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Mark Stewart – Scotland’s New Double European Champion

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Le Tour, it’s so big that we tend to forget that there’s a lot more to cycling than Froomey breaking a spoke and Louis Meintjes, Simon Yates and Rigoberto Uran getting towed around France.

Races like the Under 23 European Track Championships in Sangalhos-Anadia in Portugal where Scotland’s Mark Stewart grabbed not one but two titles – the individual pursuit and omnium.

We last spoke to Mark after the Track Worlds, back in the spring – a series which perhaps didn’t go as well as he’d have liked.

But the Euros could hardly have gone better.

Mark Stewart European Champion
Mark Stewart. Photo©SWPix\British Cycling

We kicked off by asking about his pursuit win, in the course of which he achieved the fastest ever times by a Scottish rider; two very rapid 4:18 rides, prior to which the best was 4:20 by Graeme Obree back in 1993 on the Hamar track in Norway during his winning series at The Worlds.

“Yes, I was surprised I returned those times because I’ve not actually done much on the track recently.

“I rode 4:18:9 in the qualifying with the fastest two qualifiers going into the final where I rode 4:18:8 to win, beating t