Star juniors named in elite Irish Euros team packed with talent

Posted on: October 18th, 2017

Murphy, Young picked for elite European Champs

Has Ireland ever had a team with more medal prospects going into a major championships? The men and women in green are much fancied.


Murphy, Young picked for elite European Champs


The Irish team gets its campaign at the European Track Championships underway in Berlin tomorrow with real prospects throughout.

In a really positive sign for Irish cycling both JB Murphy and Xeno Young get their first break at elite level.

The opportunity is richly deserved as both took medals in both the junior Worlds and Europeans this season.

Murphy stormed to a bronze medal in the points race at the Worlds in Italy in August.

He added that to his elimination race silver from the European Championships the previous month; won in his first ever race on an indoor track.

And Xeno Young took silver in the pursuit at the junior European and Worlds.

Marc Potts gets the Irish team underway tomorrow in the men’s scratch race. And Lydia Boylan rides the elimination race.

Both are very accomplished road riders and they will definitely count themselves right into the mix for a medal.


Murphy, Young picked for elite European Champs

Murphy, Young picked for elite European Champs


Friday is a busier day for the Irish with Eoin Mullen in the sprint, Felix English in the omnium, JB Murphy in the elimination race and Lydia Gurley in the points race.

While Murphy will need time to adjust to elite racing; Mullen, English and Gurley are all capable of a medal.

Moving into the weekend; Ireland again has some fantastic chances of medals, including gold.

Xeno Young is in action in the individual pursuit on Saturday. Having medalled at both the junior Worlds and Europeans already this year it will be interesting to see how he goes.

However, as such a young rider the key will be to allow him time to adjust and keep a longer term view.

The biggest gun on the team, Mark Downey is up in the points race on Saturday and he’ll have gold on his mind.

Robyn Stewart is next and having broken the Irish sprint record of late it will be interesting to watch her in the keirin.

And on the same day Lydia Boylan and Lydia Gurley go in the omnium and scratch race respectively.

Considering her progress on the road in recent years, Boylan is due a big result on the boards and hopefully it can come this weekend.

Gurley took bronze in the World Cup in Cali, Colombia, in February in the scratch race and is a definite contender at these championships.

Moving into Sunday and, once again, Ireland has more medal prospects.

In the men’s Madison Mark Downey and Felix English have already won World Cup gold this year. And they’ll be gunning for more of the same.

Stewart is up again; this time in the sprint. Boylan and Gurley then team up in the women’s Madison. That’s a new race for the women and anything could happen for the Irish pair.

Overall, this is a fine team with prospects throughout and is a mark of how far the track squad has come in recent years.