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MORE CYCLING : Track Racing Last Updated: Jul 6, 2017 - 3:44:16 PM

Ten Podiums: Olympic Riders and Irish Track Stars Shine
By Heather Boyle, Cycling Ireland Communications Officer
Jul 2, 2017,

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No less than ten podiums were decided today on the final day of the Dublin Track Cycling International 2017, with Olympic Champion Elinor Barker and Olympic Bronze Medallist Niklas Larsen continuing their winning ways. Ireland also impressed with six medals across the Scratch and Keirin events; both Felix English and Robyn Stewart came home with silver, second only to Rio Olympians.

In the Men’s Scratch Race Felix English raced a tactical race, moving away with a group of seven riders. A crash in the closing laps of the race led to the race being neutralised briefly – once the gun sounded again the group raced hard with Niklas Larsen taking the win ahead of Ireland’s English. John Mould rounded off the podium.

English was happy with the race adding “there’s a lot of depth in the field – pretty much everyone that you expect to see in the World Cup you are racing with. It’s good in a way because you have to race them at some point – but it also makes it difficult because you want to get the points for the winter season.”

Later in the day Robyn Stewart added a silver to yesterday’s medal, coming in just behind Dutch Olympian Laurine Van Riessen in the Women’s Keirin; Andrea Waldis rounded off the podium winning bronze.

The relative newcomer to track racing has stormed onto the Irish scene, setting a new National Record in recent weeks for the Sprint. Determined to get the better of Van Riessen in the future, the Belfast rider was relatively happy with her performance - “It was a good race – I think I left it a bit late to make my jump. I think it if went a wee bit earlier there might be a bit there – but she’s fast. I know Laurine well, so it’s always fun to get to race against each other, one day I will beat her.”

Silver also went to Fintan Ryan in the U23 Scratch Race, when the TrackProject.ie rider lapped the field with Ethan Hayter. Bronze went to Ireland’s Sundrive Track Team rider Hugo Brennan.

After the race Ryan was pleased with his performance – “it was a good race, I knew Ethan would be the guy to watch, so we were marking each other a bit. We ended up getting away eventually and rode at tempo and ended up catching the field. Then it came to the sprint and he pipped me on the line. He’s a strong rider, so there’s no shame losing to him.”

Eamonn Byrne won bronze in the Men’s Keirin, sharing the podium with the Ceci brothers from Italy – gold medal winner David Ceci and silver medallist Luca Ceci. After the race Byrne was delighted with his medal haul from the weekend saying – “I didn’t imagine I would come away with two medals – it was a tough weekend, but I’m delighted. I think this year I was more relaxed than last year and that made more of a difference.”

Earlier this morning Sean Murnane won silver medal in the Junior Scratch Race, with Argentina’s Ivan Gariel-Ruiz winning gold.

International stars stole the limelight in the other events – full results below.

Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership once again were the funding partner of the Dublin Track Cycling International, and have been a valuable support of track cycling over the past number of years, with this event in its fifth year.

Entry is free for spectators, with racing taking place all day on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July. The full racing programme can be seen on www.trackcycling.ie.


RESULTS

Jun Men’s Scratch
Gold Ivan Gabriel-Ruiz (ARG)
Silver Sean Murnane (IRL)

U23 Men’s Scratch
Gold Ethan Hayter (GB)
Silver Fintan Ryan (IRL)
Bronze Hugo Brennan (IRL)

Women’s Scratch
Elinor Barker (GB)
Trine Schmidt (DEN)
Megan Barker (GB)

Men’s Scratch
Niklas Larsen (DEN)
Felix English (IRL)
John Mould (GB)

Women’s Keirin
Laurine Van Riessen (NED)
Robyn Stewart (IRL)
Andrea Waldis (SUI)

Men’s Keirin
David Ceci (ITA)
Luca Ceci (ITA)
Eamonn Byrne (IRL)

Men’s Points
Niklas Larson (DEN)
Roy Pieters (NED)
Casper Pederson (DEN)

Women’s Points
Elinor Barker (GB)
Trine Schmidt (DEN)
Megan Barker (GB)

Women’s IP
Elinor Barker (GB)
Megan Barker (GB)
Emily Kaye (GB)

Men’s IP
Michelle Scartezzini (ITA)
Sam Harrison (GB)
Ethan Hayter (GB)

Women’s Omnium
Elinor Barker (GB)
Trine Schmidt (DEN)
Megan Barker (GB)

Men’s Omnium
Niklas Larson (DEN)
Frederik Rodenberg Madsen (DEN)
Ethan Hayter (GB)

Women’s Sprint
Laurine Van Riessen (NED)
Robyn Stewart (IRL)
Autumn Collins (IRL)

Men’s Sprint
Roy Van Den Berg (NED)
David Ceci (ITA)
Eamonn Byrne (ITA)

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Aggressive Racing, Strong Podiums and Three Irish Medals
1st July

Day one of the Dublin Track Cycling International saw Olympic Champion Elinor Barker impress in the Women’s Omnium, the Danish Team dominate the Men’s Omnium, and Ireland grab three medals in the Men’s and Women’s Sprint events.

With a full schedule of racing in Dublin’s Sundrive Velodrome, international track stars entertained with aggressive racing all day in the UCI Class 1 event that runs from the 1st-2nd July.

The Sprint featured Irish riders on the podium, with Robyn Stewart, the National Record holder for 200m, securing silver behind Laurine Van Riessen of the Dutch National Track Sprint Team. Autumn Collins (Torelli) rounded off the podium with a bronze medal.

Eamonn Byrne was a popular bronze medal winner in the Men’s Sprint, having learnt his trade with the local Sundrive Track Team. The gold medal went to Dutch man Roy Van Den Berg, who set a course fastest time for 200m in the qualifying round with a time of 10.69 seconds. David Ceci (Cycling Team Fruili ASD) won the silver medal.

In the Women’s Omnium all eyes were on Elinor Barker, the GB rider who won gold in the Team Pursuit at the Rio Olympics, and the Welsh rider who competes for Matrix Fitness Pro Cycling Team didn’t disappoint, with consistent performances across the four races.



Trine Schmidt from the Danish National Team was second with Megan Barker winning bronze in an exciting finish that wasn’t secured until her final sprint in the Points Race, with the same points as but a higher finish position than Andrea Waldis (Belgium). Lydia Boylan (Team WNT) was the highest place Irish finisher, with a 7th place.



The Men’s Omnium was dominated by the Danish, with Niklas Larson winning gold ahead of team mate Frederik Rodenberg Madsen. Ethan Hayter (100% Me) rounded off the medal table in an event that saw Irish riders Fintan Ryan and Felix English (TeamProject.ie) finish in 14th and 15th place respectively.

Tomorrow will see the focus switch to the individual events, with Scratch, Points and Keirin Race points up for grabs, as well as in the Individual Pursuit – the points gained in these UCI track events count towards World Cup qualification so are crucial events on the track cycling calendar.

Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership is once again the funding partner of the Dublin Track Cycling International, and has been a valuable support of track cycling over the past number of years, with this event entering its fifth year.

Entry is free for spectators, with racing taking place all day on both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July. The full racing programme can be seen on www.trackcycling.ie.

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