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Irish team to tackle new events at UCI World Cup opener

Posted on: November 3rd, 2016

The Irish team takes on a different composition for the first UCI Track World Cup meeting of the season, with team events taking centre stage. And among those new to the World Cup for Ireland is the women’s madison.

 

The first UCI World Cup of the season takes place this weekend in Scotland, with the Irish team for the UCI meeting taking on a new formation.

Team events are to the fore this time around, with the Irish women not only in action in the team pursuit but also the team sprint and two-rider madison.

And after the disappointment of the World Road Championships when only one woman, Anna Turvey, was selected this time it is the Irish men who take a back seat.

Eoin Mullen and Marc Potts are the only men in the team to take on some of the best riders in the world on the Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow from tomorrow though to Sunday.

Last time the men and woman in green turned out was for the European Championships when an impressive and modest Anna Turvey took a bronze medal in the individual pursuit.

 

Power House: Galway’s finest Eoin Mullen will be racing for Ireland on a velodrome named after a legend of his sprinting discipline; Sir Chris Hoy.

 

She expressed her surprise at medalling but given her scorching form against the watch on the road in the summer months and the fact she had prepared well for the Worlds in Doha, her winning a medal came as part of an excellent run of form.

Turvey does not compete in Scotland this weekend but the list of women who will line out for Ireland is impressive nonetheless.

In the team is Olympian Shannon McCurley along with Lydia Boylan, Eileen Burns, Eimear Moran, Robyn Stewart and Lydia Gurley.

Mullen will get the three-day campaign for Ireland underway tomorrow with the men’s sprint, with the yet to be confirmed line-up in the women’s team pursuit also in action as well as McCurley in the keirin on the opening day.

On Saturday Mullen is again in action, this time in the man’s keirin. Boylan and Gurley will also begin a new chapter in Irish track racing on the World Cup stage when they team up for the madison.

 

Lydia Gurley in action at the recent European Championships. She lines out in the madison with Lydia Boylan and also the scratch race on the last day of the meeting in Glasgow.

 

Also taking place on Saturday, the two-rider madison is new on the schedule for women and it should be very interesting to see how the Irish duo progress in what can be a very testing discipline.

On Sunday Potts will be in action on the men’s individual pursuit and Stewart and Moran will contest the women’s team pursuit; not an event Ireland has focussed on in the past at this level.

Also racing on the final day of action are Gurley, in the scratch race and Boylan, in the omnium.

Cycling Ireland technical director Brian Nugent said the team was very much looking forward to getting back into the fray after the recent Europeans in France.

“At the European Championships we established a starting point for this four year cycle,” he said.

“And now it’s a matter of honing our skills and improving across the categories. We have a good bunch of riders here with scope for improvement.”

 

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