Yorkshire stars aiming for European glory

A European Championships with a twist begins in Glasgow today.

Jess Learmonth: Defending European title.

For the first time, seven major Olympic sports which traditionally hold their continental championships as individual events, come together under one umbrella.

Europe’s elite in cycling, gymnastics, triathlon and rowing compete in Glasgow while the diving and swimming takes place in Edinburgh.

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To broaden the horizons, the athletics takes place in Berlin, commencing on Monday.

A number of stars will be on show; from Adam Peaty in the swimming to Max Whitlock in the gymnastics; Jason and Laura Kenny in the track cycling to Mark Cavendish on the road.

Alistair Brownlee leads the Yorkshire contingent in the triathlon and Leeds’ Jess Learmonth looks to defend her title.

Triple Olympic champion Ed Clancy is in the British Cycling team pursuit squad alongside Charlie Tanfield and Ollie Wood.

Burley-in-Wharfedale’s Scott Thwaites is back in action after breaking his back in March as part of the British road team alongside Rotherham’s Ben Swift, Sheffield’s Adam Blythe and Harry Tanfield.

Wakefield’s Mel Lowther and Bradford’s Abby-Mae Parkinson are in the women’s road team while Sheffield’s Annie Last is in the cross-country BMX and Katy Marchant (Leeds) goes in the track sprint. Richmond’s Zoe Lee is in the women’s quad sculls at the rowing regatta.

Olympic champion Jack Laugher of Harrogate leads the diving team. Dearne pole vaulter Adam Hague and Leeds middle-distance runner Laura Weightman compete in Germany.