Emerging Doogan makes her mark at World Championships

Posted on: July 20th, 2016

Ciara Doogan got Ireland’s campaign at the World Junior Track Championships in Aigle off to a strong start by finishing sixth in the 20km points race. Up next is Xeno Young in the scratch race.


By Brian Canty

Ciara Doogan has finished a brilliant sixth of 18 riders in the points race final at the World Junior Track Championships in Aigle, Switzerland, today.

The 18-year-old from Donegal was highly-aggressive yet strategic in her efforts and she took five points for winning the fourth sprint of the 100-lap, 20km race.

She was fourth for much of the event because of that and though she tried several times to take more, her position in the standings never improved – though she did manage to finish seventh at the final sprint.

It was an excellent showing given she had to qualify from her heat earlier in the day.

The gold medal was won by Italy’s Letizia Pater-Noster.

“We’re really happy with how Ciara raced today,” said Irish team coach David Muntaner.

“She rode really well throughout and was all the time at the front trying to fight for points and to take a lap.

“She looked better than she did in the European Championships last week and every time she goes on the track she seems to get better and better. All in all, it’s a great start to week for the Irish team.”

Tomorrow sees Xeno Young ride the scratch race. All races can be watched on the UCi YouTube channel here.