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MORE CYCLING : Track Racing Last Updated: Nov 12, 2017 - 10:26:06 PM

REPORT FROM TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP IN MANCHESTER
By Heather Boyle, Cycling Ireland Communications Officer
Nov 12, 2017,

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ENGLISH AND POTTS 8TH IN MADISON AT TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP II 2017

12th November 2017 The new madison pairing of Felix English and Marc Potts impressed today finishing 8th in a world class field at the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester, UK. The 30km race was won by dynamic Danish duo, Niklas Larsen and Casper Von Folsach, France won silver, with Poland taking bronze. Robyn Stewart finished 27th in the Sprint event – qualifying for the 1/16th match sprint finals.

Speaking after the race English was happy with their performance, particularly in light of gathering sufficient points to qualify for the World Championships – “Overall we are pretty happy with tonight. Today was the first time that we got enough points to qualify for the worlds, and it was Marc’s first time, so it was a really good time to learn. We were close to the top five, which is where we want to be.”

“It was my first time racing the Madison on a 250m track, so it was a bit quicker than what I’m used to,” added Potts. “The experience I got tonight will stand me well for the future though, and I’m happy I got the opportunity to ride the Madison at this level, and come away with a respectable result too.”

It has been a long block of racing for the Irish Team, with four consecutive weeks of tough racing. English is looking forward to a two-week break – “It’s been a long block, it’s the first time we have had such a lot of racing in a short period of time, so we have learnt some things about how to approach this the next time. I’m looking forward to my break now before getting back into it in Majorca. I’m disappointed with the Omnium yesterday, it was a bit lack lustre for me, but I can’t do anything about that.”

Potts has also had a long season, having competed on the road as well as the track – “I think the heavy road calendar straight into the track season has caught up with me! Tonight, I felt a bit like I did in the Scratch Race on Friday – not much power.”

In the Sprint Stewart is progressing with each race and is relishing the experience – “I’ve had a great experience the last couple of weeks. Qualifying to actually get to the world cups has been a goal all year, so I was delighted to get this far, and to qualify to race in such a stacked field.”

She added “I am a little disappointed with my performances, but there are so many positives I can take away. I’m progressing with each race. One thing for sure is it has only made me hungry to get better and be the best I can be.”

Today was the final day of racing in a four-week race block for the Irish team, confirmation of teams for the upcoming World Cups will follow. The Manchester World Cup ran from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November.

RESULTS:

Men’s Madison
Gold Denmark (LARSEN Niklas, VON FOLSACH Casper)
Silver France (THOMAS Benjamin, KNEISKY Morgan)
Bronze Poland (STANISZEWSKI Daniel, PSZCZOLARSKI Wojciech)
Irish
8th Ireland (ENGLISH Felix, POTTS Marc)

Women’s Sprint
Gold VOGEL Kristina (GER)
Silver VAN RIESSEN Laurine (MPC)
Bronze VOINOVA Anastasiia (RUS)
Irish
27th STEWART Robyn (IRL)

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WOMEN’S MADISON 4TH TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP II 2017


11th November 2017 The Madison pairing of Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on the 2017/2018 calendar. The duo jumped from sixth to fourth in the final sprint, crossing the line third in the 80 laps, 20km race. Great Britain took gold, Belgium silver and Italy won the bronze medal.

Felix English in the Omnium Event

In the Omnium Felix English finished 18th, and Shannon McCurley was 17th in the Keirin. Making their international debut, the women’s Talent Transfer Team finished 12th in the Team Pursuit with a time of 4.54.012.

Speaking after the Madison both Boylan and Gurley described a long four weeks of racing, which saw them compete in two World Cups, the European Championships and the London Six-Day. Boylan said “Each race is a learning experience for us. We’re learning all the time. We are not yet consistently at the head of affairs, but we’re hungry for it, and we will keep on plucking away.”

Gurley echoed her teammate, adding “It was a really tough race, quick the whole time. It’s been a hard four weeks of racing, and I think we have improved a lot. It bodes well for the future.”

In October Gurley and Boylan won silver in this event in the European Track Championships, and Gurley acknowledges the achievement saying “If you had told me at the start of this block of racing we would win a European medal and come fourth in a World Cup, I would have been pretty happy with that.”

Womens Team Pursuit start

The Women’s Team Pursuit Squad was established six months ago from talented riders who mostly came from other sports. Cycling Ireland Performance Coach Neill Delahaye described their experience at the World Cup as invaluable saying “This group have come a long way, and it has been a very steep learning curve for them. The experience they gained today from exposure to this level of competition in such an intense atmosphere has been invaluable.”

Womens Team Pursuit

“We were happy with how the team dealt with the task they faced,” Delahaye added, before noting that “there is a lot of hard work to be done before we approach the level we are capable of performing at. We are under no illusions about what it will take to get there. This has been a positive experience for the athletes, and a successful culmination of this phase of our Talent Transfer initiative.”

Tomorrow is the final day of racing at the second World Cup, and will see a new Madison pairing of Felix English and Marc Potts compete. Robyn Stewart will also be in action, racing in the Sprint. The World Cup runs from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November.

RESULTS:

Women’s Madison
Gold Great Britain (BARKER Elinor, ARCHIBALD Katie)
Silver Belgium (D'HOORE Jolien, KOPECKY Lotte)
Bronze Italy (BARBIERI Rachele, BALSAMO Elisa)
Irish
4th Ireland (BOYLAN Lydia, GURLEY Lydia)

Men’s Omnium
Gold THOMAS Benjamin (FRA)
Silver LARSEN Niklas (DEN)
Bronze TORRES BARCELO Albert (ESP)
Irish
18th ENGLISH Felix (IRL)

Women’s Keirin
Gold VOGEL Kristina (GER)
Silver BRASPENNINCX Shanne (NED)
Bronze VAN RIESSEN Laurine (MPC)
Irish
17th MCCURLEY Shannon (IRL)

Women’s Team Pursuit
Gold TBC (Sunday Finals)
Silver TBC (Sunday Finals)
Bronze TBC (Sunday Finals)
Irish
12th Ireland (COTTER Imogen, HUGHES Hilary, GRIFFIN Mia, WALSH Orla)

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ACTION ON DAY ONE OF TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP II 2017

11th November 2017 Action kicked off in Manchester yesterday for Ireland in the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on the 2017/2018 calendar, with three Irish riders in action. Lydia Boylan finished the Omnium in 15th place, after a full evening of action, Marc Potts was 13th in the Men’s Scratch Race, and Lydia Gurley was 14th in the Women’s Scratch Race.

Mark Potts in Scratch Race

Potts has had an incredible debut to bunch racing on the world stage, clocking up a fourth place in the Scratch Race at the European Track Championships and fifth in last week’s Track World Cup in Pruszcow, Poland.

“Sometimes you’re the hammer, and sometimes you’re the nail,” said a disappointed Potts after the race. “Last night I was the nail. Unfortunately, it didn’t go well for me. I didn’t feel great from the start and knew I was going to struggle.”

Lidia Boylan
Potts will be lining up in the Madison on Sunday with Felix English, in the absence of Mark Downey, and is looking forward to the challenge - “I hope I come around a bit for Sunday, the Madison has been a big goal of mine, so I feel pressure to perform in it.”

In the Women’s Scratch Race, Gurley was equally disappointed, having raced an attacking 10km race – “It was a fairly attacking race. I tried, I went out hard and I thought the small group chasing me would work for the lap, but it took them quite a few laps to catch me, and then they didn’t want to work. It was one of those moves that if it worked it would be epic, but it didn’t.”

Lydia Gurley in Scratch Race
Gurley will be competing with Boylan in the Madison on Saturday, an event in which they won a European silver medal last month – “The legs are there, and hopefully I can use them a bit better in the Madison today.”

Today is a big day for Team Ireland, with eight riders in action, including the newly formed Talent ID/Transfer squad, who will be competing in the Women’s Team Pursuit. The World Cup runs from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November.

RESULTS:

Men’s Scratch Race
Gold PANASSENKO Nikita (Kazakhstan)
Silver MOULD Jonathan (Wales)
Bronze STROETINGA Wim (The Netherlands)
Irish
13th POTTS Marc (Ireland)

Women’s Scratch Race
Gold BARBIERI Rachele (Italy)
Silver YANG Qianyu (Hong Kong)
Bronze D'HOORE Jolien (Belgium)
Irish
14th GURLEY Lydia (Ireland)

Women’s Omnium
Gold VALENTE Jennifer (USA)
Silver ARCHIBALD Katie (Great Britain)
Bronze DIDERIKSEN Amalie (Denmark)
Irish
15th BOYLAN Lydia (Ireland

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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: TISSOT UCI TRACK CYCLING WORLD CUP II 2017

This weekend will see Irish riders compete in the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on the 2017/2018 calendar, which takes place in Manchester, UK. Mark Downey, who is currently ranked number one in the Points Race in the world rankings, will not be competing this weekend.

Picture courtesy of Guy Swarbrick/TLP Routes to Market Ltd

Another significant change to the Irish team for this week’s World Cup will be the inclusion of the Women’s Team Pursuit team, featuring four riders who have come to the sport through the recent talent identification and transfer process.

Racing begins on Sunday with Lydia Boylan competing in the Omnium and Lydia Gurley and Marc Potts racing the Scratch Race. The World Cup runs from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November.

SCHEDULE:

Friday 10th November
Women’s Omnium: Lydia Boylan
Men’s Scratch: Marc Potts
Women’s Scratch: Lydia Gurley

Saturday 11th November
Women’s Keirin: Shannon McCurley
Men’s Omnium: Felix English
Women’s Madison: Lydia Boylan, Lydia Gurley

Women’s Team Pursuit (Qualifying)
Imogen Cotter, Mia Griffin, Hilary Hughes, Orla Walsh

Sunday 12th November
Women’s Sprint: Robyn Stewart
Men’s Madison: Felix English, Marc Potts

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Further Information:

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


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