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Irish rider wins medal only to lose it again at UCI World Cup

Posted on: October 30th, 2018

The Irish track team thought they had a medal at the UCI World Cup in Canada. But Felix English lost it after a disqualified rider was reinstated and took the bronze. Above. Robyn Stewart does her thing in the keirin.

 

Irish track international Felix English was briefly awarded the bronze medal in the scratch race at the UCI World Cup in Canada at the weekend only to lose it again.

He finished 4th in the race and when Greece’s Christos Volikakis was disqualified that moved English into the bronze medal position.

However, the Greek rider was upgraded again and so he won the medal. It meant English was forced to settle for 4th place after all.

He was a member of a relatively small Irish team that travelled to Canada for the World Cup over the weekend.

The men and women in green went in search of all-important Olympic qualification points.

And while they won no medals in Ontario they did secure points towards Tokyo 2020 qualification.

As well as English placing 4th in the scratch race, he was 11th in the madison with Marc Potts.

In the omniums, Potts was 12th and Lydia Boylan 10th. Robyn Stewart was 12th in the keirin and beaten in the 1/16 round of the sprint.

Lydia Gurley was 19th in the women’s scratch race and she and Boylan were 10th in the madison.

 

Felix English and Lydia Boylan; both Olympic hopefuls who will spend the next 18 months chasing that dream.

 

Despite having a first individual World Cup medal dangled in front of him only to lose it again, Felix English was looking on the bright side.

“I was really happy there. I’ve been ill for the past week. I was really, really struggling to breathe after the World Cup in France,” he said of his less than ideal preparation.

“It’s never nice to miss out on a medal like that. But it was nice to get over that and race well there. I was feeling myself again.”

On Sunday Boylan won the tempo race, one of four events that made up her omnium.

However, she was the second rider knocked out in the elimination race and that undermined her overall performance.

“Traditionally, the tempo is always my best event, so it was nice to pull a win out of the bag there,” she said.

“But it was short-lived, as I was straight into my worst event – and it went even worse than normal,” she added of the elimination race.

“I feel like I’m close to cracking it. I tried something a little different, but it didn’t work out.

“In the points (race) I tried to go for a lap. But it wasn’t to be there either. That’s my first omnium of this World Cup.

“It’s a good start, I just need to get it together; then I can be challenging for the medals.”

The Irish track team faces its next UCI World Cup meeting in Berlin at the end of next month.

The six-part World Cup series this season will conclude in Hong Kong on January.

In the Mattamy Cycling Centre in Milton, Ontario, at the weekend Vitaly Hryniv of the Ukraine won the scratch race English was in.

Hryniv claimed victory from Team GB’s Oliver Wood and Greece’s Volikakis; the latter’s reinstatement denying Felix English.

In the men’s madison – an event won at World Cup level last year by English and Mark Downey – Denmark won from Great Britain and the United States.

In the omnium that Potts rode; Benjamin Thomas of France won from Mark Stewart of Team GB and Campbell Stewart of New Zealand.

In the keirin, involving Ireland’s Robyn Stewart; Madalyn Godby of the USA won from Stephanie Morton of Australia and Martha Pineda Bayona (Colombia).

The sprint gold medal was claimed by Hong Kong’s Wai Sze Lee; from Emma Hinze (Germany) and Australia’s Morton.

Laura Kenny, the darling of British track cycling, won the women’s omnium that Ireland’s Boylan was 10th in.

Lizeth Yarely Salazar Vazquez (Mexico) was 2nd and Jennifer Valente of the United States was 3rd.

The madison involving the two Lydias, Boylan and Gurley, was won by Team GB from Denmark and Canada.

The women’s scratch race, in which Gurley competed, was won by Russian Alexandra Goncharove from Lithuania’s Olivija Baleistye and Valente of the US.

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