McCurley and Boylan best in London as Downey crashes hard

Posted on: December 17th, 2018

The ripped clothing and skin on the right hip and knee of Mark Downey tell the story of his madison ride at the London World Cup with Felix English.

 

The Irish women’s and men’s madison pairings experienced mixed fortunes at the UCI London World Cup; with an 8th place and a crash.

Lydia Boylan and Shannon McCurley took a very solid 8th spot in the women’s race. However, the efforts of Mark Downey and Felix English were hampered by a crash.

Downey came down hard and while he remounted and finished, the fall put a major dent in his and English’s race.

They ended the event in 11th place and afterwards said they knew they were capable of much more, having previously won World Cup gold.

However, as Cycling Ireland looks to the madison to qualify berths at the Tokyo Olympics, the Irish women looked solid.

And if Downey and English can get on a roll, as they did last season, they can also start putting together a string of results.

The women’s madison was won by Great Britain, from Australia and Belgium. In the men’s event the Danes took home the bacon from Team GB and Spain.

 

Robyn Stewart in action in the keirin at the UCI World Cup in London at the weekend.

 

Shannon McCurley, Ireland’s sole Rio 2012 track qualifier, also took in the omnium in London. She placed 13th, a decent showing in an event that is new to her.

Dutch master Kirsten Wild won the event from Jennifer Valente of the USA and Allison Beverbridge of Canada.

In the men’s omnium Marc Potts flew the flag for Ireland, avoiding several crashes and taking 12th place in the four-event contest.

Matthew Walls (Team GB) won from Mexico’s Ignacio Prado Juarez and top road sprinter Elia Viviani of Italy.

Another Tokyo hopeful for Ireland; Robyn Stewart said she was unhappy with her riding in the sprint.

But in the first round of the keirin she finished 4th, putting her through to the repechage.

“I attacked and went as hard as I could and the fastest rider won, so I can’t be disappointed with that,” said Stewart of the repechage.

“Unfortunately I didn’t make it through to the semi-finals, which I would have loved to have done. But I’m happy with my performance in the repechage.

“I got a bit carried away in the first round and tried to go too hard too soon. But it’s all learning and hopefully next time I’ll make it through to the semis.”

Stewart was 21st in qualifying in the sprint, in a time of 11.270. She was beaten by Holland’s Hetty van de Wouw in the next round.

The women’s sprint was won by Stephanie Morton of Australia. German Emma Hinze was 2nd with Laurine van Reisen of the Netherlands in 3rd place.

Morton also won the keirin. Daria Shmeleva of Russia took silver, with Urszula Los of Poland taking bronze.

 

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