European Championships 2003

Newport, Gwent (Wales)

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Three-abreast Derny action from the heats at Newport velodrome, November 14 2003 The Dernies roar round the banking at Newport track Swiss ace Franco Marvulli grits his teeth and tries to get back behind the derny, while Sweden's Magnus Backstedt shows what a REALLY big track frame looks like! The Newport velodrome, early in the evening
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UCI chief Hein Verbruggen gets ready to cut the ribbon and open the new cycle track at the magnificent Newport Velodrome Newport's shiny new dernies wait in line Graeme Obree (former world pursuit champion, former world hour record holder) dusted off "old faithful" and did a few laps of the new Newport track ... still oozing class Flanked by two attractive ladies and a bunch of flowers, Obree gives us a winning smile. Obree was at Newport to promote his new autobiography
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Close-quarters action from the points race at Newport, with Marvulli and Franck Perque fighting for the overall victory Switzerland's Franco Marvulli celebrates a win in the points race at Newport Hugh Porter, himself a former world pursuit champion and now a leading race commentator, introduces Nicole Cooke to the Welsh crowd Keirin action from Newport
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|Mirjam Melchers chose to ride her first ever points race at Newport Leontien van Moorsel-Zijlaard pursuiting on the new Newport velodrome track Leontien van Moorsel-Zijlaard shows how to ride a pursuit The Mayor of Newport presents flowers to Leontien van Moorsel-Zijlard and Mirjam Melchers. Tony Doyle lends  a hand from behind.
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A bird's eye view of the derny racing action Holland's Rob Slippens tucks in close behind Derny pacer Bruno Walrave Belgium's Steven de Neef heads for a silver medal, paced by Mr Vaarten The closing phases of the Derny title race. Wiggins is already ahead, out of the shot, but the silver and bronze medallists are seen with Mario Vonhof following
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Zijlaard and Wiggins pass another rider in the European Derny championship Bradley Wiggins looking comfortable behind Zijlaard Bradley Wiggins and pacer Joop Zijlaard, European Derny Champions 2003 The podium: Wiggins and Zijlaard, with runner-up Steven de Neef (Bel) and bronze medallist Rob Slippens (Ned)