Neah Evans relegated from World Cup gold on opening night
Neah Evans will likely never experience heart-break quite like this opening night of the TISSOT UCI Track Cycling World Cup.
Crossing the line first in the 10km scratch race, the Scot seemed to have secured her maiden medal on the global stage – and a gold one to boot – after a stunning late burst in Pruszkow.
But, with the commissaire deeming her to have ridden on the blue band, the ecstasy was quickly replaced with disappointment and relegation into fourth place, out of the medals.
The fact that Evans was in contention to begin with was a huge achievement, with three riders looking set to battle it out for the podium positions after a late breakaway, among them eventual winner Maria Averina.
After hauling herself back single-handedly, the 27-year-old not only rejoined the group but took the burst on the line, only for the officials to cut short the celebrations due to an infringement on the inside of the track.
This is just Evans' second World Cup appearance and it was not the only race of her day, joining Manon Lloyd, Emily Nelson and Emily Kay in the team pursuit qualifiers.
That encounter was not to be as dramatic, safely qualifying in the third fastest time to set up a first-round clash with Canada on Saturday.
There was also success for the British sprint teams, with Joe Truman, Jack Carlin and Ryan Owens making it through to round one.
They will be joined by Sophie Capewell and Katy Marchant, the eighth-fastest qualifiers in their first World Cup as a pairing.
Friday's other finals saw Emily Nelson finish ninth in the points race, while Matt Bostock finished sixth in the men's equivalent despite this being his World Cup debut.