Ali Fielding, Hamish Turnbull and Jack Carlin's winning margin over the Netherlands in the men's sprint was a tenth of a second.

"I think we can be over the moon by how far we've come. We've only been riding together for six weeks," he told the BBC.

Carlin, a two-time Olympic medallist at Tokyo 2020, paid tribute to his less experienced team-mates.

"These two boys have stepped up massively. It's a really positive place, the team," he said.

"If we are honest, we are closer this time than we were last time at this point of the Olympic cycle."

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