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Top Irish rider Lydia Boylan parting company with WNT-Rotor

Posted on: September 11th, 2018

Irish cyclist Lydia Boylan WNT Rotor

Taking the big one: Lydia Boylan takes a fine pro win in the colour’s of WNT-Rotor, and her Irish champion’s livery, in Spain last year (Photo: Bart Hazen)

 

Irish cyclist Lydia Boylan leaving WNT-Rotor

 

Three-time elite road race champion and European Track Championships medal winner Lydia Boylan is moving on from her trade team WNT-Rotor.

The road and track international, who has taken the best ever pro result by an Irish woman, has spent the last four years with the team.

However, she said in a brief statement on social media that her final season had been a disappointment. And, she added, it would come as no surprise she was moving on.

“It is no secret that WNT-Rotor has not been what I hoped this year,” she said in brief remarks.

“I have had to watch good friends leave WNT-Rotor, staff and riders, from early in the year.

“My track commitments have made planning road more difficult. But so far this season WNT-Rotor have ‘selected’ me for only one race.”

 

Irish cyclist Lydia Boylan WNT Rotor

Irish cyclist Lydia Boylan WNT Rotor

On the Europeans podium last year. Riding the World Road Championships in Bergen last year.

 

She continued: “And for quite a while now I have not even had any contact from the team DS (directeur). So needless to say, and with little surprise; after four years I will not be continuing with WNT.

“Prior to this year, I have had some of my best memories on a bike with WNT and I thank them for that.”

Boylan said she was very grateful to those who had supported her and continued to do so. And while she had no firm plans for next year, the Tokyo Olympics were her big aim.

She would be “giving it my all” to represent Ireland at the Games. Boylan won silver at last year’s European Track Championships in the Madison, with Lydia Gurley.

She is expected to aim to qualify in that event for Tokyo as it has been included in the Olympic programme.

However, she is also a very strong individual track rider; in the omnium and those events it is comprised of.

In her four years with WNT-Rotor, Lydia Boylan was crowned Irish elite road race championship three times in a row.

The 31-year-old also claimed multiple track titles and represented Ireland all over the world on the track.

She has also ridden for Ireland at the European and World road championships. Her best result came last year when she took a fine solo victory in Spain.

The Dubliner took the final stage of the Setmana Ciclista Valenciana, a UCI 2.2 ranked race.

She escaped on her own at the end of the 96km stage in Valencia and impressively held off the main field to win by three seconds.

We’ll have a chat with Boylan in the next day or two as she looks forward to the next chapter of her career, which will hopefully include the Olympics.

 

Irish cyclist Lydia Boylan WNT Rotor

Winning the first of her three consecutive national titles in Omagh in 2015 (Photo: Stephen McMahon-Sportsfile)

 

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