Marc Potts confirms class but suffers cruellest moment at Euros

Posted on: October 19th, 2017

Marc Potts takes 4th at European Championships

Ireland’s Marc Potts suffered the cruellest moment at the European Championships. But the Irish criterium champion has broken through at this level in Berlin this evening.


Marc Potts takes 4th at European Championships


A very strong road rider on the home season who has won some of the biggest races in the country, Marc Potts has proven his international class today.

The Irishman just came up short of a medal in the scratch race at the European Championships.

But his 4th place, and indeed the manner of his performance, suggests he is on song for the track campaign ahead.

With perhaps just a little bit more luck in Berlin today Potts would have a European Track Championships medal.

But he emerges from race having confirmed, if confirmation were needed, that he can mix it with the very best at this level.

In the end the scoreboard initially showed he had taken the bronze medal only for it to correct itself.

It was a cruel twist for the Neon Velo rider and national criterium champion. But he seems to have taken great confidence from what was a fantastic ride.

“It flickered to bronze at the finish, so I got to see what it felt like to medal,” he said. “It made me hungry to do it now.”

Potts, who just turned 26 years, made the elite breakaway of four in the 15km all-out event.

But in the end it was French rider Adrien Garel who took the European title. And the silver and bronze medals were mopped up by Kriszten Lovassy (Hungary) and Roman Gladysh (Ukraine).

“Over the past few months I have raced a lot on the track,” said Potts afterwards.

“A bunch race on the track is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

“I’ve always said that if I got the call up I would need to be willing to get a result. Tonight, I was really motivated to impress.”

The race went to plan for Potts, who gained a lap with three riders by the halfway point.

“The plan was from the start to do nothing for ten laps, and to go when it was hard, with anything that was going,” he said.

“I got the lap early on. I’m still quite new in the scratch race, so I made a lot of mistakes. But a bit more experience will knock that out.

“I felt pretty good after the lap, and I just let the rest of the race happen.

“My coach said to relax, so I wasn’t trying to chase down moves. My motivation is pretty high at the minute.

“And I’ll see how the World Cups go, and try to qualify for the World Championships after that. Today proved that my coaching has worked.”

Irish Track Coach David Muntaner said he was happy with what he had seen from Marc Potts.

“It was a very good race, his first big international mass start race, so it a good start,” he said.

“We are going to keep moving and keep improving, I’m very happy with Marc tonight.”

Lydia Boylan was also in action today for Ireland, placing 12th in the elimination race.

Tomorrow Eoin Mullen competes in the sprint and Felix English rides the omnium.

Lydia Gurley contests the points race and junior JB Murphy is making his debut on the elite stage. He goes in the men’s elimination race.