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Irish team get right into the hunt at UCI World Cup in Holland

Posted on: November 12th, 2016

The Irish team has gotten its campaign at the UCI World Cup in Holland off to a strong start (Photo: Cycling Ireland)

 

Ireland got its weekend-long campaign at the UCI World Cup in  Apeldoorn, Holland, off to a strong start when Felix English took 4th in the scratch race.

The UK-based track and road sprinting specialist had also taken 4th at a World Cup in Hong Kong in this event last season.

And he had finished 5th in the scratch race at the recent European Championships in Paris.

And while he would have wanted to turn those results into a podium this time around, another podium near miss shows he is there or thereabouts.

English got across to the main move of the race after it had gone clear.

But in the sprint to the line where the final space on the podium was on offer he was beaten by Belgian Moreno de Pauw.

Gold went to Raman Ramanau (Minsk Cycling Club) with Britain’s Chris Latham taking silver.

“The race was really active from the gun, and I was doing my best to cover everything,” English said after the event.

“However, I missed the main move and had to ride across the half lap gap. I managed to recover for the finale, but a moment of hesitation lost me a medal again, similar to the Europeans.

“I’m happy to be showing some consistency in the major events, but gutted to once again miss out on a medal.”

Lydia Boylan was 9th overall in the omnium yesterday; now restructured from six races over two days to four events run off in one day.

 

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