WIGAN’S Kyle Evans flew the flag for Great Britain at the season’s first BMX World Cup series – by qualifying for the elite men’s final.
The 20-year-old from Hindley crossed the line in fifth place behind Britain’s Liam Phillips, who was crowned World Champion in New Zealand last year.
Evans is already looking forward to his next World Cup event in Holland in May, as he looks to earn his place in the Team GB BMX squad for the Rio Olpics Games.
He was reserve rider for London 2012. After the weekend’s World Cup series opener in Manchester, Evans said: “It’s been a lot of hard work over the winter and I knew I could do it.
“It was about delivering it.”
The young star earned praise form 25-year-old winner Phillips, who said Evans’ encouraging performance proved British cycling is in rude health. But Evans acknowledges he still has work to do before he can call himself the finished article.
“You need a bit of luck and I had an outside lane for the semi and just got a great start,” he added.
“To go out in the final was a great feeling and an amazing experience. It’s been a great stepping stone.”
The rider described the weekend as ‘a blast’ via his Twitter account.
The World Cup series also travels to Germany, Argentina following the leg in Holland.
It then reaches a climax in Chula Vista, USA, in September.