Mullen in dramatic high-speed crash at UCI World Cup; Ryan also hits deck

Posted on: January 18th, 2015

The moment Mullen clashed with Spanish rider Uria Mazquiaran in the repechage heats of the keirin at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia last night. As you can see the Irishman is on the deck while the Australian somehow managed to escape the crash.

 

By Brian Canty

Ireland’s Eoin Mullen had a dramatic high-speed crash in the repechage heats of the keirin during day two at the UCI Track World Cup in Cali, Colombia.

The Aran Islander tangled with Spain’s Uria Mazquiaran during the event and both came down hard, allowing Australian Emerson Harwood ride to an easy win.

Mullen gingerly picked himself up and crossed the line 56 seconds after Harwood, with the Spaniard coming home some 30 seconds further back.

And afterwards, Mullen took to his personal Facebook page to say how relieved he was to escape unscathed.

“Lucky to come out of that relatively unharmed. Awesome bike skills on the Australian to keep it upright. Sprint in the morning.”

 

You can’t keep a good man down: Eoin Mullen fell hard but was back up in no time and straight onto social media looking forward to the remainder of his race schedule (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)

 

Mullen kicked off his campaign earlier in the night but could only manage fourth in heat 6 of the event.

His second place in the repechage meant he was given a finishing place of 13th.

He was unlucky to be drawn with some of the best guys in the discipline and the winning time, set by Fabian Puerta of Venezuela, was the second fastest of the opening round.

Mullen went 0.465 of a second slower in the 8-lap race that saw one of the riders, Kewsi Browne (Trinidad and Tobago) relegated for dangerous riding.

The result meant the Irishman went into the repechage heats where the crash drama unfolded.

He will hope for better in the sprint today, Sunday.

 

Cycling Ireland head coach Brian Nugent readies the big man Martyn Irvine for the off in Cali late last night Irish time. He put in a decent scratch race and individual pursuit to suggest he’s getting back to the form that has made him a world beater (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)

 

Meanwhile, Martyn Irvine was also in action in the opening three rounds of the omnium; the 15km scratch race, the 4km individual pursuit and the elimination race.

The former two events are among of the Irishman’s favourites.

He won a gold medal in the scratch at the 2013 UCI World Track Championships a mere hour after taking a silver in the individual pursuit.

Yesterday, he was 14th (of 24 starters) in the scratch, while in the pursuit he recorded a brilliant time of 4.32.136 which was good enough for eighth place.

 

Caroline Ryan in action before her crash. Like team mate Eoin Mullen, she was up on her feet and determined to continue, showing the grit that has brought her World Cup and World Championship bronze medals in the past (Photo: Guy Swarbrick)

 

The winning time was 4.25.233, set by Tim Veldt of the Netherlands.

And in last night’s elimination race he was a disappointing 23rd after being the second rider eliminated.

That result saw him drop to 18th overall, on 41 points, going into today’s final three rounds.

Next up there for him is the 1km time trial followed by the flying lap and the points race.

Caroline Ryan was also in omnium action yesterday, taking a superb 9th in the 10km scratch race and an even better 7th in the 3km individual pursuit.

 

Shannon McCurley will be in keirin action for Ireland today, Sunday, on the last day of competition at this Cali World Cup.

 

Kirsten Wild of the Netherlands blitzed the field here in a time of 3.35.133, around six seconds faster than Ryan’s time of 3.41.157. Wild also won the scratch race earlier in the evening.

In round 3, the elimination race, there was more drama when a crash brought down a number of riders, including the Irish woman, and the race was subsequently neutralised.

However, she got going again and was 16th to leave her 10th overall going into today’s final day.

In action today will be Shannon McCurley in the women’s keirin and Eoin Mullen in the men’s 200m sprint.

 

 

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