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OTHER CYCLING : Track Racing Last Updated: 2 Apr 2018 - 8:45:17 PM

IRISH TEAM IN ACTION AT FINAL UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP
By Heather Boyle, CI Communications Officer
21 Jan 2018,

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Two Top Tens on Final Day of Final World Cup
21st January 2018


Felix English and Robyn Stewart both finished in the top ten on the final day of racing at the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup today. Felix English finished sixth in the Omnium, and Robyn Stewart made a strong World Cup debut in the Keirin, finishing ninth. This is the final Track World Cup this season, and took place from the 19-21 January.

A strong fourth place in the Points Race saw English place sixth overall after the four events of the Olympic class event, and ninth overall in the World Cup rankings. Earlier in the day he was eighth in the Scratch Race, seventh in the Tempo and eleventh in the Elimination. Gold went to Dutchman Jan Willem Van Schip, silver to Szymon Sajnok from Poland, and Russia’s Mamyr Stash won bronze.

In the Keirin Stewart progressed out of the first round repechage with a second place. Fourth in the next round saw her compete in the B Final, where she netted third, placing her ninth overall. The Keirin was won by Belgium’s Nicky Degrendele with Korea’s Hyelin Lee taking silver ahead of Ukraine’s Liubov Basova in bronze.


This is the final major competition for the Irish team before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn at the end of February. Over the next couple of weeks, the number of places that Ireland has qualified for the World Championships will be announced.


RESULTS:

Men’s Omnium
Gold: Jan Willem Van Schip (NED)
Silver: Szwmon Sajnov (POL)
Bronze: Mamyr Stash (RUS – Lokosphinx)
6th: Felix English (Ireland)

Women’s Keirin
Gold: Nicky Degrendele (BEL)
Silver: Hyelin Lee (KOR)
Bronze: Liubov Basova (UKR)
9th Robyn Stewart (Ireland)

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Young and Stewart Perform Strongly at Final Track Cycling World Cup

20th January 2018
Xeno Young and Robyn Stewart raced strongly today at the final round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup season, which runs from the 19th – 21st January in Minsk, Belarus. Young finished 11th in the Individual Pursuit in a time of 4.28.164, within 10 seconds of a medal. Stewart was 14th in the Sprint with a time of 11.336, qualifying to the 1/8 finals.

Xeno Young

Young won silver medals in the Individual Pursuit at both the World and European Championships last year, as a junior rider, and is now focused on the Commonwealth Games which take place in Australia in April. As a junior the distance for the Individual Pursuit is 3km, and the Powerhouse Sport 18-year-old has transitioned well to the elite ranks pacing himself well in the now 4km race of truth.

In the Sprint, Stewart scored her best World Cup result to date, progressing out of the qualifying rounds with a time of 11.336. In the 1/16 rounds the Scotland based rider beat Russia’s Natalia Antonova moving into the 1/8 final. Former multi-World Champion Simona Krupeckaite from Lithuania powered ahead in this round, knocking out Stewart before winning silver in the gold medal final.

Robyn Stewart

Speaking after the race Stewart was happy with her result saying – “I’m delighted with my performance today, but I know that I’ve more in there. I’m pleased to see progress! I’ve really enjoyed myself too – which is what it’s all about.”

Stewart will be in action again tomorrow – “I’m looking forward to my debut in my first World Cup Keirin tomorrow also.” This World Cup serves as valuable training for Commonwealth Games in April; having confirmed her place on the team earlier this month.


Felix English will be in action in the Omnium tomorrow also, a multi event competition where the winner is the person who accumulates the most points across four events.

This is the final major competition for the Irish team before the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn at the end of February. Over the next couple of weeks, the number of places that Ireland has qualified for the World Championships will be announced.

RESULTS:

Men’s Individual Pursuit
Gold: Charlie Tanfield (GBR - Team KGF) 4.15.313
Silver: Ivo Oliveira (Portugal) 4.17.522
Bronze: Alexander Evtushenko (Russia - Lokosphinx) 4.19.424
11th: Xeno Young (Ireland)

Women’s Sprint
Gold: Pauline Sophie Grabosch (Germany)
Silver: Simona Krupeckaite (Lithuania)
Bronze: Nicky Degrendele (Belgium)
14th Robyn Stewart (Ireland)

SCHEDULE

Sunday 21st January

Men’s Omnium - Felix English


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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP V 2018

Felix English

17th January 2018

This weekend Minsk, Belarus, plays host to the final round of the Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup season, which takes place from the 19th – 21st January 2018. Ireland will be sending a three-person team to the competition, with some riders chasing qualifying point for the UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn at the end of February.

Felix English will be competing in the Omnium, a multi-event competition which is an Olympic class race. The 25-year-old has also enjoyed success in the Madison with Mark Downey earlier this year, winning gold and silver in the event which has recently been added to the Olympic programme.

Robyn Stewart is the first female Irish rider to qualify for the sprint in the Track World Cups, and will be competing in the sprint event, in a bid to become Ireland’s first female rider to compete in the sprint at the Track World Championships.

In his first year as an elite rider, Xeno Young will be competing in the Individual Pursuit. The Co. Down teenager will be using this World Cup as part of his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in April. Young won silver medals in both the World and European Championships in this category as a junior last year.


SCHEDULE:

Saturday 20th January

Men’s Individual Pursuit - Xeno Young

Women’s Sprint - Robyn Stewart


Sunday 21st January

Men’s Omnium - Felix English


More Info:

Official Website: http://trackworldcupminsk.com/
Cycling Ireland Website: www.cyclingireland.ie
CI Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cyclingireland
CI Twitter: @irecyclingfed


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