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OTHER CYCLING : Track Racing Last Updated: 12 Mar 2019 - 1:20:15 PM

LYDIA BOYLAN LANDS TRACK CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS SILVER
By Jessica Lamb, Track Cycling World Championships Press Officer, Cycling Ireland
3 Mar 2019,

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Ireland’s Lydia Boylan has won the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships Silver Medal in the Women’s Points Race at the Pruszkow Arena in Poland - just 48hrs after team mate Mark Downey won Bronze in the Men’s Points Race.

Boylan, who lives in Dublin, helped Ireland to a stellar ninth place in Saturday’s Women’s Madison with Shannon McCurley and lined up for Sunday’s Points Race gunning for better.

She won the third sprint of the 25km race, then with less than 10 laps to race, attacked. Working hard with one other rival, she joined the back of the bunch and gained that crucial lap, putting her in Gold Medal position with five laps to race.

Digging deep for the final sprint to the line, she held on for that incredible Silver Medal - Ireland’s second medal of the 2019 UCI Track Cycling World Championships, and Boylan’s first at a World Championships.

Lydia Boylan said: “It still hasn’t sunk in that I’ve finally done something on the world stage. It’s a big boost of confidence for me, for sure.

“That sort of racing suits me, because I know I can just dig deeper - we push ourselves so hard in training."

On that last push for the Gold, she added: “I kept taking a sneaky look up at the leaderboard, and I knew I needed to move up. I moved up and I gave it my best, but the legs fell off a bit in the last couple of laps. I still can’t believe it.”


2019 Track Cycling World Championships
WOMEN'S POINTS RACE RESULTS

MANLY Alexandra AUSTRALIA 29 Pts
BOYLAN Lydia IRELAND 28 Pts
WILD Kirsten NETHERLANDS 26 Pts
BADYKOVA Gulnaz RUSSIAN FEDERATION 26 Pts
YANG Qianyu HONG KONG, CHINA 20 Pts
CONFALONIERI Maria Giulia ITALY 14 Pts
EVANS Neah GREAT BRITAIN 10 Pts
VALENTE Jennifer UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 9 Pts
SAVENKA Ina BELARUS 9 Pts
KOPECKY Lotte BELGIUM 9 Pts



Downey’s medal on Friday was Ireland’s first UCI Track Cycling World Championships medal since Martyn Irvine won Silver in the 2014 Scratch Race, having won Silver in the 2013 Individual Pursuit and Gold in the 2013 Scratch Race.

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